Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can Reiki heal all conditions? How quickly will it work?
A. Although there are many healing stories anecdotally, Reiki does not claim to ‘cure’ anything. It promotes relaxation of the body and the mind, which in turn assists the body’s natural ability to maintain/improve health.
Like any other natural therapies claim, healing often takes its own time and it is advised that Reiki is NOT to replace the medical care the client is already receiving or advised to seek.
Q. What kind of experience does one have during a Reiki session?
A. Clients often report of an experience of some degrees of relaxation. You may feel warmth, tingling or even coolness from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. You may experience slight movement of your body and also your stomach may rumble. You may feel sleepy and if you allow yourself, fall asleep. You may experience some emotions surface.
If any of these experiences are not very comfortable, let your practitioner know. Otherwise relax and enjoy the experience.
Initially some practitioners may recommend three Reiki treatments within 10 days, however you can discuss the frequency with your practitioner. There is no set rule so you choose the plan that you feel comfortable with.
Q. Does Reiki interfere with any medical treatment or medication?
A. Generally Reiki is said to be very good to be combined with any conventional and natural therapies, as Reiki is a gentle care plan which supports these therapies and also may support reduction of the stress felt by the client from some of the side-effects’.
It is advisable that the client advise their doctor they are having Reiki treatments, as the doctor will want to be aware of any additional care plan the client s choosing.
Practitioners will take great care if the client has injury, hemorrhage, bone fracture or a pacemaker, so that they may by-pass the area or place their hands off the body. They will also choose the most comfortable position for the client to take i.e. sitting, lying on the back, lying on the side, etc.
In all, it is very important that you inform the practitioner all your medical conditions before proceeding to receive a treatment.
Some of our practitioners are trained in other modalities including conventional medicine; have taken additional training to deal with medical conditions; or work in/with a medical team. Some of these practitioners are insured through Reiki Public Liability Insurance Scheme offered by Reiki NZ Inc.
Q. How much is a Reiki session?
A. It varies from practitioner to practitioner. Generally in New Zealand, an hour session of Reiki can be anything between $50 and $80 if the practitioner is working from home. At clinics and spas, the session may be more expensive.
Q. Is there anything that I have to be aware of when receiving a Reiki session?
A. You can rest assured that Reiki sessions are supposed non-intrusive, non-verbal, non-psychic (such as mediumship, etc.) make sure your practitioner explains what they are going to do during the session and you feel comfortable.
During the session if you feel any discomfort, either physically or emotionally, you are welcome to talk to the practitioner. Sometimes you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of a session. Rest assured you are safe if you fall asleep.
The practitioner will advise you to take it easy after the session, drinking an appropriate amount of water, and staying away from excess alcohol or caffeine. Rest after coming home if you can. Some clients experience the body’s natural release response, such as runny nose, coughs or tiredness/sleepiness, or surfacing emotions. They are all normal healing responses but if you are not sure, contact your practitioner.
Q. What does the term Reiki Master mean?
A. It is generally understood to mean Reiki Teacher. Some people may call level 3A students Master, Master Practitioner, Master/Practitioner. It is important to talk with your Reiki Teacher to clarify the levels of Reiki before proceeding to training.
Q. How many levels are there in Reiki training?
A. They vary according to the lineage (= family tree of Reiki. All Reiki students are given a record of lineage that is traced all the way back to the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui). More traditional lineages have three levels – Level 1, Level 2 and Master.
More recent lineages have four levels – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3a (sometimes called Master Practitioner), and then Master/Teacher Level.
Q. What can we expect from Reiki training?
A. Reiki in your hands – you will be able to perform Reiki on yourself and others. In class you will be given plenty of practice time, as well as theory to assist you understand the Reiki energy and how it works.
Some change in life may occur Reiki training can gently invite you to re-assess areas of your life: diet, exercise, lifestyle, relationships, career, areas of interest, etc. Generally you will be more aware of your over-all well-being and want to be proactive about improving it.
A beautiful new group of friends – Your master is likely to be hosting Reiki Share Groups so you can share Reiki with like-minded friends regularly. Reiki NZ Inc. provides various learning and networking opportunities to meet with more Reiki friends.
Q. What support can we get after learning Reiki?
A. Your primary support and advice will come from your Master/Teacher. Then there are plenty of Reiki friends in the Reiki community, such as Reiki Share Groups.
If you become a member of Reiki NZ Inc. you will have support from the members of Reiki NZ Inc. The Committee is a team of dedicated Reiki Masters and Practitioners who are willing to support you.
Our website is always updated with news, upcoming Reiki events, members support structures such as Professional Development Team and Reiki Counsel, etc.
Learning opportunities such as Development days and Reiki retreats are open to all Reiki practitioners.
Last but not least, your daily Reiki treatment on yourself will be of great support!
Q. How do you choose a Reiki Master
A. You can search the Master/Teacher page on our website and see who lives close to you, or whom you feel intuitively drawn to. Then you can call or email them and ask questions, but it is best to meet them in person before signing up to learn Reiki from them.
Most teachers are happy to meet you and explain in person what their classes are like. Questions you may want to ask them include:
How long are the classes for each level and how much will it cost?
What are the contents of each level?
How many levels do you teach?
Do I receive manuals and certificate of completion?
Do you belong to Reiki NZ Inc (if you find a teacher from other sources than our Teacher page)?
May I ask your lineage?
Does your Reiki have a name other than Reiki (eg. Usui Reiki, Gendai Reiki, Komyo Reiki, etc.) Can you explain?
Q. What are the requirements to practice Reiki professionally in New Zealand?
A. Training and Certification (Reiki NZ Inc. recommends to at least Level 2) from a qualified Reiki Master/Teacher.
You will also have to abide by all relevant New Zealand laws such as The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, The Privacy Act 1993 etc.
Q. What are the benefits of becoming a member of Reiki NZ Inc?
A. Through Reiki NZ Inc. you will meet a beautiful group of like-minded people. The official newsletter Reiki News is published quarterly, exclusively for members. It is full of inspiring Reiki stories.
Reiki NZ Inc’s promotion flyers are available for purchase.
Free use of ‘Member of Reiki NZ Inc’ logo in your own promotion materials such as flyers and business cards.
Free hire of the Reiki NZ Inc. Pull-up banner for your Reiki events (Bond required).
Your names and details appear in the Practitioners list (Reiki levels 2 and up) and/or the Teachers list on our website.
Information and support of Reiki Share Groups and various Reiki events including biannual International Reiki Conference, workshops and guests speakers from NZ and overseas, etc. throughout the country. Members receive discount for many of the events.
Offer of Insurance and First-Aid training opportunities.
Learning and upskilling opportunities and Resources.
Reiki NZ Inc is an affiliate of Natural Health Practitioners of New Zealand and members who fulfill the criteria can be accredited to be NHPNZ.
Q. Do you have any suggestion how to explain Reiki to someone who doesn’t know it?
A. Reiki is a Japanese-originated natural healing method which, to a client, is a passive experience of relaxation and of being cared, as the practitioner lays his/her hands on/over the fully clothed client as they lie on a massage table or sit in a chair. The Reiki Practitioner will put their hands lightly on various non-intrusive positions on your body.
These positions are mapped out to cover the whole body assisting your relaxation. Most people begin to relax very quickly and will often fall asleep during the session. After the session which is usually about an hour, clients often report a sense of relaxation, revitalization and peacefulness.
Reiki can also be learned easily by most people for self treatment.