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
Meet Our Massage Therapist
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:
Trigger Point Therapy
Prenatal / Post Partum