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Reiki teaching: How to Run a Reiki Practice Day

hosting a reiki practice day

What is a Reiki practice day?

This is I suppose a little bit like a Reiki share, where people have the opportunity to give and receive Reiki treatments, but they are doing this in pairs, or in groups of three, while under the supervision of a Reiki teacher. So it is more of a follow-up teaching day, where students can get some more practice and have their questions answered. It could be organised as a half-a-day for people at First Degree and a half-a-day for people at Second Degree, or you could mix both levels together. You don’t have to… Continue reading

How to Run a Reiki Share (Part II)

reiki sharing group

In my last blog, “How to Run a Reiki Share (Part I)“, I spoke about what Reiki shares are and why you might want to organise or attend one, and I ran through lots of practical points like where to hold them, where to find treatment tables, what to bring with you and how it actually works in practice in etrms of working out timings and keeping track of time during the treatment sessions.

Here, I want to talk about: where to stand around the treatment table with different numbers of participants, what hand positions to use, how… Continue reading

How to Run a Reiki Share (Part I)

how to run a reiki share

What is a Reiki share?

At their most basic, Reiki shares are Reiki get-togethers where you meet other Reiki people and swap Reiki treatments. If there are a fair number of people attending, everyone takes a turn on the treatment table and can end up being treated by multiple practitioners: you might have one person sitting at the head of the table, someone by your ankles and people on either side of the table too.

Why Reiki shares?

Receiving a Reiki treatments from lots of people at the same time is an *amazing* experience! If you have never experienced that,… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: How to Create your Reiki manual

create your reiki manual

Your students need to relax, safe in the knowledge that everything you say on their Reiki course is covered in detail in their course materials. You should lay out everything that you teach, clearly and logically, with summaries, illustrations or images, and expand on what you teach on the day, providing non-essential but useful information that rounds out and deepens their knowledge of the system that they are learning.

Your students should not be forced to take notes because this is a huge distraction, stops them from enjoying the day, and trying to take decent notes when you’re all zonked… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: using the right 4MAT

reiki teaching myers briggs 4MAT system

That is not a spelling mistake: I did intend to spell the word ‘format’ in that way! The “4MAT” system is a way of approaching teaching that was created by Bernice McCarthy and proposes that there are four major learning styles, each of which result in a student asking different questions and displaying different strengths during the learning process.

The 4MAT system is based on Myers-Briggs personality typing, which break people down into different categories, for example Introvert and Extrovert.

I am not going to go into detail here about the different categories (you can read up about those for… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: using learning preferences

People learn in different ways. When we learn we take in information through our senses, so we see things, we hear things, we learn through doing and we mull things over in our mind. The best learning comes when you provide people with training that engages with all these aspects.

Some people tend to prefer one approach over the others, so you might find that one person much prefers to listen, whereas another might really need to see something before they ‘get it’, while yet others need to do practical things, to move, to really understand and remember what they… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: what are your goals?

reiki teaching goals

When you are starting to teach Reiki courses and are planning what you are going to cover, demonstrate and say, it is very important that you start with a clear idea of what you’re aiming for: your goals.

Goals can encompass what information you want your students to have taken on board and understood, what practical exercises you want them to have been through, and feel comfortable with, and what ‘Reiki worldview’ you want to instil. I will talk more about this last item further down the page.

Knowledge goals

Most teachers will want their students to have a fairly… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: supporting your students

giving support to reiki students

One of the things that we hear about quite a lot from people who come to Reiki Evolution, having taken a Reiki course before with a different teacher, is that they were never able to get in touch with their previous teacher to ask questions or ask for advice. They felt left out on a limb.

Either the teacher never got back to them, or the student had the impression that the teacher was ‘too busy’, or the student felt intimidated and didn’t want to ‘bother’ their Reiki teacher.

That’s not very good, is it?

So in this blog I… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: your course materials

woman reading reiki course materials

Imagine going on a Reiki course, say a First Degree course, for the first time. You don’t know anything about Reiki, really, and you’re not sure what is going to happen on the course. When you arrive, the teacher starts to tell you huge amounts of information about Reiki during your day. It’s difficult to take it all in – it’s all so new, after all, and you haven’t heard any of this stuff before. There are new ideas and concept to get your head around and you have lots of questions.

You try to take notes as you go… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: tell them, tell them, tell them

reiki teaching advice: public speaking

In my recent blog “Reiki teaching: explain, guide, review” I ran through a simple sequence that you can follow when teaching practical exercises to your students.

In this blog I would like to talk about the information that you pass on, how to help the information to stick in your students’ minds, and how to ensure that new information relates to what has come before, and is put in proper context.

And in doing this, I will be relying on some very basic advice that is given to people who do public speaking. In fact, this is the… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: explain, guide and review

reiki teaching advice: explain, guide, review

When you teach someone Reiki, you are teaching a practical skill, an art. Reiki is about things that you do: you meditate, you move energy with visualisation or intention, you move through hand positions as you treat other people, and students need to become comfortable with these practical skills by doing them: initially on their Reiki course and then through repeated practice once they get back home, in the days and weeks after their course.

It occurred to me that when I teach Reiki I go through a particular sequence, with the students sitting in front of me, whenever I… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: structuring your course

building blocks: structure your reiki course

At Reiki Evolution we have a steady stream of students coming to us to re-take their Reiki courses because they weren’t very happy with their original Reiki training, and we hear quite a few horror stories about wholly inadequate Reiki training courses.

The main criticisms fall into three categories:

  • Aimless drifting through the day of the course, talking about things unrelated to Reiki
  • Emerging from the course without a clear idea of what Reiki is or how to use it
  • Hardly any hands-on practice at actually doing Reiki, but a lot of talking

So if a student ends up spending… Continue reading