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.

Tifphanie Camp

LMBT #17442  My Schedule | My Reviews

I became a Massage Therapist in San Francisco, CA, in 2005, after completing a certification in Zen Shiatsu. Learning Shiatsu and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine provided a valuable framework for the art of working with the body and it’s natural energy systems. Soon after, I began my training in CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute.  As I  began to practice my new skills with my clients, I excitedly watched my work evolve and grow, and my subjects reaped tangible benefits from the work we did together.  After moving to Texas in 2007, I completed a Swedish massage certification and received training in Deep Tissue massage from the Lauterstein-Conway School.  I received my Texas massage license in 2008 and grew a successful private practice over ten years in Austin, TX.   In addition to my private practice, I had the valuable experience of working with a gifted Chiropractic Neurologist for three years, refining my abilities in CranioSacral Therapy and structural and postural bodywork.  In June of 2018, my husband and I relocated to Asheville for new adventures.  My North Carolina Massage and Bodywork Therapy License was approved July 6, 2018.  My work is an intuitive blend of  deep and integrative massage, using Reiki and the subtle listening of CranioSacral Work to support release of tension patterns and correct asymmetries in the body, while initiating relaxation and rest.  As one releases and relaxes, the restorative energies of the body can be unlocked, allowing for healing and growth, artistry, and enjoyment, restoring access to one’s more natural state.  This is why I love bodywork.  This is the miracle of what we do, and what makes it so necessary.   I am a yogi, a nature lover, and a natural medicine buff.  I live in South Asheville with my husband, Ryan, and our two dogs.  I look forward to meeting you.

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.

Willow Bittner

LMBT #16810  My Schedule | My Reviews

My practice of bodywork began in 2001 with a year-long internship in therapeutic touch and energetic listening. After moving to Seattle Washington I realized I wanted to deepen my understanding and approach to the body and subsequently attended and graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2003. I found myself particularly inspired by the physiology classes 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!

Charles Elmer

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.

Willow Card

LMBT #16974  My Schedule | My Reviews

I’ve been working professionally in the healing arts for more than a decade. I’ve practiced bodywork, dance, percussion, yoga and Qi Gong throughout the United States . I started my journey at a very special massage school here in Asheville called North Carolina School of Natural Healing back in 2007. We were introduced to the importance of a personal cultivation practice which provided a beautiful path to learning about myself as I transformed into the healer I knew I wanted to become. In my training, I began to understand the power of presence and intention. 

Through those beginning years I’ve been trained in Swedish, reiki, Thai, myofascial release, lomi-lomi, cranial sacral as well as deep tissue massage. In 2016, I continued my training with a more therapeutic approach to massage. I received 464 hours of training in Trigger Point Therapy with Jim Freeman at Asheville- Buncombe Technical College. That is when I started getting people out of pain. Since then I started a four year Masters program in Chinese Medicine. I’m studying Acupuncture, Tui-Na, Herbalism, Food Therapy, Fire Cupping , Moxibustion and more. 

My journey has led me to recognize the importance of therapeutic massage to all who are in need. I am currently working with horses at a local stable in Fairview. I work with the horses on structural imbalances that occur in the head, neck and shoulder and lumbar region. These issues are due to overtime saddle wearing. They say a horse has five hearts; their four legs and the heart in the chest. Stretching and massaging the legs is a crucial part of a healthy, strong horse. It is truly magical to release trigger points in the lower lumbar of a horse friend. They have their way of showing you gratitude and loyalty. 

Through the practice of meditation, touch and a spiritual education, I found passion in the art of healing. I’d love to be a part of your healing journey.

Amy Massey

LMBT #14922  My Schedule | My Reviews

Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, I always felt as though I was seeking the unseen, looking for some unshakable interconnectedness of all living things.  I graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design with a focus on fine arts and photography and found a voice for connecting deeply with others through visual art.  After a few years of living in Oregon, I yearned for something more and had a true “eureka” moment as I realized my greater calling: massage therapy.  With a leap of intuition, I packed up my pickup and drove across the country to lay my roots in Asheville, where I achieved my certification at the Center for Massage and Natural Health.  From that point on, my focus shifted to finding connection in the greater web of things through nurturing and restorative body work.  I approach massage with an integrative blend of modalities.  These range from gentle, soothing techniques such as swedish, passive stretching, and craniosaral therapy, from which I ease into more intensive modalities such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue for those who prefer a more direct approach. My goal through each customized treatment is to help alleviate chronic pain and tensions, specifically those that stem from sustained mental and emotional stress as well as from repetitive physical postures and movements.  Massage has become my most valued gift and I would be honored to share my practice with you.

Sam Spinuzzi

LMBT #15693  My Schedule | My Reviews

Healing touch is a human right. I practice bodywork to promote health and resilience which is essential for personal life and community. My goal with each client is to assist the integration of their internal and external landscapes by providing pain relief, relaxation, and safety. I received a B.S in biology in 2011 and began practicing massage in 2016. My proficiencies lie in prenatal, deep tissue, cupping, trigger point, myofascial, and Swedish. I can reach those deep painful places or bliss you out with a scrumptious foot scrub and scalp massage.

Hannah Booth

LMBT #18877  My Schedule | My Reviews

In a world that offers infinite opportunities to override ourselves, I honor massage as a doorway that invites us into the home that is the body and the refuge that is the present moment. As a practitioner I am devoted to prioritizing what is present for you, empowering the body’s innate capacity to heal itself and leaning into the tools, training & attuned presence to create safe space for the body to unwind and for healing to unfold.

I have been in a kind of mystical love with the earth and the esoteric for as long as I can remember. After growing up as a Baptist preacher’s daughter I pursued a BA in Religious Studies and Psychology from the College of Charleston, where I immersed myself in studying mystical experience, ancient cosmology and systems of medicine, Eastern philosophy, Western esotericism and the psychology of healing. Upon graduating I devoted my studies to hands-on application, receiving training in herbal medicine, nutritional healing, the tarot and Reiki attunements 1-3. I went on to weave these into a bodywork practice, becoming certified as a massage therapist in 2015.

A session with me is integrative and intuitive, woven by a diverse background in bodywork techniques and informed by your goals, preferences and comfort. The space I hold is honoring of the nervous system, heartfelt, and trauma-informed. The modalities I especially love offering are lymphatic massage and women’s abdominal and womb massage. I am grateful to be a part of the Blazing Lotus team and look forward to supporting you on your path!

Philip Corbin

LMBT #16968  My Schedule | My Reviews

I believe that most folks these days, especially in our culture, are deficient in safe, compassionate touch and it is my honor to spend a little time with people in a way that positively promotes their physical and emotional health. I have been a massage therapist since graduating from Savannah school of massage in 2008.  Since then, my life has taken me on many adventures across the country and back again but my work continues to be inspired by the simple idea that YOU, the client, are at the center of each session. Combining years of practiced intuition with structural awareness and a range of techniques, from subtle to deep, I approach each session with the intention to facilitate tangible, positive change. I enjoy giving a muscles-specific massage that incorporates a blend of Swedish, myofascial, deep tissue and trigger point therapies.  My patient and deliberate style reflects my belief that giving a body time and space allows for deeper relaxation of the tissues and nervous system.

I look forward to working with you!

Paige Paris

LMBT #14488  My Schedule | My Reviews

As a native of the Southern Appalachians, I feel a deep responsibility and care for the life contained within these hills. I strongly believe that by tending our physical and emotional landscapes, we position ourselves to better serve our community. After graduating from massage school in 2014, I began to craft a practice rooted in compassion and intuition while combining Swedish, trigger point and restorative traditions.  My interests have lead me to pursue deeper training in pre-and post-natal massage, thai massage, and trigger point work. Each session is an opportunity to deepen our awareness of breath, our bodies’ natural inclination for healing, and abiding peace. I look forward to working with you!

Sierra Parsons

LMBT #15635  My Schedule | My Reviews

Massage and bodywork is a wonderful way to relax and recharge.  The body is so marvelously intelligent, and it is my honor to facilitate health and healing.  I sincerely enjoy listening to the body and allowing it to guide my work.  I tailor every treatment to your individual needs and do my best to take in the whole picture for maximum benefit.  Studying the body and healing has been a lifelong journey that began with yoga teacher training in 2011 which led to my decision to study massage in 2012.  I have been a licensed massage therapist in Kentucky, Colorado, and now North Carolina.  On the eve of ten years of practice I am filled with gratitude for my training.  My work is therapeutic while being deeply relaxing. I love doing slow deep work as well as range of motion stretching.  I have studied Thai Massage, trigger point, and fascial release.  I look forward to inspiring you to gentleness and compassion within.

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.


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.

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!

Coco Pile

LMBT #19757  My Schedule | My Reviews

Holding space for people on their healing journey is an honor that I’m proud to be a part of.

My initial introduction to healing practices was energetic through reiki and chakra healing. After obtaining my bachelors of science in integrative medicine, I sought out massage training before obtaining my doctorate. During that journey, Shamanic practices revealed themselves to me and have become a huge component in my approach to healing. In totality, my skill set is firmly rooted in the union of science and spirit.

Like most massage therapists, I approach my craft as an art. I utilize different techniques and pressures for different regions of the body based on the client’s preferences, requests, and needs. I’m quick to employ the client’s breath when I pull out powerful techniques like myofascial release, kinetic synergy, trigger point therapy, post isometric release, passive stretching, and deep tissue applications. I’m soft and slow when exercising more subtle and physiological techniques like lymphatic draining, acupressure, reiki, Thai compression and Swedish styles. Based on what the body is telling me, I’ll dive as deep as the client invites me to work and where it directs my attention. I especially enjoy working with the spine, but in general I tend to favor relaxing muscle attachments around joints and promoting circulation. I’ve been told that my work feels like a blend of shamanic healing and orthopedic alignments.

I believe in the importance of the trinity that consists of our mind, body, and spirit. Throughout my journey in medicine, as a patient and a practitioner, I have grown to recognize it is essential to address all attributes of our being when we seek balance. My clients typically enjoy the benefit from the guided meditations, breath work and awareness I support them with, as we navigate their internal landscapes and create invitations to shift. 

Travis Jackson

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.

Kelsey Neby

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. 

Lauren Landes

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!

Annie Seward

LMBT #17273  My Schedule | My Reviews

I truly enjoy helping others to feel at home in their body. My journey with massage began after many adventures in healthcare as an herbalist, EMT first responder, and a birth assistant for home births. I find our human physiology endlessly fascinating, and practicing bodywork grants me the gifts of connection, curiosity, and awareness.

In session, I aspire to effectively meet any therapeutic goals, while always yielding that floaty feeling that makes massage so parasympathetically magical. I have an affinity for working with folks who experience chronic pain. In 2017, I attended the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy, focusing on sports massage with Mike McGillicuddy. This training gave me a solid foundation in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Active Isolated Stretching; a combo I have found to be quite helpful for pain relief and injury recovery. Since then, I have been investigating the worlds of Thai massage, Reflexology, Trager technique, and the deeply relaxing tradition of Swedish massage. I often utilize cupping, Gua-Sha, ear seeds, and herbal liniments. For the past few years, I have been playfully learning how to read palms, and am happy to weave this into a session when asked.

I grew up in a Wisconsin suburb, and spent my twenties wandering across the US; from the expansive west coast to the swampy southeast to these weathered old mountains. My studies in plant medicine focus heavily on Southern Appalachian flora and ethnobotany. I have a rich home life in a lovely backwoods holler, where I tend a garden, an apothecary, and the cutest little cattle dog you ever did see.

Stephen Lefebvre

LMBT #15918.  My Schedule | My Reviews

After meeting my now wife and son in 2013 we moved to NC in 2014 from New England. Graduated from massage school at Isothermal Community College Polk Co in 2015. Having a most beautiful child diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy as well as my own life challenges has been a major inspiration for opening up to the healing arts. Childhood traumas led to isolation and drug/alcohol addiction.  In 2013 I experienced a grand mal seizure due to alcohol withdrawal. Two years later in class our teacher showed us a Craniosacral Therapy technique to release the speniod bone, I recieved. I remember a sense of reconnection; I had felt very disconnected after the seizure and years of intoxication. This was an inspiration to study Craniosacral Therapy. The times receiving have been powerful healing experiences allowing more self unconditional love, transferring that to healing sessions. I have been studying Craniosacral Therapy since 2018. I had the amazing honor of Craniosacral Therapy with Dolphins in the Bahamas in 2021. I blend a relaxing massage with some detailed work, stretching and fascia work. I am grateful for experiencing each healing session. Remember the time on the table is all about you!

Damaris Pierson

Front Desk Coordinator

I moved to Asheville ten years ago from my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. The beauty of the mountains and solace of nature that surrounds the city drew me in at once! The strong and positive force of connection to community has led me to Blazing Lotus where I can be an advocate for health and healing. It is an honor to be a part of that force. 
 I spend my spare time in nature and with my husband and cats. I also love healthy cooking, playing music and yoga. Along with the team at Blazing Lotus I welcome you into our space! Happy healing! 

Paul Sellier

Front Desk Associate

I moved from Miami, Florida to Asheville in 2013, and have loved my new home ever since. I love the nature, the mountains, the people, the community. I was born in France, and growing up and through my life I moved around a lot, I have lived in different countries throughout the world, and I am happy now to put down my roots in wonderful Asheville. I value physical, mental, and spiritual self care, growth, and healing in my own personal life, and love to be part of an environment that can help facilitate that for people. I love creativity, learning, playing music, being out in nature, and connecting with others.

I look forward to helping welcome you and help make your self care experience at Blazing Lotus a peaceful one.

Ally Benson

Front Desk Associate

I’m honored to be a part of the Blazing Lotus team and to be in a nurturing space that facilitates healing. When I’m not at Blazing Lotus, I usually spend my time gardening, hiking, and reading science fiction. I’m here to help you have the best experience possible and assist you with anything you need!

Spencer Driscoll

General Manager

I grew up in the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest and relocated to the Asheville area in 2019.  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 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.  I believe in the positive ripple effect that massage therapy creates in our community by reducing stress and allowing people to feel nurtured and soothed.  In my spare time, I hide out on the family farm with my husband and daughter and enjoy reading copious amounts of sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

Allison & Joseph Stenhouse 

Owners / Partners

Allison Stenhouse 

LMBT #8098  | My Reviews

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 as an infant in 2008. I still hold her very dear to my heart. Starting my private practice and naming it after her was a wonderful way for me to honor her while channeling my grief in a healthy way. What I discovered was that by healing and nurturing others, it became a source of healing within myself. Blazing Lotus has given me a way to keep my daughter’s spirit alive while also providing healing to my community. Just as the lotus rising through the muddy waters of hardships and obstacles to reach the surface, Blazing Lotus has blossomed into something more radiant than I ever thought possible. I bow in deep reverence to this beautiful collective of healers and the prolific growth that has turned this business into what it is today. Healing and resilience resides within each of us, and I view massage therapy as a conduit to help us tap into that. It continues to be very instrumental in my own healing process; both giving and receiving. We are honored to serve you and look forward to assisting you in YOUR healing journey! 

Joseph Stenhouse 

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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Every integrative massage includes one free enhancement. Choose from hot stones, hot towels or aromatherapy. (Choosing a signature massage includes all 3 enhancements, one still being free.)

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