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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.

melanie_blaizing_lotusMelanie Hayes
 Massage Therapist LMBT #04875

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Hello beautiful people! I’m Melanie, and here’s my story in a nutshell. I have a longstanding fascination with and affection for the human body. I was a very active and athletic daredevil of a child, persistently testing the limits of my body.  As an adult, I became a certified yoga instructor in 2001, a licensed massage therapist in 2003, a certified personal trainer in 2011, and a licensed [holistic] esthetician in 2013. I expanded my business to include transformational coaching in 2017. I am an empath, and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and use these gifts in my practice where applicable.  Having an Aries sun, and a Virgo moon and ascendant, means that I am a keen seeker of knowledge.  I ask WHY a lot.  A LOT.  And that means that I can probably answer most questions you have about your body and how (and why) to care for it optimally.  On the off chance that I don’t have an answer for you, I will promptly seek one out and share my findings with you.  I LOVE learning.I have a TON of experience helping people achieve greater health, wellness, performance, and comfort in their bodies and in their lives via my bodywork and coaching practices. I have worked with a wide spectrum of clients including professional athletes (NFL, MiLB, IronMan, and others) and coaches, medical professionals (doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and more), stay-at-home parents, elders, folks with chronic disease and/or acute injuries, elders and children, and high level entertainment professionals (including an American Idol, a Grammy-winning songstress, and the manager of an infamous indie band). Needless to say, my work is very skilled and adaptable.

I consider it a privilege and an honor to work with every client that graces my table. My specialties are structural integration, postural re-education, pain management, very specific deep tissue work, reiki energy work, and deeply relaxing restorative bodywork. I have been blessed with the gift of being able to easily assess patterns and connections within the tissues of the body, reading the stories each individual body has to share.  That, added to my training in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, have lead to my clients reaching states of health, comfort, recovery, and performance levels they never dreamed possible. I have amassed a number of tools in my toolbox over my 15+ years of practice. I have practiced, studied in, and been a client in many cities, towns, and countries in the world.  My work reflects this.  My touch is not only highly skilled, it is also acutely intuitive and versatile.When you’re on my table, you’re not just a body to be worked, you are an integral part of the massage experience. I am here for you … not the other way around. I strive to always work in a way that meets each client’s individual needs and preferences. I’m so excited to see you on the table, and look forward to helping you on your path to health and vitality!

shea_blaizing_lotusShea (Ayana) Olinger
Massage Therapist / Thai Yoga Bodywork LMBT# 14590

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I grew up with the Atlantic ocean as a consistent ally in my youth. It is here I would go in search of purpose, healing and clarity. In 2014, following a dream, I chose to move to Asheville and pursue a professional certification in Massage & Bodywork Therapy at the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga. After completing a 675-hr program at ASMY I continued my studies by learning the ancient healing art of Thai Yoga Bodywork. Thai Yoga is steeped in tradition, rhythm, spirituality and medicine. It’s roots are deep in the culture of Thailand, India and China, a blending of the Eastern medicine lineages dating back more than 2,500 years, and newly introduced to Western culture. It is beautiful.

The work I offer as a massage therapist is intuitive yet technical. Skillful yet organic. By blending techniques from many different bodywork modalities I create a nurturing, grounding and individually tailored approach for all different body types. These modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue/Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Craniosacral Therapy. My prayer is that this work may allow you to feel more present in your body, grounded in the wisdom that you hold within. I look forward to serving you.

kelly_blaizing_lotusKelly Williams
Massage Therapist LMBT #16550

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I am a holistic health care practitioner, artist, wellness coach, and explorer of life! Specializing in Integrative Cranial Unwinding, massage, Shamanic Vibrational Therapies, yoga, Qigong, sound and food healing. Throughout my voyage I have acquired knowledge through the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga, the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts, the Four Winds Society and Qigong Supreme Science Foundation. I feel I am continually gaining knowledge through all of life’s experiences.

Born and raised in a small town in SC my mother home schooled me and three of my older siblings. That is where I began studying teachings of Native American cultures. Since then I continue to study different healing techniques and traditions from cultures all around the world. Through my travels I have observed many people coming to the realization that in order to survive in this world we must find peace within and that comes from the vibration of unconditional love of ourselves and others. I believe that as our love for all that is continually grows and our vibration increases, it ripples out into the world allowing us to remember our true nature… to love one another unconditionally!

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.


Cassidy Walpole
Massage Therapist / Thai Yoga Bodywork 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.

amberly_calloway_blaizing_lotusAmberly Calloway

Massage Therapist LMBT #08495

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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.

lucien_blaizing_lotusLucien Horowitz
 Massage Therapist  LMBT #16439

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I began studying bodywork six years ago in a remote village in the mountains of Guatemala. Afterwards I took a course in craniosacral and spent two months studying Thai yoga massage in Thailand before finally going to the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2016. I am also currently enrolled a 700hr Craniosacral program with master Etienne Peirsman in my desert homeland of New Mexico. I also bring to my practice years of yoga,  meditation, martial arts and dance that have all helped me explore, and remain in, relationship with my own body.

I believe what first drew me to that hut in Guatemala then is the same as what continues to pull me deeper into the work now: A love of people,a desire to meditate and a fascination with the body and with health. I approach bodywork as a practice in finding stillness even as I move, in focused compassion, and in deep listening. Perhaps, because of my love of nature and experience as an environmental educator and wilderness field instructor, I like to explore the body as a landscape, feeling into not just the contours but also the underlying ecology. I aim to meet the body where it is and let the work unfold from there whether that is deep tissue rehabilitation or deep relaxation restoration.
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.

faye_lightwood_blaizing_lotusFaye Lightwood
Massage Therapist LMBT #17535

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I adore exploring the mind, body and spirit connection. Since emotions get trapped in our bodies sometimes a tight neck has more explanation than just sleeping wrong. I combine my Empathic Intuition with logic and science of the body.  I studied in Northern Virginia where I took a 900 hour massage therapy program with 6 different specialties including: Myofascial Therapy, Neuromusclar Therapy, Prenatal/Infant Massage, Sports Massage and Reflexology.  In Northern Virginia I had my own Therapeutic Massage Therapy practice where I would regularly massage the Washington Redskins, high-end lawyers, top surgeons, business owners and various government employees.

As a Reiki Master-Teacher for 10 years and a Therapeutic Massage Therapist for 7, I have molded my practice to healing trauma stored in soft tissue, the nervous system and energetic body field. Since we are ever evolving creatures our bodies undergo a process of transformation every day. I am here to help you through whatever transformation is on your plate at this current moment! I am also a Cranial-Sacral Therapist, Spiritual Life Coach and practice Meridian Massage in accordance to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So the question is…how can I help you today?

Personal Motto: “Healing the world, one body at a time!”

saskia_blaizing_lotusSaskia Vanderploeg
Massage Therapist LMBT #16523

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Hello, thank you for reading my bio. I have enjoyed massaging people since 2004. My massage style draws from a variety of modalities and ends up being a blend of therapeutic, injury specific work, with a good amount of nurturing and relaxing techniques mixed throughout. I have learned a lot about the body, it’s muscles, bones, nerves and many of its intricacies and deficits from a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I have also had some schooling in Physical Therapy as well as many continuing education classes in Massage. As underlying basis of my more therapeutic work I utilize the longer strokes from the Swedish massage style and have incorporated moves from the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi modality of bodywork. Trigger point therapy and stretches help me to work with your knots and tight muscles. Although I have learned to work on each and every part of the body I especially like massaging problematic necks and shoulders. I hope you decide to come in and receive a massage. I look forward to listening to your preferences and providing a massage tailored to your personal wants and needs.

kristen_blaizing_lotusKristen 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.

Paige_Paris_Blaizing_LotusPaige Paris (on maternity leave)

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!

DSC_0123Myan Armbruster

General 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.

Allison_Stenhouse_BlaizingLotusHealingHouseAllison Stenhouse

Owner / Founder / Massage Therapist LMBT #8098

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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.

Blaizing 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 highly 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 Blaizing Lotus was born. It has blossomed into something more beautiful and radiant than I ever thought possible and humbled, I remain in my ineffable gratitude. Massage continues to be very instrumental in my own healing process; both giving and receiving. 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.

Every massage includes one FREE optional add-on enhancement! Choose from Hot Stones, Hot Towels, or Aromatherapy.

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