“I receive Reiki healing every week,” a new acquaintance said when I was introduced as a Reiki master. “At least I did until my Reiki practitioner raised her fee from $40 to $75. At $40 I didn’t mind the cats jumping up on the table.”
“Did you speak to her about it?” I asked.
“Yes, I did, and she said not to worry about the cats, that they love Reiki.”
Of course that wasn’t the point.
“Did you ask if the cats were paying her fee?” I asked, cattily.
Reiki professional practice
Guessing from her fees and comical obtuseness about her client’s preferences, the Reiki practitioner in this story may be just starting out as a Reiki healing professional (she may also have been recently trained in Reiki practice, but that’s another discussion).
The anecdote raises three questions regarding Reiki professional practice that merit discussion. I hope you will weigh in on any or all of them, either as a Reiki practitioner or a Reiki client, or both:
1. As valuable and lovable as our animal friends are, do animals belong in a Reiki treatment room?
2. What accommodations does a Reiki client deserve?
3. Do you have strategies for raising fees for Reiki treatment without alienating clients (unless of course that’s your purpose)? What’s worked and what hasn’t worked?
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