Massage Therapists

Grace Alex, LMBT

NC LMBT #18313



Grace grew up with an athletic family in Athens, Georgia. As a child, she was already excited to use her body and explore this world with all of her senses engaged. She came to Asheville in 2014 to study at Warren Wilson College where she majored in Outdoor Leadership and was a crew leader for the Wellness Crew. There, she found so much passion and inspiration for holistic wellness and embodied living.

Unfortunately, many of her athletic activities were put to a stop when she had an accident that took her three years to heal from. It was then that massage therapy really grabbed a hold of her and there’s no signs of it ever letting go. After graduating, she decided to expand on this magic that she found in massage therapy and quickly enrolled in the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga.

Her love of bodywork and the natural world shows clearly in her sessions, as she incorporates breathwork and meditation techniques for grounding with the specific and deep attention that she gives each client. Her attention to detail and her confidence in her intuition help her to deliver therapeutic work that can be surprisingly relaxing.


    Zach Brown, LMBT

    NC LMBT #13201



    Zach’s journey with bodywork began out of a need to heal himself. Years ago, a back spasm left him resting on the couch for a day. Still young and headstrong, he neglected to seek treatment. This eventually led to more frequent and increasingly painful back spasms lasting a week or more each time. Even after the spasms ended, the pain persisted and spread as the surrounding muscles and tissues became overloaded.

    Zach eventually found pain relief through exercise and yoga, but also became aware that there were still areas of tension deep within his body that needed to be released. Only after receiving regular clinical massage therapy did he feel completely pain free. At that point he knew he had to become a licensed massage therapist and help others.

    While attending the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork, his introduction to clinical massage therapy included studies in musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, and neuromuscular therapy techniques as well as foundational principles that help explain how and why our bodies develop myofascial pain. Since then he continues to expand his understanding of the body and mind, adopting a biopsychosocial (BPS) model of pain relief.

    “Living with chronic pain is not only physically exhausting, but can be emotionally depressing as well. The simple pleasures in life can become challenging and true joy and excitement may seem impossible. My goal is to get people out of pain and back to living their lives. If I can provide some relief from pain and improve your quality of life, then I’ve done my job.”


      Amber Desmond, LMBT

      NC LMBT #7271



      For those looking for deep relaxation as well as pain relief, Amber Desmond is your gal!

      After 18 years of experience, Amber has mastered a balance between therapeutic massage for pain relief and deep relaxation for stress relief through the use of hot salt stones, warm towels, and essential oils. Each session is crafted for each individual’s needs and desires. She is skilled in both deep tissue massage as well as traditional Swedish massage, combining the two to create the ultimate experience for the client.

      Since relocating to the mountains of Asheville, NC, Amber’s practice has deepened on what originally inspired her about massage therapy in the first place…serving people. Her ultimate goal as a massage therapist is to provide pain relief, relaxation, and a deeper awareness of one’s body.


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