Reiki is extremely powerful for healing physical and mental imbalances and ailments, for stopping addictions and bad habits, for energizing oneself, and for self-improvement. In addition, many choose to combine the power of Reiki with conventional medicine, for example to speed up the healing of an illness or injury. With all these benefits, and the current Western rediscovery of Eastern traditions and arts, the demand for Reiki practitioners is at an all-time high.
Many Reiki practitioners start by practicing Reiki on themselves and on family and friends, and often they find that because it is so effective, they start getting lots of people asking for Reiki treatment without ever having to advertise themselves. Many thus start their own private practice, and typical rates are around $50 to $100 an hour, depending on the situation and complexity of treatment. The experience of the practitioner and location will obviously also influence the rates charged, with some practitioners charging much more than $100 per hour.
In most U.S. states, the practice of Reiki is not regulated, the only exceptions being Florida and Utah. In these two states, in order to practice Reiki you need to be a qualified massage therapist. Some organizations, such as the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) offer certification and liability insurance to Reiki practitioners.
Anyone can learn and practice Reiki, you only need an open mind and an open heart. When you practice it on other persons, you should be professional and respectful at all times, and be sensitive to others' problems. If you want to learn Reiki at a school, the cost can be considerable and there is no financial aid available. Luckily, with the right information such as the book Usui Reiki Healing Master, you can easily learn Reiki by yourself at home, at a fraction of the cost. In addition, you do not need other persons to practice with, as Reiki is equally effective on yourself. Reiki can be used unlimitedly and with no side effects, and it will have a very powerful and positive impact on your life and on others you choose to treat.