Corey Costanzo and Robin Fann-Costanzo of Still Point Wellness (July 2017)
With Still Point Wellness, Corey Costanzo and Robin Fann-Costanzo
created an entirely unique spa experience.
Still Point Wellness, located just north of downtown Asheville, introduced a new wellness spa concept to the region in 2012, salt water sensory deprivation flotation chambers, and has been gaining converts since. Owners Corey Costanzo (LMBT, LCAS, somatic therapist) and Robin Fann-Costanzo (LMBT, RYT, yoga therapist and teacher, massage educator) had moved to the North Carolina mountains from Big Sur, California, where they had been living at the famed Esalen Institute for a combined 25 years. They wanted to bring Esalen massage techniques to the East Coast and sensed that Asheville would be particularly receptive.
The Costanzos initially established their practice out of their home. Then, as Corey recalls, “we were approached by an entrepreneur friend to run his new floatation spa that had not yet gotten off the ground. After my second float, I quickly recognized the incredible synergy of the work that Robin and I had been doing with the float tank and its possibility to help people work through mental and physical blocks, heal pain through deep relaxation, and enjoy life in a deeper and more meaningful way.”
The spa’s salt water floatation tank is a 6’ x 8’ chamber filled with 12 inches of water that has had 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts mixed in, thereby facilitating an individual gently floating on the water in total darkness. The combined weightlessness and sensory isolation results in pure, undisturbed tranquility for the duration of the 90-minute session, and reports of experiences range from profound endorphin highs and colorful mental visuals, to ultra-relaxed dreamlike states and deeply spiritual feelings of self-awareness.
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