Reiki healers use their palms to pass healing energy to the body.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll need to follow one of these routes:
- do a college course
- train with a Reiki master
It takes at least 3 years of training to gain full Reiki master status. You’ll be expected to have practised Reiki regularly on yourself and others during this time.
There are different systems of Reiki. The Reiki Association and UK Reiki Federation have more information on Reiki training, the different systems, and becoming a Reiki healer.
2. Skills required
- the ability to empathise with clients
- the ability to inspire confidence in clients
- accurate record-keeping skills
- commercial skills to run a business
3. What you'll do
You’ll channel healing energy to help clients relax, and relieve problems caused by stress, tension, chronic illness and postoperative pain.
Treatment sessions usually last 1 to 2 hours.
During a session you’ll:
- explain the process
- take a medical history from the client
- make sure the client is comfortable
- place your hands in a sequence of positions covering the whole body, to guide energy and activate the healing process
Self-employed Reiki healers usually charge £25 to £70 an hour.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually be self-employed and may have to offer evening and weekend appointments to meet the needs of your clients.
You’ll work from home, or from treatment rooms at an alternative therapy clinic.
6. Career path and progressionWith qualifications and experience, you could go on to offer training in Reiki healing.
You could also offer other forms of complementary therapies like massage, aromatherapy, or reflexology.
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Last updated: 21 December 2016