How to become a Reiki Practitioner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Reiki is a complementary therapy that is used to promote relaxation, emotional health and general wellbeing, and is also claimed to relieve pain and aid recovery. Practitioners deliver treatment by placing their hands on or near the client's body and using their intuition and training to transfer energy to the patient. Reiki is rarely available via the NHS, and most patients pay for Reiki treatment privately.

Reiki practitioners typically operate from a home base or visit their clients on a mobile basis. Many rent or share premises with related complementary therapists or other practitioners such as reflexologists, acupuncturists, hypnotherapists and counsellors. Reiki practitioners often provide other complementary therapies such as massage or aromatherapy.

Reiki is not statutorily regulated in the UK, but the majority of practitioners are members of the UK Reiki Federation (UKRF), the leading professional association representing Reiki practitioners in the UK. There are also two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary therapists such as Reiki practitioners; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the practitioner's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a Reiki practitioner. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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