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
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.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
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.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
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.
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.
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.