Asheville Massage Therapy by Essential Body Works

Essential Body Works is a licensed Massage Therapy practice new to the Asheville area. The owner, Cathy Courtenay-Smith, specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal/Postnatal Massage and injury rehabilitation. Her session is a perfect blend of focused, specific touch and deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Having studied Dance as an undergrad at the University of Buffalo she quickly realized that it was her love and curiosity of the human body that inspired her. This passion led her to the health and wellness industry and ultimately to Massage Therapy. She continued her studies in Berkeley, California at the School for Body-Mind Centering and at the San Francisco School of Massage. She went on to open up her own practice in 2000 in Oakland and enjoyed ten years of working regularly with her clients there.

This past summer Cathy relocated to Asheville with her husband, Scott and her two beautiful daughters, Aida and Olivia. They were in search of a slower-paced, more family friendly environment, which they have happily found in their wonderful neighborhood in West Asheville. Cathy was sad to leave her many clients in Oakland but is equally excited to start a new practice here in Asheville.

Cathy is currently offering a $45 introductory one- hour massage through to the end of December. She will also honor this price for Gift Certificates for the holidays. To get in touch with Cathy you can email her at or call 828.318.3005

This is an experience not to be missed!

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Asheville Kids Can Yoga, Too!

The rockin’ Asheville yoga scene, unlike the rockin’ craft beer scene, is not limited to the adults of the community. Children can find many benefits from age appropriate Kids Yoga classes including body awareness, self-confidence, stress relief and a sense of community and support.

Kids yoga classes are less centered on twisting little bodies into contortionist-like positions, and more on providing a space for children to safely explore their body, their emotions and their natural state of playful creativity.

Kids Yoga Classes In Asheville

My kids are super excited to be participating in the upcoming Kids Yoga series hosted by Bikram Yoga Asheville. It is a 6 week series for ages 4-10 and it starts this Saturday September 11, 2010. The 90 minute sessions include: yoga, creative movement, free play, fun meditations and games and will be held in the Yoga Lounge next door to the studio (the kids classes are not in the hot room).

One of the really great things about this series is that it is held during the same time as the adult class. So, you can go to your Bikram Yoga class for some “you time” (a must for all parents, right?) while your kids go to their own class.

The price is just $49 for the 6 week session ($29 for siblings). Visit Bikram Yoga Asheville’s website for more information or to contact the studio.

Kids Yoga Classes are also offered at the following facilities in the Asheville area:

YMCA of Western North Carolina

The Asheville Yoga Center

West Asheville Yoga

See you and your little ones on the mat soon!!


Written by Lindsay Fields, a local yoga instructor, blogger and mommy of two little yogis. To find out more about Lindsay, her classes and services or to contact her for more information about this post, visit her website.

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Asheville Biz Spotlight – Botanical Basics – Your Source for Healthy Skin

Supporting local business is not just good for the environment and local economy, but can also be good for your skin! Botanicalbasics—your resource for healthy skin—produces fresh, natural and organic skin care products. Solely owned and operated by sisters Christa Tolson and Erica Burke. Both, progressive mothers and proponents of natural health, have lived in the mountains of WNC for 14 years.

Their draw to Asheville stemmed from the raw beauty of the Appalachians, including the diverse and abundant flora the area offers. After studying under renowned herbalist Peggy Ellis, through North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 1999, their love for growing and mixing botanicals into medicines and potent elixirs soon became an avenue for a business venture. Starting with spring herb markets, botanicalbasics culminated and blossomed into a cottage industry. Their natural health lifestyle helped to direct the focus on pure and safe ingredients, especially when mixing with small children and newborn babies in slings nearby!

In late 2006, they began the development of their professional product line—REAL skin renewal. Standing by their personal and environmental standards, they’ve formulated a brand free of harsh chemicals and unnecessary synthetic fillers that are far too commonly found in mass produced products, even some natural ones.

Upon launch of this premier anti aging product line in June 2008, retail sales began online at www.botanicalbasics. A strong local following of likewise minded health and beauty seekers began through The Water Lily Wellness Salon, as it was the first local spa to offer REAL retail products and professional facials.

Their products have developed a presence throughout the area in spas, salons and even natural health practitioner offices. A few locations you can find REAL products are Luminaj Boutique Spa at Haywood Hotel in downtown Asheville, Michelle Salon in Black Mountain and Lewis Family Health Center off of Biltmore Avenue.

On a national level, REAL skin renewal is gaining distribution and marketing support through Banner Therapy Products.

All of their luscious products are handmade in small batches with a primary focus on quality ingredients. The importance of selecting sustainably sourced ingredients, recycled and recyclable packaging and printing supplies is a primary factor for botanicalbasics. Their small facility is located at Riverside Business Park where all of the manufacturing, bottling, labeling, packaging, shipping, and administrative tasks take place.

Botanicalbasics :: your source for healthy skin

2004 Riverside Drive Ste CC., Asheville, NC 28804

828-252-5115 / 866-645-5115

Free shipping for orders of $50 or more

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Phosphorescent Yoga – How Perfectly Asheville

Phun, Phocused, Phlowing, Phestive, Phantastic, Phulfilling, and Phabulous!

Just some of the words I would use to describe my experience at Phosphorescent Yoga.

True, I am a lover of yoga. And I do not discriminate. I love it all. But this was a first for me. A two hour, night-time yoga class performed under the glow of a blacklight and the pulsing rhythm of an ear-to-ear-smile inducing music playlist.

“Phosphorescent Yoga – A Blacklight Yoga Experience” kicked off on April 3rd, 2010 at West Asheville Yoga lead by local yoga teacher Anna Ferguson.

At the beginning of class, Anna described her intentions for the series, her inspiration and modeled for us her flashy, white lace, fingerless “Madonna” gloves. “Asheville needs this,” I remember her saying.

And I thought, “Hey, I need some Madonna gloves, too.” *wink wink*

Seriously, this was so much fun. For two hours I was transported to a world of music and spaciousness, the sound of my breathe and beads of sweat dancing in time with the flowing yoga postures — not to mention the pretty outfits and glowing smiles that left me sparkling from the inside out for hours, if not days, afterward.

Musical selection standouts: “Karma Coma” by Massive Attack and “Bad Romance” … yep, Lady Gaga and yoga together at last.

Thank you, Anna and West Asheville Yoga!


Saturday May 1st 8:30-10:30pm
West Asheville Yoga Studio
602 Haywood Road
Register Online

For more information visit or Anna’s website Phosphorescent Yoga is appropriate for those with some vinyasa/flow yoga experience. Be sure to wear white so you glow in the dark! The room will be warmed to 80 degrees. COST IS SLIDING SCALE $18-$22.

Okay, all of you Asheville yogis (and I know there’s a ton of you), I will see you there!!


Author Lindsay Fields is a yoga teacher, blogger, and certified (or is it certifiable?) mother of two. Lindsay is currently teaching Hot Yoga at Anytime Fitness and Weaverville Yoga. You can find out more about Lindsay by visiting

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