Professional, thorough, affordable, very experienced massage therapist with multiple modalities for all types of aches. He takes your temperature, screens you for symptoms, and takes extra steps to keep you safe. I feel very fortunate to have Nicola as a part of my overall “health team”.
Great experience and very thorough with determining what is best for your personal needs. Once in Nicola’s studio, you feel right at home discussing past injuries and your current state. I’ve also never had a massage therapist contact me the next day to see how I was feeling. If you’re lucky enough to set up an appointment with him, I highly recommend it!
5 months ago-I came to Nicola’s new Santa Barbara and in need of an athlete-focused deep tissue therapist who would work with my needs and high demands I put on my body – he answered my prayers! I quickly found that he is focused on the individual and works to keep his clients feeling good and able to do what they love. Nicola does not use a one size fits all approach – he asks me where I need the work and uses his experience to find areas of my body that I didn’t even know the needed treatment. Not only is he a great therapist, but also a kind and great guy to spend 60-90 min with. He is a therapist that quickly earned my trust but keeping my healthy through some pesky and troublesome injuries. Highly recommended!!
5 months ago-I discovered Nicola thanks to these Google Reviews, so figured I’d leave my own to help out others in need of his fantastic deep tissue work.
As a runner and cyclist, I’m always battling some nagging injury, but after Achilles surgery last year, I was in some serious pain. I’d tried seeing numerous massage therapists in the area, but Nicola was the only one who could intuitively find and treat my imbalances. He seems to not only have a sixth sense for finding knots and tight spots but knows the exact pressure and depth to help release these trouble spots.
Not only am I running and cycling again pain-free, but his 1.5-hour sessions have helped improve my performances since meeting Nicola. I’d recommend him to anyone, especially any hard-charging athletes out there; Nicola certainly knows his stuff!
The best deep tissue work I’ve had in Southern California hands down! I am a professional athlete and I have had many experiences where the masseuse was not able to apply enough pressure, that’s not the problem with Nikola at all. He was very knowledgeable about the different muscle groups and he also has tools that can truly maximize your massage experience. I highly recommend anybody in the Santa Barbara area and in need of the best bodywork you could possibly find to go to Nikola!
Very personable and professional. Great deep tissue massage. He’s understanding of your desired pressure level. Will be visiting again.
Best massage therapist in town. I recently moved to SB and Nicola is the third massage therapist I have seen. I am a chef that stands for long hours hunched over; I tweaked my back so bad one day I couldn’t even bend over. No one in town could get me an appointment, but I called Nicola and he understood my problem and made time to see me.
Nicola and I talked about my back issues and I mentioned the “frozen shoulder” symptoms I occasionally have after two shoulder dislocations. Nicola helped relax my shoulder and target muscles no other massage therapist has touched before. After we talked through different exercises I can do while finishing with a heat and ice treatment.
Before I came to Nicola another reviewer gave him the name of “Nicola the knot assassin” I have to say that couldn’t be more true. Highly recommended.
-I came to Nicola with severe tightness in both calves that had been in horrible shape for years. I was having a hard time even going on walks because I was so knotted up. In just 1 session Nicola was able to loosen up the muscles so effectively (it was a bit painful but necessary) I can now almost touch my toes! With his great advice on self-massage, ice, and using a roller, my calves are like they used to be 15 years ago, I feel great about it. Thank You, Nicola!!!!!
-After a slew of disappointing massages from other therapists, I got a massage from Nicola on Monday and it was extraordinary. He’s truly a master. I recommend him if you’re someone who needs deep work but finds that most others don’t seem to get deep enough or have the strength or intuitiveness to massage you as you need. Plus, he is kind, welcoming, and easy-going. I felt totally comfortable with him, which was important, since being massaged is a vulnerable thing. Many thanks! I will be back whenever I visit Santa Barbara!
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