Reiki Healer jobs(Also known as Reiki Healing, Energy Healing)
A Reiki healer harnesses and manipulates life energy in order to improve the well being of a client. Reiki healing is based on the idea that there exists a universal life energy or force that can be harnessed to induce a healing effect. A Reiki healer comes into more direct connection with this energy via a process of attunement, carried out by a Reiki master. Treatments are undertaken by the healer moving his hands over the patient's body in either set patterns or in correspondence to problem areas. Reiki was invented by Mikao Usui in 1922 after 21 days spent in fasting, meditation and prayer on top of Mount Kurama, Japan. The type of Reiki practised widely in the west today can be attributed to one of his student's students, Hawayo Takata, who travelled extensively in the US and is a simplification of the original Japanese Reiki.
SalaryMost Reiki healers are self-employed and charge on a per treatment basis. Therefore their annual income will depend entirely on the size of their client base. The amount charged per session depends upon the location and the facilities of treatment rooms. Overheads such as equipment, room hire and promotions have to be taken into account and this will impact on the price charged.
- A newly qualified Reiki healer may charge from £20 to £40 per session.
- An experienced Reiki Healer working from a location in central London may charge up to £100 per session.
ResponsibilitiesA Reiki healer may undertake any of the following in a normal working day:
- Preparing themselves for treatment, raising their own energy levels and attuning themselves
- Undertaking client consultations and taking notes
- Treating clients by applying the energetic principles of Reiki
- Performing distance treatments at pre-arranged times
- Self promotion and advertising work
- Book keeping and accounts
QualificationsThe teaching of western Reiki is usually organised into three distinct phases:
- First Degree
- Second Degree
- Third Degree or Reiki Master
First DegreeThis usually consists of four sessions in which the novice is attuned at each session by a Reiki master and learns theory, basics and the set hand positions suitable for 'whole body treatment'. The student can now treat himself and others with Reiki.
Second DegreeIn addition to a further attunement the student undertakes to learn the use of the three symbols, both of which are said to increase the flux of energy through the student and increase the distance at which he can practise Reiki on a patient. Having completed this, the student can now practise distance Reiki, treating patients without being physically near them.
Third Degree or Reiki MasterThe student learns a new master-level symbol and undergoes more attunements. He is now a Reiki master who can attune and teach Reiki to novices. The amount of time taken to reach master level varies from a matter of days to a year, depending entirely on the organisation involved.
SkillsA Reiki healer should work on developing the following personal characteristics:
- An empathetic nature
- A non-judgemental approach towards individuals
- Excellent communication skills
- The ability to put clients at their ease
- The ability to formulate responsible patient relationships
- Good organisational skills
- A self-motivated and positive approach to life
Working ConditionsA Reiki healer usually works from a clinical treatment room which contains a massage couch for patients to lie down on. This could be a room in their own house or in an alternative medicine centre along with other practitioners. Additionally Reiki healers frequently make home visits to treat those unable or unwilling to travel. A Reiki treatment usually takes from between 40 minutes and an hour and a half including an initial consultation. Hours can be long in order to accommodate clients outside normal office hours, and evening and weekend work are common. The gender split in Reiki healers leans towards more female practitioners than men.
ExperienceIn the course of their learning, Reiki students are encouraged to practise on others as frequently as possible. Additionally students practise Reiki on themselves. Any experience in a client facing, health care or caring role would be beneficial as this is ultimately a 'people' job.
EmployersPrivate alternative medicine clinics are the most frequent employers of Reiki healers. Check your local listings for details. Most Reiki healers are self-employed and advertise their services on the Internet, in health food shops, community centres and by word of mouth.
Career ProgressionMany Reiki healers already have, or go on to gain qualifications in other forms of alternative or complementary medicine. This increases the resources they have to treat an individual and thereby raises earning potential. Examples include acupuncture, massage, reflexology or aromatherapy. Experienced Reiki healers can go on to become Reiki masters where they can train and 'attune' novice practitioners.
Ahurra Milett (also known as Bob), 33, is an Energy Therapist specialising in Reiki and Bio-Energy Therapy. He works from the Highgate Health Centre in North London.