Nicola (Nicky) Bridge is the practitioner’s practitioner. If ever there was someone we’d like cloned, it’s Nic.
We have the good fortune to work with a lot of amazing practitioners and Nicky’s name has been etched onto this list for many years. A practitioner no one forgets quickly.
Often asked for by name when Seated Massage clients in Perth re-book with us, we hope our relationship with Nic continues for many years to come.
Never lost for words, Nic bares all, or most of it, below. Enjoy! She is an amazing woman!
Please tell everyone who you are.
Hi Everyone, I’m Nicky Bridge, Wife, Mother of 3 and Grandmother, Naturopath, Traditional Herbalist, Work Place Trainer and Assessor, WA Flower Essence Therapist, Massage Therapist, Bio Dynamic and Permaculture gardener, Hands on Healer, Animal lover and tree hugger. Global traveller and Adventure seeker. Phew!
Is Corporate Massage ‘it’ for you or do you apply your skills in private practice? If yes, how and where?
For me Corporate Massage is my thing. I decided after 8 years of practising both massage and naturopathy from my home and several clinics I hated being stuck in one place. It drove me batty. I love the diversity that corporate massage gives me. Flexibility of working hours, inside one day & outside the next .
Each work place & job is different and unique, that keeps it interesting. I meet so many people from so many different backgrounds. Every single day truly is a brand new day. I massage up to 180 people per week. Its insane but I love it and have been doing corporate massage for 16 years now.
I am 100% mobile in the Perth CBD and Metro area and occasionally travel as far as Margaret River to Geraldton for Specialised Sporting Event Massage Weeks. Because I am so busy with corporate massage 5 days a week Monday to Friday I do not work nights or weekends. I need this time to recharge my batteries.
It takes a special kind of person to work as a touch practitioner. Why do you do it?
I’ve had a passion for natural health and massage from a young girl.
When I was 20 I realised that massage and naturopathy was what I truly wanted to do in life. I love to help people and I’m often told I have healing hands I love the smile that greets me every single time I enter a workplace and from every single person who sits on my massage chair or table.
I love the look of peace and bliss when a client has had a massage. Its a great feeling to be able to help someone feel better about themselves each day. To relieve their aches and pains and for just one moment allow them switch off and imagine they are somewhere else.
How does what you do every day contribute to the greater good of your community, or thinking big, the planet!?
For me, massage always has a ripple effect. One simple thing affects so many in a positive way.
I enter a workplace and the staff are visibly stressed, sitting with poor posture positions at their desks and the atmosphere can be noticeably heavy and thick at times.
Slowly through the day, the aroma of essential oils from the massage room starts to waft and linger through out the office. People become calmer, more relaxed with a noticeable shift in energy throughout the office.
People are calmer and happier from the effects of my soothing aroma massage cream. Laughter is now heard in the background. People continue to come and go throughout the day, each one in turn allowing their stress to fall to the floor, any grievances or health conditions often aired or discussed in a confidential manner.
Most often, simple silence is what is needed. A weight is lifted, a burden shared or a happy moment commemorated. There is a connection, a trust and a bond that gets created between a practitioner and recipient. It’s not sexual but it is intimate in a professional way. This bond can last a lifetime from just a simple 5 minute workplace massage. It is possible to change someones day and at times, their life.
A massage given with the right intention can break language barriers and release pent up emotions. Each and every massage practitioner can be a healer in their own right.
And if I can change one person’s life by helping ease their pain or steering them (back) onto an effective path towards a healthier life then I have succeeded in what I do. Each year I literally massage 1000’s of people. I know it makes a difference to their lives and it gives more meaning to my own life.
And very importantly, because you’re a normal (super) human and like to do normal (super) human things too, what is the most normal thing about you?
Me and normal don’t really go together but here I go….. I have a hubby and 2 of my 3 children are still living at home. One in high school and One at University.
I have grandchildren who often get mistaken for my own children. I certainly don’t feel like a grandma! I have one overweight cranky fluffy cat who is 20 years old and leaves fluff all over the house (I no longer have carpets for that reason) & a rescue dog who lives to eat. No food is safe in his sights and he will steal food off the kitchen bench if left unattended.
I currently have 5 permanent pet ferrets (that my hubby hates but he loves me so he puts up with them) but that number changes on a daily basis with rescue ferrets. I am a morning person who wakes up with the sun every single day – no need for an alarm clock ever! A sleep in would be nice – just once.
My weekends are taken up with domestic duties like washing massage towels (and there is always a lot of those), cleaning of animal cages/pens and doing the sports runs with the kids on Sundays.
Being that self sufficiency rules my world there is always daily food to harvest or plant, veggie patches to weed, medicinal herbs to harvest, dry and manufacture into herbal medicine. And there’s poultry to feed and remind the dog to chase the crows off our fruit crops.
In my spare time (what spare time?) I sew bedding and hammocks for animal rescue groups and make my own soap and skin care stuff.