About Nicola

Why I became a therapist

In 2011, I was working in an environment with stressed and overworked individuals experiencing pain. I wanted to share the success I’d had with stretching, massage and reflexology—and how complementary therapies can help support a huge range of problems, even fertility and ADHD.
I decided to take the plunge and leave all the office stress so I retrained as a massage therapist and Callanetics® instructor—my two passions—and added reiki and reflexology to my skills in 2013 and 2015.

I like to continually develop and learn new things so I can help more people. I most recently trained in:

Emmett Technique, which is a light touch way to release muscle tension without causing pain, I am an Advanced Emmett Practitioner, and
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD), using gentle rhythmic sequences on the feet to supporting fluid restriction and wellbeing, and
Reflexology to support Menopause, using foot reflexology to support clients with the common symptoms experienced during the menopausal period.

I am excited to see how these techniques are further supporting clients with Menopause symptoms such as Hot flushes or Insomnia.

While continuing to build my knowledge on the fabulous Emmett Technique I have also trained to be an EMMETT Technique short course Tutor and I teach the Emmett Technique 1 day course to members of the public.

Why I love my work

I like to help people to solve their problems. My partner says I like to “fuss”.

I love it when I have helped someone to manage their health problems, stress, pain, insomnia or infertility:

  • When someone comes with a stiff neck, frozen shoulder or sore knee and then—after one massage and a few stretches—they achieve increased mobility

  • When someone experiencing menopausal symptoms has a full night’s sleep with no flushes—and feels calmer and less stressed

  • When a young woman who’s been struggling to conceive becomes pregnant after reflexology treatments.

Other things I love

Since 2001, I have volunteered with Girlguiding Edinburgh. I lead Rainbows and help as a Division administrator—so each week I am involved in crafts, fun trips or helping to recruit new volunteers.

I teach Callanetics and enjoy weekly Pilates and yoga classes. In the winter months, I love skiing holidays: you can’t beat getting fresh air while speeding down the slopes.

Health, nutrition and wellbeing is important to me, so I am currently trying to improve my cooking skills while preparing healthy meals from scratch. I also love going on long walks with my dog Coco. 

What my clients say

As I work full time and have family it is not easy fitting in some ‘me time.’ Finding somewhere local for a massage on a Sunday afternoon was just perfect. The massage studio is a very soothing setting. I had a full body massage. The massage was firm without hurting and I felt so relaxed afterwards.
I have definitely noticed a difference since I started regular reflexology. I feel less stressed and more energised and it has worked wonders on reducing the dark circles under my eyes!

Training and qualifications

I have a Massage Diploma from the Massage Training Institute and a Reflexology Diploma from Scottish Massage Schools and I am a Reiki Master. I am also a Certified Callanetics Instructor and volunteer regularly with Girlguiding.

I have also studied

I enjoy developing my knowledge base and learning new skills.
Onsite Seated Acupressure
available in your home or workplace
Indian Head Massage
deeply relaxing head, neck and back treatment
Deep Tissue Massage
range of techniques on deep tissue layers
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
light touch work for fluid retention
Advanced Myofascial Release
such as skin-rolling for areas of stubborn pain
Pregnancy Massage 
to bring comfort and relaxation to your pregnancy
Maternity Reflexology
may help symptoms e.g. pelvic girdle pain 
Reproflexology™ (Fertility Reflexology)
can be done in your own home
Crystal Reflexology & Crystal Healing
aims to enhance the healing experience