Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT (MA 43058), is the owner/founder of Upward Spiral Therapy, Inc. She began this business in 2009, with the desire to help create an upward spiral of healing and transformation within her community.

Nyssa's diverse background in holistic healing, aromatherapy, poetry, performance, spiritual studies, and community building help her continue to be a inspiring force in the world. 

Experience one of Nyssa's healing sessions or learn about yourself at one of her original meditation or writing workshops. Nyssa is the bridge between Upward Spiral and the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, serving as an Instructor and Assistant Director, and welcomes you into the world of aromatherapy with the variety of workshops that the AIA has to offer. 

Learn more about Nyssa at www.nyssahanger.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.


Lara Hayward, LMT (MA 79249), received her massage license in June of 2015. She has been trained on the Upward Spiral Advanced Therapeutic Massage techniques, and she can provide pain rehabilitation massage as well as Reiki (Energetic Healing) and Swedish relaxation massage. She also serves as our dedicated Office Manager.

Lara is passionate about connecting with clients and helping them receive the most from their massage experience. Her commitment to self-discovery brings a rich tapestry of life experience, wisdom, and compassion to her table. 

Lara has received Certificates in CranioSomatic Therapy, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. To learn more about the therapeutic massage approach that we use at Upward Spiral, click Upward Spiral Massage Therapy

Lara strives to maintain a safe and nurturing environment in which all of the clients she works with can receive the best healing possible.

Testimonials about Lara: 

"I've seen over a hundred massage therapists, and Lara is by far the best. More than a massage therapist, she is a healer." - Chris

"Lara's touch is intuitive and proficient. She knows just where to apply pressure. She does fabulous work!" - Mare

Read more testimonials here. 



Emily Bush, LMT (MA 90206), is the newest member to our massage team. Emily joined Upward Spiral as a Store Associate in February of 2017, and began massage school in the fall of that year. She became officially licensed in the summer of 2018 and has begun training in Upward Spiral Therapy with Nyssa. 

Emily is also trained in Aromatherapy and CranioSomatic Therapy. She can't wait to share her healing gifts with the Upward Spiral community!







Lori DeGolyer joined our team in the fall of 2017. As a writer and former New York State licensed massage therapist, she has the perfect set of skills for US.

In addition to writing and editing for Upward Spiral and the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, she helps customers, tends the garden, and creates all of our handmade signs. You can find Lori in the store most days.