Massage Therapy

 

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Relax! Massage Therapy

Wilmington, NC

Where you find exceptional massage by extraordinary therapists! Whether you desire a relaxing massage, deep tissue work, or need a therapeutic session to release your sore neck or back, Relax! Massage Therapy is the destination of choice in Wilmington, North Carolina, for clients that demand exceptional massage.

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Services And Pricing

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Trigger Point, Pregnancy, Medical Massage, and many more.

Top 10 Reasons to get a Massage From Relax!

Where Massage is an Art Not a Learned Routine
10. You Feel Better!

A massage from Relax will have you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, ready to take on the world one more day!

9. Relieves Pain and Suffering!

Whether you suffer from specific pain or pain in general, a massage from Relax will relieve the pain. We pay attention to you and we listen to what you need. We address problem areas when and where you need it. Go to: Therapeutic massage or Deep Tissue Massage

8. Relieves Stress and Anxiety!

Massage at Relax! Massage Therapy melts away stress by stroking and soothing tense, achy muscles, guiding you into a deeply relaxed state of being. Regular relaxation and stress reduction empowers you to be more capable of dealing with what life throws your way. Go to: Swedish Massage or Hot Stone Massage

7. Improves Health!

By decreasing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, and increasing range of motion abilities, a massage at Relax! Massage Therapy helps you maintain your health in a natural, holistic manner.

6. Keeps You Young!

By decreasing stress, (which ages you faster than the sun!), improving muscle tone and flexibility, improving circulation, and increasing range of motion, a massage at Relax! Massage Therapy will keep you feeling younger, stronger, and healthier.

5. Customized Massage!

At Relax! Massage Therapy each massage is designed and given according to what your body and mind need that day. No mechanical routine here, we customize your massage based on YOUR needs.

4. Safe & Comfortable!

At Relax! Massage Therapy you will always feel safe and comfortable. If it is your first massage we will explain everything to you so you know what to expect and feel comfortable receiving the massage. The setting is quiet, relaxing and enjoyable.

3. Healing Power!

Massage engages your body’s innate healing power. Every body is designed to work at optimum levels, but we seldom do so due to old injuries, blocked energy, tiredness, stress, etc. Massage helps you unblock the power that is within you so you function at the level nature intended; healthy, invigorated, and vibrant!

2. Enjoy The Best!

At Relax! Massage Therapy you will receive the best massage you have ever had! You will feel relaxed, well taken care of, and that it was worth every penny (and then some!)You never have to worry that you won’t be taken care of properly.

1. You Deserve It!

You deserve to feel great, heal great, be pain free, and feel younger, healthier, and better than ever before! Why wait? Call 910-262-1122 to schedule your massage today!

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Voted Best Massage Therapist of 2011, 2015, 2016!

Meet Our Therapists!

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Shelley Lancaster

Hi, my name is Shelley and my journey to massage began from the opposite side of the spectrum!

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Shelley Lancaster

Hi, my name is Shelley and my journey to massage began from the opposite side of the spectrum! After high school I took some time off, then went to UNCW where after a semester of hard studying, I earned the prestigious Champion McDowell Davis Scholarship and the William S. Deloach Award for academic excellence in chemistry. After graduation I went to work at GE Nuclear “playing” with uranium in the lab, getting a promotion and quickly learning that the corporate world was not for me. A friend had recently lost her office manager for her dental practice and asked me if I was interested in taking over, so I left GE and took over her practice, turning it around and helping it thrive. Twenty years later she retired and sold the practice and gave me a retirement at the ripe old age of 40. After working in a private practice and seeing how people came in and needed help, I realized I wanted to do something different with my life. How, I wondered, can I give back and help people heal and feel better?

Massage school beckoned and I went back to school to become a massage therapist, realizing I had found my passion. I’ve taken multiple continuing education classes since graduation and love helping people get well. My favorite massages are ones that involve using multiple modalities, such as cupping, heat and therapeutic work. Figuring out what is wrong with someone and combining treatments to get them well is the science behind the magic of what I do. I look forward to helping you feel well and heal well!

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Denise Tague

Hi, my name is Denise and my story begins with running a circus! Not a true circus of course…

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Denise Tague

Hi, my name is Denise and my story begins with running a circus! Not a true circus of course, but after being a stay at home mom to four boys for more than a decade, (which is about the same as running a circus), I decided it was time to pursue a career for myself.

I looked into Nursing and spoke with many nurses but was surprised to find that many in that profession were burnt out, overworked and unhappy. One nurse did say to me that what she missed the most in the profession was when they used to give their patients massages in the evenings, and how that was what she loved doing the most. This inspired me to look into the massage field, and shortly thereafter I was attending school in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the years I have been fortunate to work in Asheville, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C., with a vast array of clients that included professional athletes. Now I am in Wilmington and love working at Relax!

I have been happily practicing massage for close to 10 years now. The best part? Helping people. In so many ways, on so many levels. Having a client come in with their issues (pain, stress, etc.) and walk out feeling 10 years younger and a lot less stressed. I have found over the years that deep tissue work appeals to me and it’s an interesting therapy when done well. It becomes a type of dance with the client, to provide just the right amount of pressure without there being too much. I enjoy Hot Stone massage, and tend to give my clients a combination of techniques with some cranial sacral and reflexology techniques added in. I can’t really say which I love the most, the detailed work of a deep tissue massage or the long, flowing, de-stressing rhythms of a Swedish massage. They all have their place and are much needed in our fast paced world.

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Kelly VanNortwick

Hi! My name is Kelly and my story includes witch doctors and magic!

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Kelly VanNortwick

Hi! My name is Kelly and my story includes witch doctors and magic! The magic of the Ivory Coast that is…..

I was an art major at App State in 2000. I was lucky enough to take a trip with the Appalachian Art Department to the Ivory Coast in West Africa. I was completely blown away by their culture and art. While I was there I met a massage therapist and became really close with her. We would talk about our lives and the more she spoke of the healing arts, the more I became interested. While we were there we were also studying the local diviners or witch doctors. Between meeting this woman and seeing her passion for helping others heal themselves, and the complete magical setting of the country I was in, I came home a new woman.

I got my first massage and Reiki session and was hooked! I enrolled in massage school at The North Carolina School of the Healing Arts in Raleigh, N.C., (now known as the Healing Arts and Massage School), graduated in 2003 and have been in love ever since.

I moved to San Diego, C.A. where I continued to practice and get more education. I have had training in Hot Stones, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue and Reiki. I believe art and massage have a lot in common and view my massage as an extension of my art and creativity. I love helping others through my art of bodywork and energy healing!

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Tammie Roberts

The journey to massage therapy began at age 8.My Great Grandmother and I…

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Tammie

The journey to massage therapy began at age 8.My Great Grandmother and I sat on the edge of her bed so my mother could massage our legs. I was hooked but it would take several years of trying different things before I realized that massage was my calling.

The business education I received early on never felt like a fit. I went to college and worked on a business degree, I worked in private home health care and in the restaurant industry and none of it felt right. One day, in 2006,I had an epiphany! A massage career would expand my knowledge base of holistic health and allow me to serve in a meaningful way.I went to Soothing Arts Massage School and found my true passion.

My ability to listen along with a strong drive to learn, grow and always give my best has helped me grow in a field that is ever changing and developing. Today I specialize in custom massage using many modalities. Some of the modalities I am trained in are: deep tissue techniques including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, full body stretching, reflexology, injury rehab, oncology and lost limb care. I enjoy working with seniors. I also do Energy work such as Reiki and Healing Touch.

I love giving back in ways that are meaningful and have participated in many charity and outreach events such as Special Olympics,, Strongman and Iron Man Competitions, Panhandle Boxing Academy and Professional Body Building, Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Leland Police Department.

I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you feel your best!

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Trish Patterson

I gave my first massage in elementary school to teachers during story time…

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Trish

Hello, my name is Trish Patterson and I gave my first massage in elementary school to teachers during story time while the other kids had milk and cookies. I think I was born with a passion and gift for massage! Not understanding or realizing my gift, I dreamed of being a surgeon, vet, artist or dancer. While I worked other jobs and lived around the country, I still found time to massage friends, family and co-workers, all the while hearing “you should be a professional Massage Therapist”.

It all clicked when I moved to Wilmington in 1999 and saw an ad for massage school at Coastal Carolina Institute of Massage Therapy. I enrolled immediately and graduated in 2000 and my lifelong avocation became a beloved vocation! Over the years I have fine-tuned my craft to include amazing Swedish massage, therapeutic and deep tissue massage, reflexology, sports massage and hot stone massage. I am an environmentalist, vegetarian and local advocate and supporter of film, theater and the arts. I love dance, art and holistic healing so I encourage clients to find healing methods that truly help them.

Being an intuitive and empathetic listener, I’m completely quiet during sessions allowing clients to get into the Zen Zone …..almost asleep and sometimes even snoring during their massage! If you need a non-judgmental ear, I am always there to listen. I love working with clients from all walks of life and I look forward to helping you.

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Paula Byrd

Heeeey!! I have been a Florida and NC licensed massage therapist for the past 22 years.

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Paula Byrd

Hello! My name is Paula Byrd and I am a native of Miami, Florida. I have been professionally practicing massage for 22 years and some of my favorite massages include swedish, deep tissue, and stretching. I love working with all kinds of people, young and old!

Massage has always come second nature to me which is an interesting thing as I did not grow up in a very touchy-feely family. I used to massage my P.E. teacher’s shoulders and about the time I was in junior high, a friend and neighbor had an “episode” and while my mother was getting help, I massaged our friend’s feet and legs to help her remain conscious. She always credited me with saving her life while the ambulance was on it’s way. I never looked at it like that, I was just doing what anybody would have done! As a flight attendant in the early 1990’s, I used to massage our pilots backs as their chairs in the cockpit pit were very uncomfortable. And that’s when I had my, “Ahhh-HA!!” moment! I quit flying to start a certified apprenticeship program with the state of Florida. I served my apprenticeship in Key West where I lived for 30 years.

I love to travel! I have been to places such as, Hong Kong, Israel, Croatia, and Guatemala. Wherever I go I try to get massages to experience different kinds of techniques and integrate those in my work to bring to my clients.

I can’t wait to use my skill set to help improve the overall health and welling being of our clients here at Relax! Come in and let me show you how beneficial massage can be to your health plan.

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Julie Romero

I am a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, and I am EMPOWERED.

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Julie Romero

I will begin telling my story by starting at the present. I am a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, and I am EMPOWERED. Originally from Washington, DC I have a B.A. in Spanish from Towson State University and a Masters degree in teaching and curriculum from Penn State. As I reflect on my career path, it may sound as though I made a series of disjointed choices with no thread of connection. But wait, my friends, there is a connection. My first career was in the private sector as a retirement planning and investment representative at a major mutual fund house in Baltimore, Maryland. I spent five years as a member of their institutional marketing and service division. My second career was in education as a public school Spanish teacher. For sixteen years I taught seventh through twelfth graders how to conjugate verbs and use pronouns. Now to my third, and final career. I am an LMBT. I provide massage services to clients seeking relaxation and relief from a variety of conditions. “Where’s the thread Julie?”, you ask. Each of these careers requires a certain nuance that I hold very close to my heart and it is EMPOWERMENT. I empowered those employees to make choices that would afford them the future that they had dreamt of. I empowered those students to embrace the global community and to communicate with the world around them to enhance their personal and professional futures. And now I empower clients to seek holistic treatments and make life choices that will keep their bodies in a state of peak performance.

My goal is to share with them the tools to heal themselves in order to live happy, healthy, and whole. I enjoy the long, fluid strokes of Swedish massage, the intensity of of therapeutic treatments, and the comfort that comes from hot stone.

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Jenn Slade

If there is one thing I know to be true, it’s that my life’s purpose is to help people heal.

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Jenn Slade

If there is one thing I know to be true, it’s that my life’s purpose is to help people heal. I can recall being drawn to alternative forms of healing since early childhood; I’d always known that life would eventually carry me down that path. In college, I studied marine biology believing that I wanted to be a marine veterinarian. It wasn’t until several years later, while I was in yoga teacher training, that I was first inspired to consider becoming a massage therapist. A year and a half later I graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC- and it has totally changed my life and sparked a passion in me that I look forward to cultivating, nurturing and growing throughout the future.

I draw inspiration from my work as a yoga instructor, history as a competitive athlete, and studies in herbal medicine and energetic therapies to inform my massage style. I believe the most healing takes place when we are able to be fully present in our own process, and that a large part of that is interwoven with growing our ability to let go of stress on a day to day basis. I specialize in therapeutic massage and Reiki. Other modalities I incorporate in to my work include hot stone, aromatherapy, stretching, deep tissue, and trigger point therapy. I love what I do for so many reasons. I love working with people on an individual level, building a treatment plan that is unique, holistic and tailored to each person’s distinct needs. I am always so humbled to see the individuals I work with thriving, and I always feel so incredibly honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of helping people to heal themselves.

 

 

Our Services

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Swedish Massage
  • ½ Hour $45.00
  • 1 Hour $75.00
  • 1 1/2 Hour $105.00
  • 1 1/2 Hour Ultimate – $115.00
  • Buy 5 at one time, receive $5.00 off each massage! Buy 10 at one time, receive $10.00 off each massage!
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Therapeutic Massage
  • ½ Hour $50.00
  • 1 Hour $85.00
  • 1 ½ Hour $115.00
  • Buy 5 at one time, receive $5.00 off each massage! Buy 10 at one time, receive $10.00 off each massage!
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Hot Stone Massage
  • 1 Hour $105.00
  • 1½ Hour $115.00
  • Aaahhh…..there’s nothing like the soothing relief of hot stones to melt away your aches and pains.

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