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For over 30 years I have been practicing as a hands on wellness doctor. Though I have had plenty of formal training, from a very early age, I always intuitively practiced mind/body care. I remember one of my first massage clients – a man in his 40s who complained about pain and loss of movement in his shoulder that has been bothering him for as long as he could remember. During the treatment, as I slowly and gently allowed his tight tissues to relax, he spontaneously recalled the onset of his shoulder pain.

When he was 12 years old, his father died. This was a very painful and lonely time in his life. As he recalled that experience, I continued to slowly and gently free up those tissues that had been holding these old memories locked in his body for so many years. As a result, after the treatment, his range of motion improved greatly and for the first time in years he was pain free.

Since that experience, I have treated hundreds patients who have stories of a similar nature. When we have upsetting experiences that are unresolved, we unconsciously carry these stories in the very tissues of our body causing us pain, loss of function and which, potentially over time can lead to disease. We cannot separate our mind and our body.
We have feelings that get locked into that injury when we fall down and hurt ourselves. We have emotions from unresolved upsets that eat us up and develop into body pain. This is physiologically how the body/mind works.

Typically health care separates the mind and the body when treatment is given. Physical aches and pain tend to be dealt with solely as physical in origin. Intake questionnaires ask us to fill out forms and give multiple choice answers, confining us to put our life stories into little boxes in very mechanical ways as if we all have a ‘yes or no’ answer to our complex situations.

Yet, we are individuals within a context. We each have our own unique experiences and our own ways of reacting to these experiences. If we have not been given the ability to tell our stories, and more importantly our relationship to these stories, we are not only overriding the depth of the problem but also limiting the potential for healing.


I am so grateful to have met Nicky. She integrates her extensive knowledge of the body with a variety of tools, techniques and methods to create the best individualized session for what your body and spirit need in that moment.

Lindsey M.
Oakland, CA

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