I have had many massages over the years, yet nothing like the Esalen style. I typically like the deep tissue massage, with the idea of no pain no gain. I was curious and skeptical reading the description of the Esalen technique on the website. Wow, was I surprised and pleased. The method of long strokes running up and down each side of the body together as all parts are connected (versus back, shoulders, neck, then legs, feet, etc.) was fantastic! The pressure was very effective and penetrating, and I did not even elect the deep tissue version of Esalen as the spa offers. Plus, I believe I actually felt the "energy" of the masseuse. Lisa was amazing! I told Lisa, "You may have ruined every other massage I will ever receive." As I return home to Charlotte, I will be asking at every spa, does any therapist know Esalen?
I get massages regularly and have for 20 years. This Esalen massage was something else. Reading the description of "Swedish strokes", I wasn't interested, preferring deep tissue work. A friend urged me to try it, saying that she felt the same, but (drum roll), IT WAS THE BEST MASSAGE SHE'D EVER HAD. I began to unwind as soon as I walked into the place. Dim lighting, the sound of running water, quiet. Please get the 90 minute massage. You'll be glad you did. After your massage, you are invited to stay for awhile, gazing at the lighted aquarium or resting in a quiet meditation room. in addition to massage, they have a flotation tank, which I may try, after hearing about its benefits. You can bet I'm making this massage a regular part of my trips to Asheville!
After my first visit I knew I was on to something and after my fifth visit I literally threw my cane down on the ground, jumped up and click my heels. Yes, I wasn't in Kansas anymore. With spa owner Corey by my side helping me come up with a plan of action and healing I added yoga to my list of other Eastern healing arts as I continued taking tai chi for arthritis patients and the results were soon beyond my wildest expectations. Not only did my chronic lymphedema disappear, something I was told I would have to live with the rest of my life, but I was soon walking without my cane and feeling a 60% reduction in body pain attributed to RSD. In addition, as I reinforced my subconscious mind with positive suggestions I lost 40 pounds, started sleeping better every night and basically taking my healthy body back from Western medicine's life sentence of pain and escaping from a quality-of-life that could only be classified as dismal. My life transformation is not complete but my journey will continue thanks to the devoted and caring staff of Still Point Wellness who literally gave me back my life.
"I immediately felt cradled. It was powerful to feel my body rise to the surface with no effort at all. Being held with such gentleness was for me a spiritual experience. I could not help but think I was connected to this darkness around me and within me and the light I knew that was beyond the tank. It helped me to transition with my challenges, face my fears, release those things that had entangled me and helped me to embrace the unknown, along with pure love and acceptance of where I am now. I was ready for this!
The water temperature matched my body temperature, so after I rested into it; I felt neither hot nor cold. The medium that filled the space between my body and the water rushed over me like a wave starting at my feet and over my head. My mind shut the door where I could no longer tell that time or space exist. At that moment, It was just me to face whatever was ahead of me. I felt I wasn't alone. I spoke aloud what I wanted for my life, what I wanted to let go of. My voice reverberated in the darkness as I spoke these truths. I listened to my heart beat until I became one with it. Right now, I feel at peace. Everyone has a different experience in the salt water float tank. This is definitely one of those "must do" things in life. I hope you enjoy it too."
"The float chamber was one of the deepest and most therapeutic relaxation experiences I have had in any form of wellness care. The release of tension from all aspects of the body, the slow and steady relaxation of the mind, and then ultimately a tranquil & peaceful weightless meditation were all part of the experience. I recommend to anyone who lives an active lifestyle, is seeking methods for deeper relaxation and calmness, is interested in inner spiritual exploration, or is simply hoping to detox and rest in a deeply restful environment." - Ehren Cruz, Musical Director ~ LEAF
"I have never up to this point experienced a massage that had both profound relaxation and a deeply moving personal experience in one package. This truly is a place where mind-body connection is practiced. I had a 75 minute Esalen massage with Corey, and would give more than 5 stars for the experience if I could." - Trip Advisor Review
"I usually get some sort of massage every month for tightness in my neck and shoulders from too much computer usage. This week I took an overnight trip to Asheville and had the 75 minute Esalen massage with Ben. The visit started with light touches and progressed to deep tissue therapy. I left in a deep state of relaxation - just what the doctor ordered!" - Trip Advisor Review
"This was our second visit to your spa and we were just as delighted as after our first visit. Thank you so much for accommodating our same day request for massage appointments for my husband and I. It was a great way to relax during our 30th anniversary celebration in Asheville. Ben did an awesome job - easily the BEST massage I've ever had! We look forward to returning to Stillpoint." - Randy and Gail Loeb