Our Team

Cassidy Walpole

(Lead LMT)

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.

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.

Danielle Hill

LMBT #18897  My Schedule | My Reviews

I believe strongly in the importance of creating a feeling of safety in order to allow the body to release tension and restore balance. With sensitivity and clear communication, I meet each client at their body’s distinctive boundaries, and in this way, work together towards returning to the breath, and towards fostering a sense of rooted embodiment. Whether you are on a healing journey, or seeking massage as preventative medicine, I am humbled to work with you to better understand your own health. My integrative session draws upon Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu, Marma Point Therapy, and Ayurvedic Abdominal Massage. I approach each session with full confidence that through patience and persistence, change can and will be felt.
Born to a family of clockmaking artists, I was raised within Waldorf education, and later graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A in Geology and Music [Cello]. I have worked within native plant conservation and organic farming and traveled extensively throughout Mexico and India, studying language, music, Tibetan Buddhism, reiki and yoga [200 hour YTT]. I have studied the cello since age seven, and continue to incorporate music into my everyday life. Years of farming and working to sustain my own physical vitality, cultivated my  fascination with preventative medicine. I believe that physical balance lies within shedding ancestral, repeated narratives, and meeting ourselves as we are. The cultivation of kind relationships, earth stewardship, and the creative fire, first originate within understanding our own bodies.

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.

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.

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!

Davida Hass

 LMBT #18482  My Schedule | My Reviews

I am an Asheville-based Holistic Practitioner, musician, and Sacred Circle Facilitator. My massage + bodywork practice spans from the clinical to the energetic, incorporating embodied wisdoms from over a decade of study and mentoring in Clinical and Integrative Massage, Structural Balancing, various lineages of Yoga, Reiki, Meditation, Herbalism, and Intuitive and Shamanic Practices, amongst other Eastern and Western modalities.

As a Holistic Practitioner, I feel that my path is not only to continuously investigate the physical and energetic mechanics of the body, but to nurture and foster my clients’ connection with their body’s innate wisdom and intelligence, unlocking a deeper sense of joy and presence in their lives. Before and during each session, I invite my clients to customize their massage experience, tailoring each session to their individual needs, and working to unravel the unique constellation of tension in their body.

Outside of the massage room, my life is full of plants and nature, books, performing, teaching music and big dog cuddles. I am forever enrolled in healing-related courses and love to host online events to empower my community through movement, meditation, sacred songs, and cosmically-aligned guidance. It is my greatest joy to be a conduit of healing on this planet, as many have been for me.

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. By learning about the complex, intelligent nature of the human body and its innate capacity to heal when supported, nourished, and reconnected to a balanced sense of Self, 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 Appalachian Mountains. Here, I have studied and practiced a variety of healing arts modalities including holistic herbalism, yoga, and Ayurveda, each serving as a transformative element in my life. 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 strokes to induce a deep state of relaxation, deeper strokes & compression (as needed & desired) to help relieve 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.

Duncan Reuning

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.

 
In 2015 I graduated from Asheville’s Center for Massage and Natural Health, a solid foundation but just the starting point for what I continue to learn about bodywork. My approach begins with careful listening to you; whether you need deep trigger point work or a lighter more energetic flow, I tailor the session to meet your needs. I draw from different massage modalities, including Gua Sha, cupping, deep tissue or energy work when indicated. In each session I seek to create an opportunity for you to tune in to your own body more fully. Whatever pain you feel, be it physical or emotional, is a message sent from your body; my job is to help you listen to that message. I may not be the most articulate massage therapist in the world, but knowledge comes in many forms, far deeper than words. We humans know more than we can ever say and my greatest fluency is in the kinesthetic language of touch.

 

Jessi Luzius

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.

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.

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.

Suki Bauer

 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!

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.

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 #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

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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