When you decide you would like to take a Reiki course there are a number of things you should perhaps bear in mind. The main thing is the reason why you want to learn Reiki, is it for personal use or for future professional practice. Standard training begins with a level I course, which is mainly perceived to be for personal use, followed by Level 2 which is the basic level for professional practice. Although if you wish to practise within a healthcare setting in the future then you would need to look at an accredited course, which would allow you to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

There are different styles of Reiki, the most important part being that they have a lineage, i.e. line, back to a man called Mikao Usui. The course will include a number of “attunements”, which are a little like blessings. These should always be done in person .

A full list of qualified teachers, who are members of the UK Reiki Federation, can be found on the UK Reiki Federation website here.

General – relevant to all levels

  • Make enquiries to a number of teachers
  • Ask how many class contact/face to face hours there are
  • Are there any additional hours required to be put in?
  • Do they provide you with a manual?
  • Do you have to do case studies (i.e. treatments), and if so how many?
  • Are they insured? Note if they are on the UK Reiki Federation listing they would be insured.
  • How long have they been practising Reiki?
  • How long have they been teaching Reiki?
  • Where are their classes held and is there parking nearby?
  • Are they a member of a professional Reiki organisation, if so which one?
  • Are there any things which you will need to purchase prior to training?
  • What are the requirements if any, for certification at the end of the course?
  • What style of Reiki do they teach?
  • What is the cost? Note: a higher price does not necessarily indicate a higher quality course

Courses taught on line are not acceptable for professional membership of an organisation.

By talking to the teacher you will gain some insight about them, and when you think you have found the right teacher it may be a good idea to go to them for a Reiki treatment before training.

Reiki Level 1

Below is a guideline of what the UKRF believe should be taught at the first level:

  • Description of 1st level Reiki and attunement(s).
  • Number of attunements (depends on style).
  • Definition of Reiki
  • A Reiki history
  • The Reiki principles
  • Practical uses of Reiki
  • Creating a Healing Space
  • Guidelines for self-treatment including opportunity to practise
  • An awareness of where Reiki should be used with caution
  • Guidelines for giving a seated treatment plus opportunities to practise – hand positions
  • Guidelines for giving a full-treatment plus opportunities to practise – hand positions
  • Recommended reading/updating of knowledge to keep abreast of new developments
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Written handouts or instruction Manual supplied
  • Basic Reiki Techniques
  • Basic Protection and Cleansing
  • An Introduction to Meditation – Gassho, Joshin Kokyu Ho
  • Case Studies
  • Course Certificate supplied – include level, style, name of teacher, date of training Arrangements made for on-going mentoring/support
  • Lineage

Reiki Level 2

Reiki 2 taken after Reiki 1 is historically perceived to be sufficient for professional practice.
Below are the UKRF Guidelines for level 2, having already taken level 1.

  • Review of prior Reiki learning and development
  • Description of second level Reiki & attunement
  • The symbols, their origins, meanings and uses
  • Distant healing and its application
  • Creating a healing space
  • Meditation and creative visualisation – including Hatsu Rei Ho
  • Further Reiki Techniques
  • Protection & Cleansing
  • Mental/emotional treatments
  • Healing and the law
  • Recommended reading/updating of own knowledge to keep abreast of new developments
  • Awareness of UK Reiki Federation Codes of Ethics
  • Written handouts or instruction Manual supplied
  • Course Certificate supplied – include level, style, name of teacher, date of training
  • Arrangements for on-going mentoring/support Lineage discussed and provided Case Studies

Professional Practitioner – Accredited Training

See accredited courses

If you wish to undertake accredited training then please look at the UK Reiki Federation website for a list of accredited courses, each course will vary and you can get information from the listed teacher.

The basic requirements:

  • Duration 9 months
  • Case studies to be undertaken
  • Written questionnaire to be completed
  • Minimum 240 hours of study

If, after training, you wish to apply to register to the CNHC an annual fee has to be paid.

Should you require further information please contact a teacher on the teacher list, or email [email protected] or [email protected].

UK Reiki Federation
9 Barnfield Close
Old Coulsdon
Surrey, CR5 1QR

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0203 745 9746

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