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.
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.
At G'nique's Spa Services, owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Genique Freeman guides her team with the conviction that total wellness is achieved when each patient feels beautiful, relaxed, and cared for. Freeman's staff makes a point of opening communication lines with each client, welcoming both English and Spanish speakers and discovering their patients' treatment preferences and favorite Kevin Bacon films via a simple online health-history form. Organic and wild-harvested ingredients from product lines such as De La Terre ease health concerns, and skin-purifying treatments are frequently paired with massages to heighten the therapeutic effects of both. Calm lighting and soft music welcome clients to leave their workplace stresses at the door, and a no-walk-in policy ensures patient comfort by safeguarding against overcrowding or a sudden influx of encyclopedia salesmen. Also supporting the spa's philosophy that physical and psychological health go hand in hand, G'nique's encourages veterans and their families to take respite in pampering by offering military discounts on specialty services, such as massages and facials.
Tucked away in Lavender Day Spa, Ginger's private beauty treatment room is a haven of cozy serenity. Vintage heirloom mirrors line the walls, a bejeweled chandelier hangs from the ceiling above the treatment table, and a wooden hutch displays skincare products beneath the glow of a candle. It is within this luxurious and relaxed setting that Ginger performs her anti-aging skin treatments, body scrubs, and waxing services. She uses professional-grade products that are only available to licensed aestheticians and physicians, ensuring their efficacy and top-notch quality.
Jennifer Westcott, a Paul Mitchell stylist with nearly a decade of experience in haircare, specializes in creating one-of-a-kind color treatments that are as unique as a snowflake's fingerprints. Full color treatments with rich, shimmering hues and eye-catching highlights compete with edgier options, such as block color and fashion foils. Beyond color, Jennifer also deftly manipulates hair texture—keratin treatments tame frizz and imbue shine, whereas permanent waves add softness and force ears to learn how to surf.