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Reiki healer

Alternative titles for this job include

Reiki practitioners use their hands to help people relax and improve their wellbeing.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become a reiki healer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

College

You could start with an introductory course at a college or community learning centre, then take further courses up to a Level 3 Diploma in Reiki.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to gain some of the skills and knowledge to prepare for specialist Reiki training by doing a Wellbeing and holistic therapist advanced apprenticeship.

This would give you the core skills that are needed for most holistic therapy roles before training with a Reiki master.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Volunteering

Before you begin a training course, you could get personal experience of Reiki treatments, so that you have an understanding of the practice and the methods used.

Other Routes

You can train with a Reiki master and start by going through a series of 'attunements' or initiations.

These are procedures performed by the Reiki master to 'attune' or connect you to energy so you can receive it and pass it on to others.

It can take up to 3 years of training to become a full Reiki master and to teach. You'll be expected to practise Reiki regularly on yourself and others during this time.

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Career tips

You may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in anatomy and physiology. Experience of working in a caring profession can also be useful.

Professional and industry bodies

You may wish to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, which has a voluntary register of Reiki healers.

You could also consider the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies.

Further information

You can find out more about Reiki from the UK Reiki Federation, The Reiki Council and The Reiki Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you'll:

  • discuss client needs and explain the therapy process and costs
  • take a case history from the client
  • make sure the client is comfortable
  • place your hands in a sequence of positions covering the whole body, to guide energy and activate the healing process
  • monitor the client's wellbeing during the session
  • create and update confidential records of the treatment given
  • if you are self employed, market your service and do business admin

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic or from home.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With qualifications and experience, you could go on to offer training in Reiki healing. 

You could take further training to offer other forms of complementary therapies like massage, aromatherapy, or reflexology.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Wellbeing and Holistic Therapy Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £10,004.80 Annually
  • Location: Tarleton, Preston, Lancashire

Courses In England

Reiki 2

  • Provider: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
  • Start date: 07 June 2023
  • Location: Mansfield

Reiki taster workshop

  • Provider: THE CITY LITERARY INSTITUTE
  • Start date: 28 November 2022
  • Location: London

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