- Use your palms to pass healing energy to the body
- You'll need the ability to empathise with clients
- You could go on to offer training in Reiki healing
- Channel healing energy to help clients relax
- 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
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.
This role would be ideal for someone with the ability to empathise with clients, the ability to inspire confidence in clients, accurate record-keeping skills, and commercial skills to run a business.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could start with an introductory course at a college or community learning centre, then take further courses up to a Level 3 Diploma in Reiki.
Before you begin a training course, you need to get personal experience of reiki healing, and show an understanding of the treatment and its methods.
You can train with a reiki master and start by going through a series of 'attunements' or initiations. These are procedures performed by the reiki master to 'attune' or connect you to energy so you can receive it and pass it on to others. It can take up to 3 years of training to become a full reiki master and to teach. You'll be expected to practise reiki regularly on yourself and others during this time.
You may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in anatomy and physiology. Experience of working in a caring profession can also be useful.
You may wish to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, which has a voluntary register of reiki healers.
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.