When you receive a professional Reiki treatment do you consider the person you are seeing a practitioner, healer or therapist?
Similarly after Reiki Level Two, if you choose to practice Reiki professionally, do consider yourself to be a practitioner, healer or therapist?
Or are Reiki professionals a combination of all three?
There is no right or wrong terminology. I don’t judge how other Reiki professionals choose to label themselves.
Yet, I hope the exploration below helps if you have ever wondered about Reiki in professional practice.
My preference is Reiki practitioner.
Mainly because similar to other systems of natural healing, Reiki is a practice.
Once you complete Reiki Level One you have the opportunity to practice hands-on Reiki on yourself and your friends and family. Circumstances arise each day where you can practice the Reiki principles.
After Reiki Level Two you learn tools that help you to deepen your hands on Reiki practice.
Taken from The Oxford Dictionary the word practitioner is “a person actively engaged in an art, discipline, or profession…”.
By definition practitioner suggests that practicing Reiki professionally is more than a job. It’s a gentle willingness to create wellness for oneself and then a willingness to share that knowledge with others.
So, let’s explore the term “Reiki healer”.
If you view a Reiki professional as your healer you may be looking for someone outside of your own self to heal you. This may be disempowering.
During a Reiki session, I and other Reiki professionals help you to facilitate the change that you are seeking. I and others, create a safe, therapeutic space for you to balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We help you to unlock your natural healing ability and wisdom.
Depending on our training and complementary health background you may also receive insights and helpful take home tools to support you in your wellness journey.
There are many healers who aren’t complementary health practitioners. There is a wonderful healer who provides excellent service in my local supermarket, another is in the legal industry, another runs his own small business, another is an accountant. These people have a healing presence that emanates outward when they interact with others, yet they aren’t practitioners, per se.
So lastly, let’s explore the term “Reiki therapist”. Again from The Oxford Dictionary, a therapist is a: “A person skilled in a particular kind of therapy, e.g. massage: or a person who treats psychological problems, e.g. psychotherapist.”
So yes, Reiki is a therapy. Through hands-on touch Reiki helps to alleviate your physical pain, restore your emotional balance, calm your mind and connect you deeply with yourself.
Yet when offering Reiki in professional practice I still align more with the term practitioner for all the reasons stated above.
I would be delighted to hear your thoughts on this – especially if you prefer the term “Reiki healer” or “Reiki therapist”. Feel free to respond on the Restore Naturally facebook page under this article.