Casey Johnston Winslow
Casey owns and operates Stillwater Spa and Wellness, located in the heart of Ocracoke Island Village. She fell in love with massage after receiving her first professional massage for sports-related injuries in high school. Amazed at the pain relief and relaxation she experienced, she was driven to find a way to help others in a similar way.
A love of travel, culture, and language earned Casey a degree in International Studies from North Carolina State University, but she still felt a pull towards the healing arts. Right out of school, Casey started managing a massage therapy clinic in Raleigh, NC and then left after 2 years to follow her dream of becoming a licensed massage therapist. The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC is where she fell in love with massage all over again. Aiming to blend her love for anatomy and kinesiology with therapeutic bodywork, Casey customizes her clients sessions to be both effective and extremely relaxing. She currently offers modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular/ Trigger Point, Pregnancy/Postpartum, Integrative, Hot Stone, Chair Massage, and Spa Treatments. She's most passionate about working with clients to alleviate chronic pain and promoting the amazing benefits of regular massage therapy for mind and body!
Originally from Alaska, Callies love for travel has taken her to Korea, Hawaii, Texas, North Carolina and many other places in between. She knew early in life that she wanted to use her hands to assist others in healing, and so completed the pre-requisites for nursing while living in Texas. Life had other plans, however, and Callies heart eventually led her to Ocracoke, where she quickly fell in love.
Having had an interest in massage since childhood, Callie began to research massage schools and soon thereafter enrolled. She graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage in June 2011 and later became licensed in North Carolina. Callie is certified in Lomi Lomi-she studied the mastery of this ancient practice under Tom Cochran in 2012. Lomi Lomi is a Hawaiian style massage that is performed in fluid rhythmic motions using the forearms as well as the hands. Callie was particularly drawn to this method as it mimics the vitality of island life-gentle rolling waves of the ocean and the flowing strength of the wind. In addition to specializing in Lomi Lomi, Callie also blends Swedish and Deep Tissue methods into her personal style of massage. She is likewise a level 2 practitioner in Reiki-the Japanese technique of "laying on hands" to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing by revitalizing one's life force and energy. Callie hopes to finish her certification for medical massage in the future.
Kate’s journey into wellness began most notably in 2005 when she discovered yoga for the first time. Years later, she would eventually receive her yoga teaching certification from the Asheville Yoga Center, and since then, the idea of self-healing through ancient practices such as yoga, Ayurveda, and bodywork has continued to fascinate and empower her.
In 2010, she had her first introduction into bodywork when she traveled to Thailand and studied Thai Massage, and has since returned twice to continue her study of this modality. She received her official massage training at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, which soon after led to her licensure in 2013. Believing that we ALL contain a certain capacity for self-healing, Kate enjoys empowering her clients and helping them take charge of their own wellness. Her favorite massage modalities are a combination of Swedish/Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and of course Thai Massage.
Karen began doing massage in 2004 after years of loving to get a massage! She had been a mental health counselor and martial arts teacher for years and decided to add massage therapist to her repertoire. The following year she became a Kripalu yoga teacher focusing on gentle yoga for people who may have felt yoga was not accessible to them. Adding yoga therapy training was another natural progression for Karen. She has been practicing mind/body therapies in Durham NC for the last 12 years. She has recently gotten the amazing opportunity to do bodywork in Ocracoke as one of our seasonal therapists.
Karen sees adventure, travel, and exposure to cultures as the best education, having lived in Hawaii and traveled to countries such as Japan and New Zealand. Most recently she biked around South Africa which kinda kicked her butt (in a good way). As an active amateur athlete, Karen loves providing sports massage, deep tissue, assisted stretching, myofascial therapy in addition to yoga and strengthening consultation, but also enjoys providing relaxation massage and spa treatments. After having done so much bodywork and movement arts, Karen loves to collaborate with her clients to create a custom session based on what the client wants and what her hands feel.