Healthy Living and Yoga Retreat Practitioners
Experience Nature and Connection as a Path to Wellness
Near Asheville, NC
Naturopathic Physician, Monique Mazza, invites you to join her and a team of skilled facilitators in stepping beyond the world of reading about health and into the experience of it! As part of this program, participants will have opportunities to schedule wellness sessions in the afternoons from a rich diversity of on-site practitioners. Modalities include esoteric and Chinese acupuncture; full-body effleurage massage; cranial sacral therapy; visceral manipulation; sound healing; and personalized yoga sessions.
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Approximately May 1, participants will be sent an email with instructions for reserving their wellness sessions. Sessions are $130 for one hour.
Wellness Session Tentative Schedule
Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Thursday: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Friday: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Saturday: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Offering: Esoteric Acupuncture
Esoteric Acupuncture blends sacred geometry, numerology, and the Tree of Life with the spiritual Chinese acupuncture points. It was developed by Dr. Mikio Sankey through deep meditation, where he saw these dynamic patterns that would help us evolve and awaken through balancing our chakras, building our spiritual antenna, and helping us connect to our higher self.
Bio: Asha has been practicing acupuncture for 15 years, specializing in Esoteric Acupuncture for the past 5 years. She finds this to be very supportive and even life-changing work on the spiritual journey of life. Click for Asha’s website.
Offering: Personalized Yoga Therapy Sessions
Yoga therapy sessions are one-on-one for 1 hour. We’ll first establish your physical, mental, and emotional health goals based on your particular limits and edges. Then, we’ll work together to create a holistic yoga sequence that will comprise a variety of movements, breath, and meditations that you can safely work with on your own that will help you reach your health goals.
Bio: Griffin has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching yoga regularly since 2013 for children, teens, adults and seniors. Her approach is to offer a container for you to listen to your own body’s wisdom. She emphasizes the importance of breath coordination and self-awareness and offers offers a mix of poses that stretch, strengthen, and soften the muscles, with variations on poses to meet participants’ physical needs. Click for Griffin’s profile.
Dr. Molly Meinhardt, DC
Offerings: Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation
Craniosacral therapy addresses the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It can be wonderfully supportive for anyone with a history of headaches or migraines, head trauma including concussion/TBI, mental stress or overwork, as well as emotional trauma.
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that assesses the structural relationships between the viscera (organs), and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the various systems in the body. Click for more information on these modalities.
Bio: Dr. Molly’s overall approach to care is guided by the principles of Biogeometric Integration. By understanding how the entire body is interconnected, Dr. Molly can get right to the root of the issue to achieve the best results. Within that framework they integrate tools from a variety of techniques including chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and various subtle and energetic healing modalities. Click for Dr. Molly’s profile.
Phoebe Stewart, L. AC, MTOM
Bio: Phoebe is a licensed acupuncturist with a masters degree in diagnosis and traditional East Asian medicine. She offers a thorough medical intake with various diagnostic strategies designed to understand the intricate imbalances within your body. After that, she will apply needles or other modalities that your body might need — gua sha, cupping, acupressure, massage, etc. She may guide you through meditation, deep breathing, or offer you sound healing modalities. After your session you will feel a change in your being and discuss ways to prolong that good feeling through herbs or dietary and lifestyle changes. Click for her website.
Offerings: Advanced myofascial release therapy or Sound healing
Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy addresses and unwinds deeply-held distortion patterns in the fascial system. Very often, even chronic conditions can begin to change. More ease of movement becomes possible, and the capacity to experience more energy, clarity, calm, and pleasure arises. A very enjoyable and grounding experience done without oil or lotion, and with varying levels of pressure. This work can be combined with subtle energetic modalities to help enhance the capacity of the bodymind to integrate the work.
Sound Healing works with sound and vibration, gentle movement, imagery, and breath to deepen your capacity for feeling more subtle sensations and experiences. This work has a profound impact on the fluid systems of the body. Also deeply grounding.
Bio: Rio (aka Jim Salerno) has dedicated his life to the odyssey of exploring what it is to be in a body, learning about the sheer wonders of movement, and sharing about the many incredible possibilities that movement and embodied practice can offer us as humans. He deeply enjoys his work as a somatic educator, a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, a dancer, and a movement instructor. Click for his profile page.
Offering: Esalen® Massage Therapy
Created at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, Esalen Massage was designed to give the client a sense of deep relaxation and integration of body, mind, and spirit. Each massage is customized to meet your personal needs. When receiving an Esalen Massage you can expect to receive long flowing strokes that travel from the top of your body all the way down, and back up again. The pressure will vary as your body relaxes and opens to the touch, but will always be full handed and very contactful. The practitioner moves slowly, listening to your body’s response to the touch.
Once your muscles begin to warm up and relax, the practitioner will begin to use techniques to move into those deeper muscles of the body, and help to bring your awareness to tension and holding patterns. A variety of techniques may be used, such as rocking, passive joint movement, stretching, deep tissue, acupressure, cranialsacral therapy, or energy work. The intention of the massage practitioner is to continue to invite and coax the body into a deeper state of relaxation, more breath, and more awareness.
Bio: Sanne graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, The Netherlands in 2009. After moving to the US in 2011, she pursued her interest in bodywork, and graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2015.
From an early age and during extensive travels, Sanne became fascinated by the body and a variety of healing arts and modalities, including yoga, meditation, Thai massage, and most recently Five Rhythms dance. To Sanne, these modalities are a practice of nonjudgemental awareness of our body, our breath, and our mind.