Dr. Gretchen Rivas, D.Ac, LMBT
Hello! I’m Gretchen Rivas, owner of Relax! Massage Therapy & Skin Care. My passion for massage grew out of a personal experience in 2000 when I received a really bad massage! Massage is supposed to help people, and I knew I could do that. I went back to school and after graduating I opened my massage practice. After being a one-person business for many years, I added additional massage therapists when I went back to acupuncture school and needed help caring for clients while I was gone. Relax! Massage Therapy & Skin Care was still operating out of my home office until 2012, when I took a leap of faith and moved the massage and acupuncture practice to its current locations in Oleander Office Park behind Flaming Amy’s. Today, our practice has expanded to eight treatment rooms, including two couples massage rooms and two skincare rooms. Infinity Acupuncture is located in a separate building, just across the parking lot.
We are here to serve all of your massage therapy and skincare needs. Schedule your next appointment today!
Our Massage Therapists
Relax! Massage Therapy & Skin Care has many experienced massage therapists that are here for you. With a multitude of different skills, training and healing modalities, there is someone here to help you with any problem you may encounter. Whether you need to relax and unwind, get a specific issue worked on, or get your skin looking gorgeous, our team can help. We operate from a place of compassion and genuine concern for our clients, so relax, you are in good hands. Take a minute and meet the team below. Please call or book online with any of these talented therapists.
Hi, my name is Deb. Although I hail from northern Virginia, I have lived in all the southeastern coastal states. I feel like I’m living my best life when I am watching the sun rise/set with my golden retriever Sully, at the beach. After living in Florida, I made Wilmington my home in 2019.
Hi! My name is Jodi Bunting. What drew me to massage therapy is the natural, holistic aspect of it and my love of anatomy. Since I was a child I was what you'd call an "old soul". I've always enjoyed helping people and was a natural nurturer.
Hello, my name is Elyza Barfield. I have had a passion for healing for as long as I can remember. As a small child my mom would take us to the dollar store to pick out a few items and I remember grabbing markers, poster board and lotion, just to come home and write down my foot rub prices. I would make foot rubs and do massages....
Richard Bové, III
Hello, my name is Richard Bové III, and my massage journey began when I was living in Florida working as a hairstylist. We had to massage our clients' heads while they were laying back at the shampoo bowl. Many of my clients told me their favorite part of seeing me was the massage portion and I should pursue it further.
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My name is Stephanie Arnold! I have had the privilege of being a full time massage and bodywork therapist here at Relax! Massage & Skincare since 2017. I am honored to have been nominated in the top 3 Wilmington's "Best Massage Therapist" by Encore Magazine for both 2019 and 2020.
Relax! Front Desk Staff ~ We Are Here To Help You!
Lindsay Thomas, LMBT, CYT
Hello! My name is Lindsay, and I am the Spa Manager at Relax! Massage Therapy and Skin Care. I have devoted my life to self care, resilience, embodiment and all things healing. I am a yoga teacher, a licensed massage therapist and an herbalist. I also have a deep passion for rallying cohesive teams to create ripples of healing and positive change in the greater community. I am blown away daily by the skillset, the authenticity and the kindness of the team at Relax! It is an absolute honor to work alongside such phenomenal humans and to provide an oasis for healing and restoration for the Wilmington community and beyond!
Check out my 2 truths and a lie on our Facebook page. The answer is: The lie is number 1. The truth is I broke both arms simultaneously while playing soccer over the summer at age 16. I ended up with 2 full arm casts!
Hi! My name is Cathy. I am a Master Esthetician and Instructor. I moved to Wilmington when Covid hit to help take care of my two beautiful grandaughters. They are my .
When the schools opened back up and the grans went back, I was lucky enough to find a home at Relax working the Front Desk with some incredible therapists and staff. I will always love and continue to be a part of this wonderful industry as the main focus is helping others
Check out my 2 truths and a lie on our Facebook page. The answer is: The lie is number 2: The truth is I love to spend my free time at the beach.
Hi! I'm Ashleigh, I moved to North Carolina from Ohio last year. I also am a floor Manager for a restaurant in Kure Beach, North Carolina. I love the sunshine and the Ocean. 🙂
Check out my 2 truths and a lie on our Facebook page. The answer is: The lie is number 1: The truth is I play the trumpet.
Hi! My name is Katlyn Terp and I’m a transfer student at UNCW. I’m originally from New Mexico. I moved to Wilmington in August of 2021 and started at Relax in October. I’m double majoring in criminology and psychology with a minor in forensic science. I love all the people I have met at Relax, and I look forward to helping you schedule your next massage or facial!
Check out my 2 truths and a lie on our Facebook page. The answer is: The lie is number 1: The truth is I am a Type 1 Diabetic and I love educating people about Diabetes.
Hi! My name is Emma! I am a front desk receptionist and photographer here at Relax! In my free time I go out and do photoshoots with my friends and enjoy hanging out with my boyfriend and my puppy, Zappa! Here at Relax! I found my dream duo job working for such a wonderful team and being able to do photography for them as well! It feels great getting to work for such an amazing, kind hearted and supportive team and getting to help people feel their best!!
Check out my 2 truths and a lie on our Facebook page. The answer is: The lie is number 3: The truth is my favorite food is NOT Tongue Tacos but is all the yumminess at a Hibachi restaurant.
Office & Accounting Manager
Hi, My name is Jennifer and I am the Office and Accounting Manager here are Relax! Massage Therapy and Skin Care. I have over 25 years of accounting and office experience. Working here at Relax! gives me the ability to do what I love the most while feeling like I am helping people feel their best. Working with this amazing group of people - I have learned a lot about taking care of myself - body, mind and soul.