Chapter 26 - Reiki Healing Good Practice
I feel that one of the most important aspects of Reiki healing practice is that of Reiki healers giving themselves regular Reiki treatments. I still give myself daily Reiki treatments and I feel that this is a huge benefit for my health and wellbeing. I feel that Reiki healers should embody good Reiki healing practice: how can we promote Reiki healing to other people, including potential clients, if we don't use it ourselves? Even if you don't know or can't feel what the benefits of Reiki healing are, Reiki is having a positive effect on your being and maintaining your Reiki self-treatments is a wise and loving practice.
Treating friends and family
Your Reiki healing improves with practice. Not only does your technique improve but the amount of energy you channel will increase. It is a really good idea to give Reiki treatments to friends and family as soon as you have been initiated into Reiki. Practising giving Reiki treatments to others is particularly helpful if you want to go on to Second Degree Reiki and maybe even practice professionally. Even if this is not your goal, practising Reiki on those close to you is a wonderful way of helping them and helping your relationships. There will be some of your family and friends who may be keen to try Reiki and others who are not. Maybe those who wish for Reiki are expecting a miracle to heal all of their problems and when it doesn't happen, refuse further treatments. I suggest that you approach family and friends with a request to let you practise your Reiki on them. This way you may be able to continue to practice on them even if they don't feel any immediate benefit.
I suggest that Reiki First Degree initiates do not treat people or animals on a professional basis, since I feel that a greater degree of training and experience is desirable for this. I teach Second Degree Reiki for healers to gain the competence and confidence to practice Reiki to professional standards. There is a big difference between treating people you are familiar with or close to and treating complete strangers.
Reiki and the law
Under UK law it is only a qualified and registered medical practitioner who is allowed to diagnose medical conditions. Reiki practitioners are not allowed to make any diagnoses or claim to be able to cure any condition. Reiki is recognised as a complementary therapy – as being able to complement traditional medicine. A responsible Reiki practitioner should ensure that clients seek proper medical treatment and that animals have been seen by a vet. Furthermore clients may want to let their doctors know that they are receiving Reiki treatments. A Reiki healer should be wary of treating children under 16 years if the parents are refusing medical treatment since the practitioner may be complicit in breaking the law.
Before treating someone professionally it is advisable to be insured for professional indemnity (malpractice) and for public liability. This insurance is not too expensive but often requires practitioners to keep client records.
Professional bodies and regulation of practice
At the moment there is no statutory regulation of Reiki in the UK (by an act of law) and Reiki groups have, for some time, been moving towards voluntary self regulation so that it can be practiced to recognised standards. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that clients can know what they are getting for their money and can be sure that their Reiki practitioner is properly qualified, insured and practices to minimum standards. A disadvantage of this is that Reiki courses and treatments may become more sanitised and restricted. There is no doubt that for many Reiki healers and teachers Reiki forms a part of their spiritual and holistic health beliefs and practices and these affect their Reiki teaching and practice. This means that a Reiki client or student may not be fully aware of what they are getting before they go for their Reiki course or treatment and that they will probably not get just Reiki.
The Reiki Council is the UK's advisory body for Reiki and works through Reiki professional bodies. Reiki has many diverse branches and is practiced in many different ways and the Reiki Council seeks to bring Reiki practitioners and their organisations together.
Help and support
As a Reiki Teacher I am committed to giving my students ongoing support, help and guidance and they are encouraged to contact me any time for this. Whether or not you are my Reiki student I am happy to give you help or guidance about Reiki healing and Reiki practice. I would like you to feel comfortable with approaching me about any issues that you have and I will try to help you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reiki shares are sessions where Reiki healers get together to give each other Reiki in a group. This is a valuable support system for Reiki healers and gives us a chance to meet up, share experiences and receive valuable healing from each other. I would recommend these sessions to all Reiki healers as a great source of support. During Reiki shares each person receives Reiki healing from several people at one time and so it means that healing times are usually shorter. Whereas a regular healing session might last for an hour, a Reiki share healing can typically last for between 5 and 15 minutes for each person, depending on how many healers there are. Reiki shares are normally a regular hands-on healing session; however I tend to offer initiates the option to run through a guided meditation/healing before the group healing session.