Reiki Master brings holistic energy treatment to Lake Tahoe
Special to the Sun
What: Reiki Tahoe
Address: 8611 North Lake Blvd., Suite 201, Kings Beach
Check it out: From now through Christmas, and for the third consecutive year, Klemm-Schneider will donate a portion of her sessions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; this year’s local charity is The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Visit reikitahoe.com to learn more.
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The late afternoon light casts orange rays through a window overlooking downtown Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe radiating in the background.
Inside, Marianne Klemm-Schneider floats through the spacious and tranquil room, rounding the corner with an infectiously warm smile.
She’s calm, easygoing, and she speaks with thought and care. There’s something about her positive disposition that instills an immediate trust.
It’s her intuition — a quality that is hard to define, and even harder to explain, but one that Klemm-Schneider was seemingly born with.
“Everything is an exchange of energy, and when you’re aware of the energy that you bring, you have to be responsible for it, because what you put out is what you’re going to get back,” she said during a break between clients at her Reiki studio overlooking North Lake Boulevard.
Klemm-Schneider, daughter of a stockbroker and a nurse, was raised outside of Philadelphia by what she considers — for the most part — scientific, Western-medicine-based parents.
But she never quite fit the traditional mold.
As a child, Klemm-Schneider recalls having strong emotional responses to those around her, both positive and negative.
“I was always a really sensitive child, and something I now realize, knowing what I know about energy, is that I was feeling everybody else’s stuff and I didn’t know how to process it or deal with it,” she said.
She made it through the ups and downs of adolescence until, at age 14, a friend close enough to be considered a brother was diagnosed with cancer.
He was one year younger than her at the time.
“He passed away when I was 16, and it was around the same time that a good friend had gone through her Reiki training, so she worked with me to help me through that grief process,” Klemm-Schneider recalled.
Coping with the loss through Reiki ignited something inside the young healer, but it wouldn’t be until years later she would discover exactly what that was.
A CHAIN OF CONNECTION
Like most 20-somethings, Klemm-Schneider spent her post-college years in self-exploration mode, moving from the east coast to Colorado, Utah, Tahoe, then back east, and eventually, back to Tahoe again, with a stint in Hawaii falling somewhere in between.
No matter which direction she was pulled, she kept coming back to Reiki.
After studying with different energy mentors from coast to coast, Klemm-Schneider became a certified Usui Reiki Practitioner in 2003, right around the time she returned to Tahoe for good.
“If you’re not ready and you keep forcing it, you’re not going to get as much out of it as when you’re two years down the road and have more knowledge, more wisdom or more understanding,” Klemm-Schneider said. “The Universe, God, whatever you believe in — it all falls into place if you let it.”
Over the next few years, she continued her hands-on energy work, becoming a master teacher of Reiki in 2006, followed by an Angelic Reiki practitioner in 2010 and, mostly recently, receiving her level 1 certification in Crystal Reiki in 2014.
“Using your intuition is like a muscle — if you don’t use it, it goes away,” she said. “So like any other muscle, practice makes perfect and the more you practice, the more you are able to open up.”
Her unique blend of intuitive healing incorporates the teachings of Stephen Barr (founder of Tahoe’s Healing Arts Center), as well as techniques from Conscious Healing, Affirmations, Shamanic Healing, Raindrop Reiki, and Intuitive Tarot Card readings — a concoction of styles that help guide her treatment plan with each individual client.
She also offers Reiki for children and teens, and treats many clients suffering from depression or physical pain due to a sports injury or chronic illness.
“If you think about walking into a room where everyone is laughing and you immediately start to smile when you walk in that room, that’s energy — so, whether we know it or not, we all feel energy, and sometimes that energy in our body gets stuck or blocked,” Klemm-Schneider said. “Reiki helps to unstick that — to undo the block — and get the energy flowing again.”
BUILDING HER OWN BRAND
Since her initial level 1 certification, Klemm-Schneider spent the last decade moving through different naturopathic practices in North Lake Tahoe, until finally, in 2013, she found a home for her business in Kings Beach alongside friend and fellow energy healer, Evon Eisenberg of Magic Touch Massage.
The positive thinkers share a space above the thrift store in Kings Beach, where they run their complimentary businesses side-by-side, providing each other with support, treatment trade-offs, and a lifelong friendship.
“She’s been there for almost every important thing in my life over the last 10 years, so it’s really great we get to work with each other,” Klemm-Schneider said.
As the sun finally skids beyond the horizon in an Alpenglow blaze of pink and orange, Klemm-Schneider reflects on the challenges, fears, triumphs, twists and turns of her career.
“If someone who is skeptical can experience (Reiki), I would say 90 to 95 percent of the time they’re going to get it … and then there’s the people who just don’t, they’re not there yet,” she said, with unwavering calmness. “Experiencing it is the best way to understand.”
Jenny Goldsmith is a North Tahoe-based freelance writer and a former reporter for the Sierra Sun newspaper. Have an idea for a merchant to feature? Email her at.