Healing Massage

Massage Therapy and Stress Management

Whether you’re conscious of it or not, your daily experiences and activities can have a lasting effect on you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Maybe your back is sore from sitting at your computer all day, or your neck is stiff from the accumulation of stress and tension, or your muscles feel tight from digging in the garden, or you could be feeling fatigued from your regular exercise routine. Whatever the cause, these little aches and pains may seem temporary, but they can often have a lasting impact. Then, even when you do find time to relax, those tightened muscles don’t just disappear.

The results of this wear and tear on your body are lasting pain, discomfort, fatigue, and, in the worst cases, physical illness or incapacitation. Without giving your body the right kind of attention, chronic pain and tension can also lead to a lower quality of life, impacting both your mental and emotional capacities.

These aches and pains aren’t simply temporary set-backs; they are your body’s way of crying out for help. Listen for the whispers so you don't have to hear the screams.

Massage therapy relaxes these muscles and relieves local and referred pain. It stops the progression of pain, limiting its impact on your life and on your relationships.

By releasing muscular tension, massage balances the flow of energy throughout the body, and can help manage your physical health and your overall wellness.

Understanding Fascia

Fascia is the ultimate support system. It is the connective tissue that wraps around the skeleton and soft tissues in the human body. Enveloping every bone, muscle, blood vessel, and organ, the fascia creates a continuous web of protection, support, and structure.

With no beginning and ending, it is like a three-dimensional spider web that holds the bones, muscles and organs in their respective places, thereby giving the body its shape and form.

It is the fascia that gives a person their individual characteristics of posture.

The fascia can become chronically shortened, creating an imbalance in the fascial web, which induces a misalignment in the structure. This can lead to chronic muscle tension and pain. This shortening develops over time in response to physical injuries and environmental factors that include repetitive work, recreational activities, and day-to-day challenges.

Fascia is a hidden treasure for creating lasting change in the body's structure. Fascia is malleable! It can be stubborn, yet when it receives appropriate contact and sufficient energy, it changes immediately. When fascia changes, our structure changes, and when our structure changes, our physiology changes!

It helps to think of the fascia as being the container and the muscles as being the content within the container. When the fascia is lengthened, the muscles and organs have more space in which to relax.

Restoring length and flexibility to the fascial web is essential to the healing process of chronic pain and dysfunction because it releases the tension that affects the structure, muscles, and organs. This, in turn, increases and improves the overall flow of energy throughout the body.


The best thing to come out of 2 back surgeries was meeting Nikki. Lower back pain use to be a way of life, but when my physical therapist introduced me to Nikki over 6 years ago, everything changed. Her massage therapy techniques, combined with her knowledge and understanding of "where and why" , has truly taught me how to listen to my body. If I'm ever in pain or tweak my back, Nikki immediately calms the discomfort, which reminds me of how lucky I am to have found her.

Dale Ness - Columbia, SC

I was referred to Nikki in 1995 by the neurosurgeon who was treating me for severe neck pain. At about the same time, I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My pain evolved into anxiety and depression.

Nikki was able to break this pain cycle with therapeutic massage, and I have been able to avoid major surgery. I continue to see Nikki intermittently for therapeutic massage on an as needed basis when my pain flares up. I experience a great deal of relief each time.

Ben Campbell - West Columbia, SC

I am pleased to share my enthusiastic recommendation for Nikki Cox and her Transformational Touch Massage. I have been a client of Nikki's for more than a decade. You will not find a more knowledgeable and skilled therapist (miracle worker is a better description). Whatever pain you're experiencing, Nikki can probably fix it. She is absolutely fantastic. Please feel free to tell her I sent you!

Flynn Bowie - Columbia, SC

I was referred to Nikki by a physician and have been benefiting from her therapeutic massages for almost four years. She is knowledgeable about body physiology and a super listener. Nikki sincerely cares about her client's well-being.

Jean Cook -- Columbia, SC

Nikki provides a healing environment in which she beautifully aligns the body, mind and spirit. She intuitively knows what my body needs to release blocked energy. Regardless of how much discomfort I arrive with, I always leave feeling stress free.

Brenda Lattanzi -- Camden, SC

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Nikki Cox - LMT

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