Esthetics

Reiki Journey

Two years ago, I was a stay at home mom struggling with anxiety, disassociation, depression, insomnia, and panic attacks. I had a difficult time handling the stress which left me with very little patience. I saw a doctor and tried a couple different medications but nothing felt right for me. I also saw a counselor, which did help, but the sessions were too expensive to continue while my partner and I were living off one income.  

My mom mentioned Reiki to me one day, but I had no idea what it was. She explained it as energy healing, but I still didn’t understand. On a day where I was feeling especially desperate for change I started making calls to find a practitioner. I was losing my mind.  Finally, I found Kindra.  

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She explained the Chakras to me, what they mean and how they relate to the energy in our body. The treatment itself was such a surreal experience. Like a deep meditation with vivid imagery. It was as it I could feel heat tingling from her hands hovering above me, and I struggled to make sense of it. Kindra and I connected so well it was like we were reading each other’s minds, she was so comforting and supportive, even though I had just met her I felt like I’d known her my whole life.

After the treatment finished I was able to better understand why I had been feeling such strong emotions. Kindra also explained crystal therapy to me, and how they can be used. Crystal healing became a new tool for me to deal with my anxiety.  

As I began to do more research about Reiki, and had treatments once a month, I found I started to have a new way of thinking. I felt so much better, and more in control of my feelings. Eventually I decided that I wanted to learn how to offer this so that I could help others discover the emotional and physical healing benefits of Reiki.  

In April of 2017, Kindra had introduced me to a Reiki master who had classes coming up right away. We met and connected very quickly, and with no hesitation I signed up for my Reiki level 1 and 2. I knew it was what I needed to do. The training process was a whirlwind of information. My mind was blown for at least 2 days afterwards. Once the bookwork was done, I was to perform Reiki on 10 people to earn my certificates. 

Each person I worked on had such interesting experiences. For the first few I was still doubting that I was really doing anything, yet they all had very moving things to say about their sessions. They were much like my first experience with it, which was very encouraging. As I continued to practice, it became more fluid, I was more confident in my skills, and I was starting to see how much it was helping the people I was working with.

So, what is this Reiki thing anyway? Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing therapy for stress reduction and relaxation, that also promotes healing. The Word (Rei) (ki) translates to “Universal life force energy” and is administered by the practitioner’s hands laying on or above the body. It deals with the energy centers of the body and works to remove any energy blockages there may be. Most people go into a deep meditative state and may feel warmth, tingling, or other physical sensations as well as a sense of calmness and relaxation. It brings a state of healing on all levels, mind, body, and soul. It can be used as a complementary therapy alongside any medical treatments and is completely safe for people of all ages.

As I continue to practice Reiki, I am constantly encouraged to learn more, and am reminded to be more aware of the daily struggles of the people around us. Everyone is fighting their own battle and although I can’t perform Reiki on every passerby that is having a rough day, I do want to extend a healing hand to anyone who will accept it. 

- Emma Campbell 

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Allison

“People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in there eyes” -k.v.h

When I was in elementary school my family lived in a small town outside of Saskatoon.  My best friend lived down the block from me, and even though we were a year apart in age, we were joined at the hip.  Most mornings before school we would get ready together, and when we came to the age of being interested in beauty products, she’d let me do her hair and makeup.  There may have been a few disasters with blue eye shadow that she still likes to tease me about, but I think all has been forgiven!  I also have a younger sister who was subject to a lot of my experiments with cosmetics.  I would often beg her to let me paint her nails or braid her hair after I’d finished my regular scheduled snooping through our mom’s medicine cabinet.  I remember spending hours trying on my mom's different shades of lipstick.   

When I was finishing grade 12 I spent half the year living with my aunt and uncle.  During that time, I worked in a restaurant and I had all sorts of disposable income from tips.  Because I was young and didn’t know any better, that allowed me to be (as my friends would say) pretty high maintenance.  I become friends with a server whose wife did gel nails from home, and started visiting her on a monthly basis.  Alison had taken her complete esthetics training, and was busiest with nail services in particular.  I always looked forward to seeing her, because not only was she lovely as a person, she made me feel so put together.  I really began to admire her, and eventually we spent some time together outside of appointments.  On top of that, I always left feeling incredibly cared for.  Owning a home based business allowed her to be in charge of her own clientele, which you could tell she adored.

Confiding in her (about all my teenage drama) taught me that this industry is about more than the service you’re preforming.  It’s about the lasting connections you make with people and they way you can instil confidence in someone by making them feel beautiful.  Her passion, motivation, and the way she made me feel, inspired me to pursue a career in the beauty industry.  I wanted to pass that on to everyone in my life.  Originally I looked into taking massage therapy, but was drawn to the variety in a career in Esthetics.  If you’ve ever spent any one on one time with me, I’m a little bit like a bird (short attention span and distracted by shiny objects) so I needed variety in my every day life.  

Alison, if you happen to stumble across my blog, thank you for introducing me to the industry that opened so many doors in my life.  Because of you I found my passion and my purpose.  Nothing energizes me more than genuine one – on – one conversations with guests of my studio.  I love people, and I cherish the connections a career in esthetics has given me.   I will forever be grateful for the way finding the right nail tech helped me get where I am today.

 

& To all my clients.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and every on of you.  Your support allows me to come to work every day and live my dream.