Samantha Goldberg Blackthorn
Samantha is a musician, massage therapist, Iyengar yoga teacher, anatomy teacher, tarotlogist, mystic and herbalist. She founded Ace of Cups as a dream to build a center to serve her east Austin community which she moved in 2001 to raise her two daughters. She has a degree from CSU in biological science with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology as well as extensive studies in botanical sciences.
She has been in practice as a massage therapist since 2003 with over 2000 hours of training and a focus on pain management, myofascial trigger point release, structural integration, profession specific and sports massage. Samantha has extensive experience working with acute injury and chronic pain. She works in clinics, massage schools, wellness center and onsite in high intensity locations such as large art installations and on job sites. She teaches anatomy, kinesiology, and massage technique at massage schools and clinics in the states and abroad.
Samantha studied botany and edible, medicinal and psychedelic plant science from Dr. William A Weber in her undergranduate studies. She moved to New Mexico and studied with Dr. Tieronna Lowdog and worked making herbal formulas with Bert Norgorden. She also provides private Iyengar yoga sessions, herbal consultations, tarot card readings, classes in mystic arts, meditation, herbal and mystic classes.
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.
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.
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!
Christopher is an advanced therapist who specializes in deep and specific work. He brings to the table over a decade of experience and is excellent and finding those knots and releasing them. Christopher is also one of our estheticians.
Growing up as an athlete & eventually a college athlete, as well as having a passion for holistic healing, Eden was called to massage therapy from a young age. She attained her massage therapy license from Columbia, MO Institute of Massage and Bodywork in May, 2022 after graduating from Stephens College with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design Communications & minor in Psychology. She is nurturing and intuitively guided to customize each massage to your needs. Eden is here to listen to you, your body and leave you feeling calm, cared for, more mobile and balanced.
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.
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.
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
Chalchicoatl has been a massage therapist for 10 years. She walks the path of an Indigenous Medicine Worker and Moon Priestess using the energies of her people and native lands to illuminates the deeper energies. She grew up around indigenous ceremonies which informers her style. Her touch is intuitive and effective. One of her many gifts is helping others become aware of and release underlying emotional buildup, and bring attention to the whole body to inspire healing. She empowers and supports clients to be a part of their own healing path. Chachicoatl is trained in traditional western massage, Reflexology, Prenatal, Connective Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Reiki energy work, Polarity therapy, Ancestral healing, and Hydrotherapy During her sessions she weaves these together in a nurturing, safe, relaxed way. She has warm mothering energy and truly holds space in a transformational way.
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.