S.T.M. at the Cottage


Welcome to the Durham Cottage*

*The Durham Cottage location is reserved for my Legacy Clients and their direct referrals.

If you are not a Legacy Client (which is someone who began treatment at S.T.M. Inc. between 2014 and 2018) or a direct referral from a Legacy client,

please book your appointment at one of my other public locations.

Thank you for being here and looking for wellness and health.

If you have been referred by one of my Legacy clients, please scroll down and preview your treatment selections and result expectations and more!

COVID Protocols


Out of my deepest respects for you, I will retain my mask throughout your treatment.

I ask that in the hallways of the Cottage, that you wear your mask, however, once you are in the treatment room, feel free to remove your mask if that is most comfortable.

Cleaning measures have always been in place, even before COVID-19. Following are the standard list of session by session protocols:

  • Ozone/ Ionizer and HEPA air purified circulation

  • All contact areas sanitized and wiped down

  • New linens

  • Sanitation unit provided

Treatment Preview




To schedule your first appointment call and leave a message, or text, me at: (919) 530 - 0789.

In your message please include:

  • Your name.

  • The location you would like to schedule at.

  • And what you are wanting to aim for in your treatment. (Relief, range of motion, relaxation, etc.)

Prior to your appointment you will be sent a secure, online intake form. Allow for 5 - 15 minutes to complete. Answer, honestly and with as much relative details as possible.

Included in your intake form is:

Health history, Consent, S.T.M. Inc.'s Policy Statement and Treatment Expectations.


Upon your arrival, you will drive onto a large horse shoe driveway.

  • Please park on the driveway that is closest to the white railed porch entrance to the Cottage. 


Once you are parked, proceed to walk to the front porch, I will meet you at the front door and welcome you in.

I will direct you to where the restroom is as we make our way to the treatment room.

  • Walk to the white porch, to access the front door.


After we have decided on our treatment plan (goals) for that session. I will step out so that you can undress to your comfort level for your session, as per your treatment plan.

The bathroom can be accessed at any time, preferably before or after the session.

In your session, my goal is to give you a place to rejuvenate your senses and support your optimal muscular conditions.


So, as it is your session, if you love to talk, I love to listen. If you have questions about what I'm doing, don't hesitate to ask, for I love to educate. And if there is anything I can do to make you more comfortable, please let me know what that is.

  • I want to create a space that eases your senses and provides support and comfort.

  • If you love to talk, and ask questions, feel free to do so.

  • Or notice a modification would make you more comfortable, do not hesitate to tell me.

Therapy conclusion

When your treatment time has come to an end. I will tap my singing bowl to ease you back into consciousness.  I will let you know that our treatment time is complete and that once you re-dress, please open the door for me and I will enter the room, so that we can talk about how you are feeling. 


Upon my re-entering we will reconnect with the goals we set, your feelings about the treatment and then go over my observations, stretches that I recommend and steps moving forward.


Current available payment types are:

Cash and Checks

I do accept credit cards of all types (4.8% convenience fee per transaction of credit card use)

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, debit, HSA and FSA.



Treatments and the passion behind the practice




Restoration, is a package that strategically integrates all of my skills into a treatment plan that is tailored and suitable for supporting my client's wellness goals for the present and toward their future achievements. The set of skills modified and strategically used are as follows:

  • Swedish

  • Deep tissue

  • Myofascial release

  • Oncology

  • Medical massage

  • Fascial Re-conduction

  • Neural Reset Therapy

  • Scar Release Therapy

  • Motor Point Stimulation

  • Hot and cold stone

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Aromatherapy (In a coconut base, unless allergic)

About S.T.M.

Created by the passion of caring about others

(Strategic Therapeutics Massage, S.T.M. Inc. for short)

S.T.M. Inc. is established around my favorite life verse, Prov. 3:27 "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when, it's in your power to help them."

S.T.M. holds its-self to high standards to provide you with only the best quality oils, treatments and care. S.T.M. always delivers 100% focus, attention and intention to provide you with the time, education, relaxation, stress relief, and pain management that you needed to feel fresh for your tomorrow, your next day or that you needed for yourself today.


A visit to Strategic Therapeutics Massage will provide you with a personalized treatment plan to reach your current and future goals. I will work with you to customize your therapeutic plan through continual documentation of your progress of achieving your optimal health.

S.T.M.'s Philosophy and the Founder

Business began:

2014, Apr 15th


I, Victoria Hackworth graduated in 2013 from the Body Therapy Institute, one of the top five schools in the country for massage therapy. I, graduated with honors. I am currently the President and CEO of Strategic Therapeutics Massage Inc. a Durham-based business, which offers a wide array of advanced techniques and treatments of therapeutic bodywork to support each client as thoughtfully as possible. I am eager to serve and to listen to the concerns of my client’s. One of my favorite talents, is to learn helpful skill sets to better improve the way that I can do things to support others, to be able to give them as much benefit as possible.

In May, 2018 I completed the Body Therapy Institute's Massage Teacher Certificate Program and in 2019 completed the next level of the Spirit of Learning, which is called Somatic Education Leadership. I continue to incorporate what I learned into my lifestyle and career. Ongoing education includes the pursuit of a BS/MS degree in Holistic Sports Nutrition, and a Master teaching certificate in Advanced Neural Reset Therapy. My long-term goals are to study elite studies about the brain, so that I can support optimal functions, habits and to alleviate damage created from brain trauma


The 360-degree body is a series of different, but synergistic systems that are constantly working together to maintain the body's equilibrium. I specialize on the support and optimization of the muscular system and how supporting this part with a skillful hand can positively impact all of the other systems of the body.

It is important to find the root cause, rather, than just lessen the symptoms.


My Why

In my youth, my mother one day began experiencing excruciating pain. Pain that took her breath away with every step, it took away her appetite and made sleep impossible. Most doctors said it was incurable except with the use of long-term medications or surgery. It made my heart ache the day I saw my mother’s eyes fade; the gleam of her vivacious and outgoing nature, was fading as she realized she couldn’t be who she once was. A trusted MD and sweet friend, recommended massage therapy to us. We hadn’t known how it could help, but we wanted something alternative. I drove my mother to her appointment and walked her in. Going in her pain was 15 out of 10, and she was on several medications for pain. An hour and a half later, she walked to the car herself and her pain was a 4 out of 10, and she was able to get off of all her pain medications. Her hope came back to her spirit! I decided that moment, that I needed to dedicate my life to this field to support those who are looking for an alternative and preventative care to be a new version of themselves.

I didn’t realize it at the time, however, I graduated from the same school that the therapist who worked on my mother had gone to. As soon as I met their minimal age requirement, I sent in my request form to be interviewed for enrollment. I graduated high school early to attend Body Therapy Institute’s next diploma program, I graduated with honors on Oct 30th, 2013.


I have set out to be something different. To be eager to listen, to educate the public and to always be eager to learn for the sake of my clients benefit.


My mission is to be the best strategically integrated clinical body worker in the world. I strive to meet the concerns of the people I have the privilege to serve.


Healthy Expectations

Your muscles can be the best they can be, as long as you are willing to work toward your goal with me.

We will work together toward your goals. In your treatment sessions we will unlock, re-conduct and relax your muscles as much as your body allows in the time you have chosen. And then at home as you gradually incorporate new body postures you will begin to maintain your results.

This residual relaxation is a cumulative benefit of massage. Sometimes the process can be achieved quickly and other times it happens at a slower pace. This depends on the client's current level of relaxation/stress in their life.

Your residual relaxation benefits will last longer after your session if you incorporate the stretches I recommend, perform regular exercise, eat nutritious foods and maintain hydration.