Niki Pappas

Niki Pappas MA, MBA, HHC is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, and Thai Yoga Bodyworker.  Her transition from a 20-year career in marketing research began in 2011 with her coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which was followed by Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and Thai Yoga Bodywork training from Will Brashear at the Cincinnati Yoga School.  Most recently, Niki has added training in CranioSacral Therapy to supplement her bodywork offerings.

Since 2011, Niki has worked with hundreds of private clients as well as members of employee and social groups to support them toward better health and greater happiness.

Personal Journey

In my family, education and achievement were highly valued. My parents are PhD chemists and my childhood was all about working hard in school, at the piano, and on the tennis court. It was a no-brainer that I’d attend college and graduate school, and I studied Psychology at Princeton University and then received Master’s Degrees in Organizational Psychology and Business at the University of Michigan. This background prepared me perfectly for a career in quantitative marketing research, and I started at Quaker Oats in Chicago in 1987 and later moved to Cincinnati to join Directions Research, a privately held custom survey research supplier. During this time I also had two lovely sons who are now in their 20s and two husbands (whose ages I won’t reveal!). I loved serving my marketing research clients but I gradually realized that rather than work with them on their marketing challenges, I’d prefer to work with them on THEM – on their health and happiness and overall wellness. I was making changes toward better eating and exercise in my own life, and I wanted to help others do the same.

So at the end of 2010 I retired from research, began coaching school, and got serious about yoga. I also enjoyed having much more flexibility for my family and friends and gradually discovered a giant network of wellness practitioners and healers of all types in the Cincinnati area. As a coach I’ve worked for companies and on my own, and it’s even better than I imagined to now be working with my clients on THEM, as was my dream! I’ve added Yoga and now Bodywork, and I love offering wellness services that support my clients at all levels – mind, body, and spirit – toward alignment and unity.

Philosophy of Healing

I believe that each individual is on their own unique wellness journey, and it is my honor to be a “guide on the side”, offering relevant mind-body information, resources, and most importantly, warm support and care.

Services Offered

Niki’s offerings at The Healing Space include those listed below, and she also teaches yoga at Modo studios around town. Please go to for more.

For more information:

Contact Niki Pappas at and 513.378.8657.