Welcome! I'm Rachael, the founder of
HumanKind Integrative Wellness.
When I moved from California to New York in 2015 to pursue theatre, I had no idea that acting school would bestow the greatest gifts imaginable: the capacity to Love and empathize with not just the protagonists in the stories I told onstage, but (maybe even more importantly) the antagonists as well. I gained the ability to peel the layers from any unpleasant or downright ugly act to reveal the (very human) motivation at the root; not to condone it, but rather to understand it. By understanding the motivations for another's actions, we begin to see our similarities and fixate less on our differences. With empathy, we feel seen and can start to build genuine connection.
In November 2016, we saw a giant shift in national politics and with that, an onslaught of hate, division, and isolation. This was a defining moment for me. It became my mission and life's purpose to reverse that trajectory to one of Love and authentic connection.
By the following year, I was certified as a Platonic Touch Practitioner through Cuddlist. Through this work, I discovered my ability to transfer energy to my clients and the profound effect it had: clients not only felt more peaceful after sessions, but also were connecting more to their environments post-sessions!
Inspired to deepen this ability to connect with and facilitate healing for my clients, I became a certified Reiki Practitioner in 2019. I continue to be inspired by various holistic healing modalities and believe that the root of healing is through connection. My learning is ongoing to that end, and I wake up each day excited to pursue it.
I'm so excited that you have found your way here!
Fave Fiction: Station Eleven, Siddhartha, Secret Passages in a Hillside Town; anything by Sidney Sheldon
Fave Non-Fiction: Talking to Strangers, The Artist's Way, No Mud, No Lotus, Drops Like Stars, The Universe Has Your Back, A New Earth, Peace Is Every Step, When Things Fall Apart, Anatomy of the Spirit, The Universe in Your Hand
Fave Playwrights: Lucas Hnath and Will Eno
Fave Movie: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" & "Harold and Maude"
Fave Ice Cream: Mint Chip or Chocolate Peanut Butter
Fave Hike: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Fave Spot in NY: Brooklyn Bridge Park when it's quiet; gazing at the Manhattan skyline and giving thanks for this beautiful journey