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Reiki: An Introduction

1 CE Hour - E322W

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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Joel Gilchrist, 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.

- Matthew Corbitt, LMT

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!

- Virginia Stephens, LMT, NCTMB

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.

- Kelly Grayson, LMT

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!

- T. Nichols NCTMB, AMTA


- Debra Sladek, LMT, BCTMB

Nice refresher course- enjoyed its easy pace.

- Christi Hanner, LMT

Interesting content, clearly presented. Thank you

- William Chest, LMT

A great course to give me the initial knowledge and understanding of this therapy. I feel more comfortable knowing a bit more before I decide to take further training.

- Ginny Lozano, RMT

This course had a lot of useful information on some common skin conditions that we have to deal with as massage therapists, and knowing when to work, and more importantly, when not to work, is super helpful.

- Kelly Conner, LMT

Excellent introduction to Reiki.

- Shirley Stalgis, LMT


- Jose Maldonado-Santiago

Very informative well rounded.

- Vanessa Breese, LMT

I enjoyed the course, and look forward to taking more courses in the future. Thank you.

- Gregory Anderson, LMT

Very good course.

- Georgo Zammit

Gave a great explanation of reiki which is helpful when communicating with clients.

- Jenifer Mahanes, LMBT, NCTMB

Precise, Informative course.

- Theresa Mylius, LMP

Quick enjoyable course

- Colleen Benedetto, NCTMB

Great intro to Reiki.

- Karen Roth, LMT, NCTMB

Thanks! loved this Intro!

- Shanley Anderson, LMT

I really enjoyed this lesson! Very beneficial!

- Ashley Davis, LMT

Great introductory course for Reiki.

- Lisa Stabe, LMT

This was a nice refresher course for me. Thank you

- Teresa Wolin, LMT

Thanks! Great material. I will continue with more of this course.

- Vidal Vega

Very good introductory overview of the topic!

- John Marshall, LMT

This course was well done.

- Kelly Chappelle, LMP

I am glad I had an introduction to REIKI. I will continue my studies in this area.

- Virginia Connors, LMT

Very interesting and to the point course.

- Summer Ross, LMT

I enjoyed taking this simple course, and I plan on doing more continuing education from the Institute in the weeks ahead. Thanks so much!

- Melissa Trumpp, LMT, NCTMB

This course convinced me to take Reiki training.

- Freya Magnusson

Very valuable, informative and easy to comprehend what Reiki is and about. Thank you!

- E. Pule LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course - really interesting and informative plus easy to read and understand. Hope to integrate it all now!

- M. Ashmore LMT

This gave me more knowledge and insight to how Reiki is performed and what it can be used for-this is a question I am frequently asked.

- M. Kuroly LMT

I really enjoyed the information, I am looking forward to continuing my education into Reiki, Thank You.

- D. Lozon LMT, AMTA

Very Interesting History & Material about Reiki.

- M. McDowell CMT, NCTMB


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

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


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.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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