Founder, Massage Therapist #14590, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Herbalist
I am a healer, artist, entrepreneur and visionary…
In 2014 I completed a professional certification in Massage & Bodywork Therapy at the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga. Upon graduation I toured with my Thai Yoga Bodywork teacher assisting in certification workshops around the Southeast. In 2015 I became one of the founding therapists of Asheville’s well-known healing house, Blaizing Lotus. February 1st, 2018 I opened Metta Heart Healing Arts as a way to expand my practice, integrate herbalism on a larger scale and further develop my craft with Thai Yoga Bodywork as a foundational element.
I began studying the body’s intelligence and plants while in college at the University of North Florida. My fascination with the human systems and botanical healing inspired me to follow the path of alternative medicine and pursue a holistic healing education. Since then I have studied various massage & bodywork modalities, herbalism through self-study and mentorship, permaculture and organic gardening, energy healing, yoga as medicine and trauma therapy, nutrition and vibrant regenerative living.
My mission as a healing artist is to facilitate empowerment, awaken the healer within, inspire connection with the body-mind and creativity, evoke purposeful living, and deepen relationships within the natural world.
The work I offer as a licensed massage therapist is intuitive, yet technical. Skillful, yet organic.
By blending techniques from many different massage and bodywork modalities a nurturing, grounding and therapeutic treatment is created. These modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork and CranioSacral. My repertoire consists of 50+ continuing education hours in Thai Yoga Bodywork and CranioSacral therapy.
Treatments are individually tailored to meet your needs at time of appointment. My hope is that this work ignites a deeper sense of body-awareness for my clients and assists the healing process. I would love to work together.
During my time away from offering massage & bodywork I enjoy spending time in nature, taking care of my animals, growing food and medicine in my garden, traveling, playing music and making art.
Shea’s interview on Asheville Awake Podcast:
Poem "Please call me by my true names" - Thich Nhat Hanh (not Rumi)
Light a Path (not Light a Path Foundation)