professional development for Reiki practitioners

Many practitioners want to give Reiki in healthcare settings – clinics, wellness centres, hospices and hospitals. There is also a role for Reiki practitioners in the community helping patients deal with life changing situations.

As practitioners move from treating individuals to working in clinical settings, the expectations from the society we live in change. 

Practitioners may not be familiar with the standards expected of us as professionals and the need for further education and professional development.

When Reiki is practised in clinical settings  alongside medical staff, practitioners will also need ongoing development.

From public to professional practice

The difference between informal, public practice and professional practice is often not well understood. In the UK, the UK National Occupational Standards and core curricula define what is expected of practitioners and provide a clear pathway from public to professional practice. Education also supports that journey and Reiki Healthcare Research Trust shares the best resources to help with this.

The way to professional practice

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The Reiki Healthcare Research Trust recognises that structures for professional Reiki practice will be different in each country around the world, or may not be present at all. The UK model is shared on this page for reference.

We are liaising with Reiki organisations and associations outside of the UK and, where possible, our education initiatives aim to be relevant internationally.

In the UK

In the UK, there are several professional Reiki membership organisations and an umbrella body, the Reiki Council. It is widely recognised that the UK is now unique in the world in having a government supported register (Complementary National Healthcare Council, CNHC). This includes Reiki practitioners and dovetails with the country’s national health service.  All this has been achieved through co-operation and Reiki groups working together.

Role of The Reiki Council

Complementary National Healthcare Council (CNHC)


Preparing to practise Reiki in clinical settings

Treating patients with Reiki alongside medical teams requires different skills to those used in individual practice. Reiki practitioners need targeted education and preparation for what can be complex situations, especially before starting work as part of an integrated healthcare team.

Reiki practitioners | Professional development

5 ideal steps towards practising Reiki in clinical settings

  • Certification in Usui Reiki II or Master level
  • A minimum of two years as a professional Reiki practitioner
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (ITEC Level 3) *
  • Professional Reiki course (Reiki Council accredited) *
  • Complementary National Healthcare Council (CNHC) registration *

* or international equivalent, if available

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