Hi! I'm Rachel Devine.
I'm the creator of Her Soul Intention, and am here to help you understand your body, discover the biological root causes of your health and skin symptoms, and guide you to ignite your inner-healing.
I’ve been through my own deep healing journey for the past decade. I am now certified in many of the holistic healing modalities that I've used along the way so that I can guide like-minded women to fully transform and heal themselves from the inside-out. By working with me, you'll be able to deeply connect to your body so that you can heal it for good, while becoming more resilient, and releasing what no longer serves you.
Who Am I?
I am a holistic aesthetician, turned skin therapist and skin care formulator, turned breathwork coach, German New Medicine Practitioner and Somatic Trauma Healing Therapist. I gained most of these titles throughout my own healing journey and use every single tool that I provide in my own life daily.
How My Career Began
When I was a teenager, I struggled with eczema. It was so bad that I was bullied in school... I remember one girl telling everyone to stay away from me because I had a contagious skin disease.
My parents tried everything to heal my skin. We saw countless doctors, specialists, and dermatologists who gave me cream after cream, but nothing worked.
Thankfully I “grew out” of this condition after high school, or so they said. With my current understanding of the skin and body from the internal side, I now know that graduating high school, and getting away from the stress that school caused for me, was what ultimately healed my skin.
After high school, I went to the University of Western Ontario for Psychology. I was fascinated by the brain, how we operate and all of the reasons behind our actions, but I didn't like the medical side or the idea of pushing pills on, so I decided to completely switch my path and went to school for aesthetics instead. I had experienced so many issues with my skin, that I wanted to prevent girls from experiencing what I had experienced with my eczema.
After I graduated, my skin passion began. My favourite service was facial treatments but my understanding of the skin, based on what I had been taught in school, didn’t seem to make sense. I treated the skin exactly as I had been taught in school… externally! If a client had acne, I was taught to use products that would soak up the excess oils and the acne would clear. While this almost always worked initially, the acne would be back 3 months later in almost every single client. I didn’t understand why. I knew there had to be another way.
My Personal Set Back
Shortly into my aesthetics career, I had a pretty intense set back in my personal life. At the age of 23, I was in a relationship. We lived together, planned on getting married, but then he died unexpectedly.
Those following few years were really hard. I was put on Adivan, a strong anti-depressant, only I wasn’t depressed. I was traumatized. Those pills made me numb. I got addicted to them without knowing they were addictive. Yet once again, no doctor knew how to properly help me. I was told “just stop taking them” and “they’re not addictive”, but the withdrawal symptoms made me feel like I had gone crazy. So, I ordered a bunch of books, researched everything that I could about psych meds and weened myself off of those pills successfully when no one else could.
It was this experience that started my healing journey many years ago. I’ve continuously been reminded by the medical industry since then that I am my own best healer. I know my body better than anyone, but this was not always the case. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point.
The Creation of My Skin Care Line
At the beginning of 2007, I got together with (my now husband) Chad, and two and a half years later, we got married. In 2010, we had our daughter, Elexas, and in 2013, our son, Brolin, was born.
Being a new mom, I became a lot more aware of what I was putting on my kids skin. I started researching into products and ingredients and realizing that many of the products that we were using had toxic ingredients in them, like carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants. As I researched more and more, it became increasingly difficult to find products that didn’t have toxic ingredients in them, so I started mixing ingredients together to make my own home-made products.
After several months of research, Chad made a joke one day and said, “You know with all of the research that you’ve done, you might as well just create your own skin care line.” Little did he know how serious I would take that one comment.
A few months later, I enrolled into the Organic Skin Care Formulations Course at Formula Botanica, and launched my skin care line in 2015. The skin care line was a large line, consisting of 17 all natural products, ranging from cleansers to masks and bath and body products.
Within one year of launching my skin care line, I had 26 spas carrying my skin care line. I was running my business completely by myself and I was stressed!
Some of the spas carrying my line were complaining that their clients were still getting breakouts, but I knew that these products all had ingredients that worked with the skin. I had done so much research into what ingredients worked for each skin type, tested every product multiple times, and yet we all had clients that the products didn’t seem to work for. So, my research continued.
My Breaking Point
Right around this same time, I started experiencing some intense acne breakouts myself. I had been using my products for an entire year with great success, but then suddenly, the acne started. I had never had acne in my entire life.
A few months after the breakouts had started, I lost the hearing in my left ear. I went to an ENT. I had multiple hearing tests, which showed my hearing loss. I had an MRI, which showed nothing at all. I saw multiple specialists who all came to the same conclusion – I was a mystery case because my ear healthy, but no one could figure out why I had lost my hearing. They told me I’d never get my hearing back.
Then shortly after this, I developed chronic tonsillitis. I saw more doctors and specialists, and they decided that I needed to have surgery.
Thankfully, an awakening happened for me and I never ended up getting that surgery.
In a store one day, I was approached by a woman who said said,
“Have you by any chance been having problems with your throat?”.
I hesitantly answered yes. She said that my throat chakra was dim and that I wasn’t living in alignment. I was not speaking my truth where it was needed and that I needed to make a change for the sake of my health.
I never saw her again, but that brief encounter with her sure hit home for me.
I was not living in alignment. I was stressed to the max. My skin care line had launched and grown far beyond what I was ready for. I was working too much. I was not spending enough quality time with my husband and kids. I was being put under so much pressure, and was not speaking up for myself. I was working so hard to please everyone but myself, and my body was paying for it.
My Healing Journey
The next day, I sent out an email to my wholesale partners telling them that I had to stop offering wholesale. That was the scariest email that I ever sent, but it was necessary for the sake of my health. I discontinued the products that weren’t selling, scaled my line back to my most popular products, and made an effort to spend way more time with my family. My tonsillitis never came back, and a month later, my hearing fully came back.
But the acne continued. So, like the beginning of most healing journey’s, I tried to change and improve my physical health:
- I changed my diet,
- I did a liver cleanse,
- I tried cutting out meat,
- I tried going vegan,
- I tried healing my gut through supplements, diet, probiotics and cleanses.
But the breakouts still came.
- I changed the way that I was exercising.
- I started sleeping more.
- I cut out caffeine and alcohol.
- I was eating a “perfect” diet.
- I was doing everything according to what a healthy person should and shouldn’t do, but the breakouts still came.
I was introduced to the lymphatic system (the drainage system of the body), and started working really hard to stimulate it in hopes that I would start ridding my body of excess bacteria. My skin improved, but not fully.
I became really interested in face and neck massage, for this exact reason, so I hopped on a plane take an advanced holistic massage course in New York City.
During this course, the instructor, Anne Bramham, talked about acne, and how it’s caused by stress and emotions. She talked about the nervous system, and how it impacts the health of the skin, and suddenly it clicked...
Everything I had ever been taught in school, and learned within the beauty industry had just been proven wrong, and it finally made sense.
I came home from that trip an entirely new person. I had a new perspective and I needed to learn more about it.
The next several months involved intense research. As I learned about the nervous system, I learned about unhealed trauma and how trauma changes us within at the cellular level, and how it impacts our physical health. While so much time had gone by since my boyfriend had died, I had never really dealt with the trauma that the experience caused. And for each layer of stress that I added on top of all of that, my nervous system became weaker and weaker. That was the real reason why I couldn’t handle the stress and pressure of running a successful business. My nervous system was too fragile for everything that I was dealing with (and avoiding), so my body had literally started to breakdown.
The following two years involved a lot of inner-work and healing. I worked with some amazing mentors who helped me through releasing trauma, and introduced me to some extremely transformative exercises and tools that have helped me through my healing journey. It’s a journey that was not easy. There were many days of crying and complete mental exhaustion. There were days of intense spiritual awakening and energetic and emotional release. This work was intense, but it was worth every single step of the process and I am so grateful for what I’ve been through.
All of the work has led me to German New Medicine and Somatic Trauma Therapy, both of which I now have training in.
And all of this work led me to become the person that I am today. I am not at all the same person that I was two years ago. I have a completely different perspective on life now.
The Creation of Her Soul Intention
Throughout 2020 and 2021, while the pandemic has been extremely hard on so many, it’s also been an extremely transformative time for so many people, including myself. The breaks, the downtime, the extra time with myself and my family, has really allowed me more space to heal and the ability to get so much more clarity for my purpose in this life.
In 2020, I was introduced to German New Medicine, and I became obsessed with researching it. It goes against what the medical industry preaches, but it all made complete sense and brought together all of what I have learned and experienced over the past several years... connecting our trauma and emotional experiences to our health and symptoms. This research led me back to school once again to become a German New Medicine Practitioner, as well as a Somatic Trauma Healing Therapist.
I have such a unique, thorough understanding of the body now, and have dedicated my career to helping women through their healing journey, helping them discover and understand the root causes of their health symptoms and skin conditions, so that we can heal the root cause and reconnect them to their authentic self.
If you have any questions about any of my work, I’d love to hear from you. Please send me an email at [email protected]. I'd love to connect with you.
I look forward to working with you.
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