Combining Integrative Treatments
From the desk of Nicole Trincia, LMT... I often hear clients ask "I've been getting acupuncture, is it okay for me to get massage?", or "If I'm getting a massage now, is it still okay for me to see my chiropractor later today?" Everyone's needs are different and it is wise to discuss with your integrative health provider(s) which combination of therapies will best treat your condition. However, combining integrative health modalities can absolutely enhance and extend the success of your comprehensive treatment.
Many people have experienced the benefit of massage after taking a yoga or Pilates class, or performing any strenuous workout, as toxins built up from active muscles are flushed out and shortened muscles are re-lengthened. "Layering" multiple integrative health modalities can actually increase the overall effectiveness of treatment by better preparing the body to receive and "go deeper" into healing, as well as helping to support and restore the body as it faces challenge through the changes that are made. For example, receiving acupuncture before massage can be an effective way to release emotional or energetic blocks that will allow for deeper, muscular work with massage. Similarly, massage is often recommended before receiving chiropractic treatment to help loosen muscles (which attach to bones) to allow for greater ease and potential for spinal vertebrae to be adjusted. Both massage and acupuncture nicely compliment nutrition counseling and naturopathy, by balancing and calming the nervous system, and offer emotional support to those who may be undergoing dietary changes, for example. The list goes on...
If you are interested in trying a new integrative health treatment or exploring other modalities in addition to the treatment you are currently receiving, ask your health care provider, or feel free to consult with one of the practitioners at OMBE. We are more than happy to assess your needs, help you figure out a good starting point for treatment, and set up a game plan including multiple approaches (professional treatment and self-care) to help you reach your goals for optimal health. Remember, good health is not a "luxury", it is your right. You owe it to yourself to be in the best health possible and live a joyful life. Do what you need to do to achieve that. Often times it is best accomplished through a multi-pronged approach. Have fun exploring various combinations of integrative health modalities to find the set that best works for you and reap the benefits!
Licensed Massage Therapist
Nicole Trincia is a Massachusetts Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who has been practicing in the Greater Boston area for over eleven years. She graduated from Healing Touch Institute in 2000, with certification in Holistic Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Esalen, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports and Pregnancy Massage as well as Polarity, Aromatherapy, and yoga. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Nicole has expanded her massage into an integrative style, customized to the unique needs of her clients. She incorporates Cranio Sacral, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, assisted stretching, and Feldenkrais techniques. In 2010, she successfully completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing. Over the years of working in integrated wellness centers, spas and in private practice, Nicole has guided clients with intuition and compassion, out of restriction and pain, into more physically and emotionally productive living. Her clients range from professional athletes, musicians, children, the elderly, and those with repetitive stress injuries, systemic illness, special needs, and emotional stress. Having earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Nicole is personally fascinated with the mind-body connection. She is committed to identifying stress patterns and educating her clients on proper body mechanics, work habits, diet and exercise. Nicole has been practicing Forrest Yoga for eleven years and has studied Macrobiotics. She has played various sports since childhood, and has overcome repetitive stress injuries through the use of massage, yoga, and other integrated therapies without surgery. She delights in sharing what she has learned through massage and overall mind-body awareness with her clients, so that they may live a more balanced, vivacious, and joyful life!