Our Team

Micah Haines

LMBT #16475  My Schedule | My Reviews

A recent transplant to the Asheville area, I was drawn to the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina, where my ancestral roots date back to the 1700’s. People have asked me why I left Southern Oregon, especially due to the professional success I’d achieved while living there (I was named “2017 Best Massage Therapist” of Southern Oregon by the regional newspaper, Rogue Valley Messenger). The answer comes easily. For me, a truly successful life is a life lived in spiritual, emotional, creative and physical balance. Asheville offers the potential for that balance in abundance. I couldn’t resist. With over 20 years massage and bodywork experience working on thousands of clients, more than 700 hours of massage schooling, and a 3-hour daily Vipassana meditation practice, I bring a highly-tuned, uniquely intuitive massage to each client interaction. My practice has naturally evolved into an Integrated Massage specialty, combining Deep Tissue, Swedish, Esalen, Trigger-Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Resisted Stretching. I believe that what we think and experience emotionally during a massage session has direct and powerful effect upon the client. This understanding has lead me to work hard to cultivate a peaceful, silent, meditative mind-state while performing massage, which, in turn, facilitates a rare energetic connection to the client. In short, “I” dissipate so that you may be free to receive. Within the purity of this connection, balance may be restored and space is created for peace and serenity to take root. I’m excited and
humbled to have the opportunity to serve the extraordinary clients who seek refuge at Blazing Lotus Healing House.

Cassidy Walpole

LMBT #16502  My Schedule | My Reviews

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.

Shea Olinger

LMBT #14590  My Schedule | My Reviews

For the past decade I have devoted my life path to learning various holistic healing modalities; distilling knowledge from herbalism, bodywork, yoga and esoteric arts.

I curate uniquely crafted treatments specific to one’s body and needs. Before an appointment we will spend some time talking about goals, a vision of health and healing and what is occurring in the body. My massage style is intuitive, flowing and deeply nurturing. Massages will include the following modalities woven into an integrative treatment: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Craniosacral and Thai Yoga Bodywork. I also offer traditional Thai Yoga, on the floor mat with bolsters and pillows.

My mission in the world is to live a life of service, devoted to the healing of people and planet — to act as a positive force of change socially and environmentally.

I look forward to connecting with you and offering a hand to your healing journey.

Amy Massey

LMBT #14922  My Schedule | My Reviews

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 modalities.  These range from gentle, soothing techniques such as swedish, passive stretching, and craniosaral therapy, from which I ease into more intensive modalities such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue for those who prefer a more direct approach. My goal through each customized treatment is to help alleviate chronic pain and tensions, specifically those that stem from sustained mental and emotional stress as well as from repetitive physical postures and movements.  Massage has become my most valued gift and I would be honored to share my practice with you.

T.J. Grant

LMBT #15103  My Schedule | My Reviews

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.

Kristen Anderson

LMBT #10361  My Schedule | My Reviews

My journey of self-discovery began by leaving my home state of Georgia to attend massage school in Sedona, Arizona in 2007. Learning about the human body and its innate capacity to heal itself fascinated me, and a deep love of natural healing was awakened within my awareness.

In 2010, I ended up returning to the east coast, landing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, I have studied and practiced a variety of healing arts modalities including holistic herbalism, yoga, Ayurveda, and medical astrology, each serving as a transformative force in my life, revealing profound lessons as I integrate this ancient wisdom into my love of massage and bodywork. I consider myself a forever-student with an insatiable hunger to better understand the body and ways in which we may achieve true vital health within our entire being.

At Blazing Lotus, my goal for each massage I give is to understand my client’s needs and desires, and to 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 & compression (as needed & desired, of course) to help release chronic tension, gentle rocking and stretching, and marma point therapy (similar to acupressure, in the Ayurvedic tradition).

When I am not practicing or studying, I may be in the garden, hiking with my family, dancing to soul-nourishing music, getting lost in a good book, or dreaming of adventuring in far-away lands.

Shelby Burnsed

LMBT #16885  My Schedule | My Reviews

I am an intuitive and integrative body worker and I’m excited to share my craft with you. I worked as a Chiropractic Assistant and yoga teacher for many years prior to my massage education. It was there I began developing a keen attention for posture and movement. While studying at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga I discovered an affinity for specific techniques like deep tissue and trigger point, which allow me to hone in on problems and aid in their release and healing. My studies have given me a uniquely rounded and compassionate approach to clients’ needs, A session with me is a merging of fluid and relaxing strokes, trigger point, myofascial, reflexology, and shiatsu; paired with mindful attention to breath and body. These things create a space of relaxation and healing tailored to each individual person. It is my intention to bring people into their bodies with gentle awareness while working to alleviate any tension or pain.

Amberly Calloway

LMBT #08495  My Schedule | My Reviews

I love what I do, and I look forward to meeting you. I embarked on the career of massage therapist in 2005, but the healing arts called to me many years earlier. I was born in the mountains of northern Idaho, lived a year in Hawaii, and mainly raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina. As child I would intuitively put my hands over areas of other’s pain until it dissipated. I grew to embrace hands on massage as a another way to help friends and family. After my UNC-Chapel Hill graduation and several years of corporate life in Asheville, I could no longer resist the call of the sea and of adventure. Upon massage school graduation, I sailed around the world for nearly seven years on private yachts. Thru the years I lived in Spain, New Zealand, India, and St. Marten, to name a few, and sailed the South Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and across the Atlantic twice. As a full-time massage therapist, I then lived by the sea for the next 7 years in the warm Virgin Islands, where I worked at the Caneel Bay Resort and brought my massage table and business to homes, villas and yachts across and around the island of St. John.

More recently, the healing energies of these beautiful North Carolina mountains have brought me home. I love giving the more relaxing massages needed by so many suffering from debilitating stress and anxiety, and also doing deeper injury and trauma-recovery work. I focus our sessions on your goals, needs and comfort. My work incorporates multiple modalities including the relaxing deep flow of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, the stretching or myofacial release of tissue, the holding of trigger points with neuromuscular therapy, the gentle but powerful cranial sacral work, the hands on and off energy work, foot reflexology and of course more specific Deep Tissue work. Healers of Hawaii, the Caribbean, India, Thailand and US have influenced my massage work. All sessions are tailored for You with options of hot stones, cupping, aromatherapy and hot towels. While some people need a gentle touch and space, others need significantly more pressure and specific targeted work. I like to offer either. I look forward to being a part of your journey to a better and stronger you.

Valerie Londre – Lead LMT

LMBT #18155  My Schedule | My Reviews

I was born in the culturally rich state of Oklahoma, from where the Native American heritage and blood still runs deep within me. I moved to the Tennessee Plateau at a young age to be raised on a farm. It was here that my love for nature was able to really expand. I grew up as the oldest of my siblings, which taught me at a young age to have a strong sense of caring for others. My journey as a healer really began with the choice to donate my kidney to my late husband in 2011. It was this act that led me to discovering the quantum connection that we, as living creatures, have with one another. Empathy is beautiful and extremely essential for survival. This experience led me to the discovery of my life’s duty – to always be of service, helping others through my unique abilities and gifts. Five years after this landmark, I became a graduate of Georgia Career Institute for Massage Therapy then pursed my level two Reiki practitioner certification in 2018. As a Massage Therapist, my healing work incorporates the modalities of Swedish massage, deep tissue techniques, prenatal massage, trigger point therapy, as well as chakra alignment and energy work. Prior to my recent move to North Carolina, I practiced energy work and intuitive Reiki in the Murfreesboro area of Tennessee.

I hold the belief that all bodies deserve a safe, judgement-free space for healing – this is why I love being a part of the Blazing Lotus family! I firmly believe in the power of massage therapy to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Love is wanting the best for everyone while having no attachment to the outcome. Compassion for ourselves is just a precious, but more rarely practiced. I look forward to holding space for you, free of judgement and full of compassion.

Mary Theus

LMBT #3929  My Schedule | My Reviews

I have been a licensed massage therapist for 20 years specializing in the treatment of neuromuscular pain and injury. I have certification in myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, shiatsu, traeger, lomi lomi, reiki, and swedish style massage. I am also a licensed acupuncturist and physical therapy assistant.

I use an integrative approach to support your body’s natural healing abilities in decreasing muscle tension, improving range of motion as well as promoting relaxation. I work in partnership with you to attune a treatment so you receive exactly what you need.

Dana Breen

LMBT #18216  My Schedule | My Reviews

I grew up in New Jersey and lived all over the country before I landed in Asheville several years ago. The pace of living and the close companionship of the mountains enchants me, and reminds me of the woods and farmland where I spent my youth.

It is an honor to offer massage therapy to those who seek comforting, healing touch. I studied massage at AKS Massage School in Herndon, VA in 2005, and since then my practice has been informed by yoga, dance, somatic psychology, neurophysiology, and the interdependent importance of self-awareness and subconscious beliefs. I love learning about the body and mind, and I find that offering massage is one of the loveliest ways to remain an active student of the human condition and how to soothe it. I meet each client with presence, curiosity, and the goal of co-creating a restful therapeutic experience that meets the stated goals and needs of the session.

While I have studied numerous modalities over the years, I have primarily offered detailed trigger point therapy for specific muscular pain patterns, as well as blissful relaxation massages. My touch is intuitive and blended with feel-good Swedish strokes, Jin Shin Do acupressure, energy work and more. I maintain a meditation and movement practice so that I may be an open channel to facilitate and engage your body’s own innate wisdom and ability to feel good.

Daniel Gingras

LMBT #17845  My Schedule | My Reviews

I began my journey as a healer by practicing poetry, an art that allowed me to heal by practicing reflection and awareness. I was (and continue to be) inspired by nature, and the way that it speaks without words, choosing rather to express by seasons, by trees, by weather, and by animals. Poetry never quite matched the direct experience that nature provides. I sought other paths to come closer to nature. After graduating college with a degree in Biomolecular Studies I took to the road, traveling around the United States for a year, witnessing other people’s ways of life and drawing inspiration from them to cultivate higher levels of compassion.

My journey brought me to becoming a LMBT by the simple act of receiving a massage myself. After one particular session on Orcas Island, I felt so nurtured, supported, seen, and respected as an individual that I decided if I made people feel as I did then, then I would be having the impact I intend to have on the world. I had found the deeper way of communicating I had been looking for, a form beyond words, a form akin to nature. Shortly after, I began attending Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork where I was taught to consider massage as an opportunity to touch consciousness itself. My sessions combine presencing with elements of Swedish, Lomilomi, and Advanced Bodywork Techniques. I think of massage as peace work, and am thankful for the opportunity to share my practice with you.

Marina Santosuosso

LMBT #14906  My Schedule | My Reviews

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.

Willow Bittner

LMBT #16810  My Schedule | My Reviews

My practice of bodywork began in 2001 with a year-long internship in therapeutic touch and energetic listening. After moving to Seattle Washington I realized I wanted to deepen my understanding and approach to the body and subsequently attended and graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2003. I found myself particularly inspired by the physiology classes at Brenneke and went on to attain a degree in molecular biology from the University of Washington and later to teach anatomy and physiology at Cortiva massage school in Seattle.

It is my continual goal to develop and refine my skills of listening, treatment and connection in order to meet each client and their body where they are and facilitate greater ease on a holistic level. While my practice draws influence and inspiration from a wide array of modalities, I often gravitate towards an integrated blend of trigger point, positional release, craniosacral therapy, shiatsu and Swedish and my style is often described as flowing, connected, deeply gentle, and intuitively effective. Ultimately, I find the greatest effect comes from a present, heart-centered massage that is firmly grounded in the science of the body. I look forward to working with you!

Paige Paris

LMBT #14488  My Schedule | My Reviews

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!

AJ Watson

LMBT #4114  My Schedule | My Reviews

Health & wellness of the planet and its people is my passion.  I seek to empower people through nurture, nature, and knowledge.  I bring 18 years of experience in the wellness field to my practice as a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Herbalist, Certified Personal Trainer, & Reiki Practitioner.  I am also trained and experienced in multiple areas of earth care, including permaculture, garden design & construction, medicinal plant cultivation, and some animal husbandry.

My training includes various psychology and exercise science courses at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute.  Hundreds of hours of continuing education and work experience in a variety of settings have allowed me to incorporate a wide range of theory and technique into my work. Working in a Healing Arts School, Spa & Wellness Centers, Chiropractic Office, Acupuncture Clinic, as well as my own Private Practice have allowed me to learn and perfect my technique.  Correcting postural distortions through Myofascial Release, Ashiatsu Therapy, and Massage Cupping often bring long term, lasting results for clients.

I have seen that alleviation and education lead to correction. It is my goal to alleviate discomfort, educate on prevention and correction, and provide practical solutions to apply to your life… assisting each client in working towards a more aligned integration of spirit, mind, and body, sustained by the earth.

Leslie Rogers

Front Desk Coordinator

I found my home in Asheville 11 years ago, in 2008. Growing up, I moved around frequently as my father was an F-4 fighter pilot in the Air Force. Moving into so many new communities, only to leave again and again, cultivated in me a deep desire to ground into a place that truly feels like home. I am grateful to have found my home in Asheville.

My background includes performance arts and facility management. Upon completing my bachelor’s degree in Dance Education from the University of Georgia; I went on to serve in the role of Director of Operations at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. My creative experience and drive to cultivate community merged into the creation of Trillium Dance Company here in Asheville. We are celebrating our 6th season this year with rejuvenating energy propelling us into 2020.

Being a dancer my entire life, I understand the value of healing and caring for our bodies. Our bodies are a sacred space that experience so much throughout our lifetime. As I believe, this healing house includes not only physical body treatment, but nurturing care for your spirit as well. I look forward to being your host as you enter into your space of self care here at Blazing Lotus.

Spencer Driscoll

Front Desk Coordinator

I am a recent Gemini transplant from Portland, OR. I have a background in spa management as well as in small-scale local organic agriculture. These two lines of work, though they may appear quite different at first glance, both feed my passion for healing — healing of people, and healing of the earth. I believe that self care is our first line of defense in the chaos of the modern world, and that self care looks not only like giving ourselves the gift of relaxation and restorative therapies, but also like taking care of our bodies through ethical nourishment that aligns our needs with the needs of our Mother Earth. Food is medicine, and the best medicine is local, sustainable, and deeply in touch with nature. I founded the Portland based community supported agriculture program Dirt Road Produce, and I hope to eventually be able to continue that effort here in North Carolina. In my spare time, I enjoy snuggling my feline familiar and my wonderful Capricorn partner, as well as reading copious amounts of sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

Myan Armbruster

General Manager / Front Desk Associate

Born and raised in Southeast Louisiana, I grew up barefoot climbing live oak trees. Since then, my feet have carried me across the east coast from the beaches of the Florida Keys to the concrete streets of NYC.

The adventures of my youth have brought me closer to the truth of my nature – that of a healer and joy-spreader. Over the course of these wanderlust years I have developed a career in Business Management with my expertise lying in the field of Healing Arts. In addition to Business Management, I have enjoyed time spent in the field of Horticulture with a specialization in medicinal herbs, a degree in Ecotourism and more recently, a certification in Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy.

Of all the businesses I have managed, Blazing Lotus is by far the purest of healing intention. I am honored to work alongside a team with such true heart. As the General Manager of BLHH, I assist the business, the employees, and all of our wonderful clients, in the mutual achievement of abundance, prosperity, and well-being. I truly look forward to meeting you – with joy and gratitude.

Allison Stenhouse

LMBT #14488  | My Reviews

Owner / Founder / Massage Therapist LMBT #8098

I was raised on a Tennessee plateau, and moved here in 2005 after being drawn in by the mountains, the culture, and the people of WNC. I am a graduate of the North Carolina School of Natural Healing, the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, and the Asheville Yoga Center. A fundamental belief in the power of natural healing and a profound respect for the body’s wisdom has drawn me to the world of healing arts and its wealth of applications.

Blazing Lotus Healing House is dedicated to my daughter Blaize, who passed away of SIDS in 2008. This experience of losing my daughter broke and opened up my heart simultaneously and inspired me to truly start sharing my gifts with the world. This was a raw and poignant time in my life and the healing that flowed out of my hands was potent, stemming from the deepest soils of my heart. What I discovered was that by healing and nurturing others, it became a source of healing within myself.

Often there is a sense of deep compassion that you embody after being through trauma that eventually evolves into your life purpose. You learn to pick up the broken pieces and build something bigger than yourself. Just as the lotus rising through the muddy waters of hardships and obstacles to reach the surface, my massage therapy private practice took off full force and Blazing Lotus was born. It has now blossomed into something more radiant than I ever thought possible. I bow in deep reverence to this beautiful collective of healers and the new spirit this business has assumed. Massage, both giving and receiving, continues to be very instrumental in my own healing process. We look forward to assisting you in YOUR healing journey! In love & gratitude – Allison

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 Blazing 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.

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