Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a manual manipulation of the soft tissues in the body. It is very beneficial and can compliment your chiropractic care by increasing blood circulation, releasing tension and create more balance in your muscles.

 

Massage Therapy can help with the following conditions:

Chronic injuries: tennis or golfer’s elbow, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, paresthesia, edema (inflammation), fibromyalgia, anxiety, migraines, asthma, Rheumatoid arthritis   

 

Acute injuries: whiplash, sports injuries, muscle strains, joint sprains, acute stress

 

Other conditions: digestive issues, scar tissue adhesions, sleep conditions, anxiety, post operative pain, postural alignment issues

What is your background?

In 2014 I received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at California State University of Fullerton and completed my massage therapy education at National Holistic Institute. I have worked as a physical therapy aide and completed the Cope Health Solutions program at Citrus Valley Hospital which has allowed me to gain clinical experience by providing healthcare to various types of patients in the emergency room, mother and baby care unit, intensive care unit, and operating room.

 

How did you choose your profession?

I originally chose my profession as a stepping stone for a career in the healthcare field. Massage therapy gave me what no other stepping stone could had given me, the chance to learn about the body through touch for an entire hour. I still wish to pursue further education but have fallen in love with the power of massage and will therefore continue massaging until arthritis has completely consumed my hands.

 

What is your favorite part about being a massage therapist?

The element of surprise! There remains a misconstrued perception of what massage therapy truly is. Many people believe massage is always soft, always gentle or relaxing, and is just plain fru-fru as I like to call it. When a patient comes to me who is skeptical that enough pressure can be give or that my massage will target their pain, I use my educational background and techniques to efficiently approach their concerns. The big “wow!” moment that comes either during or after treatment is definitely my favorite.

 

What is the most exciting thing that has happened

with your client?

A couple of years ago I visited a patient in The Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA. This patient was diagnosed with sarcoma, which had attacked her tongue. As I enter the room her face looked like it had aged 10 years over night, her neck was tanned from multiple treatments of radiation, and her eyes drooped like a basset hound. She had just received confirmation that she was also suffering from a staph infection in her heart. Myself and another healthcare professional worked on her for about 30 minutes. During those 30 minutes I massaged her neck back and shoulders as best I could on the hospital bed as she sang and danced. After the session had ended, her lips were pink, the yellow jaundice in her legs had cleared up, and her eyes were no longer droopy. I was amazed to see someone who had been consistently pricked, radiated, and examined receive soft human touch. The power of massage is truly profound.   

 

What do you do during your down time?

During my down time I enjoy socializing with friends, family, and mother nature. I have the most fun when both are combined. A good surf, hike, or sporting event not only allows bonding time with friends and nature, but also gives me a chance to clear your head and focus on what is most important in life. I have also picked up a new hobby: Salsa dancing! I am sure it will be more fun and less embarrassment as time goes on.

 

What is your favorite food?

This is an extremely hard question. With all the foods in the world how could I possibly chose one! My favorite foods would have to be those with bold spices and meats. I have found a food truck/restaurant that is based in San Diego and serves authentic East African cuisine. Although I have a hard time remembering the names of the various dishes, I must say it is one of my favorites.

 

What is your favorite quote?

When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity he replied, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Meet Our Massage Therapist

Alexandria Jacobo

 

 

Meet Our Massage Therapist

Nicole Yu

 

 

What is your background?

My name is Nicole Yu and I was born and raised from the flat prairie land of Manitoba, Canada. I graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Applied Health. After graduating, I went back to school to pursue massage therapy from The Massage College of Manitoba and graduated in 2015. I have worked at two massage therapy clinics focusing more on therapeutic treatments in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After moving to Southern California in 2017, I wanted to continue to pursue massage therapy so in August of 2019, I attended The American Institute of Massage Therapy in Orange County and graduated in April 2020. My focus is on structural therapy, sports massage and active release therapy.

 

How did you choose your profession?

My earliest memory of massage was when I would stand on my dad’s back as a child because he had back pain. At the time, I didn’t understand what that did for him but he found relief from it which made me happy. Since then, massage was always something that was in the back of my head. As you grow older, you end up having different career goals and so after high school, I went to university thinking I was going to become a high school teacher. It wasn’t until my third year of my undergraduate degree that I was introduced to massage through a course called “Sports Injuries”. During the course, I realized how important massage was for recovery and so that is what made me decide to pursue it as a career.

 

What is your favorite part about being a massage therapist?

My favorite part about being a massage therapist is definitely getting to know the clients and the root cause of their injuries or conditions. When you have more knowledge of the history of someone’s condition, you have a better understanding of what is needed to not only make “things feel better” but to essentially treat the area for proper healing, recovery and balance. My other favorite part would be the gratitude that clients show. It is a rewarding feeling to be able to help someone feel their best.

 

What is the most exciting thing that has happened

with your client?

When I was still a massage therapy student at The Massage College of Manitoba, my classmates and I were exposed to special and unique cases. I remember one of the clients I worked on, had Parkinson’s disease. You can see his tremors under normal situations but under stress, his tremors were most active. As soon as he was on the massage table and I was about 10 minutes into our session, his tremors completely stopped. He had been coming to the massage college for years to educate students on how massage has affected his body and although he still has his tremors, massage has been an integral part of his healing process. To see the actual effects of massage on someone like this client made me realize how amazing touch is and how much it is needed. 

 

What do you do during your down time?

During my down time, I love to be with my little family. My husband and I love spending time with our fur baby, Lily. We like going to the beach to relax, try new places to eat, and watch movies. I am someone that likes the outdoors; camping was a huge part of my childhood. I also love to go on walks or hikes.

 

What is your favorite food?

I love all food so this is a difficult question. Since I am Filipino, I do love Filipino food. We have amazing stews, soups and fried pork. After moving here to California, I am a huge fan of the Mexican food. I am a sucker for taco trucks. My favorites are pork tacos or burritos. Love it!

What is your favorite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

I’ve never read the book that this quote is from, nor do I know the author. However, the reason why this quote sticks out to me is because it speaks volumes. A lot of people tend to focus on weakness and fear their own capabilities but I think people don’t realize how much they are actually capable of.

We Offer the Following

Types of Massages:

 

Swedish

  Deep Tissue 

 Myofascial Release   

Lymphatic Drainage   

  Trigger Point Therapy

Prenatal / Post Partum

Alexandria Jacobo, CMT

Alexandria with her daughter Vienna

Nicole Yu, CMT

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158 E Foothill Blvd. Suite A., Arcadia, CA 91006

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