How to choose a Reiki practitioner or teacher

We recommend that all members of the public ensure that when choosing a Reiki practitioner or teacher that they check that are a member of a reputable organisation, preferably one that belongs to the Reiki Council (see our list of member associations). Membership of a reputable organisation also means that practitioners have signed up to a Code of Conduct and Ethics.

A reputable organisation will not permit someone to join until they have met specific entry requirements.

Directories listing practitioners and teachers often permit individuals to sign up without any checking of their background or qualifications or suitability. Membership of a reputable organisation often demonstrates the practitioner's commitment to professional standards.

Key questions for Reiki teachers

  • do you have a lineage to Mikao Usui? This is an essential requirement in order to practise Reiki
  • have you learnt in person from your teacher? There are teachers who offer distant training, which is not appropriate for public practice or teaching
  • have you been given the traditional Reiki attunements, rather than modern reiju? Modern reiju processes do not connect a student to Reiki
  • how long have you been practising Reiki?
  • are you available to provide on-going support/mentoring?
  • do you run Reiki Share groups?
  • how long are the courses that you run? Some teachers offer Reiki First Degree over eight hours. Traditionally Reiki First degree has been offered over two days. There are guideline lengths for training for professional practitioner in the Reiki Council Core Curriculum.
  • have you been attuned/initiated in person, one-to-one by their Reiki teacher? Was their Reiki teacher attuned/initiated in person?
  • do you have a Reiki certificate or a letter from your Reiki teacher confirming their level of Reiki training or have you trained in accordance with National Occupational Standards?
  • are you insured?
  • do you have a lineage that connects them directly back to the founder, Mikao Usui?

With Reiki, what you put in to it yourself is key to what you will gain from it. Daily concentrated self-practice is essential to maximise your progress.

Professionalism

  • are they aware of the National Occupational Standards for Reiki?
  • where do they work? At home, in a clinic, hospital or hospice? Are the premises clean and quiet and conducive to relaxation?
  • do they belong to a professional association and follow the codes of conduct for that association
  • do you feel comfortable in their presence?
  • are they warm and empathetic?
  • have they explained what to expect and the fee structure?

Click here for list of Reiki Council member organisations.

Click here for the information on Reiki Council officers.