RASA was founded in 2007 by Ashleigh Rivers (SCLMBT 4615, NCBTMB 502989-05, CLt, E-RYT 200, RYT 500).
RASA became RASA Whole Self Health, LLC in 2011.
About RASA Whole Self Health
RASA is a Sanskrit word that, most simply, means “Delight in Existence”. RASA’s philosophy is just this. We believe in the pursuit of a life that brings health, happiness, and an overall sense of wellbeing.
We offer massage, bodywork, spa, yoga, and health services that are tailored to your specific needs. RASA is here to help you achieve your goals in balancing your body’s specific needs through massage techniques as well as support and guidance for healthy lifestyle choices.
We at RASA have a profound appreciation for the benefits of simple relaxation and believe it to be a fundamental part of your health and recovery from whatever ails you. For this reason, RASA also provides several services to calm your mind and body.
Also available through RASA are body-contouring services. We want you to feel great about all aspects of who you are and feeling great about how you look can be important to your overall health as well. You are already perfect in your body right now, but if you believe you might feel more at home in your body, Lypossage, the body contouring technique used at RASA, might be a good fit for you. This treatment can also help rid the body of toxins stored in the superficial tissues of the body.
RASA is committed to being an eco-friendly business as much as we are able. We use eco-friendly, natural, and organic products as often as we can. We also recycle and limit the use of disposable goods and fossil fuels. We are always looking for ways to continue to reduce our impact on the environment and will be improving our efforts to be Green whenever possible. We have even invested in a composter to help break down the bioplastics in our compostable cups and other compostable products!
Ashleigh is a Columbia, SC native and has lived most of her life in Columbia. Always a mountain lover, Ashleigh ventured off to Brevard College to study liberal arts (many of them). She returned to Columbia to attend USC for a few semesters and to help create the opportunity to study abroad in Paris. Ashleigh then returned to Brevard to finish off her last semester of college and graduated with a degree in Integrated Studies of Liberal Arts. Ashleigh had known for a while that she was very interested in going to massage school, so right after graduation, she enrolled in The Center for Massage and Natural Health in the Asheville mountains. She studied many massage modalities, basic nutrition, and learned more about many other health and healing modalities. After graduation from CMNH and receiving her certification, Ashleigh immediately began working as massage therapist in the Asheville area for a local spa and in private practice.
In 2009, Ashleigh returned to Columbia where she began working on her long-term business plans and created RASA, which is a growing independent business.
In 2013 Ashleigh became a Registered Yoga Teacher after completing a 200 hour certification and offers private yoga sessions at RASA. Ashleigh is an E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher for 200 hours) and RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher for 500 hours). Ashleigh is faculty for Sakhi Yoga School as an Anatomy and Biomechanics teacher is and currently working on an Anatomy Internship Program under and Physical Therapist.
Ashleigh has a long list of “what’s next” for her. She plans to continue her education in many other health and self-care avenues. Ashleigh wants to bring together as many components of healthy-living and bundle them into one great package of healing. She is currently in school for a part of this big dream– more to come!