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DSC_0123Myan Armbruster

Manager / Front Desk Associate

Born and raised in Southeast Louisiana, I grew up barefoot climbing live oak trees. My feet have taken my all over this country from the beaches of the florida keys, to the concrete streets of NYC.  Through all of my adventures, I’ve developed two great understandings of my true self – the plant kingdom is my majesty and one of my greatest gifts is the ability to radiate love to every person that I meet. The easiest form of compassion that we can share is a smile. It’s true – smiles are contagious – just one can create a ripple of millions! In my role with Blaizing Lotus Healing House it is my goal to welcome you into a safe space of healing where the focus is on you – your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Through my own self exploration in life I have learned the value of taking time to self-love and self-heal. I’ve been fortunate enough to work within the holistic healing services realm and have seen first hand the healing that is possible through the therapies we offer at Blaizing Lotus Healing House. I look forward to being of service to you.

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Katelin Davis

Assistant Manager / Front Desk Associate

I hail from the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan. I was born with a serious case of wanderlust. To satiate my need for exploring places and cultures, I headed to southeastern Ohio to study Ecotourism & Adventure Travel. I studied in the Bahamas, Central America, and all across the Appalachian Mountains, but still had a strong desire to continue with my schooling- I had explored the world around me, but not the microcosm of the world within me. So I went back to school to study Massage Therapy and Alternative Medicines. I especially enjoyed courses in anatomy, herbalism and Ayurveda. I find nature, movement, and plants to be the greatest avenues for healing. I moved to Asheville in August of 2015 to begin a career in wilderness therapy, working with at-risk youth in the back-country. I came out of the field in order to begin yoga teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga. It has been a great opportunity to dive back into my fascination with health, healing, and the minute processes of the human body. I am thrilled to be spending my time at Blaizing Lotus helping individuals on their healing journeys. I hope to help you on yours!

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Lead Massage Therapist LMBT #15103

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I grew up in Michigan where I earned a BA in Philosophy.  The travel bug bit me and I made my way down to South America where I lived for 4 years.  While there I worked on social projects in the communities, along with seeking adventure!  When I came back to the US I worked in wilderness therapy for at-risk youth.  I discovered yoga while living in Argentina, which led me to a serious meditation practice.  Working in the wilderness got me more interested in shamanism, and I have studied that tradition for 5 years.  My active life led to my shoulders becoming increasingly injured.  I saw a physical therapist, but didn’t finally get the full use of my shoulders back until I went to massage school.  I graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Mayland Community College in 2015.  I was astonished at how much massage was able to do for me that neither yoga, nor physical therapy had been able to accomplish in 4 years!  I completed a Reiki 2 course, and continue to be interested by how trauma, stress, and energy can get lodged in peoples’ muscles and posture.  My starting point for massage is the relaxing Swedish techniques.  But I also love doing deep tissue work, and like doing detailed work around an injury or trouble area, if that’s what people want.  I use combinations of relaxing strokes, and trigger point release, as well as myofascial release.  I like using some Trager techniques to release and relax muscles, and Shiatsu to invite in altered states of consciousness and profound relaxation.  I look forward to working with you.

SheaOlingerBlaizingLotusShea Olinger (Founding Member)

Massage Therapist / Thai Yoga Body Worker / Sound Healer – LMBT #14590

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I am grateful for the opportunity to walk with you on your healing journey by sharing what I have learned through my experiences of deep self-exploration. Love of the natural world inspired me to connect with plant medicine and reclaim the knowledge of alternative health practices, which blossomed into a greater understanding of the human body and our innate capability to heal ourselves. I graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, where various modalities of bodywork were woven in to a foundation of self-love and Yoga philosophy. Movement, breath & body awareness and working with the subtle energy pathways guided me to study Thai Yoga Bodywork; a healing modality rooted in Buddhist medicine. I traveled for 6 months learning the art of Thai Bodywork while co-hosting and assisting workshops around the East Coast, USA. Ashtanga and Bhakti yoga are the founding pillars of my yoga practice which I have been studying for almost a decade.

Establishing a connection with my voice at a young age through singing opened me to the world of music and power of sound. I began to deepen my relationship to music by surrounding myself with people and instruments that inspired me to create through the art of deep listening and am now a multi-instrumentalist and aspiring singer/songwriter. In 2014 I began studying prana and vibration through the didjeridu which has become a large contribution to my work with sound healing. Music serves as a bridge between the physical and celestial, a sacred art that connects all beings. Throughout my life I’ve studied various forms of dance ranging from West African drum & dance to Jazz, Ballet and Improvisational flow. Through each dance I gain a new sense of freedom in movement, it is something that feeds my soul in a way nothing else can. Earth-centered practices and connecting with Nature teach me grounding, balancing energy and remembering our Wildness. It is a gift to share the path of empowering our Sacred Rite, the art of Self-Love.

Justin Hromada
Myofascial Release & Integrative Structural Balancing / Massage Therapist LMBT #15475

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I am originally from Sedona, Arizona, where I began my career as a massage therapist, while immersed in the beauty and power of the desert southwest for many years before life and love brought me here to lovely Appalachia where i am becoming acquainted with the mysteries and grandeur of these incredible mountains. The majority of my formal training (over 1000 hours) have focused on myofascial release, connective tissue mobilization and other therapeutic modalities focused on structural wellness as well as additional training in transpersonal somatic therapies which focus on releasing various types of trauma from the tissue memory. Through integrating key components of various structural modalities with the soothing practices of traditional massage and its associated amenities, I utilize a unique approach to bodywork that is customizable to any circumstance. This approach enables me to address the immediate and apparent areas of discomfort or concern that my clients are aware of, while also seeking to identify and remedy the latent and causative aspects of deeper disharmonies within the body. I view my work as a call to service rather than a job and with that belief comes a responsibility to be fully present and aware with my clients so the therapeutic benefit of every session can be maximized in a relaxing rejuvenating and restorative way. The powerful healing ability of the integrative bodywork approach is conducive towards clients successfully releasing personal identification with trauma, pain, and stress, while “opening the door within” that can lead to redefining the experience of their embodiment with deep relaxation and empowering structural rejuvenation. I work from superficial to deep with progressive continuity, allowing for the client’s internal body dialogue and assimilation of therapeutic touch to revive and employ the natural self corrective abilities of their physiology while they sink deeper and deeper into to a state of contemplation and peace. I invite you to embark on a journey of rejuvenation and experience yourself anew through the benefits of massage and bodywork.


Paige_Paris_Blaizing_LotusPaige Paris

Massage Therapist  LMBT #14488

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As a native of the Southern Appalachians, I feel a deep responsibility and care for the life contained within these hills. I strongly believe that by tending our physical and emotional landscapes, we position ourselves to better serve our community. After graduating from massage school in 2014, I began to craft a practice rooted in compassion and intuition while combining Swedish, trigger point and restorative traditions.  My interests have lead me to pursue deeper training in pre-and post-natal massage, thai massage, and trigger point work. Each session is an opportunity to deepen our awareness of breath, our bodies’ natural inclination for healing, and abiding peace. I look forward to working with you!

Amy Massey
Massage Therapist LMBT #14922

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Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, I always felt as though I was seeking the unseen, looking for some unshakable interconnectedness of all living things.  I graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design with a focus on fine arts and photography and found a voice for connecting deeply with others through visual art.  After a few years of living in Oregon, I yearned for something more and had a true “eureka” moment as I realized my greater calling: massage therapy.  With a leap of intuition, I packed up my pickup and drove across the country to lay my roots in Asheville, where I achieved my certification at the Center for Massage and Natural Health.  From that point on, my focus shifted to finding connection in the greater web of things through nurturing and restorative body work.  I approach massage with an integrative blend of Swedish, deep tissue, gentle stretching and Myofascial Release. My goal through each customized treatment is to help alleviate chronic pain and tensions, specifically those that stem from sustained mental stress and repetitive physical postures and movements.  Massage has become my most valued gift and I would be honored to share my practice with you.

IMG_6696_1 (1)Celandine Miller
Massage Therapist LMBT #12414

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I have been a lifelong healer and practitioner of bodywork. As a young child I became known for my ability to relieve headaches and muscle cramps. I was certified as an exercise instructor at 15 and continue to teach the short form of Tai Chi in and around the Asheville region. In 1996 I entered Massage school in Seattle, Washington. Today, I specialize in Medical, Prenatal, Thai, Deep Tissue and a Sports massage heavy on Kinesiology fundamentals with positional and trigger point releases.

“I live in the moment and strive to have a life based on service to others. Pain makes quality of life impossible. My goal is to encourage balance and increase health in all the people I can for as long as I can.”

Sharlette Winters

Acupuncturist NCALB #938

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I believe in the integration of the body as a whole and fell in love with alternative medicine because it allowed me to bridge body, mind, and spirit. Through the healing arts, I have witnessed the innate power that exists in each person and the profound effect that alternative medicine has in activating this power. My approach to healing comes with an intuitive awareness, working with people to discover the root cause to then help guide them on their journey back to well being.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and Master’s in Oriental Medicine from Florida College of Integrative Medicine. I supplemented my studies of Traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai and hold a state license in North Carolina and Florida. I am an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist, and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. My experience includes certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Empath Yoga teacher, Acupuncture Injection Therapy, Reiki, Nutrition Response Testing, and am a practitioner of Neuro-Emotional technique. I integrate my intuitive approach, muscle testing and innovative technology using the bio-feedback machine to help more accurately determine meridian blockages and remedies, to help patients regain a state of balance and whole health.

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Kristen Anderson
Massage Therapist LMBT #10361

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Fresh out of university in Georgia and looking for adventure, my husband-to-be & I took a risk & moved across the country to Sedona, AZ where I attended massage school and began my journey of self-discovery. I graduated from the Northern Arizona Massage Therapy Institute in 2007. Massage school awakened in me a deep love of & interest in learning about the human body & its innate capacity to heal & thrive given proper support.
Life eventually called us back to the east coast & we finally landed in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC which has been home for 7 years now. In 2011, I graduated as a Traditional Herbalist from Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. Yet another layer of passion was revealed for the human body’s connection to the worlds of plants, stones, & nature as a whole. My love for these beings and the incorporation of them into my life has been incredibly humbling & inspiring.

In 2015, I received my Level 3 Reiki certification which catalyzed and accelerated my interest in working with the chakras & energetic healing through sound & vocal toning. My belief is that anything which manifests in the physical body has an energetic – emotional, mental/psychological, spiritual/karmic – origin of imbalance. Sometimes we must search beneath the surface to obtain true healing.
My goal for each massage I give is to hear the client’s needs & desires and do my best to customize the session accordingly. Techniques typically included are long fluid Swedish-like strokes to induce a deep state of relaxation, deeper strokes & compressions (as needed & desired, of course) to help release chronic tension, Trigger Point therapy, gentle rocking & stretching, & Reiki (if interested). I would love to be a step on your journey towards wholeness & well-being. It is an honor to serve you.

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Cassidy Walpole
Massage Therapist LMBT #16502

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I came to practice Massage Therapy through a love of embodied movement. My explorations of yoga, dance, and martial arts have led to a fascination with mindful movement, somatic intelligence, and the body’s innate ability to heal and transform.  The grace, fluidity, and spirit of Thai massage captured my heart and marked the beginning of my journey with bodywork. Much of my style is rooted in this heart based practice.

I grew up in the piedmont of NC, but always felt a deep connection with the mountains. I was living in Colorado and exploring the Rocky Mountains when I first started practicing yoga. I soon completed a 200 hour YTT in restorative and therapeutic yoga. It was through Acroyoga that I first experienced Thai massage. In 2015 I traveled to Canada and completed an instructor certification with Acro Yoga Montreal. After settling in Asheville I began exploring dance and Contact Improv while deepening my understanding of therapeutic movement. I completed my massage therapy certification in 2017, but my studies in this field are ongoing. My own injuries and healing journey have been my greatest lesson.

As a massage therapist I believe that change and healing in the body is achieved by working in cooperation with my client and in harmony with the body’s natural language and patterns. I take a holistic and integrative approach using the skin, fascia, and nervous system as an entry point. Using compassionate and nurturing touch to release tension patterns and invite the body into a state of relaxation and healing. I employ a variety of techniques including traction and passive stretching, rocking and rhythmic contact, long holds and deep breathing. Integrated with Swedish flow, Shiatsu style accupressure, and focused structural work to create a unique experience with each session.

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Jordan Hughes

Massage Therapist LMBT #16885

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Born at the foot of the Appalachian mountains in South Carolina, I spent my early years exploring the forest, climbing trees and dirtying my bare feet running through the paths. I was drawn to massage therapy as early as the first grade, often experimenting with massage on my friends and family. In my adult years, I obtained a degree in Culinary Arts which inevitably led me to a certainty – my true desire was to work hands-on with people in a therapeutic service. Following the siren song of the beautiful Appalachians, I moved to Asheville, NC and set out to achieve my childhood dream of being a Massage Therapist.

During my schooling at the Asheville school of Massage and Yoga, my classmates often referred to me as very inquisitive, noticing my proficiency in discovering the specific areas of the body that require detailed therapeutic work. In a session with me, I will tend to your needs in the moment, identifying what chronic pain patterns are being held in the body and what therapeutic techniques offer relief. My customized massages creatively incorporate the modalities of myofascial release, deep tissue work, trigger point therapy, shiatsu techniques, and relaxing Swedish massage strokes. I wholeheartedly believe in the body’s innate ability to heal and enjoy utilizing my skills to release limiting muscle memory patterns and assist in the balancing of your nervous system, effectively allowing you and your body to be in a healthier, happier state of being.

saskia_blaizing_lotusSaskia Vanderploeg
Massage Therapist LMBT #16523

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My focus is to listen to both your preferences and to your unique body to help facilitate your desired wellness goals. I am here to help you to relax, revitalize and restore through a therapeutic and nurturing massage experience. I’ve had the pleasure of massaging people for more than a decade (since 2004). I have learned to use a blend of Swedish, injury specific, trigger point therapy, and facilitated stretching techniques. Having a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy and some Physical Therapy training, my work is founded in education and backed by knowledge about the body. I have been so pleased with my decision to practice massage as I feel that this environment is conducive to the healing and heart-centered style of therapeutic work I like to provide.

A bit of a gypsy, my history has led me across continents. Although originally from the Netherlands I have lived most of my adult life in on the west side of the United States. During my high school years I lived in Abu Dhabi, from where I had the fortune to travel to many Middle Eastern countries. My passions include partner dancing, hiking, good food, traveling and healing. Dancing has trained me to be fully present in my body which in turn makes me aware of my clients’ subtle body language. Paying attention to this assists me in providing you with a massage that is in tune with your bodies’ needs. Come as you are and together we’ll go from there.

Marina Santosuosso
Sound Healer / Massage Therapist LMBT #14906

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I started practicing bodywork on my mother at the age of five, but It took me many years to realize this was my path. After much introspection and divine intervention, I finally found my calling! I graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2010. Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the top ranked athletes in the NFL, MLB and MLS, in conjunction with a team of some of the most highly accredited professionals in the field of sports medicine today.  I am also a Certified Yoga Instructor graduating from 305 University in 2014.

Shortly after graduating from Massage school, I was introduced to SOUND… and have been blessed with the opportunity to study and collaborate with some of the pioneers in the field of sound therapy today, such as Dr.John Beaulieu, Steven Halpern, Jorge Alfano, Albert Rabenstein, Jeff Deen, Paloma Devi and many more. Jorge Alfano has been one of my mentors on this Sacred Journey… Together we Founded and Produced the “Sacred Sounds Conference” in Key Biscayne Florida, February 2015. 

My intention is to facilitate the healing process within YOU. I believe that WE ALL HOLD THE KEY to our own health, sometimes we just need a little help turning that key. I intend to promote self~AWARENESS and together we will embark on a journey of mind, body and spirit… unlocking the door to our natural state of being… HARMONY & BALANCE.

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Owner / Founder / Massage Therapist LMBT #8098

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I was raised on a Tennessee plateau, and was drawn to the mountains, the culture, and the people of WNC and moved here in 2005 to go to massage school. I am a graduate of the North Carolina School of Natural Healing, the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, and the Asheville Yoga Center. Blaizing Lotus is dedicated to my daughter Blaize, who passed away of SIDS in 2008. This tragedy opened up my heart and inspired me to truly start sharing my gifts with the world. My private practice took off full force, and Blaizing Lotus was born. Massage continues to be very instrumental in my own healing process. I believe in the power of natural healing, and have a profound respect for the body’s wisdom and its innate ability to heal itself. We look forward to assisting you in YOUR healing journey, in love and gratitude.

“Just like the lotus we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.” – Unknown

IMG_0742 (1)Joe Stenhouse
Owner / Systems Director

I am humbled by the opportunity to be a part of this journey to advocate the healing arts in Asheville, NC through such an amazing establishment. As we all continue to push forward into our own individual potentials let us make manifest love, light and spiritual fulfillment and never forget that we can only keep what we have by giving it away. This, is the great paradox.At Blaizing Lotus my intention is to give freely of myself in whatever way I can. I help play an integral role in the growth and maintenance of the company from the bottom up.