It’s the new year and a majority of people have resolutions to lose weight and get healthy. But in addition to eating right and working out, there is another way to enhance your health, locally.
Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that energy can be channeled from therapist to patient through touch, activating natural healing processes and restoring physical and emotional well-being to the body. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances but instead works with the subtle vibrational field that is thought to surround and enter the body. Reiki is commonly translated from Japanese as, “universal life energy.”
For the past seven years, Paula Vail has shared her love of helping through healing via her Tacoma-based business, Wellness Inspired. Trained in several healing modalities including serenity vibration healing, quantum healing, and shamanism — just to name a few — Paula brings a full spectrum of knowledge and experience to her patients and the workshops she teaches.
When asked why Paula started her business, she replied, “When I experienced the life changing and beautiful modality of reiki, sharing it with others became my passion.”
Paula’s first introduction to reiki was when her beloved dog was ill and someone had suggested to her that she use the healing technique to help her dog. Paula went to a reiki practitioner and experienced it firsthand for the first time. After that, she was hooked.
For 27 years, Paula had owned and worked at restaurants in Tacoma. However, before she was even introduced to reiki, she knew she was ready for a change. Paula sold her business and not long after, her brother passed away. With a nearly 30-year career behind her and the death of her brother to cope with, reiki came to her just when she needed it the most. With reiki, Paula found more than self-healing; she found a career.
“I loved it so much that I went through all the levels that are taught,” Paula says. “I loved offering it to others so much and had people referring me to others for reiki that I decided I would love to make this my career and share this beautiful modality with others on a full-time basis. I was a little nervous, but as time has gone by, things have continued to blossom for me.”
At Wellness Inspired, Paula provides reiki treatments for individuals and pets alike. She also teaches a variety of reiki classes and wellness workshops. “I love helping people, animals, and the world,” Paula explains.
Paula says the healing benefits of reiki are many. Some people turn to reiki to strengthen their overall wellness while others use it to help manage more specific symptoms such as pain or fatigue. Others turn to it as a supplement to other medical treatments, even in the case of chronic illness or at the end-of-life.
But Paula doesn’t restrict herself to only providing reiki healing locally; she shares her vision of total wellness with a worldwide audience via her VoiceAmerica radio show, “For the Love of Reiki.” Paula’s goal for her show is to inspire people on a global level. She wants her show to be an instrument of happiness and health for all.
Spreading awareness about the restorative, health benefits of reiki is what Paula does best. In addition to reaching an international audience through her VoiceAmerica radio show, Paula has also appeared in Times Square in New York City as a Pinnacle Professional by Continental Who’s Who. Locally, Paula has earned accolades like Best in Tacoma in the wellness category three years running.
But for Paula, success is secondary. Her priorities are living well, living happy, and helping others live better. An empathetic, caring person through and through, Paula extends her caring into the community by supporting local organizations and volunteering her time to causes she is passionate about. But this trait wasn’t inspired by reiki — it’s just who Paula is.
When Paula was a restaurant owner, she had a beloved customer whose teenage daughter was going blind and in need of surgery. Paula’s friend didn’t have insurance for her daughter, so Paula put together an auction dinner. “It was so fun,” Paula says. “We raised almost $10,000.”
Whether donating her reiki services or hosting “poker nights” to collect funds for the March of Dimes, Paula is always finding ways to help people — and pets — in need.
It’s all part of the good energy she exudes, and reiki is all about energy.
Paula says energy medicine works because the human body is electrical in nature. Changing our energy frequency changes our manifestation. Want to see it to believe it? Paula offers reiki treatments by appointment as well as a variety of reiki, general health and wellness workshops, available upon request.