Reiki Healer

Job Description:

Reiki practitioners use their hands to help people relax and improve their wellbeing.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

In this role you’ll:

  • discuss client needs and explain the therapy process and costs
  • take a case history from the client
  • make sure the client is comfortable
  • place your hands in a sequence of positions covering the whole body, to guide energy and activate the healing process
  • monitor the client’s wellbeing during the session
  • create and update confidential records of the treatment given
  • if you are self employed, market your service and do business admin


You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (leadership skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Reiki healer, there are typically no specific subject requirements. Reiki is a complementary and alternative healing practice that focuses on channeling universal energy to promote healing and relaxation. Instead of specific subjects, developing personal qualities and pursuing relevant training and certification are important. However, here are some subjects that may be beneficial:

  1. Biology: A basic understanding of the human body’s anatomy and physiology can be helpful when explaining the potential benefits of Reiki to clients.
  2. Psychology: This subject can provide insights into human behaviour and the mind, which can be useful when dealing with clients’ emotional well-being.
  3. English: Strong communication skills are important for working with clients and explaining the principles of Reiki.
  4. Religious Studies or Philosophy: Some individuals interested in Reiki are drawn to its spiritual aspects, and having a background in these subjects can be an asset.
  5. Mathematics: Basic math skills are helpful for managing appointments and finances if you plan to run your own practice.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could start with an introductory course at a college or community learning centre, then take further courses up to specialise in Reiki.

There are no set entry requirements for this route.


You may be able to gain some of the skills and knowledge to prepare for specialist Reiki training by doing a Wellbeing and holistic therapist advanced apprenticeship.

This would give you the core skills that are needed for most holistic therapy roles before training with a Reiki master.

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


Before you begin a training course, you could get personal experience of Reiki treatments, so that you have an understanding of the practice and the methods used.

Other Routes

You can train with a Reiki master and start by going through a series of ‘attunements’ or initiations.

These are procedures performed by the Reiki master to ‘attune’ or connect you to energy so you can receive it and pass it on to others.

It can take up to 3 years of training to become a full Reiki master and to teach. You’ll be expected to practise Reiki regularly on yourself and others during this time.

Career tips

You may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in anatomy and physiology. Experience of working in a caring profession can also be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work freelance/be self-employed managing your own hours.

You could work in a therapy clinic or from home.

Career Path & Progression:

With qualifications and experience, you could go on to offer training in Reiki healing.

You could take further training to offer other forms of complementary therapies like massage, aromatherapy, or reflexology.