Who is Yuka Koreeda, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Yuka, I am a Reiki practitioner, pianist, mother and pet parent. I was born in Japan, and moved to Canada when I was 14 years old. I’ve always had pets growing up and an interest in animal and nature. I studied and trained as a pianist, and after receiving my piano performance degree pursued a career in piano teaching. Over time I also developed an interest in personal wellness and obtained my Reiki certification and Essential Oils Specialty. It was a logical extension for me to combine my love of animals and nature with my new passion for Reiki and also obtain my certification in Animal Reiki.
What is your business and when did you start?
Oakville Reiki and Animal Reiki offers safe and effective Reiki treatment for people and animals. Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique based on ancient meditation practices to promote energy balance in one’s body. It is a holistic treatment that helps all levels of being; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I started my business is in 2019.
What inspired you to start your business?
My interests are many, but music and animals are dear to my heart. I obtained a music degree in piano performance and have taught piano for close to 20 years, but while studying I developed a chronic condition which changed my life drastically. In my wellness journey I incorporated Reiki and noticed reductions in pain, fatigue and insomnia. This inspired me to study Reiki and help others on their journey to wellness.
What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?
There were challenges in setting up my website and being active on social media, as technology is not my forte. I had help from others and being part of the MOM2MOM BIZ Network opened my eyes to new ideas.
What motivates you about your business?
My passion for animals and helping others keeps me excited and engaged in my work. Utilizing my time to help animals in need, and using my skill set to give them a better and comfortable life enriches my heart and love for my business. Animals do not have a voice and are often mistreated – that is why we need to be their voice, their advocate, and their compassionate partner.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
If you are passionate about something, go for it! And be part of the supportive MOM2MOM BIZ Network! Having a community of entrepreneurs whom you can connect and collaborate with in a supportive environment will be an asset to your new venture.
Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?
I was the guest pianist for the wedding of Chan Hon Goh (retired Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada).
The best business advice I ever received was…
Do something you are passionate about, put the intention out and everything will fall into place
My definition of success is…
seeing animals and people improve, and seeing them live healthier and happier.
If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…
just go for it! It is better to take the first step than not doing it at all because you are a perfectionist.
My personal tagline is…
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace” Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.