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Nicole’s interest in massage developed early in life from hundreds (if not more!) of shoulder rubs and foot massages exchanged with her mom. And while her grandmother always knew she would become a massage therapist, it took Nicole lots of schooling and years in the nonprofit sector before it occurred to her. She left the nonprofit world seeking a caffeine-free lifestyle more balanced between body, mind and spirit. This balance – or “equilibrio” – remains the inspiration for her business and the work she does everyday with her clients.

Much of Nicole’s work focuses on women’s health issues. She is dedicated to helping women feel more empowered in their bodies. She has completed advanced therapeutic training in Pre and Peri-natal massage through Body Therapy Associates, the most recognized authority on pregnancy massage in North America. She is a trained doula through DONA-approved Beautiful Beginnings and working on her national certification. In 2007, she travelled to Montreal where she was certified in Prenatal Thai Massage. She holds memberships in San Diego's Beautiful Beginnings and the Postpartum Health Alliance.

Nicole received her foundational training in bodywork at the International Professional School of Bodywork (www.ipsb.edu) in San Diego, CA and finished her certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (www.kripalu.org) in Lenox, MA. She is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is licensed by the City of San Diego. In 2005, Nicole completed the Yoga Alliance approved “Mind, Body, Spirit Yoga Teacher Training” in Chapel Hill, NC, and later in 2006, traveled to Thailand where she studied Thai Massage.

Nicole holds a BS in Biology from Providence College and a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Keene, NH, Nicole began calling San Diego home in 1998. It took her approximately six months in Southern California before she could redefine "cold" as anything below sixty-five degrees. Prior to her career in bodywork, Nicole worked in the social justice nonprofit sector and continues to volunteer today on the Board of the Foundation for Change here in San Diego.

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