Massage Therapist Team


Samantha Goldberg Blackthorn

Samantha is a multifaceted individual, embodying a diverse range of skills and passions. She is a musician, massage therapist, Iyengar yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, tarotlogist, mystic, and herbalist. In 2001, she relocated to East Austin to raise her two daughters and, fueled by a vision, established Ace of Cups with the aim of serving her community.

With a degree in biological science from CSU, Samantha specialized in anatomy and physiology, complemented by extensive botanical studies. Since 2003, she has practiced massage therapy, accumulating over 2000 hours of training. Her expertise lies in pain management, myofascial trigger point release, structural integration, and sports massage. Samantha's experience spans various settings, including clinics, wellness centers, and high-intensity environments like art installations and job sites. Additionally, she imparts her knowledge as an educator, teaching anatomy, kinesiology, and massage techniques both locally and internationally.

In pursuit of her botanical interests, Samantha pursued studies under renowned experts such as Dr. William A. Weber and Dr. Tieronna Lowdog. She honed her skills in herbal formulation alongside Bert Norgorden in New Mexico. Alongside her professional pursuits, Samantha offers private Iyengar yoga sessions, herbal consultations, tarot card readings, and classes covering mystic arts, meditation, and herbalism.




Kirsche D.

Kirsche has been in practice as a massage therapist in Austin since 2009.  Kirsche first encountered bodywork as a form of somatic healing and a potent consciousness raising practice in the late '90’s in the context of dance studies. She is an intuitive and experienced therapist who brings extensive knowledge of the anatomy of body and movement to each of her sessions.  She is a graduate of Body Intelligence program in Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy and received her Ashiatsu and Fasci Ashi training from Jeni Spring in San Antonio, TX.  She is currently a trainee in the Feldenkrais Method.  Kirsche is the creator and director of Waterloo Juju, a social entertainment company that helps clients research, design and embody intentional, interactive movement scores for every and any social occasion.  She holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside.



Katie R.

Katie comes to us from the world of sports and kinesiology. Her passion is all things to do with the optimal performance of the body. She completed her bachelors in kinesiology at Cal State Northridge while playing soccer on the universities team. She attended massage school at National Holistic Institute where she learned advanced modalities. She started her career working as the massage therapist for  UCLA football team, a very reputable chiropractor, as well as at a holistic physical therapy clinic, and has gained knowledge in those settings for therapeutic massage.  Deep tissue, sports massage, pain management, myofascial release, clinical and structural/postural correction are some of her specialties that can aid in performance and everyday life! Katie has a detailed approach and is able to apply advanced techniques and create the perfect session for your individual needs. Katie is also available for personal training and stretching sessions.

Tooki P.

Tooki comes from Thailand. As a child in Thailand she learned traditional Thai Massage. She enjoyed helping her family members feel better by providing Thai massage on a daily basis to relieve fatigue and pain. Thai massage or Thai yoga massage is a traditional therapy combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. She offers it at Ace of cups on the mat and the table. Eventually she decided to move to the United States where she studied formal table massage training at Lauderstein Conway to be able to practice in this country. Tooki is passionate about helping clients to achieve their wellness goals. She provides the best-in-class client experience, with treatment that cares for body, mind and and spirit. Tooki believes that good massage therapist must have a love of service and and devotion to reaching their clients needs and she excels in this area. Tooki is great with deep tissue, traditional Thai massage, table Thai, and can also provide an incredibly relaxing session when the client prefers that.
Tooki looks forward to helping you achieve a better state of wellness!

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Michelle G.

Michelle took up the healing art of massage out of a passion to help people feel better.  She graduated from Lauterstein Conway school of massage.  Immediately after she took advanced training in cupping therapy. Michelle  bases her sessions  on the specific needs of the clients using a rhythmic flow to help relax the client and muscles.  Michelle excels in intuitively listening,and coming up with a treatment plan to accomplish the best massage for the individual.  Michelle uses many modalities.  Cups to relieve tension and to promote blood flow, deep tissue/Ashiatsu to push metabolic waste out of inflamed areas, Swedish to promote blood flow and relaxation, and she designs the session for your optimal well-being.  MIchelle is a compassionate therapist that is not afraid to get deep into your tensions, find the spots and release them.  Michelle's biggest passion is Ashiatsu, barefoot massage. She has advanced training in this modality and excels in this technique.  Michelle believes that with Ashiastsu she can get deeper and help the client experience an even deeper relief.  She believes the results are longer lasting and a profound effect on any size client.

Kira S.

Since natural healing has been my lifelong passion, I decided to become a massage therapist.  I attended Body Mechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage to learn techniques designed for healing injuries.  I specialize in injury treatment and sports massage.  I am certified in deep tissue, myofascial release, prenatal, lymph drainage, lomi lomi, Swedish, trigger point and more.  In my personal experience as a massage therapist, I practice listening and focusing on my clients’ needs in order to really resolve what the client is struggling with and restore balance.


Drea M.

Austin native Drea Marz has been working in the healing arts since 2009. She graduated from San Francisco’s National Holistic Institute, where she studied Swedish, deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, Thai, polarity therapy, myofascial and trigger-point release techniques. She received her yoga certification from Austin’s Dharma Yoga and continued to do their advanced training the following year. Drea spent 3 years at the Austin State Hospital giving “peer support” to those navigating the mental health system. During her time there, she implemented and held weekly meditation groups on each of the service areas and she facilitated other embodiment-focused groups. Drea has held weekly contact improvisation jams and taught classes and workshops in and around Austin.

In 2017, she graduated from The Body Intelligence bio dynamic craniosacral program. Since then, she has been making regular pilgrimages to Peru to practice bodywork and to be inspired by the natural medicines and ancient healing art forms of the Amazonian and Andean cultures. She is recently back from Urubamba, Peru, where she learned “Dynamic Dancing Thai Massage” with Pablo Guerrero. Drea truly believes in the body’s wisdom and its innate ability to heal itself. In her sessions, she deeply listens for where the client is at, meeting the body with steady nurturing attention and touch that supports the system in releasing tension, restoring vitality and promoting relaxation.


Jennifer S.

Jennifer is an intuitive therapist who draws from both eastern and western modalities, customizing your  session to release stress and guide the body, mind, and heart towards peace and well-being. Jennifer  employs Poly-vagal informed manual therapy techniques to encourage the autonomic nervous system  (ANS) to relax into a state of social engagement and release stuck patterns of fight/flight/freeze. She  specializes in shiatsu, deep tissue, pain management, prenatal, and relaxation therapies with the intent  of optimizing physical and emotional health by balancing and unblocking energy flow.

Jennifer attended massage school at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic, and continues  to study Thai/Zen Shiatsu, acupressure, anatomy, breath-work, and the mind-body connection. In her  free time, Jennifer can be found riding her bike, doing yoga, gardening, beekeeping, and working with  healing plants.

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Amber V.

Amber is a Licensed Massage and Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist with her top goal in helping her clients feel better in their journey with self care.

From her musician heart’s perspective, the Vibrational Sound Therapy can broaden the benefiting effects of the session, where she plays a series of bronze bowls on body with deeply relaxing tones.

Her fascination of the human body helps to build individualized sessions for her clients.

She has experience with different modalities ranging from Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and postnatal massage, and has interest in energetic and botanical remedies.

With guided intention on breath, she hopes to nurture the ability to unravel and smooth ourselves from the kinks that life can bring. Taking care with each client to offer a unique and relaxing experience


Kat F.

Kat is a talented massage therapist with an integrative and holistic approach to wellness and body work. She is yoga teacher with a background in dance, athletics, nursing, and mental health. Kat holds a Bachelors degree in neuroscience and an degree in nursing. Kat is grateful for the broad education and experience that has given her a holistic understanding of the body and wellness. This led her to massage.

Since becoming a massage therapist, Kat has been fortunate to continue their education by studying deep tissue, trigger point, ashiatsu, Thai massage, Lomi Lomi, and cupping.  She prefers an integrative and holistic approach to wellness and body work. Their background in dance lends an organic, flowing sensation to their massages. Their background in psychological health and nursing sciences ensures a positive, grounded, and trauma-sensitive therapy session. Kat is available for various modalities of massage as well as private yoga sessions.

Annamarie L.

Annemarie Liberati is an amazing massage therapist trained in many advanced modalities.  She was first introduced to the world of massage while taking classes on a trip to India. Upon her return, she immediately enrolled in the Lauterstein-Conway massage school here in Austin and graduated in 2012. She has since expanded her knowledge of the healing world to include craniosacral, cupping and reiki. Annamarie is also a metalsmith and jewelry designer and can be found at pop up markets around town selling her wares. Having a natural love and affinity to service, she excels at creating the perfect session just for you.



Corbin P.

Corbin is a practitioner hailing from Houston, TX and has been serving the public as an LMT for 3 years. He has a knack for kneading your knots in a way that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed and ready to face the day! He specializes in Relaxation, Swedish, and deep tissue techniques. Corbin has advanced training in cupping therapy, manual lymphatic drainage massage and Reiki. He is excited and grateful to share his gifts and abilities with his fellow humans in the Austin area. On his free time you can find him at the gym or at home making art.


Joshua B.

Josh's healing path began when he was around 2 years old and saw into the realm of spirits directly. His younger years were devoted to art and music, but in his mid twenties, after going through several healing crises' he started to focus on his own healing. He has since studied in the spiritual arts for more than 20 years starting with Qi Gong, Taoist Nei Gong and Hatha Yoga. He went onto study various forms of Yoga, Capoeira, Afro Caribbean Dance, West African Djembe, Ancestral Healing, Ritual, Tantra and traditional plant medicine practices of the Amazon.  His main teachers are Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Tai Ji, Qi gong, Yi Jing, External Qi Healing, Daoist Nei Gong), Dagara Elder Malidoma Some (Ritual, Ancestral Healing, Divination) who passed into the ancestral realm a few years ago, Christina Sell (Hatha Yoga ) and Dharma Mittra (Raja/Hatha Yoga), among many others.

He has been practicing bodywork and energy work full time since getting licensed in 2007. He has integrated many different modalities into his work such as Myoskeletal Alignment, Chi Nei Tsang, External Qi Healing, Cranio Sacral and Somatic work that is uniquely his own. In addition to his healing work he teaches Wu Dang Tai Ji, Qi Gong, Hatha Yoga, Movement and Ancestral Healing. With all his healing work he is as comfortable dealing with structural alignment and chronic pain as he is with energy work and Emotional/Somatic work. Josh sees all his work as different branches of the same tree. He has developed a unique ability to meet people wherever they are at in their healing journey by bringing them back to their original nature.

Gord S.

Gord has been accumulating the skills necessary to be an effective body worker for much of their life. With over a decade of experience in mindfulness practice, grounding, and compassionate presence, Gord offers a heart-centered approach to lasting health and healing. He strongly believes in order to effectively heal, one must feel safe and supported. To accomplish this end, Gordon emphasizes a pacing and quality of touch that brings clients into the comfort and resilience of their own body. Employing techniques inspired by Thai massage, Reiki, cupping, deep tissue massage, and other energy work, gord will invite you in your entirety to connect to the innate harmony and healing potential within. Gord is amazing at full body massage, energy work and floor/mat work.


Zoe E.

Since she was born totally blind, Zoe's reliance on and mastery of her tactile senses has developed into an experienced sense of touch and energy awareness that helps to make her massage therapy and energy work so palpably potent. As a proudly queer trans woman, Zoe also deeply understands how profoundly impactful it can be to feel affirmed, validated, and connected with one's own body, mind, and truest sense of self. Thus, Zoe joined Ace of Cups to fulfill her dream of serving the queer and pagan communities of her hometown by using her uniquely fluent sense of touch, her trauma-informed approach to therapy, and her connection to the metaphysical and esoteric to help in cultivating a safe place for not only physical healing, but mental and spiritual wellness, too. With her background in the spiritual practices of Asatru, Zoe practices runic magics, while her approach to energy work also draws on her education in Chinese traditional medicine and mysticism, with arts like Medicinal Qi Gong being as much a part of her practice as are her Elder Futhark runes. In Zoe's spare time, she is a singer and guitarist, as well as an author of fantasy novels and romance short stories. She loves to spend her time playing music, at the park feeding geese, or at home with a good Wuxia novel and a cup of chrysanthemum tea. Book an appointment with Zoe to feel the benefits of her one-of-a-kind relaxing, balancing, and restorative massage and body work; and remember: if you want to feel glowy, just call Zoe.

AceOfCups Profile


Noe Cortes, a dedicated massage therapist, embarked on his journey in November 2022 before graduating from his training at the Lauterstein Conway School of Massage. His passion for massage was profoundly influenced by the school's founder and the "Deep Method," a therapeutic approach that prioritizes the relaxation of muscles from within. Noe employs his expertise with a gentle, attentive touch and a keen focus on muscle fulcrums to deliver enhanced therapeutic relief.

Understanding the significance of conscious breathing in releasing tension, Noe collaborates closely with his clients to achieve their unique wellness goals. His specialization lies in deep tissue massage and myofascial release techniques, enabling him to address a wide range of physical concerns effectively.

Noe firmly believes in the subtle and deep-seated connection between mind and body. He actively explores diverse modalities and philosophies to expand his knowledge and skill set, while fostering a sense of community and encouraging open discourse in such fields as sociology, psychology, spirituality and metaphysics.

Nora H.

Born n’ raised in Austin, Nora trained at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, California and has been in practice as a massage therapist for over a decade. Their style is fairly clinical in nature, while also being trauma informed with a heavy focus on breath and the nervous system resulting in an effective therapeutic touch that is soft and soothing, as deep as necessary, and as strong as it is gentle.

Nora specializes in deep tissue and myofascial release; but has trained in a wide range of modalities including Swedish, shiatsu, cranial-sacral, clinical deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, neuro-muscular techniques, prenatal, and intra-oral, amongst others. More recently, they have been deepening their skills in energy work and gained experience in hospice massage, both of which they are looking forward to further growth in. Nora's practice draws inspiration from the natural elements, with hands that strive to emulate water. Their touch is highly intuitive and grounded in deep listening.

With experience working in environments that run the gamut from serene spas to medical settings, Nora is ecstatic to have found a home at Ace of Cups amongst other creatives. To Nora, massage has always felt like a dance—no two sessions alike. They are honored to hone their deep attunement to the nervous system to invite clients into a metaphysical healing space where their connective tissues can remember ease and release.



Aimee has had a 23 year career as a massage therapist starting in 2000 in Dallas, TX, graduating from Texas Massage Institute. She has worked in all varieties of massage establishments from high end spas to chiropractic clinics, with a focus on helping people free themselves from "tech neck" and chronic pain. Years of experience working on every body type has honed her touch and healing intuition. She has training in Myofascial Release from John Barnes and also incorporates Neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, Myoflexxion stretching, and acupressure techniques synergistically to release chronic pain patterns. Recently she was certified in Ashiatsu and is very passionate about the using the healing potential of that deep work to help her clients.


Emma moves from a place of deep listening. Her work is often deep, sometimes subtle, and always centered around the nervous system.

Many times she has been asked, "Is there a name for your unique style of massage?". Her sessions have been described as grounding, effective, specific, and sincere. In practice for six years, her work is integrated and utilizes Trigger Point, Craniosacral, Myofascial, Heat, Ashiatsu, and Cupping.

"My intention is to get out of the way, to be a conduit for something greater than myself, and to enjoy."

Beyond bodywork, you may find Emma dancing, making dark chocolate, peer counseling, singing karaoke, teaching olympic weightlifting, and meditating on Invoking Loving Presence.


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