Reiki FAQs

For CPD how do I prove that I read a book or went to a Reiki Share?

You keep a note of it, together with a summary called “reflective practice”. This can be called in for audit at any time by the professional organisation or the regulator.

If I’m unable to afford to keep taking courses to evidence CPD will I still be allowed to be a member of the UK Reiki Federation?

There is no reason to pay out lots of money for courses, there are so many other things that you can do, including reading the newsletters, borrowing books from the library, reading articles on the internet etc. Please refer to the Education Section of our website for further information. Or download our CPD info and record sheet here.


Why are there two regulatory bodies ie CNHC and GRCCT?

Both Regulatory Bodies are acknowledged regulators and you can choose which one you wish to register with, if any.

What is Reiki?

There are many books, papers and working groups around the world contributing to such definitions and descriptors. The following should therefore be regarded as ‘Work in Progress’:

Reiki as defined by the Oxford English dictionary is:

A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the client by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the client’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

It is however, also widely accepted that Reiki can be given and received equally effectively hands-off or via distant healing.

The Japanese word Reiki literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how Reiki may work to benefit the individual. It has been suggested that in years to come it may be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healers hands.

Reiki is given fully clothed in a quiet environment and is safe for adults, children, mothers to be, babies and animals. However in the case of animals with health issues, owners should confirm that the animal has been seen by a veterinary surgeon to obtain a diagnosis. Reiki practitioners must not diagnose the health problem.

It is highly recommended that practitioners are members of recognised a professional organisation with strict Codes of Ethics and hold Practitioner Insurance.

Scientific research findings may help us to understand how Reiki works

There is much to learn and more research is necessary before a definitive explanation can be given, but research is producing very interesting results:

When giving Reiki, practitioners have been shown to emit electro-magnetic or bio-magnetic energy from their hands. The frequencies of the energy emitted vary from one moment to the next; but many appear to correspond to those that medical researchers have identified as being the optimum frequencies for stimulating the healing process in tissues, bones and other body parts so far investigated.

The bio-magnetic energy (or field) flowing from a practitioner’s hands has been shown to induce current flows in the tissues and cells of individuals who are in close proximity but this pulsing energy is not produced by non-practitioners of energy healing techniques.

Two ways in which these pulsing magnetic fields may stimulate repair of bone and other tissues include:

  • A cascade of reactions takes place from the cell surface to the cytoplasm and on to the nucleus and genes, where selective effects on the DNA have been documented.
  • A phenomenon called amplification, in which a single hormone molecule, neurotransmitter or photon of electromagnetic energy has been shown to trigger a cellular response; and in fact very tiny fields have been shown to produce the best effects, suggesting that living tissues are much more sensitive to external fields than previously considered possible.

NB: A bio-magnetic field can also be created by passing electric currents though living tissue as has been used for medical diagnoses and treatments for almost a century for example in ECG & MRI scanning.

Reiki is often referred to as an intelligent form of healing. It is suggested that this and similar energy therapies may be valuable in the prevention and remission of some serious diseases that are so costly in terms of human suffering and likely to be more expensive to health care in the future.

One theory is that energy healing works by opening up the communication channels that enable cells in the body to talk to each other, and opening up the terrain through which cells are able to migrate to places where they are needed to initiate repair or to fight diseases. Another is that these methods help to calm the person so their immune functions can operate smoothly.

Reiki is activated by intention and requires practitioners to calm their minds and thus open up their communication channels to understand where healing is most required on the body and for how long to caringly help the person or animal concerned.

Visualisation techniques can also be embodied as an element of Reiki treatments at a professional practising level, which also creates measurable electrical and magnetic fields and so can enhance its effectiveness.


What are the benefits of Reiki?

Illness can be a time of great stress. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Benefits reported by Clients of our Practitioner members include deep relaxation, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels.

Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Engendering greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.

Reiki is gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

Being complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.

Note: Reiki is being used in various settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres, and in the care of the elderly.

See also: Reiki Pioneers

What happens during a Reiki session?

A Reiki treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied.

A session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down or sitting, in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki energy passes easily through all materials, including plaster casts.

The Practitioner places their hands gently on or over the body; there is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can also be given over a distance.

Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all.

Length of Reiki sessions may vary, but are usually half to one hour in duration.

The Practitioner will take a short case history prior to discussing treatment options. A treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you, and reviewed as necessary. This will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time in line with progress.

How often do I need a Reiki session?

Even one single Reiki session can make a difference; however a course of regular treatments may be more effective. These may be weekly, fortnightly or less often depending on the needs of the individual. A treatment plan will be discussed with you, and reviewed as necessary. This will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time according to progress.

How safe is Reiki?

Reiki does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of urgent concern.

What is a lineage?

A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teacher’s lineage reflects the information that the teacher will be passing on to the student. Therefore, different lineages will have different techniques, philosophies and understandings of working with the system of Reiki. Some lineages even have different histories.

For more see: Lineages and Tracing Service.

What are National Occupational Standards all about?

Following consultation in 2007/2008, a revision of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Complementary and Natural Healthcare was carried out, and in 2009 the finally approved standards were published, including those for Reiki. Full details of the standards are available through Skills for Health, whose website is www.skillsforhealth.org.uk. Further information is given on the page on National Occupational Standards (NOS).

NOS identify the performance criteria i.e. what individuals must be able to do and the underpinning knowledge and understanding i.e. what individuals must know. They are minimum levels of competence and do not specify any particular level of Reiki.


Why is there a need for National Occupational Standards and for Core Curriculum?

This is in response to the Government Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology’s Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine dated March 2001. It recommends that each regulatory body in the healthcare professions should develop clear guidelines on competency and training for their members on the position they take in relation to their members’ activities in well organised CAM disciplines, as well as guidelines on appropriate training courses and other relevant issues.

In more practical terms it is a way of helping to ensure that training given to practitioners becomes more standardised and that a minimum level of competence is reached. The National Occupational Standards (NOS) say what the competence is, the Core Curriculum supports the NOS and provides additional information to teachers to help them to devise their training to meet the standards required.


Who does the work on National Occupational Standards?

This is under the remit of Skills for Health and they work with representatives from the various therapy groups. The UK Reiki Federation had a representative on both the Strategy Group and the Reference Group for the 2009 revisions. During the process the documents were available for consultation with practitioners and UK Reiki Federation members, and others, were given the opportunity to comment on them.

What is Accreditation?

This is a means of ensuring that a qualification meets national requirements. Also that an awarding body is competent to award a qualification and that a candidate’s achievements are recognised. Accreditation is given through OfQual in England or SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) in Scotland (see: Course Accreditation and Awarding Bodies), and the qualification concerned is then placed on the Qualifications Curriculum Framework which then may attract funding for training providers.

You may come across qualifications which state that they are accredited by a specific organisation and this is usually where the organisation has gained agreement from an insurance company that cover would be provided on completion of training, or that the qualification is accepted for CPD purposes by that particular organisation.


Who can submit a qualification for accreditation?

Any organisation can submit a qualification as long as it meets the criteria, there are just as many submissions from individual organisations as from Awarding Bodies. There are, however, criteria to be met and fees to be paid, which may be several thousands of pounds, you would need to contact the relevant body to check.


How do I know that the course I am on is accredited?

If accredited and on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) there will be a reference number for the accreditation and you can also check out their website to confirm this. Individual awarding bodies, if they have the qualification accredited, would also have it on their website. Individual teachers and training establishments may have qualifications or courses accredited elsewhere as described above.


Do you provide accreditation for Reiki courses?

No we do not. However we do provide a Directory of Approved Courses where our Teacher members are able to have their training courses checked to ensure they meet the existing standards.


I am not happy with the course I have recently attended, what can I do?

If you know that the teacher is one of our members then you can make a formal complaint in writing to complaints@reikifed.co.uk, our Disciplinary Team will investigate and our Disciplinary Procedures may be implemented. If the person is not one of our members, we suggest that you find out if they are on any national register e.g. GRCCT or CNHC (see Regulatory Bodies) and make complaint to them. If not you could complain to the Reiki Council (see Advisory Bodies) and they could ask their member associations if any of them have the teacher as a member.


What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development. This is a means by which the practitioner maintains their current level of expertise in line with best practice and develops this further to extend their skills and understanding.

If you are a member of the UK Reiki Federation wishing to renew your membership you will have to provide proof of CPD. You can download our CPD info and record sheet here.

If I’m unable to afford to keep taking courses to evidence CPD will I still be allowed to be a member of the UK Reiki Federation?

There is no reason to pay out lots of money for courses, there are so many other things that you can do, including reading the newsletters, borrowing books from the library etc. Please refer to the Education Section of our website for further information. Or download our CPD info and record sheet here.

I would like to teach a Reiki course at the clinic I work at. Do I need a formal teaching qualification to do this?

You do not need a formal teaching qualification unless the organisation asks for one, however, you should be a qualified Reiki master teacher and hold appropriate insurance.

What is the role of the regulatory body?

The role of the Regulatory Body is primarily to protect the public in that it gives the public and employers quality assurance that the practitioner’s qualifications and/or experience is such that it meets the minimum standard required for professional practice. It also gives the same quality assurance to doctors and all other health care professionals who may use a national register. Registrants will have to be insured and sign up to a CPD policy (Continuing Professional Development), disciplinary procedures and code of professional conduct and ethics.

Do I have to register?

No this is voluntary self-regulation, it is not compulsory.

Do I have to be a member of a professional association in order to register?

No you do not.

I wish to register with the CNHC but need my qualifications checked, how can I do this?

The UK Reiki Federation is an approved verifying organisation for the CNHC for Reiki. We are able to offer verification of your training and experience for the purposes of regulation, or we are able to offer a full review of your training, with assessor support and guidance, for your own requirements. Application forms for CNHC registration are available on this page, for both UK Reiki Federation members and non-members.

I have done one of the approved courses listed on the UK Reiki Federation Directory of Approved Courses, does this make me eligible to apply for registration with the CHNC or the GRCCT?

There should be no problem with either of those. You can download the CHNC form from this page and send to us and if you have completed one of our approved courses we can verify that you are eligible to be considered as a registrant. There is no fee to our members; however, there is a fee for non-members.

Is there any Reiki research?

Yes, there is – and far more than you might think! You could check out some of it right now by just keying in Reiki research into your web browser. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find!
Read what the UK Reiki Federation Research Co-ordinator has to say on the subject, and at the foot of that page you can click on the link that will allow you to download a PDF version of “Reiki – The Body of Evidence”. This is a catalogue of over a hundred clinical trials examining the performance of Reiki (and there are also over forty published articles on the subject of Reiki).

Your document, “Reiki – The Body of Evidence”, does it contain only British clinical trials?

No. It contains clinical trials and articles from around the world. Quality science is not something that is unique to the UK.

“Reiki – The Body of Evidence”, is it complete?

No, and it probably never will be! This may be news to you, but new Reiki clinical trials and articles are being published every week of the year, and will be added to the document as soon possible.

Where can I find clinical trials or articles about a specific illness or condition?

Click on the link to the Research page in the top menu, and at the foot of that page download the document, “Reiki – The Body of Evidence”. Look in the contents for whatever illness or condition you are researching.

Another good place to look would be Google Scholar. Go into Google and key in scholar in the search window: a link to Google Scholar will then appear at the top of the next page. Click on it, and you’ll then be in Google Scholar itself. Key in Reiki and the condition (e.g. cancer), press ‘return’ and see what you get.

Finally, again in “Reiki – The Body of Evidence”, look in the contents page for “other possible reference sources”, and follow those links.

When I find a clinical trial online, can I just download it for free?

Some are available to download in full, free of charge, but they seem to be in the minority. Each trial will indicate the cost and how you can pay for it, online.

On the other hand, there is a way of looking at a summary of a clinical trial free of charge; it’s called an abstract, and they can be found on the USA’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Their website is www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. No account is needed for access to this website.

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