Nature tells us that winter is the time to rest, rejuvenate and go within…not to create new resolutions or plans. This is the perfect season to offer services to clients that rediscover innate talents and restore their connection to a knowing that is already within.
We all have an internal navigation system that guides us through intuition and feelings. However, stress, anxiety, constant mental chatter and depression run interference. Reiki quiets the mind and emotions so that we are able to receive intuitive insights. With consistency, reiki enables self-awareness and fortitude to create resolutions that will last once spring arrives. If you want your clients to adopt healthier habits, whether it is taking care of their skin or becoming more self-aware, you need to provide the framework for them to succeed.
A common theme is taking place, especially among women. Are clients telling you that they want more meaning in life? That they are ready for change, but are not sure what to do? Are they going through the motions, feeling like something is missing? That something missing is a sense of self-awareness and life purpose. Ask your clients the following questions to determine if they need self-awareness: Can you describe who you are beyond your roles in life; Do you have trouble setting boundaries; Do you stress over trying to please others; Does fear stop you from being yourself; and Do you look to others for validation?
If they cannot easily answer the first question and answered yes to any of the others, a journey of self-discovery is the first healing step. As they become more self-aware, they inspire others to do the same—like a domino effect.
5 Steps to Self-Awareness
Self-awareness takes consistent and conscious effort. Like a seed, the client has everything they need within them to blossom and become the person they are meant to be. The following five steps can help get clients on the path to self-awareness.
- Practice a form of energy healing, such as reiki, tai chi or qi gong, daily or a minimum of 2-3 times a week.
- Create a self-care system.
- Meditate regularly for intuitive guidance.
- Journal their insights and ideas in a journal book.
- Write intentions for what they want to create and repeat them daily.
Included in this article are two client paths to self-awareness, followed by ways estheticians and spa owners can adopt reiki and a self-care system in their spa to help clients become more self-aware.
Reiki (RAY-key) is a universal healing energy transmitted through the palms of the hands that quiets the mind and calms the emotions, leaving the client with a sense of inner peace and knowing, beyond cognitive thinking. It is one of the few healing arts that works to balance the entire person—the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of each individual.
Everything is energy. Energy is light split into wavelengths vibrating at various frequencies. Earth, humans and all life on earth operate on the visible color spectrum (see Visible Color Spectrum), also known as the “ki” in reiki. All other light is “rei.”
By learning a simple series of hand positions covering the chakras, an esthetician or massage therapist can add value to their services and facials. Although reiki does not include massage manipulations, you can intersperse reiki hand positions into your current facial massage or offer 30-minute, wellness treatments using reiki and neck and shoulder massage.
It should be noted that anyone who practices reiki should receive reiki “attunements” from a certified reiki master teacher. Ideally these are done in person; however, they might be performed remotely. Do not be misled by the low-cost Internet offers of being able to attune yourself.
Self-care is a part of getting in touch with what is inside. When your clients (or you) takes care of themselves, they discover their value within. To create a self-care program, have the client make a list of 10-15 things she loves to do that are not obligation related. Rank items on a scale of 1-3 points depending on how time intensive they are. Then, have them make
a weekly spreadsheet, where they check off the
activities that support their well-being and attitude. Their goal is to get three points per day of self-care items. Simple things, such as taking a bubble bath, reading a book for an hour or enjoying a healthy meal, can count for one point each. Going for a walk; getting a facial or massage; or spending quality, uninterrupted time with a loved one count as two points each. Spending half a day enjoying time with family or doing a hobby is worth three points.
At the end of 30 days, notice their change in attitude and encourage them to keep doing what they enjoy most from the list.
Share Your Gifts
The real meaning of life is accepting and being yourself. Know yourself, be yourself and share your innate gifts and talents and you make the world a better place just by being you.