Nicole Rutsch, is an LA & NYC-based Usui/Karuna Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, Animal Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Herbalist and transformational coach.
She grew up on a farm in a town called Stadecken, outside of Mainz, Germany, which is where her passion for farm-to-table cooking and the arts came from. She spent much of her childhood learning how to make preserves from leftover fruit in her grandparents’ orchards.
Nicole started her career as a photo assistant, which turned into working as a food-stylist. In 2014, she developed her passion for food and started her own catering business.
Initially, the majority of her clients came from the fashion industry, including Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and many more. Shortly after, Nicole expanded into the wellness industry, partnering with clients like Alo Yoga, Athleta, Adidas and Bandier.
While working in the wellness space, Nicole realized the need to help people understand food and nutrition, as well as the importance of healing the body as a whole. Nicole realized that these principles aligned very well with those of herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Soon thereafter, she began studying at the New York Open Center under renowned herbalists Peeka Trenkle, David Winston and Drew DiVittorio.
The knowledge Nicole gleaned from her studies in herbalism now allow her to help others rebuild their relationship with food in a positive, healthy and natural way, utilizing herbs from local ecosystems.
In addition to healing the body by using healthy food and herbs, Nicole also realized the importance of healing the soul as well. In this sense, she operates from a true wholistic perspective. At the face of challenges on her own personal journey, Nicole became very self-aware and introspective.This led her to begin working with Reiki, a Japanese therapeutic technique, which allows the healer to move energy in the patient in order to encourage emotional and physical well-being. After witnessing Reiki’s palliative effects firsthand, Nicole became a Reiki Master, certified to practice all forms of Reiki.
Today, she lives the bi-coastal between NY and LA. Helping her clients to heal one by one is her main mission. She also mentors future soundhealing students in The Soundhealers Academy, a 60hr sound healing certification course, founded by The Copper Vessel - Susy Markoe Schieffelin.
Nicole is a firm believer that true growth and learning never cease. Nicole wishes more than anything to spread her knowledge and wisdom to others in the spirit of harmony and bringing forth love, light and unity on this journey we call life.