by William Lee Rand
Many Reiki students have taken training with the intention of using it to improve their own health or that of their family and friends and have not considered the possibility of offering Reiki sessions for a fee. Yet, this is a possibility for all those who have Reiki training.
There are many benefits that can come from a Reiki business. In addition to providing a supplemental source of income it is also a way of increasing the benefit Reiki can provide to others.
If you hesitate to charge money, keep in mind that Reiki is valuable and that people are willing to pay for it. Reiki treatments provide the relaxation and stress reduction that so many need in our fast paced world. In addition, there are many who are in need of the healing power Reiki offers and those with serious illnesses will be very grateful for the opportunity to come to you for sessions. By charging money, people will feel that they are not creating an obligation and will more easily decide to come to you for treatments and do so on a regular basis.
Remember that while you may be able to provide a certain number of treatments for free, if you are charging money, your use of Reiki becomes more practical and it is likely that you'll be able to allocate more of your time to giving treatments. As our practice grows, not only will you be helping more people, you'll be adding significantly to your income.
A professional Reiki practice is a wonderful way to earn money and if developed with intention in a practical way, can even provide a full time income.
Starting a Reiki business isn't as difficult as it might seem. By directing the positive life affirming energies of Reiki toward your goal at the same time one follows a few basic business principles, a successful Reiki practice can be developed more easily and what you might think.
First choose a goal – the number of sessions you'd like to have in a week. This could be anywhere from 3-20 or more. Then write this goal on a piece of paper and give the paper Reiki each day for at least 10 minutes. This will charge your goal with Reiki energy which will go directly those parts of yourself that need extra energy, enthusiasm or healing which will help you achieve your goal. Reiki will also reach out to those around you who can help and it will also go out to those in need of Reiki and the ones who are right for you will be attracted to you. Maintaining a confident, positive attitude toward your goal is very important and sending Reiki to your goal everyday will help you do this.
Next you need to develop a plan and take action to carry it out. Letting people know about your Reiki practice is necessary and there are many ways to do this. Business cards, flyers, ads in local publications and other methods all can be part of your plan.
I’d like to share a great technique with you that can be very successful. When you are at parties or other social gatherings or around others, if someone mentions that they're feeling stressed or if they complain about an ache or pain or about something difficult going on in their life, offer to give them a few minutes of Reiki. Also, if you simply hear about someone who has a health issue or who you feel would benefit from Reiki, offer to give him or her a free treatment.
When you do this, let the people know that you are giving 5 free treatments as part of your introduction to Reiki, but after the first 5 treatments, you're fee will be going to $5 per treatment and that after the next 5 treatments, it will go to $10 and that it will continue to go up in this way until you reach your target fee. (You could also use 7 or 10 treatments or another number you think will work at each price level) Your target fee could be whatever you feel you’' to decide to charge a price that is within the same price range as what is charged for massage in your area.
By starting out free, but letting people know you’ll be raising your fee after so many treatments, they'll not want to wait, but will want to get in on the free treatments or while the price is still low. In this way, your clients will experience the benefit of your sessions and can decide if they want to continue. And you'll gain more experience. Also, it’s likely that they’ll tell others about your practice.
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