These activity-based spa resorts give you a leg up on fitness

These activity-based spa resorts give you a leg up on fitness

Check into a retreat to jump-start a wellness program or elevate your fitness level to a new degree on a specialized exercise circuit. After the sweat-induced euphoria, let your body rest with a swoon-worthy spa treatment. When you’ve settled down and unpacked that suitcase full of guilt, treat yourself to one of these rewards. After working and playing hard, you’ll return home feeling better overall, and healthier too.

Insight: Floating a New Idea

Insight: Floating a New Idea

Saltwater floatation is not the only offering at Still Point, however; services include Esalen massage, somatic psychology, cranial sacral therapy, massage workshops, and private yoga therapy, and there’s a full staff of spa coordinators and trained massage therapists. “Our unique blend of Esalen philosophy, massage, psychology, and mindfulness education is what sets us apart,” Corey explains. “Everything we offer at the spa has the simple focus of bringing relaxation and ease into someone’s life. 

5 fascinating wellness spots in Asheville, NC

5 fascinating wellness spots in Asheville, NC

Asheville, North Carolina; an artistic town rich in locally sourced dishes, diverse culture and wellness attractions. Browse Trip Advisor, and you’ll find an overwhelming list of spas to choose from. While most are pretty great, there are a few that are specifically fascinating because of their unique treatments, breathtaking architecture, or both.

Local sensory deprivation spa announces new services for winter wellness

Local sensory deprivation spa announces new services for winter wellness

 Still Point Wellness, best known as Asheville’s Salt Water Floatation (sensory deprivation) and Esalen® Massage spa, introduces a new “relaxation room” including a far infrared sauna and Migun massage bed to help locals ease into the winter months.

The Saltwater Flotation Experience

The Saltwater Flotation Experience

A friend and colleague invited me to experience saltwater flotation in his Asheville program called Still Point Wellness. “Still Point” not only has a saltwater flotation tank but highly skilled massage therapists, which includes Esalen Massage, yoga therapy, massage workshops and a Somatic Psychologist. I had experienced a saltwater flotation tank session many years ago when visiting a yoga retreat center earlier in my career as an integrative internist and psychiatrist. My memory of it was pleasant and very relaxing. I was eager to give it another try, especially with my interest in integrative strategies for health and wellbeing.

Float Tour Comes to Asheville

Float Tour Comes to Asheville

Still Point Wellness is located in the mountains of North Carolina, sheltered from much of the South in this little New Age Paradise where vegan restaurants and craft beer abound. We felt right at home pulling in from Portland. Corey, the owner of Still Point Wellness, started out in psychology, and he discovered floating at the Esalen Institute (the same place he discovered his wife).

“A Mindful Emergence” on WPVM FM

“A Mindful Emergence” on WPVM FM

#30 – Accessing Deep States of Mindful Relaxation to Guide the Transformation and Personal Growth Process

Each week, A Mindful Emergence provides an in-depth and informative look into addiction recovery, trauma relief and compassionate self-care, featuring conversations with specialists in the fields of mindfulness meditation, therapeutic movement, addiction treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder, and self-compassion therapies. The focus is the latest, evidence-based practices and treatments and how they can be integrated into daily life and ongoing challenges.

The Laurel of Asheville Shop Talk: Still Point Wellness

The Laurel of Asheville Shop Talk: Still Point Wellness

Still Point Wellness in Asheville helps us close the door to outside interference and open the window to inner peace and self-awareness. “Deep relaxation and skill building are at the core of everything we do,” says Corey Costanzo, LMBT, somatic coach, and counselor. He co-owns the spa with his wife Robin Fann-Costanzo, LMBT, yoga therapist and teacher, and massage educator. 

Asheville Spa Leaves us Floating on Water

Asheville Spa Leaves us Floating on Water

Most people visit the Asheville, North Carolina area to see the huge, sprawling, Biltmore Estate. We decided to do Asheville a bit differently than most by skipping this massive building of excess and instead visited a tiny little minimalist-like space; a six foot by eight foot salt water flotation chamber at what has to be the best Asheville spa – Still Point Wellness.

Let’s take a journey, shall we?

Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville Travel Guide

Outdoor excursions (specifically the “Ultimate Stairmaster”) call for some serious TLC. Spas are my ultimate “happy place” so when I stumbled upon Still Point Wellness I knew it was a mandatory stop during our trip. Still Point Wellness is more than your average spa – it is a centre for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation. Still Point Wellness offers a multitude of services including salt water flotation, world class Esalen® Massage, somatic psychology and private yoga therapy and meditation.

Health and Wellness: Exploring the Mind and Body at Still Point Wellness

Health and Wellness: Exploring the Mind and Body at Still Point Wellness

Within a few seconds of my first Esalen Massage, I felt relaxed. I’d gotten several different styles of massage in the past and knew how to breathe deeply and let go of any apparent tension. Little did I know, however, just how relaxed I would feel when the 75 minutes were over. Let’s just say—I had reached a whole new level of stillness.

17 places to enjoy Asheville indoors

17 places to enjoy Asheville indoors

Winter has descended on Asheville, and it will remain for another month at least. But you can make the most of the gloom with a sense of adventure. No, we're not talking about outdoor exploration. We're looking around for indoor pursuits.

Make it Happen - Podcast

Make it Happen - Podcast

Corey shares his journey from Avenue M in Brooklyn to travels all over the world.  However it wasn’t until he worked through the adversity of panic attacks that he discovered his path as a healer.  And it was while staring at the stars in the pit of adversity of Thailand that he discovered his life’s mantra.

Stress Management to Self Mastery: From Doing to Being

Stress Management to Self Mastery: From Doing to Being

See below for Dr. Cammarata’s four-week program – Mind-Body Wellness

Written by Dr. Larry Cammarata –

There is an ancient story from the Zen tradition about a young monk who was committed to seeking enlightenment. His master guided him to the edge of a meadow and said to him, “Walk deeper into the meadow and align your senses fully with your experience. What you first fully experience will be your door to enlightenment.”

Holistic, Alternative Health & Wellness, Yoga

Holistic, Alternative Health & Wellness, Yoga

Still Point Wellness
This healing arts spa will help you explore your inner experience and reconnect to the body's wisdom. Float in the state-of-the-art floatation chamber, be touched by masterful hands in an Esalen® Massage or cranial sacral session, and explore the connection between your mind and body through yoga therapy or asomatic (body) psychology session.

Sensory Deprivation and Why It’s For You

Sensory Deprivation and Why It’s For You

This was my first trip into a sensory deprivation chamber.

    Insert your own lyrics from Jefferson Airplane here, or some lines from the Beatles about turning off your mind and floating downstream.

    I’ve read about sensory deprivation for 20 years, and always wanted to experience it. But I never could find a floating tank close enough.

    Then Still Point Wellness in Asheville, NC, built one.

    The second I heard about it, I had to go.

Adventures in the Flotation Tank

Adventures in the Flotation Tank

“What an amazing experience to be alone in the dark for 90 minutes, floating weightlessly while deepening my inner awareness and releasing the things (body, mind and spirit) which have kept me tethered to the perception of lack and limitation. I shifted a lot of things and am still processing the rest….” (from Sandy Freschi’s Facebook page yesterday)

 

I’m in the process of gestating a creative project which requires me to go more deeply into my meditation practice and open up more to my creativity.  The invitation to start this project prompted me to go on another inner retreat.  It was time anyway, as I do them every 3-4 months.  But this time I have the special purpose of deepening my meditation practice and accelerating my own inner transformation.  So while investigating the options for doing this, a dear friend suggested the flotation tank at Still Point Wellness in Asheville, NC.  I immediately “lit up” at the possibility (something that happens when you have a human design splenic authority which is telling you that this is a good decision).  I made the appointment and went over yesterday for my first, of probably many, sensory deprivation flotation tank experiences.