The Mind Behind
Hi, I'm Nikki...
Registered Massage Therapist
Practicing Yogi / Instructor
Full-Time Wifey & Mom
Fellow Human in the Life Experience
Loves Food, Fantasy, Singing & Camping
My name is Nikki Froning - Owner, Instructor and Registered Massage Therapist at CARE Body Therapy. My passions for both manual therapy and yoga first began as a client and student, and the idea of bringing these worlds together around the concept of helping others fall in love with taking care of themselves is ever evolving.
The journey began when my BFF and I participated in a relaxation massage workshop together. By the end of the weekend I knew that some version of THIS was what I wanted to do. There is something about therapeutic touch and its ability to heal that resonates with me on a fundamental level. I have always had a drive to teach and help others, but until that workshop had struggled to identify a clear path.
My professional identities include almost a decade in aquatics, formal education as a graphic artist, a few years as an office administrator and, finally, graduating with honors as a Registered Massage Therapist from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. I knew right away that I wanted to open my own practice, allowing me to balance my passion for the human body with raising a young family. I first opened Alberta Girl Body Therapy out of my home in 2019 and throughout the pandemic discovered deeper understandings of both my values and the needs of my clients. As my identity as a massage therapist matured, my brand evolved into CARE Body Therapy by Nikki.
As for my yoga journey, I have been a passionate practitioner of Asana since 2013, when I leaned into discomfort to try something that was very new to me. At first, like many, I saw it only from a perspective of physical improvement, with resistance to the other aspects of the practice. As my connection to the Self deepened, I began to notice how my mental state played a role in my ability to settle into different poses and inspired me to embrace yoga more fully. Now, I hope to help others deepen their connection between the mind and body through yoga. CARE Yoga classes are about using intention, breath and movement to positively influence the nervous system, show appreciation for our bodies and bring a sense of balance to each individual.
I am currently a member in good standing of the CMMOTA (Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association) and Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce.
How I Work With Clients...
My massage treatment philosophy is to address the underlying musculoskeletal mechanisms for any pain or dysfunction that you identify as your chief concern, working with the body and its natural desire to be optimally functional to help improve overall wellness. Your body is designed to be at homeostasis and will return as closely as it can to its normal factory settings given the right tools to effect change. This can take time, but consistency often yields amazing results. If we don't start to see changes in 3-5 sessions or we find that we are simply not a good fit, I will help you find another manual therapist who may better serve your body's needs. You know your body best, so remember to trust your instincts while choosing any manual therapist and never be afraid to say "no" to anything that makes you uncomfortable. I employ a variety of tools and techniques to affect the soft tissues of your body during treatment, always working within your boundaries for comfort. At the end of your session, I will assign home-care exercises or offer referrals to extend your healing beyond the table.
My yoga philosophy is to encourage the regular use of intention, breath and movement to positively influence the nervous system, improving optimal function through balancing the mind-body connection. Every body can do yoga. The most wonderful aspect of yoga, no matter whether you approach it from a physical or spiritual perspective, is that it does not discriminate. It does not care what you look like, how you identify or label yourself, what religion you choose to practice, whether or not you are athletic or if you buy into the many ways it can influence your ability to explore and expand the Self. It is here for you, in whatever way you need it to be. It exists as a catalyst that encourages growth in whatever way feels natural to each individual. CARE Yoga is here to provide every body with a space of safety and support in which to challenge their nervous systems to respond, rather than react, increasing neuroplasticity and improving overall wellness.
I believe in long term healing of both body and mind, by helping you fall in love with taking care of yourself. Although we may address short term complaints in massage sessions or specific goals in yoga classes, we will always be working toward creating an improved sense of overall wellness for you. I hope that we'll be a good fit and look forward to working with you. Cheers!