Asheville has been a haven for those seeking rest, relaxation and healing for centuries. This North Carolina city is considered a top mountain spa escape and delegated a purifying place thanks to the millions of national forests that make up one of the most biodiverse temperate regions on Earth. With all this natural healing at Ashevillians fingertips, it makes sense that a thriving health and wellness culture has developed here, with tons of yoga studios, alternative medical practices and of course, world-class spas. Here are 10 of the best spas in Asheville to help restore your body and mind.
Corey runs Still Point Wellness, a float and wellness center out in Asheville, North Carolina. He’ll be partnering up with Treeka Drake of One Love Float to put on a Friday Activity entitled “Shamanic Floating Concepts with Didgeridoo Journey.” Corey will be playing using his didgeridoo to take people on this sound based journey. Read more about it on our Friday Activities page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine yourself suspended, weightless, enveloped by quiet in a state of pure relaxation. That’s the promise of a salt-water flotation session at Still Point Wellness. Based on an ancient practice, this relaxing float uses 1,500 pounds of Epsom salts to cradle you in comfort. Sessions last 60, 90 or 120 minutes and are reputed to reduce stress and tension.
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).
#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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.