What is Reiki?
"Reiki" (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and comfortably lies on a couch or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body using their intuition and training as a guide. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance.
Reiki is taught by Reiki Master/Teachers, who have trained in the tradition passed on, in person, from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a personal and emotional perspective, but also as an aid to individual development and spiritual growth.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Reiki.
You can check whether a Reiki practitioner is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register here
By choosing practitioners registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Registering with CNHC
The Reiki Training courses listed here meet the National Occupational Standards and the Reiki Core Curriculum.
CNHC works with the following Reiki professional associations who check the details of practitioners' training, insurance and experience and confirms whether they are eligible for CNHC registration:
- The Reiki Association (TRA)
- The Reiki Connection (TRC)
- The Reiki Guild (TRG)
- UK Reiki Federation (UKRF)
a) If you belong any of the professional associations listed above, click on the link to your association and you will be directed either to a ‘CNHC Request to Register’ form or to the association website with instructions on how to apply.
b) If you DO NOT belong to a professional association listed, please call 020 3668 0406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will explain how you can proceed with your application to register.
Choosing to register with CNHC brings a wide range of benefits - but most importantly shows to the public that you uphold high standards of practice in your work. Being registered builds trust with your clients, health providers and the public by demonstrating that you “Stand up for Standards.” Click here for further information