What is a reiki practice?
What are the different levels of reiki practice?
What can you do to ensure your reiki practices remain consistent and beneficial?
A reiki practice is a service or group of services that is provided by a reiki healer. The healer may also be called a reiki practitioner, especially if they own their own practice or work in someone else’s.
Reiki practitioners are classified by the level of reiki they have achieved. Level 1 reiki healers should not have their own practices yet, since they aren’t usually attuned or qualified to work on other people and can only heal themselves. There may be exceptions to this, however.
From level 2, reiki practitioners can work on others and can offer distance healing. Reiki practitioners at level 3 may know more advanced techniques, while reiki masters—who have completed all levels of reiki training—are capable of focusing their healing work on very specific problems and ailments.
Whatever your reiki level might be, if you’re thinking of starting your own practice or already own one, you’re probably wondering how to make it a success. There are many areas you need to focus on when dealing with your own reiki practice, and it’s important not to skip any of them when working on improving your business.
Read through the information below to find out more.
Improving Your Reiki Practice
Even if your practice is doing well, there’s always more you can do to make it stand out. Read through the suggestions below to make sure you’re paying attention to every aspect of your reiki practice.
Prepare for your practice
- You will need to make sure you’re really ready to start a reiki practice before you begin. Learn what it takes to own your own business and how to market yourself to those who may be interested in your services. Reach out to other practitioners in surrounding areas and ask them for advice as well.
- If you’ve already opened your practice, take a moment to take stock of how you’ve prepared it. Is it set up in an efficient way? Do you book and process clients quickly? Is the physical layout of the space ideal? Can you make the interior more inviting or soothing?
- As a newcomer to reiki, you’ll first need to learn how to heal yourself. This can be achieved by accomplishing reiki level 1. Take several weeks to practice healing yourself before you try to move on to the next level. Most masters will require at least three weeks in order to make sure you’re getting regular daily reiki practice and experience.
- If you’ve been practicing reiki for a while, you should continue performing sessions on yourself regularly for best results. Consider your methods and how you can fine-tune them for your clients, too.
- At reiki level 2, you’ll learn how to practice reiki on other people in person. However, you shouldn’t just rush out immediately after attuning at this level and open your own business! Take some time to practice on those who will allow you to do so for free, such as friends or family members, and ask them for feedback after the session is over.
- If you want to work up slowly to owning your own practice, see if any local practitioners will allow you to work with them in their own practice, even just a day or two a week at first. Some may be open to this idea and willing to provide you with the experience.
Practice distance reiki
- Many people can practice distance reiki at level 1. However, some schools and masters will not attune students for distance healing until level 2. You will know if you’ve been taught how to perform reiki at a distance, and if you have, you can add it to the services you provide.
- Understand that you’ll need to speak with your client by phone or video call in order to provide distance reiki healing. Some practitioners make a video and send it to their clients instead. No matter which you choose, you’ll need some technological know-how in order to do distance reiki.
Maintain the effects of your session
- Know what it takes to keep the effects of your session going strong for your clients as they work through their day-to-day lives. Understand how to perfect your reiki and improve its power so that your clients can carry it with them when they leave.
- This can only be attained by practicing—a lot. Perform reiki on yourself several times a week, and work with others as much as possible to hone your skills to this level. In time, you should work toward achieving reiki mastery as well.
Consider using additional items
- Many reiki practitioners use items to amplify the effects of their sessions. Healing crystals are a great place to get started doing this, since they are easy to come by and easy to learn how to use as well.
- You might also want to consider using light therapy, color therapy, sound therapy, or scent therapy in your practice. You can use essential oils, herbal tinctures, drums, sound machines, singing bowls, colored lights, and much more. Do your research and find out which items might help you put together the perfect reiki practice.
Don’t forget the legal element
- Yes, it may be boring to talk about and learn, but you should brush up on everything you need to know about practicing reiki from a legal standpoint. This way, you’ll be covered in case anything should go wrong.
- You will need to be licensed and insured in order to practice reiki. However, the requirements vary from state to state and from country to country, so you’ll have to do your own research to find out how to make this happen. You should keep this information readily available for any client who wants proof of it.
Do you feel like you have a better understanding of what it takes to keep up with a reiki practice now? If you haven’t already started your practice, this information may be eye-opening. However, it’s not meant to deter you—simply to educate you. Don’t get too overwhelmed in the early stages of your practice, and take your time getting it off the ground. You’ll be much happier down the line when you give yourself plenty of time to get started safely in the beginning.
If you already have a practice, you may be wondering how to tell whether or not it’s thriving. Of course, the amount of profit you see from your business is one way to tell this. However, you can also pay attention to what people are saying about your services to determine its success.
Here are some of the qualities of an effective reiki practice to keep in mind as you move forward:
- A good reiki practice offers several treatment and session options, but not so many that clients may get bogged down with information.
- Quality reiki practices make their clients feel heard, listened to, and cared for. Compassion is a key element of any energy work practice.
- Ideally, a reiki practice should incorporate some community or group events to draw in more potential clients as well as spread the word about local reiki opportunities.
Whether you’re a beginner or you’re an experienced practitioner looking to improve, you can use the information in this article and beyond to grow your practice. Take time to really consider which areas of your practice might need some work, and think about your strengths as well as your weaknesses too. Good luck!