Reiki Practitioner

Administer energy therapy, usually using your hands, to cure illness.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Reiki Practitioners do?

Reiki is a form of alternative natural healing that was developed in Japan in the 1920’s. It is also known as “energy therapy,” and is based on the idea that any illness or disease is caused by a disruption in a person’s life force. As a Reiki Practitioner, you channel the universe’s life force into your client in order to break up the negative energy that is making them ill.

Clients seek the help of a Reiki Practitioner for a variety of problems—from pulled muscles and depression, to more serious illnesses like cancer or diabetes. This kind of healing requires you to use your hands a lot. But it doesn’t always mean you touch your clients. The main type of Reiki practiced in the West involves 12 hand positions which affect different “chakras” or energy centers in the body. As a Reiki Practitioner, can hover your palms over an area while channeling your energy and life force into it. Or you might perform healing by blowing on, looking at, tapping, or holding a part of your client’s body. By giving positive energy to your patient, you hope to drive the negative energy away from the area where it’s causing pain.

The effectiveness of Reiki is debatable. Many feel this type of healing is bogus and nothing more than a placebo effect. They claim the people being “cured” are simply convincing themselves that they feel better, rather than experiencing any actual healing. However, Reiki believers say success is based on belief, and claim those who don’t truly believe won’t be healed.


Should I be a Reiki Practitioner?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Rehabilitation Program Coordinator

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