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Stretch Chi-ing in Asheville

I just had the most amazing trip to Asheville, North Carolina taking time to spread awareness about the Ki-Hara Method.  If you've never been to Asheville, I highly recommend taking a trip out.  Between meeting amazing people, having some fantastic results with clients and eating farm to table food, I've got a new love for Asheville.  So much so that I'm planning multiple workshops and a certification course and internship for 2013.  I thought I would share some of my experiences in case you decide to take an escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

My favorite things from this trip:

1.  Happy Body - a fantastic wellness studio focusing primarily on Pilates, but also on other aspects of wellness like yoga, massage and a form of bodywork called Ortho-Bionomy that works on the nervous system to relieve unwanted tension, pain and imbalances.  If you're in Asheville and looking for a place to continue your practice or have some work done I highly recommend Happy Body.  Owner's Rich and Jessica and their staff are incredible and friendly.  I loved seeing their clients come in happy and leave with even bigger smiles on their faces!  Happy Body will host Ki-Hara workshops March 31 and July 14th

2. Bodywork - I had a session with one of Asheville's best massage therapists,  Zach Comer .  After missing a step, I felt like I had really jammed up my hips and felt it all through my spine.  On top of that, flying in an express jet to Asheville didn't help.  Zach was able to help me re-align through Ecoscue exercises and some massage techniques of his own.  During the session, I felt that Zach not only had an anatomical and analytical approach, but a great healing touch and gentle demeanor as well.  If you're in Asheville, I highly recommend setting up an appointment with Zach.  

3.  Dining in Asheville - I was only there a few days, but had some amazing dining experiences.  Most of Asheville's restaurants are farm to table, which means that you're eating very fresh produce and meats.  Everything is in season and tastes amazing.  My favorite meal was at Market Place.  Chef William Dissen came out to personally talk to us about our meal and experience in Asheville.  We were also lucky to experience music by Ben Hovey, sonic scientist.  Sitting behind what looked like the cockpit of an airplane, Ben mixed sounds and played keyboards with his left hand while playing trumpet with his right. Have a listen here.  Between the great conversation, amazing music and to die for pork shoulder, my night at Market Place was a highlight of my trip.  

4.  Chilling and Writing - On a rainy day, I opted to sit for a few hours and write at Dobra Tea House, a true tea room on Lexington Street.  I have to admit, I didn't get much writing done.  People watching was extraordinary.  Hipsters wear the strangest hats I've ever seen, one even had two hats stacked on top of each other.  Chicago hipsters are way behind with their mustaches bicycles!  Everyone seemed to know each other - even the girl set up to do palm readings in the middle of the cafe.  The book-like menu at Dobra contains so many teas, there's actually a table of contents!  

I'm looking forward to more time in Asheville and introducing the locals to this wonderful work of Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching.  I barely scratched the surface.  I'm hoping to do some hiking, touring and shopping as the weather gets warmer. If you're looking for a getaway, please join me for a Ki-Hara vacation in March or July - have a private session and get to a workshop. I'll be an experience you'll never forget.  



Helping a client with Multiple Sclerosis... Estelle Harford
Finally a relief from back pain!... Debra
Who can turn down a session of Ki-Hara by Kristin who not only works on your body with much skill and knowledge, but cheers when your muscles are reactivated, balanced regained, and confidence boosted.... YC

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