Deep Tissue Therapeutic Healing Bodywork Massage releases the body’s natural painkillers

Riktr Pro Massage can be healing, cat-like, relaxing flowers or deep tissue bodywork for sports injuries and muscular and or emotional pain. (We all have holding patterns in our bodies according to Ida Rolf and John F. Barnes.) Nicola, LMT

Nicola of Riktr Pro Massage is a practicing licensed insured professional LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) and fine artist based in Santa Barbara, CA. Nicola has a wide range of female and male clients, including athletes, professionals, housewives, artists, landscapers, out of town visitors, people who are retired and students. He is very flexible in scheduling appointments at his studio in Santa Barbara. You can also make appointments at Holistic Centers in Santa Barbara, Buellton, Key2Fitness plus Nicola offers In or Outcall Mobile Massage in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Montecito, Carpinteria, Summerland, Goleta, San Ynez Valley, Buellton, Ca.

  • “If you appreciate high-quality bodywork or just want to RELAX and go to “LA LA LAND” call Riktr Pro Massage.  Are you a serious athlete and need EXTREME bodywork or “FIX IT” work, weekend warrior, stressed out professional or student? Maybe you are going through tough life issues, have athletic injuries or just want to keep that body tuned up and healthy? Then you have finally found your Santa Barbara Licensed and Insured Pro Massage Therapist. Nicola will always personalize your massage session to fit your physical and emotional needs.”
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Riktr Pro Massage offers a wide range of services, including:

In Call Massage @ my Studio or 3 Other Locations in the Tri-Counties Area

Mobile and Out Call Massage to your Location

Massage Modalities

Ashiatsu,  Shiatsu Massage

-Athletic Event Massage

Barefoot Deep Tissue Massage

-Barefoot Shiatsu

-Chair Massage

-Chi Nei Tsang (CNT)

-Compression Massage, Ischemic or Static Pressure

-Cupping Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage

-Healing Massage for Depression and Anxiety

-Manual Lymphatic, Drainage Pump, Lymphedema

-Myofascial Release

Neuromuscular Release

Orthopedic Massage  (OM) 

-Post-Operative / Surgical Massage


-Relaxing Massage

-Scar Tissue Massage

Sports and Injury Massage

Sports Stretch Massage, Fascial Stretch FST & Self Stretching

Swedish Massage

-Trigger Point

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A mandala containing symbols from 16 of our world`s many spiritual traditions, designed for honoring all paths to truth. Includes the Jewish Star of David, Buddhist Prayer Wheel, Native American Medicine Wheel, Christian Cross, Hindu Om, Great Goddess, Taoist Ying Yang, Islamic Moon and Star, Winged Sufi Heart, Sikh Symbol, Baha`i Star, African Goddess, Zoroastrian Flame, Confucian Circle and Dot, Wiccan Pentacle and Egyptian Ankh.

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Healing Bodywork by NiCoLa!


My style of Deep Tissue Massage releases the body’s natural painkillers whereby it stimulates the release of endorphins, the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures into the brain and nervous system. Once that happens (your now in a parasympathetic state  (“rest and digest”) I then go to work on your sore or injured areas to break up the damaged fibrous adhesion’s which are spread randomly throughout a muscle’s tissue thus increasing blood flow, oxygen, strength, flexibility and tissue rebuilding. I use a variety of modalities to accomplish this: Swedish: This is your basic massage modality which incorporates long gentle strokes to increase blood flow to and from the muscles. Myofascial Release: This technique involves slower and deeper pressure into the muscle tissue to assist in breaking up adhesions and scar tissue in the muscle. Neuromuscular Release, NMT, Neuromuscular Re-Education, Body Pattern Synchronization (Call it what you want… everybody gives it their own name but we are all trying to do the same thing): This technique is “point-specific” work which targets muscle adhesion’s, muscle spindles in the belly of the muscle, trigger points that restrict the normal flow of the nervous system to the muscles. Once the adhesions are broken up the client usually experiences an increase in a range of motion, strength, and speed. ActiveRange of Motion: This technique is a stretching modality which takes the client through his or her normal range of motion to assist motor control and aids in the reduction of scar tissue and muscle adhesions. Active Isolated Stretching: This technique involves stretching which incorporates a process called reciprocal inhibition  (RI) to stretch the muscle as well as increase kinesthetic awareness of the body.

The key to “My STYLE” is an aggressive approach combined with sustained pressure ( increasing Ischemic blood supply) over time and a spiritual component.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

“Deep tissue massage is a specific type of massage that works on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body.

Using fried chicken as an example to help others better understand the interplay between muscles and fascia, “the fried outer layer is the skin, the meat is the muscle, and the shiny stuff you see covering the meat is the fascia.”

Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is often recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch.

However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer.

“Deep tissue work creates physiological changes in the tissue that then create systemic changes,” Everhart explains. “By allowing layers to move independently and slide or glide upon each other, we can improve big-picture posture, lengthen the spine, and improve the quality of the soft tissue.”

Deep Tissue Versus Other Types of Massage

How is deep tissue massage different from other types of massage, such as Swedish massage, for instance?

“Deep tissue works all of your connective tissue and fascia,” says Bykofsky, “as opposed to Swedish massage, which is more superficial.”

The techniques are also different depending on the type of massage being given.

For example, one 2012 study published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics shares that deep tissue massage “uses oblique pressure, a combination of lengthening and cross-fiber strokes, anchor, and stretch, freeing muscle from entrapment.”

This is different than therapeutic massage, a type of massage that researchers explain uses “effleurage, petrissage, tapping, and friction.”

Different types of massage can also provide different outcomes.

For example, this same study involved 26 chronic low back pain patients between the ages of 60 and 75 who were split into two groups.

One group contained 13 individual or one-half of the total participants, and each person received 30-minute therapeutic massage sessions for a period of 10 days.

The remainder of the participants (again, 13 in total) received deep tissue massage for the same timeframe.

Participants were assessed based on three different scales—Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Index (ODI), Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale (QBPD), and Visual Analog Scale (VAS)—both before and after the study.

Based on the results, researchers concluded that, when it comes to chronic low back pain, deep tissue massage “was statistically significant better therapy” than a therapeutic massage with regard to ODI and VAS.

Other studies involving different conditions have found similar results.

For instance, in 2017, a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at 27 men who had been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, or AS.

The Spondylitis Association of America explains that AS is a condition characterized by inflammation of the spine, which can eventually lead to a new bone

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Massage is known for its ability to help the mind and body relax, and that alone makes getting them advantageous.

However, research has found that deep tissue massage specifically can bring clients other benefits as well. Here are a few to consider.

Deep tissue massage eases pain

Deep tissue massage sometimes helps to lessen pain.

For example, research published in an April 2014 issue of Manual Therapy found that deep tissue massage to posterior calf muscles combined with self-stretching exercises helped reduce participants’ pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

This is important as a study in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences reports that plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, appearing in 11 to 15 percent of the cases.

Deep tissue massage can be used for other pain-based conditions as well.

One that has been studied quite frequently is fibromyalgia.

According to a 2014 study in PLOS One, individuals with this condition sometimes experience “beneficial immediate effects” in regard to their levels of pain, oftentimes within just five weeks of massage therapy.

Participants in this study also reported lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Deep tissue massage makes movement easier

Scar tissue forms when an area of the body is injured and then heals.

Although the most common scars are those that result from a visible cut, sometimes they occur deeper in the body, such as when you damage muscles, ligaments or tendons.

It is this type of scarring that deep tissue massage can help resolve, making it easier to move and promoting a greater range of motion.

Research confirms the value of massage for a range of motion, with a 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science finding that, after reviewing of seven studies and 237 participants, massage therapy “significantly improved” range of motion for individuals in their shoulder area.

This was especially true with regard to movements involving flexion and abduction.

Deep tissue massage can improve the function of the heart and lungs

Deep tissue massage is also beneficial to many of the body’s internal organs.

For instance, a study published in 2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine involved 263 participants who reported muscle spasm or strain.

Each individual’s blood pressure and heart rate were assessed prior to a 45 to 60-minute deep tissue massage, as well as after.

The result was lower systolic and diastolic pressure, as well as heart rates around 10 beats less per minute.

Massage has also been found to improve lung function.

2017 study in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease shared how 12 patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) engaged in massage therapy one time and their residual volumes decreased while their inspiratory capacity and SpO2 increased, the signally healthier functioning of the lungs.

Deep tissue massage offers more effective stress relief

When a client feels stressed out due to demands at work, home, or both, deep tissue massage can help ease this stress in a healthy manner.

This is important as unresolved stress can do major damage to mental and physical health, with an estimated 60 to 80 percent of doctor’s office visits being stress-related as noted in a 2003 study in the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Massage can also help with chronic tension headaches according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

This particular study involved individuals who reported experiencing two or more headaches per week for a period of six months or more and each participant received two 30-minute massages weekly for a period of four weeks.

The results indicated that the mean number of headaches per week decreased from 6.8 to 2.0.

The mean duration decreased as well, with an average headache lasting between 2.3 and 4.3 hours, as opposed to the pre-study duration of 4.3 to 8 hours.

Seventy-five percent of the participants also reported improvement in headache intensity.

Deep tissue massage for improved social bonding

Research conducted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has even found that massage can help facilitate social bonding.

It does this through the touch of the massage therapy, which increases the body’s release of oxytocin, a hormone that Medical News Today reports as being “associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building.”

There are many benefits associated with deep tissue massage, further reinforcing why this type of massage is requested so frequently.

What makes it so good for the body?

Deep Tissue Massage Techniques and Uses

When discussing the positive benefits of deep tissue massage, it helps to first understand the techniques used in this type of massage therapy.

Though some of these techniques are basic methods of performing deep tissue work, individual therapists tend to shape and mold them slightly based on their own individual preferences.

Techniques Used in Deep Tissue Massage

Some techniques traditionally used in deep tissue work include myofascial release, cross-fiber work, and friction.”

Clients should use breath work and sometimes be moving in deep tissue sessions.

“For me, deep tissue work is a working relationship between myself and the person receiving.”

“Manual techniques include myofascial and positional release, trigger point therapy, use of stainless steel tools, and range of motion (both passive and active) with pin and stripping of the focal adhesions,” he says. “ he also uses gravity, bolsters, and the massage table itself “to improve alignment and posture.”

Conditions Deep Tissue Helps Relieve and/or Treat

The specific conditions that often respond well to these techniques are numerous. However, some of the most common include:

  • Chronic back pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) reports that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, is more than those afflicted with diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. Additionally, back pain is the most common type of pain reported, accounting for 27 percent of all chronic pain cases. It is also the leading cause of disability in Americans who are 45-years-old or younger. Research has found that deep tissue massage can potentially help ease this pain, offering these individuals a chance at a higher quality of life.
  • Headaches. Severe headaches and migraines are the second most common pain conditions in the U.S. (15 percent) according to the AAPM, and Everhart says that massage therapy can oftentimes help in these cases. The Migraine Relief Center (MRC) indicates that the reason this modality works is that it eases muscle spasms, improves blood flow and circulation, relieves tension, and increases relaxation. The MRC shares that it is also especially helpful when it comes to tension and vascular headaches.
  • Neck pain. Neck pain is tied with headaches as the second most common pain experienced by adult Americans (also 15 percent), and massage can typically help with this too. For instance, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2014 in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine analyzed 15 studies and found that there was “moderate evidence” that massage therapy helped provide relief.
  • Shoulder pain. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science reports that shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, affecting as many as 66.7 percent of the population. The study goes on to say that massage therapy can often help reduce this type of pain, sometimes in a matter of days, though 36 sessions appeared to offer the greatest level of relief.
  • Plantar fasciitis. According to the JAMA Network, plantar fasciitis occurs when the fibrous band on the bottom of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain in the heel and arch areas. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine further indicates that deep tissue massage can be an effective treatment for this particular condition as it helps “release the muscle tension, break scar tissue, and lead to its elimination.”
  • Posterior interosseous syndromePhysiopedia explains that posterior interosseous syndrome is a compression of the posterior interosseous nerve, which is located near the shaft of the humerus and the elbow, that may result in paresis or paralysis of the thumbs and fingers. Though cryotherapy, ultrasound, dry needling, and other modalities often help with this condition, so too does deep tissue work that is focused on the thoracic outlet, pectoralis minor, triceps, brachioradialis, and other surrounding areas.




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Santa Barbara Massage. Nicola is a California State Licensed and Insured LMT (Certified Massage Practitioner) Professional BODY WORKER, by APPOINTMENT ONLY, Last Minute Appointments are OK. Neck Pain, Headaches, Migraines, Shoulder & Arm Pain, Carpal Tunnel Relief, Upper Back, Low Back Spasms, Sciatica, Torso Pain, Hip, Thigh, Hamstring and Calf Injuries, Leg, Knee, Achilles and Foot Pain, Chronic Pain, Stress Relief, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction and any other injuries or muscle related injuries and pain. Therapeutic Pain Relief Santa Barbara Goleta Massage, Trigger Point, Riktr Pro Deep Tissue Swedish Massage, Nicola, LMT, 805-637-7482 Nicola (aka – Nick, Chris or Banduechy…so named by his handball buddies) is a California State Licensed and Insured LMT (Licenced Massage Therapist) Professional BODY WORKER, by APPOINTMENT ONLY, Last Minute Appointments are OK if available.
















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