How to learn reiki and become a master therapist

By Salon Gold on April 2nd, 2024

Reiki, an alternative therapy commonly referred to as ‘energy healing’, has gained immense popularity both in the UK and worldwide in recent years as more people turn to spiritual practices to support their wellbeing. Becoming a reiki practitioner and helping people heal is a hugely rewarding endeavour. If this is something you’re considering, our simple guide will outline the steps you need to take before you can start performing this therapy professionally.

Complete a college course

Enroll in a reputable college course to start learning how to do reiki. These courses provide comprehensive training, covering the history, principles, and techniques of reiki. They’ll also unpack the concept of life force energy, chakras (energy centers in the body), and how to sense and channel energy. An essential part of reiki training is the attunement process, where a reiki master transfers energy to the student and enhances their ability to channel reiki energy.

Look for courses accredited by professional bodies so you know that they meet certain standards and are recognised within the sector. Courses are typically divided into Level I, II, and Master/Teacher levels. You’ll need to do Level I if you’ve never done reiki before. The UK Reiki Federation offers help choosing a course here.

Join a professional association

Joining a professional association as a reiki practitioner offers numerous benefits. Your credibility will be enhanced as you’ll have to meet the organisation’s standards for practice and ethics. This can help you build clients’ trust. Being listed in an association’s directory can boost your visibility as many potential clients will use these resources to find reiki healers. 

Being part of an association can be useful for your professional development too as it can open up networking opportunities and continued education through things like workshops, conferences, and seminars covering the latest practices and research. You may also be able to find support and guidance regarding issues like reiki insurance and legal advice.

Bear in mind that most associations will charge a membership fee so consider whether the benefits available are worth the cost. You’ll also have to abide by their membership requirements. As well as the UK Reiki Federation, other professional associations include The Reiki Association and the Reiki Guild. Compare different organisations so you choose one that aligns with your practice philosophy and offers the support and resources you need.

Start practicing reiki

Once you feel ready to apply your reiki training and develop your own style, self-practice can be a good place to start. Regularly practicing on yourself can help build an understanding of the energy flow and confidence in your abilities. Eventually you can offer sessions to family and friends to gain experience healing others. Make sure to ask for constructive feedback so you can find out how your technique affects people and use these insights to keep improving.

Volunteering at community centers and wellness events offer opportunities for you to practice and build a presence in your local area as well. These also allow you to work with a diverse range of people and understand different energy needs. After each session, take time to reflect on your experience and consider what worked well and what could be improved.

When you feel confident offering reiki professionally, start with a manageable number of clients and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and confident in your practice.

Market yourself

Effective marketing is key if you want to stand out from your fellow reiki healers. Developing a strong online presence is key as many potential clients will use search engines and social media when doing their research. 

That starts with a user-friendly and professional website that showcases your services, background, testimonials, and contact information. Support this with social media activity to attract attention and build your brand as regular posts and engagement with your audience can build a following and attract clients. For example, you could create and share videos demonstrating reiki principles.

Client testimonials can also be a powerful marketing tool. You could consider offering free or discounted introductory sessions in exchange for reviews while you’re still building your client base. And finally, look for opportunities to connect with your colleagues in the wellness space and establish yourself within it. For example, local wellness professionals such as yoga instructors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists may have clients they could refer to you. While collaborations with local businesses for workshops or wellness events can position you as an expert and help you reach a wider audience.

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