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Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, RA, RYT is an inspirational healer, teacher, and writer based in her hometown of Tampa, FL.

She is the owner of Upward Spiral, a progressive healing and wellness business and the Assistant Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy.

Her dream is to help others heal what needs healing, learn what is ready to be learned, and find the space to love [everything] with a full heart. 

This begins by understanding this journey herself. 

Personal History & Acheivements

  • 2016 :: Aromatherapy Columnist for Massage Today (to present)

  • 2016 :: Completed Certificate in Aromatic Medicine under Mark Webb

  • 2016 :: Traveled to India

  • 2015 :: Opened the Upward Spiral Center in Seminole Heights

  • 2014 :: Completed 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training under LeShan Barrios/Ananda Yoga

  • 2014 :: Opened the first Upward Spiral Store in Lutz, FL

  • 2013-2016 :: Columnist for Aromatherapy Thymes

  • 2013 :: Columnist for Nomos Journal (to present)

  • 2012 :: Instructor and Assistant Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy (to present)

  • 2011 :: Trained as a doula through DONA and obtained certification in Prenatal Massage from Elaine Stillerman's MotherMassage Program. 

  • 2010 :: Poetry Editor for Moonshot Magazine

  • 2010 :: Offered my first original workshop through the Bridge of Tampa Bay

  • 2010 :: Graduated with MA in Religious Studies from USF; my focus was South Asian Religions, Sanskrit, and Religious Healing

  • 2009 :: Founded Upward Spiral Therapy Inc

  • 2009-2011 :: Trained as Structural Energetic Therapy Teaching Assistant and Workshop Administrator for their Integrative Structural Therapy Program. 

  • 2008 :: Began to work in the Arts Council's Poetry Jam program which goes to high schools to teach students about poetry and performing (to present)

  • 2008 :: Completed Structural Energetic Therapy Training

  • 2008 :: Founded the 3-times awarded Best of the Bay Best Open Mic, the Open Mic at Cafe Hey (to present)

  • 2007 :: Graduated with Bachelor's in Religious Studies and Women's Studies at University of South Florida

  • 2005 :: Obtained massage license and began massage practice

  • 2002 :: Named one of YM Magazine's 20 Coolest Teens in America for the volunteer work we did in NY after September 11

  • 2001-2002 :: Volunteered with CERMT and UAE in New York

  • 2001 :: Attended Blake High School for Performing Arts for Creative Writing

  • the 90's :: Survived Middle School

  • 1984 :: BORN - That's a feat in itself!

You can contact me at me@nyssahanger.com