January may be the time for frantic fitness and quick cleanses, but sometimes health and wellness necessitates a different kind of pace. Of course Asheville offers plenty of opportunities to slow down and soak up the holistic benefits of local cures. From head to toe to soul, there’s no shortage of spas and retreats to start your new year off with health and happiness.
Still Point Wellness
The family owned and operated boutique spa offers an array of unique services, like Salt Water Floatation, also known as sensory deprivation, in which guests float weightlessly in a pool of salt water in a dark, quiet room (Kristen Wiig touted its benefits on The David Letterman Show!). The center also offers world-class Esalen Massage and a Far Infrared Sauna and Somatic Psychology on their quest for helping clients experience the benefits of mindfulness, connect to their body’s wisdom and live to their full potential.
Wake Foot Sanctuary
Your feet have 50 bones (that’s a quarter of the bones in your body!), plus more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments—it’s important to keep them in good health! That’s where Wake Foot Sanctuary comes in. The spa offers a shared foot soak experience where guests relax on plush chairs as they receive a luxurious, handmade foot soak with ingredients like tea tree, lavendar and clary sage. Guests can also tack on a massage for a full-body experience.
Asheville Salt Cave & Healing Arts Room
Asheville’s only salt cave, located in the heart of downtown, is a therapeutic retreat built of 20 tons of pure pink salt, replicating the unique microclimate of a salt mine. The air in the manmade cave is saturated with negative ions, and the salt rock crystals release 84 trace elements and minerals that are necessary for the homeostasis of our bodies. Soak up those good vibes in a public session, a private session, or a couples massage.
Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic
Acupuncturist James Whittle M.S., L.Ac., who’s been practicing acupuncture for nearly 20 years, founded the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in 2003, and was joined later by massage therapist Tera Broughton. With evidence-based acupuncture and herbal medicine with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), classical and five element acupuncture, its an enclave of natural healthcare that can relieve problematic symptoms (like headaches and pain), and encourage good health (like losing weight and detoxifying).
Asheville Wellness Tours
Can’t pick your poison—or rather, medicine? You can have them all with Asheville Wellness Tours. During two hour downtown walking tours, participants visit local businesses that focus on wellness in unique ways, like tea ceremonies, yoga in the park, sound healing, honey tasting, and essential oil presentations. Or ask for a custom itinerary, scheduled for a day or as long as a week, and explore wellness around the mountains, like spas, dance classes, tarot card readings, and clean cooking classes.