Setting yourself up as a Reiki Practitioner
I'm looking for advice on how best to set myself up as a Reiki Practitioner. I'll be working out of a salon and a gym; I have insurance and am a member of Embody. I'll be registering as self-employed and I'm keen to find out what have other people's experiences have been in setting themselves up. What are the things I should consider on setting myself up?
Thanks for your help and advice, much appreciated!
To be on the Embody Reiki register you need to study to at least Reiki level 2 from a Embody/CThA approved Reiki Teacher. Click onto the Education & Training link for more information. ITEC have recently introduced a Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Reiki and would take you up to Reiki Master Practitioner.
As for making a living from Reiki, that depends on the area you live in. A lot of Reiki practitioners make a overall living by teaching Reiki and practising other therapies (that's was I do personally). Reiki has hardly any contraindications, clients don't have to take their clothes off, and often allow the client progress deeper within a treatment program.
An important aspect of Reiki is that it is also for yourself and your healing journey.
Embody/CThA Reiki Teacher
ITEC Lecturer in Holistic Reiki
Sorry just realised you already practice. Take no notice of the training stuff. But I feel that the best way of promoting Reiki is with other therapies, i.e. massage, crystal healing, reflexology, counselling etc.
Hi ya Sharon
Hard for me to answer your question as different practitioners have different stories to tell. Depends what you wish to do. Is it part-time or full-time work you are looking at? Is it a career or a hobby? It has taken me 10 years to develop slowly a full time therapy/teaching practice. But the blood, sweat and tears was worth it. The thing that really improved things was studying Indian Head and Thai Yoga Massage. But this is not a recommendion. I think it is good to go with your heart than what is trendy. Also developing a theme to market yourself with is good. I gone for the "Oriental Therapies" angle being also a Thai massage therapist and a Tai Chi & Qi Gong instructor.
Setting goals is always good - where do you see yourself in 3 to 5 years? Other piece of advice I would give is becareful of advertising. It can be an absolute waste of money. Yellow Pages are generally better as this is where to find professional practitioners. High quality (not a crappy thing from a computer printer) professionally designed business card is worth every penny spent. People keep cards, they chuck leaflets in the bin!
I'm off on holiday from tomorrow for a week, so I wish you the best.
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Thanks so much for your insights and advice, much appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful holiday, enjoy!