Not everyone trained in Reiki desires to use it as a means to make a living. But if you are thinking about setting up a Reiki practice there are some things you'll want to consider before you get started. Serving as a healer can be a very satisfying career. As a Reiki practitioner, not only will you take pride in the type of work you are doing, but you can absolutely make a difference in the quality of lives in others.
1. Getting Certified as a Reiki PractitionerThere are three levels of basic training in Usui Reiki. You only need be certified in the first level of training to set up shop as a professional Reiki practitioner offering Reiki treatments to clients. You will need to be certified in all levels in order to teach classes and give Reiki attunements to students. Usui Reiki has long been established as the traditional Reiki system, but there are many different variations of Reiki that you can learn. Most of these are merely off-shoot systems from the Usui system, but not all. One system is not better than another. What is more important, is making sure that your clients are informed of your training, your skills, and your experience. Let them know upfront what types of healing treatments they can expect to receive from you.
2. Becoming Intimate with ReikiIt is best not to jump in feet first setting up a Reiki practice until you have a clear understanding of your relationship with the workings of Reiki. Begin experiencing Reiki on a personal level through self-treatments and treating family members and friends. Experiencing all the inner workings of this gentle, yet complex, healing art takes time. Reiki clears away blockages and imbalances gradually. Allow Reiki to help you get your own life in balance before taking on the task of helping others.
3. Understanding the LegalitiesYou have the paper certification proving that you have completed your Reiki training and are now qualified as a Reiki practitioner. Congratulations! Unfortunately, this piece of paper might be meaningless when it come to legally offering professional services in your area. Some U.S. states require a license to practice natural health therapies. Because Reiki is a spiritual healing art you may be required to become certified as an ordained minister. Making phone calls to the local chamber of commerce or city hall is a good way to begin your fact-finding mission. Also consider obtaining liability insurance for your protection against possible law suits. It is good business practice to ask new clients to sign an energywork and consent form. This informs them in writing that Reiki is not a substitute for seeking professional health care.
Energywork Consent and Release StatementI, the undersigned, understand that the Reiki session given involves a natural hands-on method of energy balancing for the purpose of pain management, stress reduction, and relaxation. I understand very clearly that these treatments are not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological care.
I understand that Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe medicines, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. It is recommended that I seek a licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment I have.
I understand that the practitioner will be placing hands on me during the Reiki session.
Client Name (signature)
4. Choosing a Work LocationReiki sessions are being offered in hospitals, nursing homes, pain management clinics, spas, and home-based businesses. The benefit of working in a hospital, clinic, spa, or elsewhere is that appointment bookings and insurance claim filings are usually taken care of for you. Most health insurances do not reimburse for Reiki treatments, but a few do. Medicare sometimes pays for Reiki treatments if the sessions are prescribed for pain management. Practicing from a home-based office is a dream come true for many practitioners, but this convenience comes with issues to consider. Do you have a room or area within your home, separate from your normal living quarters, that could be dedicated to healing? Does the residential zone you are living in allow home businesses? There is also the safety issue of inviting strangers into your personal living space.
5. Equipment and SuppliesYou will want to invest in a sturdy massage table for your home business. If you offer to travel in order to make home-visits or give treatments in hotel rooms, a portable table will be needed. Here is a check list of equipment and supplies for your Reiki practice:
- massage table
- table accessories (face rest, bolster, carrying case, etc)
- swivel chair with rollers
- freshly cleaned linens
- bottled water