Kristen Anderson (Lead LMT)
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. Learning about the human body and its innate capacity to heal itself fascinated me, and 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 Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, I have studied and practiced a variety of healing arts modalities including holistic herbalism, yoga, Ayurveda, and medical astrology, each serving as a transformative force in my life, revealing profound lessons as I integrate this ancient wisdom into my love of massage and bodywork. 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 Wild Rose, 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 Swedish-like strokes to induce a deep state of relaxation, deeper strokes & compression (as needed & desired, of course) to help release 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.
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.
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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.
LMBT # 11379 My Schedule | My Reviews
I grew up outside of Boston, MA but have been living in beautiful WNC for nearly 15 years. Before settling in Asheville and starting a family I traveled the country (and India!) immersing myself in various healing arts including herbal medicine, yoga and ayurveda.
I came to study massage here in Asheville in 2010 after the birth of my first child. Massage helped heal my postpartum anxiety and allowed me to reconnect with my body. I knew immediately I had found my path!
I believe with the loving guidance of a massage therapist the body can access profound healing when given the time and space. I aim to provide such a loving, safe space in my practice. I start each session with listening to you and your desires (and/or goals) for the session. During our time together I may use many modalities including (but not limited to) long, flowing strokes (swedish), compression, myofascial, deep tissue, holding and releasing of focal points of tension or knots (trigger point). I also like to provide my clients with education about their body or issue so they can help themselves manage their tension/pain between sessions. My massage tends to put people in a deep state of relaxation, where the ever active mind can be still and healing and deep rest can occur.
Outside of massage I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. We can be found hiking, playing in waterfalls or tending our 7 acre homestead just outside of town. Giving massage is truly an honor and I look forward to working with you!
LMBT # 15377 My Schedule | My Reviews
The first massages I can remember were happy memories of working on my mom’s sore feet when I was just six years old. Seeing the joy and peace that comes out of such a simple gesture still inspires me today in every massage session. Those moments planted a seed that guided me to graduate from the Florida School of Massage in 2004 in Gainesville, FL. Following that, I began my professional career working in medical massage providing care to clients suffering from automobile accident injuries. Through this experience, I refined my medical techniques to include myofascial tissue release, trigger point therapy, OrthoBionomy (a system using the body’s own reflexes to unlock deeply held tension) and Reiki II. Later, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. After graduating, I worked in spa settings, where I honed my skills in Swedish massage, specializing in gliding relaxation techniques, natural rhythmic transitions, and enhancements like aromatherapy and hot stones. Blending these different modalities, between the pain relieving specificity of medical massage and the deep relaxation of a luxurious spa treatment, will allow me to customize the perfect massage to meet your needs.
LMBT #19084 My Schedule | My Reviews
I grew up in New Orleans, where most of my time was spent dancing and looking for bugs under bricks in my backyard. In 2008, after graduating high school, I took my first trip to India and did a TTC in Hatha yoga. I try to go back there as much as possible to practice and study with my teachers, Ajay Kumar and BNS Iyengar, and have since completed two other yoga TTCs there, in yoga therapy and Ashtanga yoga. Yoga and Vipassana meditation led me to an interest in the healing arts; I learned Reiki I and II in 2010, and was first introduced to massage in the Ayurvedic tradition in 2014 and later Thai massage. Somewhere in all of this moving around and experiencing what the world has to offer, I went to school at McGill University and got a BA in Psychology and Anthropology. I try to draw from and incorporate all of these modalities and practices, as well as Swedish massage and trigger point therapy, into the healing space of an integrative session.
I’ve worked in outdoor education and conservation, bringing fifth graders from New Orleans into nature and glimpsing the world outside of people for sometimes their first time, and camping in the wilds of Montana with teenagers– developing in community, connection and service to the land. After about five years of this kind of work, I felt like the time had come to give myself over fully to bodywork, and enrolled in the Center for Massage and Natural Health here in Asheville.
I feel so grateful to have found massage and to be able to facilitate finding that feeling of blissful stillness in another person. I aim to enter into a shared heart-centered place with the client, and work together to tap into the body’s innate healing powers. When a state of deep relaxation is accessed, with the help of the breath, we can drop in to deeper and deeper layers of the body, and the unravelling of layers of long-held tension can begin! I can’t wait to meet you and go with you on this segment of your healing journey
Front Desk Associate
I was born and raised in the Appalachian hills of southern Ohio. I came into this world with a love of adventure and nature, which led me to attend Hocking College for Eco-Tourism and Adventure Travel. After graduation I traveled around the USA as a tour guide for around 8 years, pursuing my love for the world by getting out and experiencing it. This allowed me to hone in my customer service skills. I love meeting new people!
This lifestyle led me to my passion for the world of holistic wellness, yoga becoming my main interest. After diving into my yoga practice for almost a decade I finally decided to continue my education in Bhakti Yoga in 2019, obtaining my 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Costa Rica. After a year of teaching yoga, my best friend and I opened up a wellness business called ‘Two Girls on the Run’ in March 2019. We offer wellness retreats, various workshops, and donation based yoga classes.
My love for the world of wellness has kept me busy this past year, deepening my passions for Ayurveda, meditation, various types of breathwork, and kinesiology. The way the body and mind work fascinates me!
Front Desk Associate
I was born and raised here in North Carolina and Asheville has been my home for many years. I graduated Western Carolina University in 2013 with a B.S. in Recreational Therapy. I have always had an interest in holistic healing starting with techniques like aromatherapy, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and more. I went straight into working professionally in the medical field, but was gently called in a different direction. I spent most of my twenties traveling the country, living in different places and working pretty unique jobs. Often using Asheville, NC as my springboard, I had the opportunity to move to so many lovely places including Denver, Colorado, The Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Key Largo, Florida, and Flagstaff, Arizona.
Following my passion for the world of wellness, I completed my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2019. This experience sparked a new direction in my life. I truly believe that healing is only possible with the sacred support of others.
Being a part of the Blazing Lotus and Wild Rose team has been such a wonderful opportunity and has allowed me to connect with an amazing community. I am so lucky to be a part of such an incredible team of people! I look forward to being of service to you – with love and gratitude.
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, Wild Rose 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.
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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.
I have been licensed since 2008 and i have pretty much lived and breathed massage ever since. It is a true calling and passion of mine. What I love the most about it is the amazing people I have met and had the privelege of helping. It’s so rewarding, and I’ve learned so much along the way. My massage style is a therapeutic yet relaxing combination of Swedish & deep tissue as needed. I incorporate long flowing Esalen stokes, lomi-lomi, and assisted table stretches into almost every massage. I love giving lots of attention to the feet and hands, and usually end with some nice, mind melting craniosacral holds. I would say my specialty is helping you “drift away” while also addressing your specific therapeutic needs. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you into our beautiful healing house, and I look forward to working with you and assisting you on your healing journey.
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 Wild Rose 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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