Jodie, Beth, & Neal Appel / Owners

In 2008, Neal stumbled across a salt cave and received such profound benefits for his serious respiratory issues, that he wanted to share this others. After many years of extensive research and planning, the Appel family opened the Asheville Salt Cave. We welcome you as we continue to grow and flourish.  

Laurel Thompson / Massage Therapist, Assistant Manager

Laurel has been practicing massage for over 8 years. She especially enjoys giving deep tissue massages to help those dealing with chronic pain. She also helps manage the behind-the-scenes workings of Asheville’s Salt Cave. She lives on a small homestead with her hubby and son, two dogs, and flock of laying hens.

Gemma Dalton / Online Sales Specialist, Art & Design

Gemma has over 10 years of experience working in the health and healing arts field. Her lifetime love of art, holistic practices, and nature are ever present in her caring and thoughtful work. She and her husband have lived in WNC since 2008. They have two beautiful children and are adventuring always.

Jenn O’Brien / Front Desk Associate & Salt Cave Educator

An Ashevillian since 2007, Jenn loves the uniqueness of her mountain home. Coming from South Florida, the salt rich environment of Asheville’s Salt Cave leaves this mermaid feeling right at home!

Jennifer Jeffries / Front Desk Associate & Salt Cave Educator

The energy of the magnificent mountains and the spiritual, holistic healing that exists amidst them is what drew Jennifer to Asheville in 2016. You will typically find her hiking, exploring and immersing herself in nature. Jennifer loves all things involving working with vibration, energy and the higher spiritual realm.

Kristen Anderson / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Kristen graduated from North Arizona Massage Therapy Institute in 2007, and has her Level III certification for Reiki. When Kristen is not working at the Salt Cave, she is usually having adventures out in nature with her partner and daughter, in ceremony, or finding any excuse to dance.

Megan Hensley / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Megan is a Tennessee native, happily transplanting to Asheville, after graduating from massage school in 2011. Her goal is to meet each client’s needs by integrating a custom blend of gentle bodywork, energy balance, aromatherapy, and intuition. She also hosts relaxing Reiki events inside the salt cave.

Jason Bennifield / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Jason is a massage therapist and freelance yogi. His technique is a relaxing integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point Therapy, tailored to meet each client’s specific needs.

Jason Hebal / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Jason has practiced massage since 2007, blending techniques and modalities to address each person as the individual they are. Working with and learning different healing modalities and sustainable ways to be in harmony with ourselves is the inspiration.

Jack Fischer / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Jack Fischer’s therapeutic massage work is grounded in his study of anatomy and embodiment. His blend of Integrative Massage, Chi Kung and the Alexander Technique consistently offers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for our clients.

Jeff Fisher / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Jeff’s sessions blend relaxing, Swedish massage techniques with deeper, focused work, aimed at loosening habitual patterns and restoring sensitivity. He is a firm believer in the body’s capacity to restore itself, through conscious breathing and nurturing touch.

Emily Luhrs / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Emily is a firm believer that massage therapy and relaxation contribute to overall health and adds to the joy of life. She utilizes various techniques to tailor each session to meet her clients specific needs and she practices Craniosacral therapy. In her free time, she’s out hiking trails or cozying up with a good book.

George Chambers / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Guide

George is in his tenth year as a massage therapist and teacher. You’ll feel all that experience come through in his comprehensive and detailed oriented work. He’ll help you relax the areas you don’t even know you need to relax. George loves the outdoors and hot yoga.

Meka Bunch / Massage Therapist, Front Desk Associate & Cave Host

Meka offers a combination of integrated massage techniques gained from many years of receiving and giving bodywork. He has  traveled around the world, gathering numerous bodywork experiences. Meka excels in Thai Massage, Esalen, and Lomi Lomi.