As I was working on rebranding, I wanted to focus on expanding my services and program offerings to incorporate more alternative healing modalities. I thought about mindset work, essential oils and natural products, Reiki, and more.
Before I officially offered anything, I wanted to incorporate them into MY daily life. I base all my suggestions to my clients on products I’ve tried, education and recommendations from trusted sources. I feel incredibly strongly about that. I can’t provide the best services and help you reach your goals with anything but the best of intentions – coming from a place of transparency, education and true passion.
Reiki, in particular, has been something I have been interested in for awhile. I have several friends who are certified Reiki healers, and would work on balancing my stagnant energy and chakras for me often. I loved the power of it, but struggled to see how I could provide this type of service to my personal training clients.
But here’s the thing – Reiki isn’t just about emotional well-being; the energy that your healer channels into your body activates natural healing processes that can help with physical ailments, too! What does that mean for my fitness training clients? If you have acute pain, fatigue or muscle soreness/injury, among other things, Reiki can help! Of course, it’s important to remember that Reiki is NOT a substitute for first aid or medical help. It’s simply a complementary alternative healing method at your disposal! I remember Reiki and acupuncture being offered as alternative healing options to accompany my mother’s cancer treatments.
So, once I figured out HOW I could use Reiki with my clients, I went in search of my Reiki master. A Reiki master is someone who has reached Reiki Level 3 (or “Third Degree” Reiki attunement). The Reiki Master Level is traditionally considered the teacher’s level — a practitioner who has received the energy and knowledge to attune new Reiki practitioners. I’m lucky that I have a friend who is a Reiki Master and was more than willing to help to “attune” me so that I could be certified in Reiki Level 1: The First Degree. Level 1 is a practitioner’s initiation into Reiki; the focus is to open the energy levels on a physical level, allowing the therapist or practitioner to receive the “Universal life force energy”, which flows through the crown of the head and is transferred to a client through the hands. The cool thing about Reiki is that no physical contact is necessary.
Being attuned was an incredibly powerful experience. I knew going into it that I could experience any number of things: minor physical discomfort, tingling sensation, visual and auditory experiences – seeing shapes or colors, hearing messages, etc. It’s also quite possible to not experience ANY of this. But I had amped myself up to where I was like, “I can’t WAIT to experience something SO COOL and on a totally different level.” So while I sat still, eyes closed, focused on my breathing, my mind began racing.
‘What am I going to experience?’
‘Where are the voices?’
‘Why am I not seeing any colors or symbols?!’
I started to get REALLY frustrated. I had to remind myself to calm down, I just might not feel shifts like other people do, and not to waste this time getting too much in my head. So I went back to focusing on my breathing.
All of a sudden, I thought, “I want to hear Yia yia’s voice.” Yia yia is Greek for grandmother, and she passed away over 12 years ago. I have no idea why that popped into my head, as I had not been actively thinking of her recently. But there it was. And every cell in my body was yearning to hear a message from her. Then I immediately burst into tears.
Some people see shapes or colors, some feel tingly…I sob. This is not the first time I’ve experienced this type of reaction during major energy shifts. When I was working with my spiritual life coach a few years ago, she’s push me out of my comfort zone with certain meditations, trying to shift stuck or negative energy, and my response to this was always to randomly start crying.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Reiki story will dive into this a little bit more…and explain why this is all good for YOU 😉