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.


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Lara Hayward LMT (MA 79249) graduated from Erwin Technical College and received her massage license in 2015. Once she experienced the therapeutic benefits of massage in her own life, she became passionate about helping others find relief from pain. Lara has advanced training in Upward Spiral Therapy, Cranial Structural and Cranial Suture Balancing, TMJ, Hot Stones, Reiki, and Aromatherapy.

Clients of all ages often come to Lara complaining of neck pain, back pain, sciatica, headaches, carpal tunnel, or pain in their joints. Using a combination of advanced therapeutic massage, cranial techniques, energy healing, nurturing spirit, and healing hands, Lara tailors each massage session to meet the needs of her client in that moment.

Her clients attest that she is a “gifted healer.” Her greatest goal in life is to be the most authentic “Lara” she can be. In her free time, Lara enjoys playing flute and piano, swing dancing, and walking in nature. She brings a rich tapestry of life experience, wisdom, and compassion to her clients’ massage experience.

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!

Testimonials about Emily: 

“I have really tight muscles in my leg and they had been pressing against my sciatic nerve, causing pain and keeping me up at night. Emily gave me the best massage ever for this pain relief and I felt like I could take on the world. I still do several days later and I had the best natural high from the massage I've ever had. It lasted for hours! Thank you Emily for restructuring me, relieving pain and making me feel amazing!” - Nadia Z.

Read more testimonials here. 



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.