Client Kudos

Client Kudos 

6/24/2016

  • Xavior H.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

I’ve been going to Nicola once a month for many years and he still advises me before every session that if I’m uncomfortable in any way to immediately let him know. I always request very deep-tissue work from Nicola but he still asks, after all these years, what kind of massage I want,…deep/therapeutic, relaxing or something in between ? Obviously Nicola is aware that I know his instructions by heart, and that I always request deep work. But he still gives the instructions & asks the questions. Nicola offers the same instructions I’ve heard a hundred times before because A,…Nicola is a professional… And B, Nicola wants to remind me that I am in complete control of the the amount of pressure that will be applied to my body at any given time during that session. On top of that, Nicola never assumes that I want the same type of massage every time, hence, he always asks what kind of massage I want, every time ! Nicola gets deep-tissue work himself, so he knows first-hand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a heavy session. Consequently, Nicola has a great deal of empathy for every client who requests really deep work. Along with great empathy, Nicola has many other technical and intuitive skills. But those intuitive skills do not include the ability to read a client’s mind. It’s the clients responsibility to give a therapist the verbal feedback they need (or in Nicola’s case “Requests”), so that the therapist can better accommodate each & every client’s particular needs.  Xavior H.

5/5/2011

  • Xavior H.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

I’ve been through a bunch of massage therapists over the years,
so when I say “Nicola is the best, hardest working, therapist
I’ve ever had “, you can believe it !

***** (5)

anonymous
4/8/2011

5 stars…as good as it gets !
the good: intuitive healer
the bad: none
the details: I’ve been getting a massage a month for over 20 years now, and I’ve been through eight different therapists’ along the way. So when I say the Riktr massage is the best I’ve ever had, that’s REALLY sayin’ something…
6/24/2016
  • Jared A.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

Nikola is the best there is, period. After a bad motorcycle accident, I had suffered for years with a numbness occasionally mixed with a pulled muscle feeling right beneath my right scapula. This had been the side that I landed on after flying (8′ up and 30′ out) into the air from a bad head on collision with a stalled car. After too many so-so visits to massage places in town, and several visits to chiropractors, I had all but given up on fixing my problem. I was just about to settle with just having to live with the aches and pain until I met Nikola. He targeted my issue very well and worked deep into the muscle. After about 6 sessions, the pain was almost completely unnoticeable. Another 6 months or so of monthly sessions, no pain at all and 100% blood flow, injury completely undetectable. Switch gears if you will, I run my own business, and like most business owners tend to carry a lot of stress in my shoulders. Nikola the “knot-assasin” knows exactly where to go, and what he needs to “clean-out”. And so here we are, I’ve been going to Nikola for over 3 years now, on a monthly to semi-monthly basis and I have to agree with Xavier below; each and every time, Nikola has repeated his policy, “If there at any time is too much pressure, you will let me know, right?” He looks you in the eye to make sure you are not just dozing off thinking about other things. Further, “If there is any pain or tingling sensation anywhere on your body, you will let me know?” Like Xavier mentions, he knows us, he knows our bodies, he knows what we can handle and probably knows where we “build-up”, yet time and time again, he has reminded of his policy, even when we look at him like, “yeah ok, get on with it”. Nikola of Riktr Pro Deep Tissue is hands down the best massage therapist I’ve ever encountered. And this is from someone that comes from a family of a massage therapist.

4/14/2015
  • Pete D.
  • Solvang, CA

I took a chance seeing Nicola as I didn’t know much about him but I am really glad I did.I had a hamstring strain and wasn’t able to participate in my usual sports and fitness routine,plus I had a big surf trip coming up so I was desperate to get help.I described my issue,he did a little recon. and then went to the source of the problem and went at it with vigor.He needed to go deep and he did,no beating around the bush. I’ve had four 1.5 sessions and it is so much better. He described to me in detail a whole protocol of how I can help myself with certain simple bodywork tools, stretches etc…There aren’t many masseurs who go the extra mile like that and it showed me that he really cares.His work has allowed me to go back to doing the things I love to do.He is a real healer.

6/5/2013

  • Clara V.
  • Goleta, CA

Nicola is a wonderful massage therapist. I was in a bad car accident last year and still have neck pain every day. I get a deep tissue massage twice a month and it really helps a lot. If you are looking for an experienced therapist, look no further, you found him here. He has also taught me many things I can do at home on my own.
Thank you for your great healing services.

6/19/2012

  • Nicole A.
  • Santa Monica, CA

A friend of mine recommended Nicola. I’m an athlete and I need weekly massages to keep my body healthy.. Nicola is a knowledgeable massage therapist.  His deep tissue techniques really help my sore muscles. He mixes it up and is very sensitive to your needs. I’ve been seeing him every week of the last 3 years. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for someone with very strong hands and great therapeutic massage techniques. A++++

8/13/2012

  • Wendy W.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

My name is Wendy and I’m 26 years old and have had back problems for years. I called Nicola because my girlfriend recommended him to me. I’ve had a lot of massage over the years because of my back and neck problems. The massage therapists that I’ve seen in the past never really went deep enough to help my issues and so I have not been getting massage very much. Anyway, I’ve never experienced anything like Nicola’s trigger point deep tissue massage. He took the time to explain everything to me and told me that it would be VERY uncomfortable- boy was he right. I was sore for three days but after he did his magic on my low back and neck I felt so much better…better than I’ve felt in years. I’ve gone back to see him many times and he has many different styles of massage that can really relax me. I’ve sent my grandmother to him and she loves him. Nicola is also kind and is generous with his time. Nicola is a fantastic massage therapist and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

6/22/2012

  • Natasha C.
  • Las Vegas, NV

I got lucky a few years ago and found Nicola. My friend Shelly who has been seeing Nicola for years and is also a fitness trainer recommended Nicola to me. I visit Santa Barbara a lot because I’m a fitness trainer and live part time here. But I also live in Las Vegas. When I’m visiting Santa Barbara I see Nicola for my massages. WOW every time I see him my body feels SO much better. My body, neck and shoulders always has a lot of kinks. Nicola does not begin work until he has a full understanding of my body’s issues and my needs. I ALWAYS leave him feeling so much better again and ready to go back to training my body and my clients. I’m really surprised that there are not more Yelp reviews because Nicola’s deep tissue is just amazing. I just had to write something. His rates are very affordable for his experience level. Tip him well my girlfriends, he really deserves it! Also, Nicola is very professional and friendly. His studio is like going to a museum. Trust me when I say your in good hands.

8/13/2012

  • Natasha C.
  • Las Vegas, NV

Updated review: Just so you know II send all my training clients to Nicola. He is always professional and all my clients love him and his “Amazing” bodywork.

6/14/2012

  • Alicia P.
  • Liberty Lake, WA

My mother found Nicola for me since I have a hectic school schedule. After being in multiple car accidents and being whipped around my body has had a rough time recovering. Battling migraines every other day I begged my mother to help me find someone who could help me. Since starting body work my migraines went immediately from being daily to maybe once every week to now once a month. He has shown me many techniques and stretches that I can do at home to improve my healing process. His environment is relaxing and artistic. His deep tissue body work is exactly what my athletic body type needs to have the spasms released deep in my muscles. I highly recommend Riktr Massage!

5/30/2012

  • J B.
  • Santa Monica, CA

This was a wonderful massage from start to finish! I have experienced many different types of massage, from Swedish to Cranial Sacral to Deep Tissue, but Nicola uses a blend of many styles, and he was able to really loosen up my painful areas effectively. The benefits of the massage lasted for several days. Nicola is the best! Highly recommended ~ two thumbs up!

10/23/2011 Updated reviews

I visit Santa Barbara a lot. I booked a massage at one of the massage places in S.B. I had a horrible massages, the worst ever, and I have had a lot of massages. So, I looked on the internet and found Nicola who was listed on Yelp. I booked another massage that same week with Nicola. I can’t thank Yelp enough for helping me find Nicola. Nicola was professional and is a true healer. His price was very fair, other massage therapists I’ve been to with that kind of experience and healing touch usually charge 2 or 3 times his price… a great value I!! If you are in S.B. give him a call, I highly recommend him. Thanks Nicola I’ll be seeing you soon

11/3/2010

This guy Nicola aka Nicola is the real deal. He is a healer. I have three grown daughters who know how I want massaged and how long I’ve been suffering. 10 years since 2000. I have taken literally pounds of medicines and I will not do that again. My pain management doctor told me “walk it off “, that will be the last time she sees me professionally. I will return to Nicola. Time and time again I am certain. He is a find. He’s very professional, polite, intuitive and he will massage you. It is no wimpy massage either. You get exactly what he tells you. Expect it. He sits with you prior to the massage and goes over the areas in question and what is the feelings that are going on. My last visit was primarily for my leg and he stayed on it the entire time. He seems to understand what is hurting. He told me to expect a little pain and I felt fine, it did feel tender a few days afterwards, but my leg is so much better and more functioning. I was a sceptic, Nicola sure made me believe in the power of a great massage again. I had almost, almost gave up. I am glad I didn’t. I hope to get to know Nicola well in the future. Thank you Nicola I will see you again this Friday !!

2/4/2010

My friend recently had a massage from Nicola at Riktr and recommended that I check it out. Nicola sat down with me prior to the massage in order to get to know me and find out my needs. I personally like a good deep tissue massage and Nicola delivered. I’ve had both “wimpy” and great massages. Nicola ranks with the greats. He was professional and thoughtful. If you want a good deep tissue massage, check out riktrmassage.com

3/23/2012
  • Sharon S.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

I am a contractor with years of all things associated w/contracting and my hands have not been able to grip for several years.  Along with other body related issues.  I’ve seen Nicola for about a year, and yesterday after a fabulous treatment I am able to close my hands tightly again, I’m thrilled!  Along w/his great personality my mobility is greatly improving, he is truly great at his craft.

5/15/2011

  • Angie G.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

My massage experience with Nicola (aka Nicola or Nick) was utterly out of this world! I really appreciated the time he spent before the massage to get down to what my real issues and pains were. The massage itself was incredible, I honestly have never had anything remotely close to this massage before in my life. I have a long list of back a neck problems and he dealt with all of them beautifully. He was very understanding of my problem areas and really helped put me on the healing path. I was referred to Nicola by a friend and immediately called after my massage to thank them for bringing this massage genius into my life! Thanks Again Nicola! I will be seeing you again very soon!

12/22/2010

  • Bradley C.
  • Santa Barbara, CA

 

Nicola’s deep tissue massages are amazing!  If you need someone to really dig deep and work out stubborn knots that are hard to get, this is the one for you.  I had chronic back pain and headaches for years, and tried numerous people with no success.  After 4 sessions with Nicola, the headaches were almost gone.

The sessions were not for the faint-of-heart!  It hurt to get those knots in the back, and muscles in the neck, to loosen up.  And Nicola grinds on darn hard.  But bottom line is – it worked, and I’m feeling better.

What I respect most about Nicola is that he is more than just a masseur.  He is truly a student of the human skeletal and musculature systems, which helps him pinpoint the root of a problem.  I have great respect for anyone who works that hard to achieve such excellence at their craft

12/21/2010

  • Douglas A.
  • Los Angeles, CA

Great deep tissue for chronic pain. Its the day after the massage and the radiating pain in my back has been replaced by some tenderness that will dissipate in a couple days but thats to be expected. Its the first day with out Dr Rx pain medication for 3 months.

6/8/2010
  • Gail T.
  • Santa Barbara, CA
Nicola is a master.  he is so skilled at his craft.  his intuition truly seems to guide him to stress points in the body.  i did not realize how much i needed a massage, until the end of the session.  the release of stress and muscle tension was truly significant.  i cannot wait to continue on my new journey to health with Nicola’ assistance.

6/2/2010

  • Michelle L.
  • Goleta, CA
I made an appointment to have a massage with Nicola after a friend recommended him to me.  He seriously gives the best deep tissue massage.  Not wimpy at all.  I had a bunch of knots up and down my back from work stress.  By the time Nicola was done, they were all gone.  I highly recommend Nicola if you are looking for a good deep strong massage!  Oh yeah, and the price is very good too.  I’ve had other massages in this town that were fine, but double the price!

10/14/2009

  • Thomas C.
  • Montecito, CA★★★★★ Ratings

I called Nicola  (aka Nicola, Nick or Banduechy) after waking up to find that I could not move one morning! My upper back had completely locked, pinching a nerve, and I needed help fast. As an athlete, I rely on therapeutic massage to overcome injury and stay healthy, and know that proper therapeutic massage is hard to come by. Nicola was excellent in every regard. He was professional, courteous, thoughtful, and had good energy. He arrived with everything he needed, and took the time to understand what was wrong before he got to work. Please note that this review covers an intense, therapeutic session. I told Nicola not to hold back as I needed serious help to unlock my back, and he really worked hard. This is no fru-fru spa experience- Nicola bent, stretched, and dug his way through layers of frozen muscles and at times brought me close to tears. But the results were incredible- he really got things loosened up, and by the next day I was back to about 80% mobility and able to compete again. I STRONGLY recommend Nicola, but again caveat that this massage is not for the weak of heart. Nicola is a gifted healer, and you need to trust him and let him work his magic. I will certainly use him again (although I hope under less dire circumstance!). His results are great, he is fairly priced, and he is a pleasure to work with.

Julie S.

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07/02/09:

Goleta, Ca

‘Riktr Deep Tissue Massage is A+’

★★★★★ Ratings

A friend of mine recommended Nicola. I’m an athlete and I need weekly massages. Nicola is the best MT I have ever been too. Don’t even bother with anybody else. His deep tissue techniques really helped my sore muscles. He can massage your muscles softly or get in deep and hit those trigger points, ouch. Anyway I would highly recommend him if you are looking for someone with very strong hands and great therapeutic massage techniques. A+

Judy L.

Santa Barbara, Ca

The best massage!

This was a wonderful massage from start to finish! I have experienced many different types of massage, from Swedish to Cranial Sacral to Deep Tissue, but Nicola uses a blend of many styles, and he was able to really loosen up my painful areas effectively. The benefits of the massage lasted for several days. Nicola is the best! Highly recommended ~ two thumbs up!

  • Pros: Intuitive bodyworker
  • Cons: None

Ewy A.

Hi Nicola. Thank you Thank you. My shoulder did not hurt last night and I thougt. Well, it will start in themorning. NO,  I feel perfect and totally painfree. You are a miracle. Rami is right. You are the best.Thanks again. See you soon. Ewy

Ron Z.

Santa Barbara, Ca.

My shoulder really felt strong the next day and I felt like I could start rebuilding muscle.

Forgot to tell you, after my operation (is that what you call your service?), next day was the best my shoulder had felt in months.

I have to say you know your stuff.

Thx,

Ron

Gail T.

Santa Barbara, CA

Nicola (aka Nicola, Nick or Banduechy) is a master.  he is so skilled at his craft.  his intuition truly seems to guide him to stress points in the body.  i did not realize how much i needed a massage, until the end of the session.  the release of stress and muscle tension was truly significant.  i cannot wait to continue on my new journey to health with Nicola’ assistance.

A++++ Get ready to become transformed by Nicola (nicola) of Riktr Pro Massage

Donna F. 5 Star

I walked away a new woman from a session of deep tissue massage with Nicola. He is amazing! His patience and concern over my needs was refreshing. The session started with reflexology which targeted a couple problem areas he massaged with extra effort. I was extremely tight and full of knots and Nicola worked my muscles until they were back to normal. Nicola has very strong hands and as an athlete he has the strength and ability to work out any stubborn muscles. I highly recommend Riktr Massage if you are searching for a professional, strong, and therapeutic massage. I give him an A+++++++ rating.

Riktr Deep Tissue Massage is THE BEST

josh g. 4 Stars

Nick was very professional and personable. ?He offered me something to drink and make sure i had what i needed to become comfortable in his work space. The work i massage i received was very therapeutic. If you have knots or have very tight muscles, nick is definitely the guy to go see. He will most definitely be strong enough to apply the pressure needed. He also offers package deals if your int-rested in multiple sessions. witch is great if your wallets is a little tight. over all i recommend this deep tissue message to athletes. Not only will it reduce chance of injury but help with the recovery time of your muscles. Thanks nick

Kirra G

5 of 5 stars

Sep 10, 2010

My massage experience with Nicola was utterly out of this world! I really appreciated the time he spent before the massage to get down to what my real issues and pains were. The massage itself was incredible, I honestly have never had anything remotely close to this massage before in my life. I have a long list of back a neck problems and he dealt with all of them beautifully. He was very understanding of my problem areas and really helped put me on the healing path. I was referred to Nicola by a friend and immediately called after my massage to thank them for bringing this massage genius into my life! Thanks Again Nicola! I will be seeing you again very soon! Kirra G

Kristin

Santa Barbara, Ca.

My name is Kristin and I’m 26 years old and have had back problems for years. I called Nicola because my girlfriend recommended him to me. I’ve had a lot of massage over the years because of my back and neck problems. The massage therapists that I’ve seen in the past never really went deep enough to help my issues and so I have not been getting massage very much. Anyway, I’ve never experienced anything like Nicola’s trigger point deep tissue massage. He took the time to explain everything to me and told me that it would be VERY uncomfortable- boy was he right. I was sore for three days but after he did his magic on my low back and neck I felt so much better…better than I’ve felt in years. I’ve gone back to see him many times and he has many different styles of massage that can really relax me. I’ve sent my grandmother to him and she loves him. Nicola is also kind and is generous with his time. Nicola is a fantastic massage therapist and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Bill

5 of 5 stars

Aug 29, 2010

Ventura, Ca

This guy is the real deal. He is a healer. I have three grown daughters who know how I want massaged and how long I’ve been suffering. 10 years since 2000. I have taken literally pounds of medicines and I will not do that again. My pain management doctor told me ?walk it off Bill?, that will be the last time she sees me professionally. I will return to Nicola. Time and time again I am certain. He is a find. He’s very professional, polite, intuitive and he will massage you. It is no wimpy massage either. You get exactly what he tells you. Expect it. He sits with you prior to the massage and goes over the areas in question and what is the feelings that are going on. My last visit was primarily for my leg and he stayed on it the entire time. He seems to understand what is hurting. He told me to expect a little pain and I felt fine, it did feel tender a few days after wards, but my leg is so much better and more functioning. I was a skeptic, Nicola made me believe in the power of massage.

Aug 1, 2010

A truly powerful deep tissue and healing experience. I found Nicola’s nice studio easily in the foothills in Santa Barbara. He greeted me outside when I drove up and had me fill out some paper work. He took the time to find out what my needs were and what I was looking for in my massage. I told him that I had a lot of knots in my neck. He explained to me that Deep Tissue massage can be uncomfortable but that the benefits would be there for me. Boy was he right. He worked by upper body for 2 hours and boy was it on the edge of being very painful but it hurt so good. I was sore of about 2 days after he worked on me but my neck and shoulders felt so much better after months of problems. He also gave me a great face and head massage. Nicola is a gifted healer and I highly recommend him.

Joey E.

Denver, CO

Feb 16, 2010

I’m a businessman and called Nicola from the Santa Barbara Independent Ad I saw. He was very pleasant to talk to and booked me that afternoon. WOW – I’ve been all over the United States and have had many I thought “deep tissue” massages but Nicola’s massages are over the edge fantastic. I’m an athlete and I needed some deep work and Nicola delivered. He said that he had a lot more to give but he backed off just enough to fix my sore muscles. If you like really deep work -call Nicola – he is friendly and an amazing healer. Joey E. Denver, CO

 

Hi Nicola,

Thank you so much for the relaxing massages yesterday!  My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed them and will definitely call you again next time we visit Santa Barbara.

We already drove back to Las Vegas today but really had a great time in SB.  Thanks for recommending the Cold Spring Tavern.  We did go there for lunch, and enjoyed

all of the history surrounding the place.

Have a great upcoming week!

Elaine D. Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

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