We Take a different approach

Hope for a brighter future and freedom from chronic pain.

Nicole's Story

How Skin to soul came to be

“Skin to Soul, that’s a great name!” My colleague said to me, as she passed by my paper of scattered words in our Massage Business Class. It was 2005 and there I was, sitting in class, writing down words that I knew represented massage to me. Soul was immediate and yet also a risk.

Back then, it was creepy to talk about your Soul. I knew in my heart how deep bodywork could go, but I had no idea how much that name would truly represent what I have come to create today.

A recent Northeastern University Engineering Graduate, massage was supposed to be my little hobby. My Dad had taught me how to work out his trigger points from various injuries and bodybuilding and I liked helping him feel better. He was a strong man inside and out, made tough from a stint in Vietnam and coming home with PTSD. Despite the horrors he had witnessed, he made it a mission to teach my sister and I that happiness came from within and that we had the power to design our lives in whatever way we wanted to.

“My parents tell stories of how I used to massage my kindergarten teacher and create a fake “massage office” during the Holidays, to massage my aunts and uncles.”

I had a psychic reader tell me once that I would quit my job and become a healer, and I laughed at him. “QUIT my CAREER? You must be joking”.

After getting out of an intense 5 years of studying engineering, I still had the learning bug (and also an intense need to constantly improve and I will admit….work myself into a burned out state of being all in the name of ACCOMPLISHMENT!) I set up shop in a tiny little closet of a room and worked part time at it for about 5 years.

I excelled in both careers. I knew how to work hard, and produce! What I didn’t know how to do, was fill that missing void I felt, in the car ride between jobs. . .in the evening hours when I was left alone to my own devices. I stared at the clouds and remembered my Dad’s voice “Nicole, happiness is a choice. If you are looking at the beautiful clouds in the sky and you are not feeling the gratitude and happiness, then it’s time to evaluate what you’re doing with your life”.

It started to become my little litmus test. And I realized, despite all I had accomplished, my straight A’s, my engineering graduate degree, my management promotion and my flourishing business, I was still not happy.

In 2009, in the midst of the Recession, was when I decided to make a change. In a fit of insanity and overinflated ego, (because honestly, if I had really written a fancy business plan I might have quit before I ever started!) I left my engineering job and decided to focus on Skin to Soul full time. I started taking John Barnes Myofascial Release and realized I had finally found that missing piece. John Barnes Myofascial Release starts at your skin, and, connecting through your fascia, touches you deep in your soul. It helps you dig up the stuff you always tuck away for a rainy day. It helps you and your body express those deep seated issues that are preventing you from being able to function pain free, to be able to look at the clouds in the sky and feel happy to be alive.

Once I started, I didn’t look back. Since then, I have studied over 400 hours with John Barnes and practiced Myofascial Release for over 5 years. I am an Expert Level Practitioner and the majority of my therapists are trained in John Barnes Myofascial Release. I now assist teaching John’s Myofascial Release Seminars and facilitate a Study Group for Myofascial Practitioners in the North Shore Boston Area.

What I realized was that the answer to void I had been trying to fill externally came from within. Now, my passion is to help my therapists and my clients to love themselves, love their lives and enjoy themselves. So if you feel like you are working too hard and at the end of day feel that missing piece, we are here and honored to help you find it again.

About Our Logo

I created the Skin to Soul logo to remind me of the blue of the sky, the green of the trees, and the white of the clouds, to bring me back to what my Dad had taught me.

I knew the true journey now, was to come home to myself. To learn to love myself. To love my life. “look inside. love your life” This is represented by the big heart in the middle of the person on our logo. She is surrounded by many others (in blue), holding hands behind her. Supporting her. To make a change. To love her life.

All those people, all those little hands represent us at Skin to Soul, surrounding you in the support you need, providing this safe space to be able to find a different way.

I created Skin to Soul to reach a hand out to help you to also see your own beauty, to see your own happiness, and to live your life, pain-free.


how we're different, and how we can help you you discover the path forward

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It begins with deep listening...

When was the last time you felt seen and heard about your pain and symptoms? We take time to learn and understand, no matter how complex your issues are. We know what it’s like to try one thing after another in search of relief. We know the frustration of being ignored, told it’s all in your head, and being disappointed time and time again when no one can seem to find the solution to help you overcome what you’re facing.

That’s why our approach is different.

We combine education, personalized care plans, and targeted myofascial release techniques to address the root cause of your discomfort. We educate you on how your pain works, show you the path to relief, and empower you to live and love your life again!

Let us help you So you can:

Experience tranquility. Lean on us for support. Restore.

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At Skin to Soul, we take your health and your experience with us seriously.

We go far beyond the surface level to provide you with lasting relief. Our Massage Therapy services, Myofascial Release, and transformational work are intentionally tailored to meet you where you are and guide you to a hopeful future. We thoughtfully and intuitively align our approach to address your specific needs as we provide you with relief and freedom from pain to instill you with a sense of hope.

What Sets Us Apart from Other Massage studios

Tailored to Your Needs and Personality

We’re deeply committed to finding the right fit of both modality and therapist for you as we provide you with an authentic, unique approach to care. Each session is personalized for your individual needs and concerns. A safe, supportive, inclusive environment where you can step inside and simply be.

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There is Hope.

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