Owner LeeAnna Gibbs is a licensed massage therapist, but she likes to think of herself as a massage mixologist. This is a term she coined as a head nod to her own mixology massage service—a two-hour muscle-melter incorporating deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone techniques to sideline chronic tension. Though this intensive treatment is her specialty, guests may also solicit these techniques individually during therapeutic 60- and 90-minute installments.
Kalon Mind & Body Day Spa takes its name from a Greek word that means beautiful. The practitioners here strive to promote the philosophy that beauty is more than skin deep, and they help that inner beauty glow with treatments that cover the body from head to toe. Regular and Shellac mani-pedis leave hands and feet softer than a pillow's whisper. Enriching Aveda products enfold faces during facials, designed to exfoliate the skin with steam cleaning and extractions and to help clear away acne. And mud wraps, back-exfoliation treatments, and cellulite-reduction treatments ensure that the rest of the body feels equally lovely. The staff is also trained and experienced in assisting the elderly and disabled, and will travel to elderly or disabled clients' homes at no extra cost.
"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.
Named for the owner's two children, The Marie-David Salon & Spa finds the balance between beauty and relaxation. Its stylists can sculpt chic 'dos, add splashes of color, and teach a pony tail to neigh on cue. Elsewhere in the spa, hot stones sooth muscles during massages and wax removes hair from head to toe. To help clients maintain their new look, The Marie-David Salon & Spa sells all its products, from lines such as Phyto Organics and Tigi Haircare, for at-home use.
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.
At Sonja Rose's Wellness Studio, technicians take their time to ensure a unique, relaxing experience for each client. They paint digits during mani-pedis that can also include mineral soaks, a light massage, hot-towel wraps, and silk wraps that help repair nails. In addition to talon treatments, the studio offers services such as wax-bath treatments to soften skin as well as chakra healings and reflexology.