Reiki Master Healing Training Programs and Career Info

Reiki, an ancient Japanese form of healing, is based on the concept of manipulating a source of energy that exists within everyone. Practitioners of Reiki are taught to use the method for stress relief, pain management and anxiety. As complementary medicine gradually assumes a greater role in Western society, alternative treatments are becoming more acceptable in modern-day medical practice.

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Reiki Practitioner Training

Often described as a form of massage therapy, Reiki is administered by the practitioner's hands. According to generations of theory, a trained specialist in Reiki can access the universal energy that flows through everyone. This energy is purported to aid in healing. Currently the practice of Reiki is not regulated in the U.S. and there are no licensing or accreditation standards. However, Reiki training may be found at local community colleges and universities through complementary medicine associations or via private instruction.

There are traditionally three levels of training involved to reach the highest level of knowledge. Students who have completed the third level of training are qualified to teach and are known as Reiki healing masters.

Level One Training

Classes in level one training vary widely in length, from 2-day seminars to 100-hour classes, depending on the institution offering the training. During the first level of training, students learn about the eight energy zones within the human body and practice Reiki on themselves. Key to this process is the concept of attunement, wherein the instructor imparts the ability to access these energy zones via a prescribed ceremony. Without the instructor-led attunements, Reiki cannot be achieved or practiced.

Level Two Training

At the second level of training aspiring Reiki masters delve more deeply into anatomy, kinesiology and psychology. Meditation is emphasized during this level of training, and students learn to practice Reiki on each other. At this stage students have gained the skills needed to become a practitioner.

Level Three Training

The third level of training, or the master level, can only be attained through personal study with a Reiki master. This training can take a year or more, depending on the individual program. A major tenet of the belief is that only Reiki masters are allowed to teach Reiki to future practitioners.

Since there is no state regulation of this practice, there is no professional standard or governing body that maintains certification. However, many private institutions offer certificates of completion, and the International Association of Reiki Practitioners offers professional membership. The Reiki Licensing Commission for Reiki Masters and Healers awards designations as well.

Career Information

Trained Reiki practitioners have numerous options. Traditional healthcare workers like nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and hospice staff often add this training to their complement of patient care skills. This enhances the services they provide with alternative methods of treatment. Independent Reiki healers can charge hourly rates for their services, and those who have achieved master healer status have additional income opportunities through their ability to teach classes. Massage therapists frequently combine Reiki with the other services they provide.

In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the annual median wage of massage therapists across the country was $35,920. According to the BLS, positions for massage therapists are expected to increase by 23% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than the national average for all careers.

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