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Reiki healer

Reiki healers use their palms to pass healing energy to the body.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need to follow one of these routes:

  • do a college course
  • train with a Reiki master
Experience of working in a caring profession, or experience and qualifications in anatomy and physiology might be helpful.

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

You’ll need:

  • 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
You won’t diagnose medical conditions or advise clients on symptoms or treatments.

4. Salary

Self-employed Reiki healers usually charge £25 to £70 an hour.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’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 progression

With 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