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Our Awesome Team!

Caroline Hulsey NC LMBT #20480 Black Mountain Massage & Wellness

Caroline Hulsey

Pronouns: She/They

NC LMBT #20480

Caroline is a whole-hearted proponent of radical self-care and an advocate for the body liberation movement. In a world that can feel–and be–physically, mentally, and emotionally oppressive, it is a pinnacle of importance for her to offer a place of respite that is body-neutral, anti-racist, and gender affirming. They extend an open invitation at their massage table for everyone to connect with the idea that treating themselves and their bodies with acts of love and kindness is the first step to treating others with love and kindness. In Caroline’s massage style, she combines slow, connective movements (to warm-up muscle tissues and signal to the body and muscles that they are in a safe-space to release) and then gradually moves into deeper, more specific work to alleviate chronic conditions and pain patterns. They are enthused by the prospect of working towards a future where massage therapy and bodywork are accessible and acceptable for all people. Additionally, Caroline has a soft spot in their heart for trades-people and service industry professionals.

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Sarah Flickinger

Pronouns: She/Her

NC LMBT #20000

Sarah came to massage out of desperation, looking for a solution to chronic migraines. It provided one of the first experiences of relief from years of pain that she thought could possibly never be overcome. After realizing what a powerful resource massage is, she went on to study at the Center for Massage and Natural health in Asheville. While attending school she was able to fulfill her deep curiosity about the function of the human body and when it goes awry. Her goal in practicing massage is to be part of a network of health resources for her community. She believes that when a community network is strong, healthy, and supported it will thrive-- much in the same way the network of the human body thrives when it is given the resources it needs. Sarah's massage approach is to create an environment of deep relaxation and healing through slow, intentional, integrated massage, and deep breathing. She enjoys working on shoulder and upper back tension and always works to keep her clients direct goals and needs a highlight of the session.

Sarah is due with her first born the end of June. We miss her but are excited for her and her new little family. We hope to have her back on the schedule after maternity leave, but are not sure when or for how many shifts that will be (so stay tuned).

Here is a message from her directly:

"Thank you to the community of black mountain for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your community. Thank you for your trust in me as a massage therapist. I hope to be back but am unsure at this time what the future may hold for me."

Sarah is on Maternity Leave
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Mary Shamburger

Pronouns: She/Her

NC LMBT #21202

After years of raising her four children and working in the world of corporate America, Mary was ready for a change. She followed her belief in the healing power of touch to massage school. Her greatest desire is to make a positive impact on the overall mind, body, and spirit of people in need. She loves customizing sessions and meeting people where they are. Upon graduation from the Center for Massage & Natural Health, she gained additional experience in Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point Release techniques which she enjoys integrating into her sessions. She comes to BMMW offering her knowledge and skills to help provide healing. 

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Dawn Zielger

Pronouns: She/They

NC LMBT #20730

Dawn graduated from the Center for Massage & Natural Health in Asheville, NC. She specializes in a blend of therapeutic and integrative massage therapy. Her goal is to discover the root cause of chronic issues & help people feel better in their bodies by creating a customized therapeutic experience with each session. Her style of massage may include modalities such as Thai yoga, therapeutic Swedish, deep tissue and myofascial massage. When she is not massaging you will find her creating art, writing, playing in the woods, contemplating life’s meaning and taking short travel adventures of all sorts

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Briggs Wallis

Pronouns: She/Her

NC LMBT #19932

Briggs has been a natural health and wellness professional for the past 17 years. She practices as a massage therapist, nutritionist, medicinal herbalist, natural health teacher, certified yoga teacher, end-of-life doula, astrologer, and licensed clinical mental health counselor associate. Her integrative massage utilizes a combination of therapeutic modalities to focus on the specific needs of each individual. Within her integrative bodywork practice she specializes in specific
injury treatment, myofascial techniques, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sound therapy tuning forks, cupping, polarity therapy, reiki, and lymphatic massage.

Aina Rapoza NC LMBT #20366 Black Mountain Massage & Wellness

'Aina Rapoza

Pronouns: He/Him

NC LMBT #20366

With experience in and a love for team sports, 'Aina takes a "teamwork" approach to body work. You will work together to understand what soft tissue issues may be plaguing your well being. He will check in on potential trigger points while you help direct him to areas that are causing your discomfort. 'Aina enjoys utilizing Neuro-Muscular-Therapy (NMT) techniques, other deep tissue approaches, in combination with the knowledge you have of your body to help facilitate therapeutic releases and clear up problem areas. When not at the office, 'Aina can be spotted around the Asheville Improv Scene taking classes, stage managing, and performing.  He is also a fan of the Oxford comma. As a football fan, during the fall, please do not mention any scores as he streams all of the games after they have been played.

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Lizzy Turner

Pronouns: She/Her

NC LMBT #20692

Lizzy was drawn to the healing arts as a teenager, setting her on a path of self discovery that landed her at the Center for Massage and Natural Health to study massage. She believes in whole body health and going within to heal. Her own experiences of receiving relief from physical discomfort and pain inform her practice and are part of what drew her to supporting others on their journey for answers and a better understanding of their body. In her sessions, she enjoys offering a space for all her clients to let go and receive. She loves incorporating deeper therapeutic work with Swedish massage foundations and is always looking to bring new tools and techniques to her practice.

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