Reiki: An Introduction


1 CE Hours


Gain an introduction into the use of Reiki. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The history and origin of Reiki, its three degrees of attunement and the basics of Reiki theory.
  • How Reiki practitioners use various hand positions during a typical Reiki session.
  • Effectively using Reiki in a hospital setting and the importance of proper documentation of the session.
  • Reiki's use in reducing the effects of physical and psychological trauma.

In the Reiki: An Introduction program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Massage Therapy Toolbox: What Is Reiki? - Clients interested in holistic or natural forms of healing will usually be familiar with Reiki. They may not know what it entails or how it works, but they will have usually at least heard the name of this popular energy technique. While a Reiki practitioner needs training and attunements to work on the self and others, no special background is required prior to that instruction. Learn about the background and basic theory of Reiki - and decide if you would like to include it in your massage practice.
  • Reiki Hand Positions - Despite the possible variations in Reiki hand positioning, these 12 positions are considered to be standard.
  • Hospital-Based Reiki and Documentation - Many hospitals across the United States are offering Reiki to their patients. It is being used pre- and postoperatively to reduce anxiety and accelerate healing. It is being recommended to cardiac patients and to those with stress-related pathologies such as high blood pressure. Learn how you, as a massage therapist, can incorporate Reiki into your practice and expand into the field of hospital-based energy work.
  • Reiki and Psychological Trauma - At some point in the life of a human being there is a likely chance in today's fast-paced world that an individual will experience some sort of trauma, whether it be physical or emotional. More often than not the effects of the traumatic incident will pass, if not immediately, then days, weeks or months later. For some individuals though, the darkness of the trauma will last for years, affecting their everyday life as well as the lives of those around them. Learn how Reiki can help reduce the emotional pain of trauma.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Important: As Reiki may not be acknowledged by some Boards of Massage, check with your licensing/certifying body to make sure this course will be acceptable for renewal.

Course Reviews

Virginia Stephens, LMT, NCTMB

I have taken several REIKI courses (hands on), but never for CEU's and I am very pleased with the information in this course and enjoyed studying and preparing for the test very much. I hope you will be offer more CEU's for REIKI with HIGHER CEU points in the future. Thank You!

Kelly Grayson, LMT

A good basic introduction to Reiki, its history, the levels of attunements and Reiki's various uses. I was especially interested in the studies that were done verifying its validity as a beneficial healing modality in hospital settings, and happy to see so many healthcare facilities in the US that have incorporated its use for the benefit of their patients.

Matthew Corbitt, LMT

The information about Reiki in hospitals was very useful to me as I have volunteered at a local cancer center. Also, I learned some things that I didn't already know such as the fingers should all be touching because they are all meridian endpoints. I would include more about how the Reiki symbols are used and why they are used.

Joel Gilchrist, LMT

I really enjoyed learning about this subject. It helped me understand the history and value to the public as well as myself care program potential. Thank for the Opp. Loved it.

T. Nichols NCTMB, AMTA

I am so happy that I chose to complete this course! I did not know much about Reiki and I am so glad that I completed the introduction course. I made the decision to take more courses in Reiki. Thank You!

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 13 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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