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An alternative way to help relieve people's stresses; Careers in ... reiki healing Sally Jones on a career suited to those who want to help others relax.

WHAT does a career as a reiki healer involve? As a reiki healer you would channel 'healing energy' to help clients relax and relieve problems caused by stress, tension, chronic illness and post-operative pain.

Treatment sessions would last between one and two hours and during the session you would explain the process, take a medical history from the client, make sure the client is as comfortable as possible before beginning treatment and place your hands in a sequence of positions covering the whole body to 'guide energy and activate the healing process.' Reiki can be used alongside conventional medicine and other complementary therapies.

Most reiki healers are selfemployed. You may work from home, or from treatment rooms at an alternative therapy clinic.

What skills are needed? To be a reiki healer you should have good spoken communication, patience and a friendly manner, a sensitive and nonjudgmental approach, the ability to empathise with clients, accurate record-keeping skills and the ability to inspire confidence in clients.

What training do you need? To help prepare for training as a reiki healer, you may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in anatomy and physiology. It can also be helpful if you have experience of working in a caring profession.

Before you begin a training course, you need to get personal experience of reiki healing, and show an understanding of the treatment and procedures.

There are different systems of reiki, and you can find out more from professional bodies such as the Reiki Association or UK Reiki Federation.

You can train either with a reiki master (teacher) or by attending a college course. If you choose a college based course, there are three levels of training.

Level one allows you to perform reiki on yourself, level two allows you to treat clients and at level three you are considered to be a reiki master, qualified to teach others.

You can find out more about reiki qualifications and training providers through bodies such as the Vocational Training Charitable Trust and the International Therapy Examination Council.

What are the opportunities for career progression? You are likely to find most opportunities as a self-employed reiki healer. To be successful, you will need to build up and maintain a sound reputation and client base.

With qualifications and experience, you could go on to offer reiki healing.

You could also offer other forms of complementary therapies such as massage, aromatherapy or reflexology.

What is the salary? Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Self-employed reiki healers usually charge clients from PS25 to PS70 an hour. Rates vary depending on the area of the country and the length of the session.

More information Details for careers |information only. Jobs not necessarily available UK Reiki Federation - |www.reikifed.co.uk Vocational Training | Charitable Trust - www.vtct.org.uk Reiki Council - | www.reikicouncil.org.uk The Reiki Association - |www.reikiassociation.net

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