About Rachael R. Resch
Rachael Resch is a physical therapist, movement educator, dancer, Nia black belt, and member of the Nia teacher training faculty. 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 www.NiaNow.com.)
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 and consultant, Richard Seidman.