Selena Tew, a licensed massage therapist well versed in multiple kneading modalities, tames tension with custom blends of massage techniques. Tew guides clients from a plush couch to a private room lined with calming, neutral colors, where she takes inventory of muscle knots, sore joints, and boomerangs lodged between the shoulder blades. Deep-tissue massages pair firm pressure and cross-fiber friction with trigger-point therapy to ease pain and increase range of motion. The smooth, gliding strokes of Swedish massage combine with acupressure therapy to promote relaxation, improve blood circulation, and address trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from an ear by a street magician. Both types of massage may incorporate lotion or grape-seed oil, which soften the skin and help Tew’s hands to glide across sore sinews.
Breathing Space's employs therapies that help combat a variety of dermaflaws and enact fresh-flesh façades. While customers soak up the spa's peaceful vibes and list their favorite chess moves, licensed aesthetician Carol Fields administers the microdermabrasion treatment, designed to resurface facial peaks and valleys and eliminate dead skin. This non-invasive treatment deploys a legion of natural mineral crystals to abrade the skin, which helps eliminate fine lines, blackheads, and sun damage for a more youthful appearance. With little-to-no down time, newly crystallized countenances can get back to their daily routines smiling at zoo animals or impersonating marble busts of sports agents.
By the time she was a teenager, Suzanne Piotrowski knew that she wanted to focus her life on holistic healing. She acquired her massage-therapy license by 19 and soon after delved into treatments such as reflexology and reiki, studying ways to modulate the body's energy and allay stress. She also developed her skills as a health coach, and today, she still ascribes to the theory of bio-individualty—the idea that each person has unique dietary, emotional, and physical needs.
At Cape Fear Healing Center, Piotrowski practices all of these specialties to restore her clients' happiness and wellness. From medical massages that boost lymphatic flow to gentle, hands-on reiki sessions, her treatments encourage a greater sense of balance while addressing painful symptoms. Meanwhile, her health-coaching services support clients as they set simple, reachable goals for their eating habits.
Massage therapist Sarah started Haymount Therapeutic Massage after gaining experience at both resort spas and clinics. Working in these different atmospheres helped her gain a versatile massage style, meaning she offers therapeutic services alongside day-spa-style treatments. The result: customers suffering from chronic pain or dealing with injuries can find relief with a sports massage or deep-tissue treatment, whereas somebody looking for stress relief or simply a soothing escape can unwind with the help of a Swedish massage. Sarah's specialties include bamboo massage, which harnesses the firmness of heated bamboo rods to iron out knots and tension, and the lunch-break massage, a quick back, shoulder, and neck massage that can be squeezed into your workday.
"I love the fact that I am helping people and educating someone at the same time," says Chelle, a massage therapist and the founder of Mind and Body Massage/Day Spa. "When a client comes into my office in pain and leaves feeling like a million bucks, that is my greatest reward." While some of Chelle's treatments aim simply to relax the mind and body, her specialties lie in treating pain and immobility caused by specific conditions such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, TMJ, and other chronic pains or chronic conditions. Her most popular treatment is her traditional deep-tissue massage, which penetrates muscles to release tension and relieve chronic pain.