ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Can you really sweat out the winter blues?
Corey Costanzo, the co-owner of Still Point Wellness in Asheville, believes you can with the help of his far infrared sauna.
"Somebody who is just down and depressed, and they don't have any energy," Costanzo explained. "This helps to stimulate the body's energy."
WNC has long been a refuge for healing, and between the stress-relieving scenery, outdoor activities, plentiful yoga classes, and cool mountain air, a pampering spa experience is just the icing on top. From day spas to destination retreats, there’s no shortage of opportunities for such relaxation. In Asheville, alternative treatments include sensory deprivation at Still Point Wellness, enriching salt therapy at Asheville Salt Cave, and hydrotherapy at the Japanese- or Swedish-style soaking experiences found at Shoji Spa & Lodge and the new Bada Bastu, respectively.
Corey joins me today to share how understanding your body and being aware of what happens to it when you’re stressed can affect your personal and professional relationships. We discuss where to look and what to do to the body when you’re stressed and explain the gravity of de-stressing and taking care of your own anxiety so you can take care of others. We also share techniques that you can use to help you improve relaxation and decrease stress and explain why self-care is not simply a luxury, but a necessity for achieving a harmonious relationship with others.
“There’s always going to be anxiety. There’s always going to be stressful things. It’s how we deal with those things and what tools we can use in the present moment to be able to work with that energy of stress.” - Corey Costanzo
Still Point Wellness is a world-class spa in Asheville, offering a full menu of luxury spa services for individuals and couples, including unique salt water flotation experiences, which use sensory deprivation principles to restore body wellness and peace of mind in the spa's state-of-the-art flotation chamber. 60, 90, and 120-minute flotation sessions are available, providing participants with one-of-a-kind immune boosting and pain relief benefits. Other services available include the spa's trademarked Esalen massage services, which use long integrative strokes and deep-tissue pressure to target shoulder, leg, arm, and lower back pain, and craniosacral therapy services, which improve the movement of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the spinal cord and provide relief from conditions such as TMJ, migraines, and whiplash.
Corey joins me today to discuss how addictions affect relationships. He explains how couples can improve their relationship when an addiction is present and how to identify when an addiction becomes an issue. He also explains what non-addicted partners can do to help themselves in a relationship involving addiction and how insight and awareness can help addicted partners learn to make better choices and decisions that are aligned with their life goals.
Corey joins me today to share how he is using sound and vibration as a tool to heal and transform the lives of those around him. He explains how sound helps in becoming more attune with your partner and its impact on the connection you build with them. He also explains how harmonics and vibrations influence partnerships, strategies to become more attuned to yourself as well as your partner, and how he uses the didgeridoo as a guided meditation tool in his philanthropic work.
“Attunement is a beautiful ingredient to the recipe of a successful relationship - and a successful life.” - Corey Costanzo
Honor the rain by floating in a huge salt water floatation chamber.
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.
This week I chat with Robin Fann-Costanzo about Esalen Massage. What makes it unique? What does it have to offer both the client and the practitioner? I also dive into her transition from practitioner to teacher, and learn a little about her first international teaching gig.
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.
Nestled into Asheville’s Merrimon Avenue neighborhood is one of the best spas in the country, Still Point Wellness. Honing in on the wisdom of the body to facilitate peace of mind, the benefits of its services far surpass any pampering session.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
Seeking to uncover the lesser-known, innovative and ancient massage modalities practiced in Asheville, Mountain Xpress spoke with several therapists who are shaking up the scene.
Corey Costanzo sits with his daughter, Rosie, 5, as they listen to the opening ceremony of Walk A Mile Asheville at Pack Square Park on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Costanzo was representing Still Point Wellness in the walk.
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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.”
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.