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kaorin_blaizing_lotusKaorin Marie

Massage Therapist LMBT #18204

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My intention as a therapist is to hold space for clients to come home to vulnerability and exploration within themselves. I have intricately merged my worlds of body work and energy work with my academic studies of communication and narrative theory to approach the body with deep reverence. I understand that we not only make sense of the world through stories but that we also carry them with us in our bodies. I acknowledge that for healing to occur you must first feel safe, which is why establishing a sense of deep connection with clients is my first priority. Each session is personalized to the individual on the table.

My goal is to move towards becoming certified as a trauma-informed therapist, as my practice is highly influenced by Peter Levine and the Somatic Experiencing model. My practice is also one of listening, allowing the individual on the table to guide the treatment with physical cues, emotional expression, and subtle communication, while simultaneously stepping aside to allow your bodies natural intelligence to come through.

The tools that I have collected while attending the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and that can be used during an integrated treatment would include, a body-based approach of Swedish & deep therapeutic massage, while exploring deeper aspects of the self and body with Polarity therapy, Myofascial release techniques, nonspecific stretches, Whiplash treatment, Abdominal Massage, Reflexology, Craniosacral Unwinding, Intro. to Core Synchronism Techniques, Reiki.

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.

micah_blaizing_lotus_healing_houseMicah Haines

Massage Therapist LMBT #16475

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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.

Hanna Kennedy
Massage Therapist LMBT #15723

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Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but having my roots south of New Orleans, Louisiana, I always felt a tug at the heart to return to this area of the country. I slowly crept back up, first as a river guide and cook on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, then moving to Asheville to attend the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, where I found another passion of mine.

My hopes as your massage therapist is to create a safe, communicative place where you can relax and tune into yourself. Your massage is catered to your needs at the time of your visit, where I may apply any of the following techniques: Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, shiatsu, myofascial, and cranial sacral therapy. I love “problem solving” massages as well as giving full 60 minutes of shiatsu, a rhythmic massage that truly soothes your nervous system! I look forward to sharing my gift with you and helping you to relax into your most authentic self.

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 & compression’s (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.

tj_blaizing_lotusT.J. Grant
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.

Christina Pelli Blazing LotusChristina Pelli

Massage Therapist LMBT #15397

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I deeply believe that massage creates a ripple effect that improves the quality of our relationships and community. By caring for our physical, and emotional bodies we can better serve others around us. Massage is the medicine that I share with the world.

My path on this journey of healing arts began in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I was introduced to the magic of Thai massage. When I returned home I decided to deepen my scope of healing so I enrolled in massage school in Asheville at The Center for Massage and Natural Health. My experience in Thailand paired with a local massage school have allowed me to offer a unique integration of massage techniques that have been described as, intuitive and specific, deep, connective, grounding, and nurturing.

My Thai massage mentors taught me to integrate at least one Thai technique into every massage session, so I do! My integrative massage brings together Swedish, deep tissue, esalen, and Thai techniques. I love using cupping as a tool to improve circulation,and release muscle tension,and hot towels ,and essential oils to deepen your relaxation. I am happy to tailor a massage session to meet your specific needs. I look forward to the creation of a ripple effect together.

valerie_blaizing_lotusValerie Londre

Massage Therapist LMBT #18155

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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.

Willow Bittner
Massage Therapist LMBT #16810

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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!

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.

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.

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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.

daniel_blaizing_lotusDaniel Gingras

Massage Therapist LMBT #17854

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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.


Brae Kaufman 

Massage Therapist  LMBT #4384

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I was called to Asheville 17 years ago, from where I was raised in Maryland. I completed my training in massage therapy in 2003, at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. This experience taught me how to tune in and connect with my true self, as well as how to hold space for others in order to allow their body’s natural wisdom to heal itself, while I merely facilitate the process.

My bodywork style has been greatly influenced by my passion for yoga and movement. I typically begin my massage with compressions and slow, broad strokes that are both relaxing and therapeutic. Depending on
your needs, I may integrate a variety of techniques including: hot stones, tractioning, myofascial release, neuromuscular, reflexology, acupressure, and positional release to name a few. I enjoy giving relaxing and stress-relieving massage as well as deep, advanced problem-solving bodywork.
My background is mostly in high-end resort and five-star service spas, which allows me to bring a high level of professionalism and customer service to my work. I am passionate about the importance of self-care through exercise, stretching, and relaxation techniques. I look forward to working with you at Blazing Lotus and helping you get back into a place of ease and balance in your body.

Marina Santosuosso
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.


Paige_Paris_Blaizing_LotusPaige Paris

Massage Therapist  LMBT #14488

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As a native of the Southern Appalachians, I feel a deep responsibility and care for the life contained within these hills. I strongly believe that by tending our physical and emotional landscapes, we position ourselves to better serve our community. After graduating from massage school in 2014, I began to craft a practice rooted in compassion and intuition while combining Swedish, trigger point and restorative traditions.  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!

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.

Spencer Renee Driscoll Blazing LotusSpencer 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_blaizing_lotusMyan 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_BlaizingLotusHealingHouseAllison Stenhouse (A.J.)

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.

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

“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 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.

*Every massage includes one FREE optional add-on enhancement! Choose from Hot Stones, Hot Towels, or Aromatherapy. When booking online, please let us know which enhancement you would like by writing it in the Special Requests Box. If you do not wish to have an enhancement, just leave this box empty. If calling in to book, simply tell the front desk coordinator.