SLOCO Massage

Understanding the value of massage

Many people are under the impression that massage is a luxury, however massage has been an important part of achieving and maintaining wellness for thousands of years. Spending one hour under the hands of an experienced therapist is equivalent to getting eight hours of sleep. Massage has so many benefits, its no wonder that more health insurance companies are starting to cover the cost of massage in some of their health plans.

Massage makes you feel like you’re floating because of all the endorphins it causes your body to release, not to mention it also raises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Massage helps people battle depression, relieve back pain, migraines and insomnia. It cuts the level of stress hormones in your body in half. Massage promotes tissue regeneration, helps strengthen muscles, increases flexibility and improves your immune system.

Unlike many prescription drugs, there are no major side effects to receiving massage. In fact for many years, massage was welcomed by conventional medicine practitioners. However, when prescription drug companies started to budge their way in, massage was pushed out of the forefront. Now drug companies spend $2.5 billion each year on advertising and massage has become a form of alternative medicine.

What a lot of people do not realize is that massage is an important part of preventative care. Experts estimate that approximately 80-90% of disease is caused by stress. Studies show that massage cuts cortisol levels in half, reducing the stress on your body. So while spending $80 on a massage on a regular basis may seem a little out of your budget, it could help you prevent costly dis-ease.

To find out more about therapeutic massage and other interesting medical research, visit our blog. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of massage first hand, then we welcome you to call SLOCO Massage for an appointment at (805) 769-8274.

“I recently enjoyed a Swedish style massage given by Natasha Noel. She demonstrated a great deal of skill in locating sensitive stress points and knew how to treat them. I felt healthier and more energetic long after my appointment. I would recommend Natasha to anyone in need of massage therapy, or just relief from the daily stresses of life.”

- Karl F., Design Engineer

SLOCO Massage
1025 Pacific Street San Luis ObispoCA93401 USA 
 • 805-769-8274
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Targeting the cause, not just the symptoms

SLOCO Massage is not just about giving a relaxing massage like you get in the spas. We take the time to help you improve your health while you are on the table. Our massages are custom tailored to give you a relaxing experience, while helping you work towards pain free living.

When you come in for a massage, we will educate you on preventative care and also teach you how to maintain your results between sessions. We have worked extensively with clients who have experienced the following symptoms and helped them alleviate pain.

Headache & Migraine Relief

Many migraine sufferers seek relief through massage therapy since it helps in quieting the central nervous system. This “quieting” is known as the relaxation response because it helps ease muscle tension than can trigger migraine, reduce sensations of pain and stress, and even improve sleep.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 When you use a muscle over and over again, the muscle tightens and restricts circulation. When this occurs, muscle memory is lost and it is unable to go back to its full resting length. This results in inflammation which in turn compresses on nerves, creating pain, loss of feeling and/or tingling sensations. Massage helps release that tension, lengthen tight muscles and improve circulation to the area.


Insomnia is associated with a lack of serotonin. The nuerochemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin. A study on back pain, conducted in January 2000 by the Touch Research Institute in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine and Iris Burman of Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels.


Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. A skilled massage therapist can help loosen up key muscle groups that cause this compression on the nerve, increasing circulation to the area, restoring range of motion and alleviating pain.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint which is where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding “ball and socket” that has a disc sandwiched between it.

TMJ pain disorders usually occur because of unbalanced activity, spasm, or overuse of the jaw muscles and can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. A skilled massage therapist can help suffers of TMJ disorders regain motion in that joint, and dramatically reduce pain caused by unbalanced muscles.

Frozen Shoulder

Without any known cause, frozen shoulder generally starts with pain. This pain prevents you from moving your arm and the lack of movement leads to stiffness and eventually loss of range of motion. The recovery time for frozen shoulder can be up to a year, but massage therapy helps speed up that process. Traditional medicine usually prescribes daily physical therapy and steroid injections, however SLOCO Massage clients who are willing to commit to regular massage recover more range of motion in less time.
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SLOCO Massage Therapists

Students training to become massage therapists, are often encouraged by instructors to work for a spa before opening up their own practice. After studying the beneficial effects of massage therapy, Natasha Noel realized that her outlook on this healing art was not in line with the practices of most spas. So, despite the advice of her instructors, Natasha founded SLOCO Massage in 2010, right after graduating from the California Holistic Institute.

SLOCO Massage has a sparkling reputation, and only invites the best massage therapists out there to give our clients incredible service. When going to a spa, the high price you are paying is for the facilities. At SLOCO Massage, you receive a high quality therapeutic massage in a professional, modest setting. You can learn more about our massage therapists who work at our San Luis Obispo massage therapy practice by clicking on their picture below.

Natasha Noel, State Certified Massage Therapist

Natasha Noel, Founder & State Certified Massage Therapist

Shawna Timmerman, Massage Therapist

Shawna Timmerman, Nationally & State Certified Massage Therapist

Catherine Barnickel, Nationally & State Certified Massage Therapist

Catherine Barnickel, Nationally & State Certified Massage Therapist

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Intuitive Massage with Incredible Results

At SLOCO Massage, we offer a fully customized massage session based on how your body responds to each form of skilled touch. Instead of offering you a menu of 10 different individual massage modalities, and asking you to guess which one your aching muscles need, we use our intuition to create a custom blend of techniques so you get the most out of your time on the table. Our clients are often in awe of the results of their intuitive massage, and float out of the therapy room feeling enlightened by the effects of this healing art. Click on each style to learn more!

Please bear in mind that each therapist has a different set of skills. To find a therapist trained in a specific technique, please read their biography.

*Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy will be offered by Natasha soon! Check back for an introductory special!

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