Reiki is taught in three levels: Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III~the Reiki Master Level. Students are beginning Reiki trainings with a much more evolved level of awareness and a higher capacity for working with energy than ever before.
Reiki I Introduces the basics of how Reiki works, its origins, how it is used, and what it is used for. A brief overview of energetic and spiritual healing will be covered. After completing Reiki I students will have sufficient training to work on family, friends and pets, as well as themselves.
Reiki II deepens the student's experience with energy healing. Students will learn and practice doing Reiki at a distance and techniques for obtaining information and guidance. Upon completing Reiki II training students will be Certified Reiki Practitioners. They will be able to offer their healing services to the public and charge for their work.
Reiki III is the Reiki Master Level. It is taught during an apprenticeship with a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. During Reiki III students deepen their understanding of spiritual and energetic healing through advanced practices, healing techniques and skills. Upon completion of the apprenticeship students will be Certified Reiki Master Teachers.
SEEK OUT CREDIBLE REIKI TRAINING
"There are no regulations for reiki treatment or training, so it's important to choose your practitioner or teacher carefully.
You can learn to practice reiki self-treatment in a 12-hour group class. Look for an experienced teacher whose training took a few years rather than a few hours, who is professional and with whom you feel a rapport. Ask if the teacher practices hands-on reiki self-treatment every day. Since this is the foundation practice, if the answer is "no" or even "mostly," move on. Find out what practice and mentoring opportunities the teacher offers once your first-degree class is finished. First-degree, hands-on practice is all most people need. Keep it simple and you'll practice for life."
From September/October 2012 Massage & Bodywork Magazine