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.
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.
LMBT #17671 My Schedule | My Reviews
I grew up in Northern Michigan in Anishnaabe territory where I was blessed to have boundless access to fresh water, sand dunes, and four extreme and unique seasons. Growing up my mother always prioritized natural healing and raised me to live a holistic lifestyle in which self care and preventative health practices are top priorities. I remember endlessly studying reflexology charts as a child and experimenting with aromatherapy and movement practices. I’ve always had a bent towards healing and as I grew older I realized I wanted to extend that gift towards others.
In 2017 I studied and became certified in Reiki I& II and learned so much about healing through the energy field. I wanted to take that further and massage therapy seemed was a natural step for me. I attended massage school here in Asheville at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2018. Since then I have had the opportunity to practice with many amazing clients here in Asheville as well as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
My massage style is integrative, I use long, connective strokes to help my clients sink into the parasympathetic state of true relaxation then go deep with effective therapeutic work that incites the body to heal itself. I incorporate a range of modalities into my sessions, with craniosacral and neuromuscular therapies always ready in my toolkit. Every session is a blend of energy and manual therapies, according to your specific needs.
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 and 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 and Swedish and my style is often described and flowing, connected, deeply gentle, nurturing 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!
LMBT #18299 My Schedule | My Reviews
I have been interested in alternative and folk medicine for 20 years, beginning with getting certified in Reiki and studying chi gong. I currently practice Thai massage, shiatsu, and acupressure along with energy awareness and movement techniques. I believe in the miraculous power of the body to heal itself. I have a background in the somatic arts, dance and movement practices. I select the tunes for ecstatic dance gatherings and enjoy hosting councils to support community growth and decision making. I spend a lot of time working in the wildness with teenagers teaching primitive arts and emotional and communication skill building. I enjoy pottery and spending time in the Appalachian mountains.
LMBT #18737 My Schedule | My Reviews
Hi there! Thanks for checking out my bio. My birth name is Jennifer but most call me Jenny B. My journey into the healing arts took root in childhood where I often thought about becoming an artist, nurse, and/or teacher. At age 19, I left my sweet home Chicago and packed my bags to settle into the sunny, white sandy beaches of Sarasota, Florida. There my journey really began unfolding when I found acupuncture, reiki, massage therapy, yoga, and high doses of nature to help me in my own support and healing of body, mind, and spirit. I felt and saw profound changes in myself by introducing these ancient healing tools into my life, especially on a regular basis. My experiences created a passion and drive to learn these arts myself so I can share them with others.
At age 22, I began studying the art of Reiki. In 2007, I graduated from Florida College of Natural Health earning an AS in Natural Health with a concentration in paramedical skincare. After attending Sarasota School Of Massage Therapy in 2008, my love for yoga led me to dive deep into the study of the dynamic dance of Thai massage bodywork. In 2013, I completed an in depth 200 hr. yoga teacher training and that’s when the sister science of ayurveda really captured my attention. Upon graduating from the Florida Academy of Ayurveda in 2014, I became an Ayurvedic Practitioner. My continued studies have brought me to the mountains in Costa Rica, the jungle of Mexico, the lovely city of Toronto, the mysterious desert of New Mexico, the quartz beaches of Florida, and to an ashram outside of Pune, India.
Over these years my work experiences have been with a variety of people, ages, and environments. I have worked in small boutique spas, acupuncture clinics, chiropractic offices, for an MD who was a spinal specialist, and in my own successful holistic practice. I have also studied deeper into subtle but profound therapies such as Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki II, Marma Point Therapy, Yoga Nidra, Indian Head Massage, and Pranic Healing.
Recently my own health challenges, experiences, and great healing once again led me to immerse myself to further study the fascinating gut microbiome, immune system, chronic pain, inflammation, the autoimmune spectrum, stages of disease, allergies/sensitivities, and gut/brain axis. Most people describe my bodywork as therapeutic, effective and very relaxing with rhythmic, intuitive, fluid, and detailed strokes like ocean waves flowing back and forth from sea to shore. Every treatment is ayurvedic inspired and my ears carefully listen to your words and my fine tuned hands listen closely to your body. My focus is on the nervous system, fascia, and breath. I love sharing knowledge beyond bodywork and massage that can help one tap into their own inner physician using lifestyle medicine, food/diet, movement, stillness, breath, and focusing on creating and applying self care routines to daily life.
When I am not working with clients I am playing in the magical mountains, hanging with my dog Jai, doing lots of self care, exploring new ways of simple and nutritious cooking, laughing with friends, and of course forever studying the physical, mental, and energetic bodies. I am grateful to be a part of the expansive healing community in these majestic mountains of Asheville, NC. I am also very honored to be part of such an amazing team at Blazing Lotus and to share the healing power of touch with you.
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.
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!
LMBT #18042 My Schedule | My Reviews
At age 16, I had my first opportunity to participate in a wilderness immersion program; it lasted for nine months and it woke me up. This awakening showed me that life is about connection and community, that nature feeds my soul, and that I could find purpose in helping others. Before becoming a massage therapist, I spent four years as a therapeutic guide for one of the area’s top wilderness rehab programs. Helping others heal from their trauma and addiction taught me the value of intuition, clear intentions, and empathetic listening. Turns out these skills have all transferred well and now serve to guide my massage practice.
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.
LMBT #185562 My Schedule | My Reviews
A forever learner and closeted science nerd, I have studied a variety of bodywork therapies including Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Hot stone, Sports and Prenatal. The vast benefits of therapeutic touch as well as the continuous discovery of the healing potentials of our human bodies drives me forward on my path of evolution. For me, sessions are one of a mutual partnership with my client- I enjoy crafting an integrative experience, aiming to pair requested areas of focus with the body’s innate knowing.
My work is intuitive and comprehensive to creating nurturing, relaxing and productive treatments. I love to delve into the nooks and crannies of your tissues, freeing the bound stagnancies, and facilitating more ease and joy within your body. As a therapist, I bring the values of compassion, allowance, professionalism, healthy communication and grounded presence into my practice. I look forward to working with you and catering to your body’s needs!
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.
LMBT #4393 My Schedule | My Reviews
I grew up in North Carolina and fell in love with these mountains when I went to summer camp in the Pisgah National Forest when I was 10 years old. To me massage and bodywork is one of the most natural things in the world. As a young child I remember relieving my cramps at recess by curling my fingers under my ribs, pressing into my diaphragm and slowly breathing until I could take a deep breath without pain. In 2002 I moved to Asheville, attended the Center for Massage and Natural Health and have been practicing massage and bodywork professionally since 2004. Over the years I have worked with many thousands of people with needs ranging from stress reduction to helping them manage and alleviate their specific complaints of pain and dysfunction. In 2017 I began teaching Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Postural assessment and Clinical Bodywork at a local community college. Helping people find a way out of pain and giving them the tools to care for themselves is a passion of mine that I find exciting and deeply rewarding. I specialize in Orthopedic massage, careful clinical Bodywork, pain-free deep tissue and working with people seeking results that they can see and feel. I believe that most people’s pain has a soft tissue component that can be addressed non-invasively and that sometimes even potential surgeries can be avoided through informed soft-tissue therapy and self-care. I am attuned to Reiki 1, 2 and 3 and love to include energy work during sessions when requested. I also volunteer weekly doing massage and Reiki with autistic children, adults and their caregivers through the local nonprofit organization Arms Around ASD. In my free time I love to receive massage and bodywork, dance to live music, hike, camp, snowboard and hang out with my cat, dog and children.
LMBT #19358 My Schedule | My Reviews
I began my Massage journey in 2015 at the Pacific College of Health and Sciences in San Diego, California. In my eagerness to learn, I obtained my Associate Degree of Applied Sciences in Massage Therapies. I am originally from Wisconsin and in a vortex of fate, I moved to Asheville in 2019. My passion to become a healer has always been a driving force in my life. I have a therapeutic approach to massage that is customized to the individuals’ needs and goals. Specializing in Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), Acupressure, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Circulatory techniques to facilitate the healing process. My goal as a Massage Therapist is to assist with soft tissue tension, stress management, increased range of motion, and an overall improved quality of movement. I hope to work together with my clients to achieve goals and develop treatment plans that are realistic and obtainable. In addition to massage, I also practice Reiki, for those seeking energetic balance, healing, and relaxation. I am a crafter at heart and a healer by nature. I look forward to working with you.
LMBT #15205 My Schedule | My Reviews
Prioritizing self-care and foundational wellness here in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains has afforded me an abundance of focus and energy that I can give back to the community I love so much. Massage has always been much more than a job for me—it’s a language through which I communicate and connect with others. Massage therapy has changed my life, reinforcing my own ability to heal, grow, and thrive. It’s taught me how to break through the superficial in order to more deeply enjoy the good stuff in the present, and how to breathe through and embrace the tough stuff in general. Since graduating Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2015, I’ve become a perennial student of massage, cherry-picking from my favorite concepts and techniques specific to Thai, Esalen, Swedish, Sports, and Deep Tissue. Whatever the modality, I believe the massage should feel good and have you breathing deeply–consciously or otherwise. My first massages were as a 28-year-old in Bali, in 2015–I’d broken my ankle and completely ruptured my Achilles a few months prior betwixt CrossFit and roller derby, and had to learn how to walk again while re-establishing my relationship with my body and my life. As it turned out, the Balinese woman who gave me daily $5 massages for almost two weeks straight didn’t speak English, but still this relative stranger made me feel nurtured and cared for in a capacity that I simply hadn’t experienced before. The repeated bodywork quickly introduced me to worlds within myself. Massage provided a new context for my own wordless emotions, and created a vast internal space where I could discover previously unexplored feelings. Her attentiveness and cheerfulness went way beyond the transactional, inspiring me to delve into massage therapy in order to grok how one individual could give someone else such a wonderfully transformative experience through nonverbal, caring touch. I started researching schools in Asheville while still in Bali and, less than a year later, completed a 675-hour massage therapy licensure program. I met my beautiful wife in school, just as we were both starting our careers in massage therapy and bodywork. Partner massage workshops are now frequent in our home, and sharing this mutual passion continues to inspire me every morning that I wake up (and every time I roll off the massage table). In a fast-paced world, uninterrupted self-care is priceless. We humans instinctively know how to breathe, relax, and heal ourselves, but in modern times we occasionally require a gentle (or really firm!) nudge in order to access that intuition. To that end, I really enjoy carving out a quiet, safe space in the universe where your peace of mind and physical unwinding are not only respected and encouraged, but truly of paramount importance. Simply put, we heal best when at rest, and your profound relaxation is my favorite meditation!
Front Desk Coordinator
Front Desk Associate
I’ve lived in Asheville for 18 years…almost a native but not quite. That title is still held by a handful of people in this town. The majority of us living here are transplants. I believe we were drawn to the beauty of this place, in the people, the mountains and the way of life. Whether we are residents or are visiting, we’re attracted to a certain frequency that resonates with who we are. The locals are always co-creating magic in the hope of sharing with others. Blazing Lotus and Wild Rose are two of those creations. I have been a massage therapist for 25 years, yoga instructor for 13 and massage educator for 5. Having spent the majority of my life within the world of health and healing, it is rare to find a place that is consistently excellent. I am honored to be a part of the crew of magicians at Blazing Lotus and look forward to helping create your Asheville experience.
General Manager / Front Desk Associate
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.
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.
LMBT #8098 | 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
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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