Synergy Physical Therapy, LLC

Physical Therapy for Body & Soul · Ashland, Oregon

synergy (synergos, Greek, working together): Cooperation among diverse elements so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

About Rachael R. Resch

IMG_4381 - Version 2 – Version 4Rachael Resch is a physical therapist, movement educator, dancer, Nia black belt, member of the Nia teacher training faculty and embodied prayer guide at Havurah Shir Hadash. She has a BA in Religion and Dance from Oberlin College and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University.

Rachael has been in private practice as a physical therapist since 1997. Prior to that she was on staff at Providence Portland Medical Center, where she was a member of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center team, specializing in the care of people with low bone density. She taught popular osteoporosis group exercise classes, and gave frequent public presentations to health care providers and patient groups.

Rachael leads classic Nia classes and Nia Moving To Heal classes at the DanceSpace in Ashland, Oregon.  She offers seven-day Nia White Belt trainings to become a Nia teacher and for personal growth.  Rachael is co-creator of The Body’s Way training with Nia founder Debbie Rosas.  The Nia Technique was created in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas as a holistic fitness and self-healing practice based on the joy of movement.  Nia blends dance arts, martial arts and healing arts, such as modern and ethnic dance, T’ai chi, yoga, and Feldenkrais, and is taught in over 50 countries world-wide.  (To learn more, visit

In addition to her Nia black belt, Rachael earned a green belt in Shotokan Karate from Sensei Aaron Ortega.  She has taught yoga at Evergreen Yoga Center in Portland and Breitenbush Host Springs. Rachael was a member of the Oberlin Dance Company, Portland State University’s The Company We Keep, Lisa Jeli Dancers, and Cynthia Chimienti Dance Company.

Since 1977, Rachael has studied with leading teachers in mythopoetics, somatics, energetics and the arts – including William Irwin Thompson, Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Coleman Barks, William Stafford, Martín Prechtel, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield (zt”l), Stephen Victor and Paul and Patty Richards. She is the creator of Mythic Body™ and the owner of Synergy Physical Therapy & Movement Arts in Ashland, Oregon.

Rachael lives in Ashland with her husband, author, consultant and executive director of Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Richard Seidman.