How does one choose a Reiki Practitioner? I get asked this question a lot. I also want to reassure those who normally wouldn’t ask that they SHOULD ask. I feel it’s an important point to consider. I’ve had many clients as a social worker, massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner that were deterred from seeking various services because their first experience was awful. They assumed the service would always be that way from everyone…but it isn’t.
It’s difficult for me to change or find new healthcare professionals because everyone’s style is so different. Every industry, every business, every employee has a different feel, philosophy, and approach. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced horrible bedside manners and didn’t go back to the doctor for way too long. Or sometimes you have the nicest massage therapist with the worst hands. I always appreciate referrals, but everyone’s tastes and preferences vary.
So I suggest this in finding a Reiki Practitioner:
- Check out some of your local Reiki Circles. They’ll often be fairly priced and you won’t be alone. You can get a small glimpse at what style the practitioner has, how they set the feel of the session/room, and many times you’ll meet other practitioners or get referrals from the circle participants.
- If you’re able to afford it, book appointments with several different practitioners. If money is a consideration, check discount services such as Groupon or Living Social for Reiki deals. Many practitioners also have their own discounts.
- Remember that Reiki Practitioners encourage the flow of energy. So in return, observe how the practitioner’s space and presence makes you feel. Do you feel safe? Do you feel comfortable?
- Remember – NO NAKED REIKI! This is a point my teacher always reiterated during ethics discussions. There is no need for a client to undress for a Reiki appointment UNLESS it is incorporated with a massage or similar modality. Most modalities don’t require clients to undress for therapeutic benefits.
Regarding style, some Reiki sessions are conducted mostly in silence with discussion before or after. I tend to discuss my observations as they come up, though I customize for preference. Some will practice various kinds of Reiki – Usui, Kundalini, Karuna, Rainbow, Shamballa, etc. Others integrate extra services into their sessions – use of oils, healing stones, etc. Sometimes the extras can be overwhelming or distracting. One day you might prefer a certain style over another. In all these cases, you can ask your practitioner to change it up or have a few therapists you visit regularly and rotate through.
The most important thing in choosing someone to aid in your health is that you trust them. They’ll answer your questions satisfactorily or refer you to someone who might be able to. You feel comfortable with them. You feel safe in their hands and their confidence. I also believe that a client should never feel obligated to me. Everyone should have a say in the direction of their healing. If you feel another therapist/practitioner will be better at taking your healing further or where you want it to go, then I encourage you to branch out. If a client feels obligated to me, then that becomes their focus instead of their healing. Many healthcare professionals will have referrals for you should you need or want one, so don’t be hesitant to ask.
Happy choosing, friends!
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Courtney Ginn is a certified Reiki Practitioner in Sacramento, CA. She combines her Usui and Practical (Kundalini) Reiki training with various modalities to create personalized sessions for her human and animal clients alike.
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