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“Reiki practitioner near me” is a commonly searched term on Google for those looking for a Reiki practitioner or Reiki therapist. So, when you have your list of practitioners or Reiki therapists, how do you know which one to choose?  There is more to just picking the first name that pops up on the search engine results page. In this article the terms Reiki therapist, Reiki healer, and Reiki practitioner are interchangeable. 

If you are new to the concept of Reiki and would like to know what Reiki is, then check out this link for more information. But if you are in the market looking for a Reiki practitioner near you continue reading…

As a Reiki Master teacher, I believe you will be guided by Reiki to the right practitioner who will lead you through your healing journey. But when you search for “Reiki practitioner near me” and are presented with a list of practitioners it can sometimes become overwhelming. By being well informed you will not only be guided to the right practitioner, but you can also make this process calmer and joyous.

Here are 5 tips on what to look for when you pick a Reiki practitioner near you.

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Qualifications of a Reiki Practitioner

Reiki is a complementary natural healthcare treatment, where the reiki practitioner works with the auric and energy fields of the client to restore body and mind balance. Reiki is based on the principles of Universal Life Force Energy. Contrary to popular belief, to become a Reiki practitioner you do not need to have any spiritual belief, religion, or belong to any particular group. You must simply be willing to learn and practice the art of Reiki. To become a Reiki practitioner, you must have the appropriate training to become competent and qualified. Having the right qualification is important because it is proof of the knowledge and skills the Reiki practitioner possesses.

In total there are 3 levels for Reiki practitioners. Level 1, which is the first degree of Reiki, is the entry-level, where a person is initiated into Reiki and is open to anyone. At this level, Reiki knowledge is mainly used for the treatment of self.  The skills acquired at Level 2 equip students to practice Reiki on others.  Level 3 is Reiki Master teacher level, with an overall period of training that takes place over a minimum of 9 months to a year. The learning requirements include 75 documented treatments of others and 100 hours of received treatments, either through self-treatment or received treatment (CNHC Org). This level is equivalent to:

  • Level 3 in the regulated qualifications framework for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Level 5 in the National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland
  • Level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

At this level, Reiki practitioners have an in-depth knowledge of the cause and effect of the emotional world and past traumas on our current physical well-being. They are equipped with the experience to work with Reiki to balance the auric and energy fields within the client’s body. They are also able to sense what is happening inside their clients’ bodies and help to guide their healing process.

Tip 1: When searching for a Reiki therapist or Reiki healer near you, look for a practitioner qualified to Level 3.

 

Reiki lineage

A lineage or family tree is a record of the ancestors and descendants of
a particular person or group of people. In terms of Reiki it is used to trace back the line of Reiki teaching, confirming the pathway of knowledge that has been passed from teacher to student, similar to a family tree.

Reiki healing is a powerful complementary natural healing modality in
its own right.  Its ability to complement other healthcare, healing, and therapy modalities has made it diverse, giving rise to different lineages. To learn more about what Reiki lineage is, please click here

While these different lineages are effective in their own way towards
the healing process, in the UK, Usui lineage is the requirement for regulatory purposes. It is important to confirm that the link is unbroken and traceable back to Mikao Usui, the first person of the family tree.  Find our founders, Reiki Lineage can be traced unbroken to Mikao Usui, and is available here.

Confirming a practitioner’s lineage will help you choose a practitioner whose qualifications are in line with the regulatory requirements of the country, and whose learning pathway can be traced back to the original source. 

Tip 2: Confirm your practitioner’s Reiki lineage.

 

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Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability Insurance

Having professional indemnity (PI) and public liability (PL) insurance is an essential part of running a complementary healthcare practice. Every Reiki practitioner has a responsibility to safeguard the interests of their clients. While there are no adverse side effects from Reiki treatment, a piece of bad advice, faulty service, or negligence at work can be detrimental to the affected client. With PI  & PL cover in place, clients can be assured that they’re protected in the event of any claim arising.

PI & PL insurance cover represent the practitioner’s commitment to safeguarding the welfare of their clients.

Tip 3: Ask to see a copy of your Reiki practitioner’s professional indemnity and public liability insurance policies, and ensure they are valid.

 

Professional affiliations

Professional affiliation is a mark of professionalism and commitment to one’s profession. There are several Reiki professional organisations in the world such as the UK Reiki Federation, Reiki Academy, the Reiki Guild to name a few. Each of them is formed with the intention and responsibility of setting standards, guidelines, and codes of ethics for their members to follow.  They ensure that members meet the necessary training and qualification standards, and are committed to their ongoing professional development, and enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

In the UK, professional affiliations provide a pathway for the Reiki therapist to become a member of the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC is set up by the government to protect the public. It does this by providing an independent register of complementary healthcare practitioners. A CNHC registrant agrees to be bound by the highest standards of conduct, and has registered voluntarily. All registrants are professionally trained and fully insured to practice. The CNHC investigates complaints about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance, and imposes disciplinary sanctions that mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators (CNHC, 2022)  Our founders’ CNHC registration details can be found at this link

If you choose a CHNC registered practitioner the benefits you gain are:

  • Your Reiki practitioner has been independently assessed
  • Your Reiki treatment is recognised for reimbursement by a number of private health providers
  • Doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers
  • Click here to know if your Private Health Cash Plan provider recognises CNHC registration for reimbursement.

Tip 4: In the UK, choose a CNHC registered Reiki practitioner.

 

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Speak to your Reiki healer

Reiki treatment is a very personal experience or journey; some people just relax and remain calm during a Reiki treatment,  while others seek to heal their past trauma in Reiki sessions. On average, it takes about 3 to 4 sessions to notice improvements in the situations or treatment. It is imperative therefore that you are comfortable, develop a good connection, and relate with your Reiki healer.

 

It is quite common for Reiki practitioners and clients to have shared similar life experiences.  It is through speaking to your prospective Reiki healer that you will be able to identify any similarities. This helps inform your choice of practitioner. You may, for instance, select a practitioner who has overcome similar issues to those you face, and who has experience of directing energy flows to assist healing.

If you are trying to heal past trauma you should feel safe with your Reiki healer.

Tip 5: Engage with your Reiki practitioner before you commit.

 

There is more to it...

There is more to choosing a Reiki practitioner than just picking the first name that pops up on your “Reiki practitioner near me” search results. 

Following the above 5 tips will help you find a Reiki therapist who is a qualified practitioner, has a strong commitment to a code of ethics, has been independently assessed and verified as meeting professional standards, is invested in safeguarding the welfare of their clients, and is professionally invested in their own development, as well as that of their clients.

Following the above tips will lead you to a reiki practitioner dedicated to helping you heal,  and guiding you through your own healing journey. 

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Meghana Millin
Mindfulness teacher & Reiki Master

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