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.
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 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 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!
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
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.
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.
Laura Sanders, is an empathic intuitive, massage therapist, author and meditation teacher. She combines her fifteen years of experience as a massage therapist with her intuitive abilities to create unique healing experiences. During the session, Laura will receive visions and messages for you, much like symbolism from a vivid dream. As you interpret this information together, your physical and energetic body are open to receive the deepest healing and release trauma. Laura may also work directly with yourchakra system to remove any blockages or stagnation. This can bring profound shifts in pain management and nervous system.
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.