Wellness Business Spotlight: Meet Rebecca Alward, Reiki Master and Natural Healer
We all know that healthy living is essential for a happy life. One way to live healthy, is by reducing our stress levels. At some point, we all experience stress, but if it’s left untreated, it can result into serious complications. That’s where holistic health plays a key role. Besides exercising and eating right, we can practice other methods of stress reduction and relaxation, such as Reiki. According to this national organization, Reiki, is a Japanese holistic health technique, based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
Rebecca Alward, also known as Becca, is a Reiki master who helps her clients live a happier, healthier life. In this spotlight interview, I asked Becca about her business and journey as a woman entrepreneur. Keep reading to hear what she had to say.
Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start a Reiki business?
I’m a traveler and adventurer. I’m a California native, but I’ve lived in Buffalo, Switzerland, Lebanon, and Egypt. I moved to Dayton for work.
I was trained in Reiki, while in Buffalo to help with my anxiety. I tried many things such as therapy and yoga but nothing would provide lasting results. The first time I tried Reiki, I had lasting relief and it was very profound.
When I moved to Dayton, I saw there was a gap in the services offered here. That pushed me to start my own business. I wanted to take away the barrier, such as the expensive costs for these services. I don’t want anyone being prohibited because of the cost. I started my business as a side job, but I’ve been consistently building my client base, and have plans for growth. At first, I thought Dayton wasn’t the most open place to Reiki healing, compared to my home state of California. But once I put myself out there, I’ve found people that are really supportive.
What makes your services unique?
I come from it. I understand that people may not believe in Reiki. But what I do, is help people feel better and find relief. I wholeheartedly put myself into my practice so that I can care for each client, as a whole and as calm as possible.
Reiki is energy work, you really have to experience it to understand it. I direct energy out of my hands towards the client. I create a balance and smooth everything out. I do a read that directs where I focus my process, to release any kinks. Think about Reiki, as a similarly as you think about acupuncture. With the acupuncture practice, you release the chi. If the pin prick hurts, that means you had an energy blockage there, and the pain is the energy releasing. Reiki is similar to that, but without the pins.
I also provide online coaching. My coaching service helps clients manage their anxiety in a holistic manner. I help with dieting and yoga, all through my own experiences.
Being a business owner, is demanding, how do you find a good work/life balance?
It was really hard at first. I just wanted more clients. But now I focus on having quality clients. I’m more selective with who I should take on because my sanity is way more important. I’ve learned to listen to my body. I regularly take steps to reflect and relax.
What resources have helped you as an entrepreneur?
My start as an entrepreneur has been driven by my intuition. I might see a course on Instagram given by an influencer, and if I think it will add value for me, I’ll take it.
I also listen to a lot of podcasts and read many books. I look for free resources, and I’ve found some really good ones such as the Influencer Podcast by Julie Solomon, and the Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher. I bombard myself with information, from different perspectives to help me create a hybrid of what works best for me. I’m still learning, so my formula is always changing.
What is the most rewarding part of owning your business?
I most enjoy helping people. When people come to me, they are normally super frazzled, but when they leave (after Reiki) they are smiling and super calm. I think it’s very cool to be able to do that for someone. I once had a client come to me that said his boss told him about my services, but he was very skeptical. He came in, and the next day called me because nothing happened. A week later, he called back, and said he had stopped smoking and felt great. He wanted to book me again fast. To me that’s a fantastic experience.
Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
I have a vision for expansion. I hope in that time, I can launch the travel portion of my business. I want to provide courses and more coaching. I also plan to have 2-3 people working under me, to help run my business. My goal is to have enough resources to quit my day job and scale my business.
More about Becca:
What’s your favorite thing about having a business in Dayton, Ohio?
Bringing something close to my heart to people that haven’t heard of it.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind, when you think about the fall season?
Letting go and change.
Who is one woman you admire, and why?
I’d say Dr. Christine Ford, because she is my 2018 female hero.
To learn more about Becca’s services, please visit her website and Instagram. Contact her by email or text. She only accepts clients by appointments. First time clients receive a discount, so sign-up today!