Alternative Healthcare Careers: Reiki practitioner

January 25, 2016

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A career as a Reiki practitioner is an excellent option for anyone who is interested in healing people using the principles of massage and energy flow in the body.

Understanding Reiki

Years ago, Reiki was considered by many as merely some spiritual form of healing. But that’s not the full story: this form of healing uses the practitioner’s hands to channel life force energy through the patient’s body, improving their health and wellbeing. The approach is very holistic as it addresses all aspects of healing, including emotional, physical and mental health.

Training to become a Reiki practitioner

Reiki is a healthcare career without formal regulation, which is why standards differ around the world. However, many organisations are working towards bringing this practice under one commonly regulated body.

Training to be a Reiki practitioner is usually separated into different levels. You have the option of attending workshops every weekend or enrol in a more intensive course (about a year long) to get qualified. There are usually three stages of training: in stage one, you’ll learn the basics of treating patients. The second stage focuses on understanding the symbols that promote the desired healing results. In the last stage, you will then also have to master the history, theory and principles of Reiki, including the different techniques that are practiced around the world. Once you have learned all the aspects of this art, you would become a Reiki Master.

Working as a Reiki practitioner

Most Reiki practitioners tend to start their own private practice. Running your own private clinic will mean that you need to promote and market yourself. You will also need to deal with the legal aspects of starting your own business and learn how to file taxes and maintain records and files. If the idea of dealing with the business side of private practice does not appeal to you, you could join a spa or a healthcare facility instead.

Essential personal attributes

The primary aim of a Reiki practitioner is to make patients feel comfortable and encourage them to be open to the energy flow in their body. To be able to do this, you need to be a gentle and calm person who does not get ruffled easily and who is not unnecessarily hassled by the hustle and bustle of daily life. People in this field also need to be good listeners because a lot of patients feel the need to vent their emotions and feelings during these sessions: it’s part of the healing process.

Typical working hours

While you can work full time in this field, it’s also a good option for those looking for a part-time career where they can help people heal without compromising on time spent with their family or attending to other personal commitments.

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