Reiki Fees

Reiki practitioners love their work. Many love it so much they are uncomfortable being paid for it.

Or so they say.

I wonder. If we love our work, why wouldn’t we want to be compensated for it?

Payment creates balance

Being compensated makes it possible for us to develop as Reiki practitioners by making it possible for us to put in the considerable time needed to grow as professionals. Without being paid, how many of us would have enough time to approach the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell identified as being necessary to develop expertise and success?

Paying for his session enables your client to leave feeling balanced and whole on every level, not feeling indebted to you for the favor. Feeling complete with the session means a client who values balance is more likely to come back. And isn’t that the client you want to work with?

Grateful strategies

If you truly love practicing Reiki professionally, but are uncomfortable with fees, try this after your next client session:

Look your client in the eye as she hands you the payment for her session.

Hold her gaze as you smile, and say with grace and gratitude, “Thank you.”

To prepare for that interaction, take a few moments now to contemplate everything that you thank your clients for. Here are a few possibilities:

Thank you for valuing what I offer you.

Thank you for honoring our relationship.

Thank you for enabling me to support myself (and my family) by doing work I love. I know that many people are not so fortunate.

What else will you be thanking your client for the next time you gratefully accept his payment?

RELATED READING:
Reiki and Money

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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12 Responses to “Reiki Fees”

  1. Healing Mudras September 26, 2010 11:15 am Permalink

    Love!

  2. Jeann September 26, 2010 12:55 pm Permalink

    I thank the client for making me happy by showing their appreciate and trust.

  3. Colleen September 27, 2010 4:47 pm Permalink

    I admit that, while I agree 100% in theory, the “practice” part of charging a fee came with some hesitation for me for some time. I was first attuned to Reiki I in 1996 and began seeing clients and teaching in 2005 part-time. I am now moving into my dream of full-time practice and realize how important it is to (finally) decide how I want this practice to operate. I feel that a monthly clinic may be one option for me to offer for those who find my fee prohibitive. I practice in a small town, so my fees are much less than spa fees or larger practice fees. Still, folks who could most benefit will find it difficult without an option that fits their current situation. My great aunt was a hands-on healer until she died at age 92, and she worked on donations only – an honor system based on trust in Spirit; hence, my earlier programming! Thank you again and again for your continued dedication. So many of us join with you wholeheartedly!

  4. DEBORAH MOEN October 21, 2010 12:30 pm Permalink

    This is a wonderful article. Thank you.

  5. Kathy October 21, 2010 3:10 pm Permalink

    As a Reiki volunteer at our local cancer center, I have been asked by many of the patients to whom I have given Reiki, if they could have my card. Just recently, I ordered business cards and have started giving them to the patients and to others who have asked for them. I am ready to begin giving Reiki in my home or in the homes of others, and charging a fee. I do not charge anyone in my immediate family when I give them Reiki. However, I am really unsure as to how much to charge my in-laws or close friends if they should request Reiki. Should I charge them “half price,” a “reduced rate,” etc?

  6. Pamela Miles October 21, 2010 3:26 pm Permalink

    Kathy, if there is a “should” in fees, it might be that we “should” charge what feels balanced to us, and what enables people to walk away feeling whole and complete, rather than indebted.

  7. Florike October 21, 2010 11:00 pm Permalink

    If I have good friends that I feel uneasy with to charge them directly but they ask me how much a session costs, I normally end up saying: “I charge so and so much but as a friend you can give me what you feel allright with” or another good one is “I will give you the first session for free so you can try”. Important is allways leave the door open to the other to exchange energy (in reiki, money, help, etc.). If you have given Reiki freely to someone and they say “how much do I owe you”, never say “oh… nothing” because that makes your session less important. Say “what you would like to give”. Sometime they give you what you would regularly charge, sometimes more or maybe less or maybe they invite you for dinner which is also good for a (ex)change. :) In Perú we love the exchange-economy to come back in our lives (allthough one sure needs an income as well)

  8. Eve December 13, 2011 9:42 pm Permalink

    What about if you’re not a master? I think there are so many Reiki masters around, anyone with less than that is considered an amateur. Does a second-degree practitioner qualify? If so, how much does one charge?

    • Christine Decarolis December 13, 2011 11:42 pm Permalink

      Eve, I charge the same now as a Master as I did as a second-degree practitioner which is also the same as I charge for a massage. It simplifies things so that I don’t have to remember more than one fee schedule. In my area, the going rate is $60/hr for Reiki and $70/hr for massage and my fee falls in the middle at $65/hr.

  9. Pamela Miles December 13, 2011 10:39 pm Permalink

    Eve, what does being a master really mean? Some masters have less training that other people get in their First degree training.

    We each need to figure out what is meaningful for us as individuals. I think it makes a lot of sense for people to become professionals and address the issue of compensation before becoming masters. The grounding that comes with finding ease in one’s relationship to money provides a stronger foundation for Reiki mastery.

    Fees also vary among different areas and it makes sense for practitioners to raise their fees as they gain experience, whether or not they are masters.

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  11. Janis Davies September 25, 2010 2:17 pm Permalink

    Wonderful post. I thank my clients for trusting me. I thank them for the lessons I learn and the healing I receive through working with them.

  12. Healing Mudras September 26, 2010 11:15 am Permalink

    Love!

  13. Jeann September 26, 2010 12:55 pm Permalink

    I thank the client for making me happy by showing their appreciate and trust.

  14. Colleen September 27, 2010 4:47 pm Permalink

    I admit that, while I agree 100% in theory, the “practice” part of charging a fee came with some hesitation for me for some time. I was first attuned to Reiki I in 1996 and began seeing clients and teaching in 2005 part-time. I am now moving into my dream of full-time practice and realize how important it is to (finally) decide how I want this practice to operate. I feel that a monthly clinic may be one option for me to offer for those who find my fee prohibitive. I practice in a small town, so my fees are much less than spa fees or larger practice fees. Still, folks who could most benefit will find it difficult without an option that fits their current situation. My great aunt was a hands-on healer until she died at age 92, and she worked on donations only – an honor system based on trust in Spirit; hence, my earlier programming! Thank you again and again for your continued dedication. So many of us join with you wholeheartedly!

  15. DEBORAH MOEN October 21, 2010 12:30 pm Permalink

    This is a wonderful article. Thank you.

  16. Kathy October 21, 2010 3:10 pm Permalink

    As a Reiki volunteer at our local cancer center, I have been asked by many of the patients to whom I have given Reiki, if they could have my card. Just recently, I ordered business cards and have started giving them to the patients and to others who have asked for them. I am ready to begin giving Reiki in my home or in the homes of others, and charging a fee. I do not charge anyone in my immediate family when I give them Reiki. However, I am really unsure as to how much to charge my in-laws or close friends if they should request Reiki. Should I charge them “half price,” a “reduced rate,” etc?

  17. Pamela Miles October 21, 2010 3:26 pm Permalink

    Kathy, if there is a “should” in fees, it might be that we “should” charge what feels balanced to us, and what enables people to walk away feeling whole and complete, rather than indebted.

  18. Florike October 21, 2010 11:00 pm Permalink

    If I have good friends that I feel uneasy with to charge them directly but they ask me how much a session costs, I normally end up saying: “I charge so and so much but as a friend you can give me what you feel allright with” or another good one is “I will give you the first session for free so you can try”. Important is allways leave the door open to the other to exchange energy (in reiki, money, help, etc.). If you have given Reiki freely to someone and they say “how much do I owe you”, never say “oh… nothing” because that makes your session less important. Say “what you would like to give”. Sometime they give you what you would regularly charge, sometimes more or maybe less or maybe they invite you for dinner which is also good for a (ex)change. :) In Perú we love the exchange-economy to come back in our lives (allthough one sure needs an income as well)

  19. Eve December 13, 2011 9:42 pm Permalink

    What about if you’re not a master? I think there are so many Reiki masters around, anyone with less than that is considered an amateur. Does a second-degree practitioner qualify? If so, how much does one charge?

    • Christine Decarolis December 13, 2011 11:42 pm Permalink

      Eve, I charge the same now as a Master as I did as a second-degree practitioner which is also the same as I charge for a massage. It simplifies things so that I don’t have to remember more than one fee schedule. In my area, the going rate is $60/hr for Reiki and $70/hr for massage and my fee falls in the middle at $65/hr.

  20. Pamela Miles December 13, 2011 10:39 pm Permalink

    Eve, what does being a master really mean? Some masters have less training that other people get in their First degree training.

    We each need to figure out what is meaningful for us as individuals. I think it makes a lot of sense for people to become professionals and address the issue of compensation before becoming masters. The grounding that comes with finding ease in one’s relationship to money provides a stronger foundation for Reiki mastery.

    Fees also vary among different areas and it makes sense for practitioners to raise their fees as they gain experience, whether or not they are masters.


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