Upward Spiral aims to facilitate the personal and professional growth of individuals with the collective in mind.  

We view ourselves and our clients as equal partners in healing and personal evolution. We seek to create positive change in ourselves, our employees, our clients, and the larger community. We aim to become recognized as a vital space for healing and transformation in Tampa Bay, and to create a model for other centers across Florida.  

Upward Spiral is a space for healing and transformation—both the space within ourselves and also a physical space where people can go to discover, be, and become who they are.

We are a community center in our home of Tampa, FL. We strive to be a place where individuals can come together to support each other’s healing while working on their own transformation. The truth is that we are all in this together, but we must do our own part.  We’ve come this far, as Herman Hesse says, but there still remains much to learn.

Our goal is to help clients travel along their upward spiral of healing and transformation.  


Upward Spiral began as an healing and wellness business owned and operated by Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, RA, RYT in 2009.  

Nyssa is a multi-passionate healer and entrepreneur who knows that in order to create the healing in her community that she envisions, she needs to create a space that facilitates that healing—for herself as well as others. 

As Nyssa’s passions in therapeutic massage, meditation, and plant medicine have grown, she has continued to find ways to share her knowledge and skills with her community. She has developed a unique approach to massage, called Upward Spiral Therapy, and is currently training other massage therapists on this modality.

She also teaches with the Atlantic Institute in Aromatherapy, is the creator the the Inner Sanctum Aromatherapy Membership, and is continuing her studies in holistic herbalism, while working on her own healing journey.

Healing and transformation excel when we come together. 

In 2014, Lara Hayward joined Nyssa by pursuing her own studies in therapeutic massage. She is the first trained Upward Spiral Therapist. Lara has been one of Upward Spiral’s greatest assets since. Read more about Lara here.

In 2016, after moving to Tampa with an interest in the healing arts, Emily Bush found her home at Upward Spiral bottling essential oils, helping customers, and assisting Lara and Nyssa in running the business. She is now an Upward Spiral Therapist in training. Read more about Emily here.

Lori DeGolyer came onboard in the fall of 2017. As a writer and former New York State licensed massage therapist, she writes and edits for Upward Spiral and the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. She has a strong foundation in the healing arts and has furthered her education on essential oils and herbs with US. You can find Lori in the store most days.