Nicky is the Founder and Director of Xhilarate Office Massage. She originally trained at Chichester College of Arts, Science and Technology where she graduated as highest placed student in June 1999 with a BTEC HND in Beauty Therapy. Prior to launching Xhilarate, Nicky was Senior Therapist at The Spa at County Hall before going on to manage the esteemed and exclusive Chelsea Club Spa for Chelsea Football Club for a further 7 years. It was here that she was awarded with the prestigious title of ‘Body Therapist of the Year’ at the British Beauty Awards in 2002, and became renowned for her massage therapies: her high profile clientele have included Robbie Williams, Mrs Abramovich and the Chelsea football club team.
Drawing on her 10 years of experience in treating high net worth professionals, Nicky realised that there were huge shortfalls in the corporate world when it came to wellness at work and employee wellbeing. Thus, Xhilarate Office Massage was formed in response to the growing need for addressing the ever-increasing levels of stress in the workplace.
Her mission statement is to ‘Deliver a powerfully unique massage experience of outstanding and unrivalled quality that helps to alleviate stress in the workplace, allowing the client to feel instantly calm, focused and refreshed.’ Nicky has a hands on approach to the business and her passion, expertise and dedication to exceeding client satisfaction are what define the Xhilarate Experience.
Nicky is a firm believer in Meditation and has trained in Mindfulness Meditation with both the Now Project and Calmworks. She enjoys running, Pilates, loves to travel and is currently learning French. Nicky also has a keen interest in Photography and has recently enrolled in a beginners course at City Lit.
Favourite Quote: ‘A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both’ – LP Jacks
Nina’s journey as a massage therapist began in November 2008 when she completed her NVQ in Beauty Therapy at LCBT. Soon after Nina gained her diploma she started working for Xhilarate and as such is our longest serving massage therapist. Since then she has undertaken both Foundation and Advanced training with Touch Pro in order to develop her massage technique.
Nina believes that true healing comes from nourishing the mind, body and soul and therefore has a keen interest in educating herself in different areas of alternative medicine and massage.
In October 2014, she enrolled on course in Mindfulness and utilises this practise in both her massage therapy and personal life. Nina particularly enjoys seeing the immediate beneficial effects of massage in the workplace. She has received consistently positive feedback over the years and is one of our most requested therapists!
Aside from her professional life, Nina is passionate about cycling, running, music and spending time with family and friends.
Favourite Quote: ‘You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret’ – Unknown
As an actress, Shalini balances her work with Xhilarate with life on the London stage. With the mental stresses of life often taking a physical toll on us, she fully believes in the transformative potential of massage therapy. Seeing first-hand how something as simple as a 15-minute massage in the middle of a busy working day can completely change a person’s energy and outlook is her absolute favourite part of the job!
Favourite Quote: ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire’ – Unknown
Becky started working for Xhilarate in October 2014 after gaining her Full Body Massage Diploma (ITEC) in June 2014 and went onto qualify with Touch Pro in November of that same year. Alongside her massage practise Becky is currently is training as a STOTT Pilates matwork instructor and is due to take her exams in October 2017.
Becky enjoys meeting a vast array of people through working for Xhilarate and gains great pleasure in helping to alleviate some of the stress they encounter in their everyday lives. She loves seeing the many happy faces that shine following treatment and feels rewarded in the knowledge that our massage service is a highlight of many an employee’s day. She is proud to be part of a team that aims to provide the highest standard of massage and feels an immense sense of gratitude for the appreciation of her work shown by both Xhilarate and clients alike.
In her spare time, Becky loves drawing, reading and horse riding whenever she gets the chance. She is inspired every day, mostly by simplicity in the world around her.
Favourite Quote: ‘The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear’ – Rumi
Kornelija is qualified in both Onsite Chair Massage (Touch Pro) and Holistic Massage Therapy (ITEC).
Kornelija realized her passion for massage in her early teenage years. Although it took quite a few years to step towards her dreams, she joined the Xhilarate team in early 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.
Being a chair massage therapist at Xhilarate, Kornelija enjoys helping people cope with stress in the workplace and delights in seeing their happy faces after each session. She likes to focus on each client’s individual needs and is always willing to go an extra mile for them.
Kornelija spends a lot of time practising yoga, martial arts and meditating. Spirituality is what makes her happy and pushes her forward. She loves personal development books and seminars and has recently attended Unleash the Power Within (UPW) with Tony Robbins. Like many people, she seeks inspiration in the thoughts and words of others.
Favourite quote: ‘When you have calm mind and strong body – nothing is impossible’ – Unknown
The body has always been a point of interest for her on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Through practising yoga, Emma yearned for a better understanding of how the physical body can be trained and manipulated. She is also interested in the importance of the mental on the physical and how mental health can manifest in the physical body. Working with individuals and interacting with their bodies though massage proves extremely rewarding for Emma. She enjoys the physical practise of manipulating muscles to help alleviate stress and is fascinated by how this can help heal on many levels, considering how mental health manifests in the body and vice versa.
Emma works with a diverse clientele through Xhilarate. She believes that on-site massage allows people who wouldn’t immediately think to treat themselves to a massage, to explore therapy treatments as a powerful, alternative way to combat stress, tension and fatigue. Working with Xhilarate Office Massage allows her to travel across London and she feels that it’s a fantastic way to meet interesting people from an array of professions. She enjoys working by herself as well as in Xhilarate’s tight nit and supportive team.
Emma also works as a support worker for Headway East London, an organisation that helps people with acquired brain injuries, working with clients to help them build confidence and independence in their daily lives.
When not at work, Emma plays as an artist focussing on landscapes and abstract scenes working mostly in oils. Painting on a daily basis keeps her grounded and feeling alive. She loves the visual expression and how it stimulates mental wellbeing.
Favourite Quote: ‘If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good’ – Śāntideva
In 2015 Rachel travelled to Bali where she learnt Balinese massage and later that year studied Thai yoga massage, doing 60 hours of training with the Inner Mountain School of healing Arts.
After returning to the UK in early 2016, she went on to qualify in Holistic Massage (BTEC) and Deep Tissue Massage (ITEC) at the London School of Massage to further her understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as her massage technique.
Rachel really enjoys working for Xhilarate and performing office massage, as she loves to see the instant relief of her clients. Many office workers suffer from stress and the Xhilarate experience and technique enables that release. Rachel is also a keen cyclist and loves to cycle all over London, working in different locations meeting different people.
Rachel is also a qualified yoga teacher (200hrs Yoga Alliance) and works as a teaching assistant on the Mysore Ashtanga program at the Life Centre in Islington . She also enjoys walking in nature and taking the opportunity to travel, all of which she loves to capture through her camera lens.
Favourite Quote: ‘Happiness is your true nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside’ – Sri Ramana Maharshi
After qualifying with Gateway Workshops, she offered chair massage to friends and family and went on to take a refresher course with Walk in Backrub (July 2015). Whilst working as a Nanny, Krystal gave chair massage treatments to the Mothers she worked for.
Finally, in May 2015, she decided she wanted to work as a Chair Massage Therapist alongside her MA Counselling Degree at Goldmiths University, London (Oct 2015-Sept 2017). Krystal feels that talk and touch therapy go hand in hand. She believes that health is holistic in the sense that mental and physical health are closely linked and wishes to make a difference to the lives of others by providing a space where they can unravel and disconnect from the hustle of life, reflect and enjoy the peace of the present moment.
After taking the foundation day training with Touchpro (May 2016), Krystal began working for Xhilarate. She feels privileged to be able to use the power of touch to help relieve stress and tension in corporate workers and is excited to be a part of the Xhilarate team. Krystal later completed the Advanced Training Day with Touch Pro in July 2017.
Outside of work and study, Krystal enjoys meditation, etymology (history of the English language), creating calligraphy, travelling, dancing and being with nature.
Favourite quote: ‘My passion in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style’ – Maya Angelou
Cara is our Yoga teacher and joined the team in September 2015 having qualified as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher in April 2015 (Namaste Italy Yoga School: 200 Hours Yoga Alliance). As part of her Yoga training, she studied Anatomy and Physiology, Thai Massage, Iridology, Shamanism, Pilates, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.
Every time Cara teaches, she enjoys learning something new. The rewards of teaching are physical as they would be in practising as a Yogi – e.g. having more energy and strength. But the rewards are also personal, meeting and helping people to adjust their practice to suit their individual needs and limitations, watching them grow stronger and finding different levels of wellbeing within each class. Cara is touched by the sense of unity that is created with like-minded people during each session and loves to watch people become immediately more relaxed and open after every class.
Having previously worked in an office herself, she understands the importance of leading a bright balanced life, and feels passionate about counteracting anxiety, stress or physical strain caused by office work. Her style of teaching combines Yoga with Pilates, Tai Chi and Singing principles that help to alleviate that pressure and ultimately lead to a greater sense of strength and wellbeing.
Cara enjoys socialising with friends, wild-swimming, walking, dancing, and singing. Her passions and inspirations are live music, choirs, Flamenco music and dancing, food from around the world, creative writing, visiting the sea, geology, ceramics and literature based on old Fables and Myths.
Favourite Quote: ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’- Einstein
In working for Xhilarate, Letty enjoys delivering efficient and professional treatments in the workplace and takes pleasure in being part of such a well-organized and efficient team. She practices sports such as self-defense, cycling and yoga and is greatly inspired by the Buddhist philosophy that she came across while travelling in Asia.
Favourite Quote: ‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.’ – Buddha
Antonia is a keen swimmer, a big believer in the practice of meditation and yoga and mum to 4 year old Orla!
Favourite Quote: ‘Success is attained one step at a time: There is no sudden leap to greatness. Your success lies in doing day by day. Your upward reach will come from working well and carefully. Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. A bottle fills drop by drop. Good work done little by little becomes great work. The house of success is built brick by brick.’- Buddha
Briony’s background is in performance arts. She trained in dance and theatre from an early age, which led to a current 20 year profession in dance, high physical theatre and circus. She attributes her keen understanding of the body and passion for well and healthy bodies to the years of working extensively with her own and a dedicated yoga practice.
She is thrilled to be working with the wonderful Xhilarate team, is inspired by the knowledge and conscious caring of the director and to be fulfilling a long term ambition to be of service in the wellbeing of others. Briony loves meeting all the different people too.
Her other passions are food, farming and sustainable living. She has just returned from a number of years as a volunteer in the rain forest and organic farms in Puerto Rico. She loves animals, country walks, movies and books and keeping bee’s!
Favourite Quote: ‘Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.’ – Anne Frank