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Allison Stenhouse

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 pure 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.

Myan 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.

kimKim Borowski

Front Desk Associate

I have been a long time yoga practitioner and have had an interest in integrative health and wellness for most of my life. My journey has led me to visiting several healing arts centers across the country studying Ayurveda, holistic nutrition, herbalism and various modalities in healing. In my free time I enjoy exploring in the wilderness, gardening, mountain biking, pottery and loving on my dog. My role at Blaizing Lotus is to assure each person who walks through the doors has a peaceful experience and leaves feeling nurtured and renewed. I believe our greatest gift to the world is our own well-being and am honored to hold space for others who make time for this in their lives.

tjT.J. Grant
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.

Ayana Shea
Thai Yoga Bodyworker / Sound Healer / Breathworker / Massage Therapist LMBT#14590 (Olinger)

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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 own experiences of deep self-exploration. My love of the natural world inspired me to connect with plant medicine and reclaim my right to 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, body awareness, breath and working with the energy pathways guided me into studying Thai Yoga Bodywork; a healing modality rooted in Ayurvedic and Yoga traditions. I have travelled around the East Coast assisting in Thai Workshops and established a strong connection to the teacher within, sharing my passions with others as a form of inspiration. Ashtanga and Bhakti Yoga have been strong foundations of my personal practice, and I currently teach at Asheville Community Yoga. My bodywork practice combines elements of Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Thai, Trigger-Point Therapy, CranioSacral, intuitive listening and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of All Things. I have discovered the inner landscape through Music and Sound, and am honored to share this with others. By weaving an eclectic assortment of instruments, vocals and guided meditation I hope to create a space for revealing the healer within. Earth-centered practices and connecting with Nature have taught 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.

Meredith Daniel Sims
Massage Therapist LMBT#14143

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A native of the South Carolina lowcountry, I lived in Montana and traveled around South and Southeast Asia before finding my ‘home away from home’ in the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2008. After teaching 4th Grade in public school for five years, I found and pursued my real loves: yoga, massage and farming. I completed yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2012 and received my LMBT after attending the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2014. In addition to massage, I manage my family’s 5th generation farm in South Carolina. I strongly believe in an integrative approach to health and well-being, including nutrition, yoga, massage and an active lifestyle playing outside in nature. With the intentional goal of addressing the needs of my client’s body, my massage is a relaxing and therapeutic combination of Swedish, deep tissue, assisted stretching and athletic massage.

Marina Santosuosso
Sound Healer / Breathworker / 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… Graduated 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 Marina’s mentors on this Sacred Journey… Together they 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.

Dr. Audrey Rowan

Naturopathic Doctor / Acupuncturist ND, LAc – 812

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My practice weaves together Acupuncture, Craniosacral and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.  I intuitively blend these complementary modalities — layering and integrating modern science with ancient wisdom traditions.  My medicine journey has taken me from the jungles of Jamaica to the rainforests of Guatemala and across North America, where I have studied plant medicine with a Maroon shaman, worked with a non-profit field clinic and apprenticed with elders in the Wise Women herbal community.  I am inspired and excited to be in service to the healing of our planet at this threshold moment in human evolution, and believe planetary healing begins on an individual level.

After attending a 4-year graduate level medical program at an accredited naturopathic medical school, the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) in Bridgeport, CT, I received my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) graduating summa cum laude in May of 2013. I concurrently pursued my Masters in Acupuncture, which I received from the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute (UBAI) in December of 2013.

My intention is to assist you towards expanded self-awareness, inner alignment, and optimal well-being.  Sessions with me will be uniquely tailored to meet your needs as they arise, blending craniosacral, acupuncture, Tui Na massage, nutritional counseling and botanical medicine. As we work together I’ll share practical knowledge to awaken the healer within you, empowering you to take your health, and the health of those you love, into your own hands.

Paige 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. Each session is an opportunity to deepen our awareness of breath, our bodies’ natural inclination for healing, and abiding peace.

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.

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.

Chelsea Ann Gomes
Massage Therapist LMBT #14451

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Born and raised by the sea of the Pacific Coast, this ancient wisdom guides me forth. I began my healing path deeply rooted in the natural world, studying herbal medicine, which brought me to these richly bio-diverse Appalachia Mountains. I have worked in the Health and Wellness field for seventeen years, growing my own practices of self awareness. I am trained and certified in Western Herbal Medicine. I love connecting to the earth thru identifying, harvesting , growing and making medicine, as well as working with people to optimize their health. I am also a Holistic Doula, supporting the growth, transformation and magic of the birthing journey. It is a joy of mine to nurture women by offering pregnancy massage. Integrating Body work has been a natural evolution for my practice. Graduating from the School of Massage & Yoga in 2014, I have since been dedicated to cultivating my skills and deepening my wisdom. Dancing with the Body, weaving a beautiful blend of modalities, my Therapeutic touch incorporates shiatsu, deep tissue, trigger point, thai, reflexology, sports massage, myofascial release and Reiki. Alchemically blending your experience with purposeful knowledge and intuitive wisdom, I am honored to assist your Connection, Rejuvenation and Healing.