The Importance of Self Care

"Flowers are God's way of smiling." Photo by Ezekixl  Akinnewu

What type of self care do you practice? Do you make self care a priority as part of your daily routine? Do you prioritize self care only when you’re running on fumes as a an emergency measure of survival? Or is self care for you something that is go big or not at all?

You and I likely have it in common that we have practiced multiple types of self care. The times when I have been most stressed either from working in a corporate environment, finances, parenting, or crisis… those are the times when I used self care to “make it through.” One-time massages, one-time yoga sessions, one long walk, a cup of tea, a glass or more of wine, a bath, starting a craft, etc…

Then there’s self care with the intention of expansion rather than surviving a limitation or condition. Self care that builds momentum. Committing to something everyday over a period of time. A 21 or 40-day meditation series. Training for a 5k or 10k. Completing a yoga challenge. Reading 5 books over the summer. Setting an evening and morning routine.

There’s nothing wrong with these two self care models. They both emphasis the self. There are times when we are going through trials, and times when we are highly vibrational.

Why Is Self Care Important?

Have you noticed the messaging out there leans heavily on working hard to prove your worth, sacrificing your health and wellbeing for the success of others, and that you have to purchase and consume material products? Self care has even become a monetized consumer product. You can spend thousands of dollars on self care and still feel drained, exhausted, empty, and lacking joy.

Real self care affirms that you exist, and that your existence matters.

When you care for and about yourself, you are coming into alignment and in agreement with The One who created you. You were created with an abundance of creativity and intention. I’m here to tell you that no person, product, place, or condition is possibly able to care more about yourself than you. No one knows you better than you.

Self care is about taking self responsibility.

I’ve been reflecting about a recent conversation I had with one of my teenage children about brushing their teeth. You might be thinking “ew!” Why would brushing teeth be an issue? Well, let me tell you I thought the same thing. Why did this child leave the house without brushing their teeth? But then… as I asked myself how many times have I left the house and started my day without tending to my self care needs, I became humbled.

With such an emphasis on going big when it comes to self care, I think we easily forget that self care is basically taking responsibility for ourselves.

When we tend toward self care as the big ticket items (think social media worthy), we miss out on the awareness of the ways that we are already taking care of ourselves. We miss out on the appreciation of caring for our basic needs.

Rather than coming up with a new list of self care things to try, take a few minutes to write down your regular and consistent self care routines of meeting your needs.

Consistent self care uplifts your vibrational status.

Sporadic self care when you are under stress is very temporary. It’s like taking a sip of water in the desert. You’re still fatigued and thirsty.

When you are under stress a part of your brain triggers your adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline and cortisol hormones. When the stressful situation abates, your adrenaline and cortisol levels return to their normal levels in your body. If however, you are under constant stress, and especially coming from multiple directions, your adrenaline and cortisol levels remain elevated and can lead to: chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, sleep disturbance, digestion issues, anxiety, depression, headaches, and illnesses.

Having a regular and consistent self care routine can reduce your adrenaline and cortisol levels and have you feeling like your true self again. When you’re feeling like your true self, you can begin to build momentum toward feeling better and better everyday.

Is Reiki self care?

I use Reiki as a personal and spiritual approach to my self care… and as a self care approach with my clients. I emphasize feeling what it feels like to be in your body as yourself. I also emphasize Reiki as a relaxation technique to dissolve fight/flight/freeze. Reiki is self care because it is the self connecting with the self. It’s about coming into the agreement and alignment with The One who created you. Reiki is taking self responsibility for your existence and your well being. The thing about Reiki is that it is truly about and for the self.

Are you running low on self care and looking for ways to take care of yourself and feel better? Just start with right now by connecting with your breath. Awareness of your breath is self care. With every inhale, affirm to yourself “I matter.” When you exhale, make yourself available to just let go.

If you are researching Reiki in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, I currently have openings for in person sessions on Saturdays. Each Reiki session is always on a sliding scale ($75-$120) + sales tax.


9 Benefits of Reiki

Reiki and Crystals
Crystal Energy

If you’ve ever experienced Reiki, then you probably know that Reiki helps you to slow down and be fully present in your body.

Reiki is a gift that offers physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits. If you are stressed, anxious, facing a life change, participating in talk therapy, going through an illness, injury, or a chronic condition, Reiki can become an important aspect of your healing journey. Reiki is also a great tool for raising your energy and inviting more joy into your life.

Reiki is based on the principle that Universal Life Force energy flows through all forms of life. Within your body, your cells, organs, and central nervous system are in constant communication with the intentions of maintaining your balance and vitality. Additionally, your thoughts and emotions greatly influence the life force energy within your body.

A Reiki practitioner can work with clients by holding intentional safe space for them. This holding is the Reiki practitioner placing their hands over various regions of the body. Touch facilitates awareness, which leads to body mindfulness and a deep state of relaxation. The Reiki practitioner’s touch is like a supportive hand that holds and supports while a client does their inner work.

1. Reiki helps to be present in the body.

All of us live busy lives. Work, paying bills, sitting in traffic, raising children, caring for aging parents, family obligations, meal planning, shopping, exercising, reading the news, day after day. It’s difficult amidst all the movement and chaos surrounding us to slow down and appreciate something as miraculous as our own steady heartbeat. Reiki is a time to slow down, pause, and become aware that the body is a temple for the spirit to experience the miracle of life.

2. Reiki helps with sleep.

Almost everyone experiences a deep state of relaxation after a Reiki session that carries over into sleep. Reiki eases stress and tension. It calms the mind making it easer to fall asleep and have restful nights.

3. Reiki helps with clarity.

Being still and quiet while also observing the energy within can help dissolve confusion. Reiki clears energetic blockages and can show the next steps in a situation as focus is realigned.

4. Reiki helps with injury, illness, and physical pain.

Reiki gets you out of fight-flight-freeze and into the zone of rest and restoration. The deep state of relaxation opens up pathways for mindfulness and emotional release. With a higher vibration mindset, the body is able to recover free from resistance.

5. Reiki helps with spirituality.

Reiki has no attachments to any religion. Reiki can, however, help deepen the connection to God, the Divine, the universe, the oneness of all creation. Reiki helps to feel closer to God because one gets to experience during a Reiki session themself as a unique and individualized spirit with the essence of God living and breathing within.

6. Reiki helps with therapy.

Reiki is a quiet form of therapy. While traditional therapy is talk-based, Reiki sessions are a way to quietly focus on specific topics from talk therapy. Set an intention to ask for clarity and/or release from a talk therapy topic. Observe where in the body it is held, and then allow for it to release. Reiki combined with therapy can lead to a more impactful healing journey.

7. Reiki helps creativity.

I personally consider Reiki as essential to my creativity and manifesting abilities. In fact, my first Reiki experience was over 11 years ago when I received Reiki during labor of my youngest child. I also utilized Reiki when I was training to run a marathon. One of the most powerful things about Reiki is that it helps to dissolve resistance. Add in Reiki to any creative project, endeavor, journey, or anything you want to accomplish.

8. Reiki is self care.

Reiki truly is about the self… the you of you. Reiki is about the journey into the inner dwelling of the self and caring not only for your body, mind, and emotions, but also your soul’s purpose. Entering the inner dwelling of the self, your soul, and you enter the realm of radical self care.

I hope this blog post was informative in your search about Reiki. While I fully jumped into Reiki and never looked back, take your time deciding if Reiki is right for you and finding a practitioner.

… But if you’re ready, I’m looking forward to connecting with you. My in-person Reiki Sessions are in Minneapolis, MN. They last 90 minutes with 60 minutes of hands-on Reiki. My practice is sliding scale $75 – $120 per each session.

Can Reiki Cure Anything?

I’ve been practicing Reiki on myself for the last 9 years. I’ve been a Reiki Practitioner for more than 6 years… and I’m just going to tell you that I don’t know if Reiki can cure anything.

With my Level 1 and Level 2 Reiki attunements in 2014, I started off volunteering in hospice. My experience was that in the active stages of dying, Reiki did not eliminate death. For these people, Reiki was a vehicle for deep relaxation, peace, and an opening into the spiritual, non-physical realm of beingness.

Over the years, I’ve witnessed other miracles that so happened to take place during or after Reiki sessions. I’ve seen people able to:

accept peace ● recover from illness and injury ● make life changes ● take responsibility ● get curious ● transform ● use their voice ● give birth ● begin new relationships ● end old relationships ● complete projects ● discover joy ● discover their purpose ● acknowledge buried emotions ● get to the root of anxiety ● go through their grieving process ● let go of blocks and obstacles ● make peace with their past ● change entire careers ● begin their own Reiki practices ● set intentions and manifest new goals ● turn inward and love themselves more

What Can Reiki Do?

Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy. I believe that statement is a hard one to grasp and understand, especially considering the expectation to only accept tangible, scientifically proven things. How does Universal Life Force Energy compare to something like acetaminophen?

The two are incomparable. Acetaminophen treats the effect and not the cause of physical pain. Universal Life Force Energy on the other hand is so expansive and so powerful, that it cannot be defined in terms of curing anything… and yet Universal Life Force Energy is everything and it is everywhere. 

Reiki is a technique of applying Universal Life Force Energy onto the body to treat the cause and effect of conditions. 

Reiki can also apply Universal Life Force Energy to any situation, goal, emotion, and intention. Reiki beams Universal Life Force Energy wherever someone puts their attention. 

Can Reiki Cure Anything?

I still don’t know the answer to this question. I can, however, share with you my very first Reiki session. It was late winter of 2014. My four children at that time were 12, 4, and 3. I was a stressed mom and struggling to make it through a Minnesota winter. I was in bad need of grounding. Additionally, I was still having intense knee pain after having run the 2013 Twin Cities Marathon.

My First Reiki Session

When the practitioner placed her hands on my feet and knees, I quite literally felt pain leaving my body. I can only describe it as thick strings or yarn being pulled out of my knee. It was as though the pain was wound into a tight ball and it unraveled in that Reiki session. But way more than that experience itself, I left that Reiki session feeling truly alive. That first session set me on my path to get curious about my soul’s purpose. 

Reiki Can Do Anything 

I believe that Reiki is a gift. A gift that is so special because it is uniquely and individually wrapped for everyone who comes to explore Reiki. 

Perhaps a better question is What Can Reiki Do for Me?

What condition, diagnosis, injury, or area of your life do you want Reiki to focus on? What is it about you that you want to get to know better? What aspects about you do you want to understand and love more? What are you ready to release so you can open and welcome pathways for new stuff to come in? How can Reiki shed light on your blessings and gratitude?

A 90-minute Reiki session with me is always on a sliding scale. You pay what you’re comfortable with between $75 and $120, plus sales tax.

Find out what Reiki can do for you.

Sound Baths and Salt Caves

Have you ever driven down Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis and passed The Salt Cave Mpls? Wondering… what kind of place is that? Is it an entire store dedicated to table salt? Maybe it sells spices too? And then you think… well, at least this city has some intriguing places to check out if I ever want an adventure. You head on toward your normal destination and forget about The Salt Cave until the next time you drive by.

Maybe like me, one day you realized (over a conversation) that it literally is a salt cave. The space is a room with pink Himalayan salt bricks as walls. The floor is a soft, powdery beach of salt crystals.

Maybe like me, you tell yourself one day soon you’re going to venture in or even book an hour-long session in the room of salt… you’ve read about the benefits of salt therapy also known as Halotherapy (improves lung capacity, clears mucous, exfoliates the skin, alleviates asthma and eczema, etc).

I have a confession. Although I’ve known about The Salt Cave Mpls for years, my first-time visit was only a week ago. In fact, my Reiki office is only a few doors down on the same block.

Why is it that even when we know about possibly awesome self care, we tend to put it to the side for another day, or never? An acquaintance and I recently chatted about how regular and daily self care is — showering, brushing teeth, laundry, washing dishes, walking, putting gas in the car, meals, etc — but why do we consider something like a sound bath as extra self care?

I think one reason is that we actually have to slow down for self care like sound baths, massages, Reiki, talk therapy. Another reason is that some self care comes with an idea that there has to be something wrong with us first. Something about us is broken and needs to be fixed. Or we have to be in enough pain to justify spending time and money on extra self care.

This particular visit to The Salt Cave Mpls, which an included an hour-long sound bath actually felt as normal as ending the day and getting ready for bed. I attended the hour-long session alongside my office colleagues at The Nest for an evening of curiosity.

What is a sound bath? Have you ever felt as though you were inside of sound? As though your entire being (your skin, bones, organs, all your insides) is vibrating and calibrating along with the vibrations of sound?

During a sound bath, a sound healer (in last week’s case – Jean Nitchals) creates a variety sound frequencies using instruments including crystal singing bowls, chimes, drums, gongs, etc. Just like Reiki, the intention is to leave behind fight/flight/freeze, relax into your body, and invite restoration. My experience is that the sound vibrations are communicating with me on a cellular and energetic level. I had deeply satisfying sensations of alignment and I really appreciate that while I have a daily self Reiki practice, I also get to experience something similar with the sound bath modality.

I encourage you to check out The Salt Cave Mpls or a salt cave near you. Or, how about trying out a sound bath, or making your own list of self care things to try adding into your routine.

Curious about Reiki and how it can be a nice fit into your normal self care?