Reiki Regulatory Working Group
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Welcome to The Reiki Council
(formerly the UK Reiki Regulatory
[Note: A full update to this website to reflect this exciting change will be completed in due course.]
The Reiki Council
The RRWG has now become the Reiki Council. The Reiki Council is the lead advisory body for professional Reiki practitioners
in the UK, bringing together people, setting standards and advising all relevant UK bodies. More information to follow. .
RRWG withdraws from Federal Group
Following a meeting in November 07, The RRWG has now formally withdrawn from the Federal Working Group (now known as the
Natural Healthcare Council) set up by the Princes Trust for Integrated Health. The Group is considering its options and the
way forward in January 2008.
CONCERNS OVER REGULATORY STRUCTURE PROPOSED BY PRINCES TRUST
During 2007 the RRWG has been part of a group looking at a federal (ie multi-therapy) approach to self-regulation. This
has been called the Federal Working Group and is held under the auspices of the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health.
The RRWG was excluded from the September and October meetings and therefore unable to input its views directly at this key
time. The Working Group has issued a Progress Report. The RRWG has a number of concerns with what is being proposed and following
an emergency meeting, has sent a letter detailing these to the Prince's Trust and to the working group. It was agreed that
these concerns should be posted on the website in the interests of transparency.
Read RRWG letter to FWG, Oct 2007
Download FWG Progress Report Oct 2007 [PDF, 60kb]
Independent Lay Members
The RRWG is pleased to announce that Mr Anthony Perry has been appointed as the new Independent Lay Chair of the RRWG.
The RRWG still invites application from Lay People who are interested in becoming members of the RRWG (ie they have no
previous knowledge or involvement indirectly/directly with Reiki).
Enquiries to: email@example.com
Our mission is to explore and establish public and professional standards for the voluntary regulation of people who practise
Reiki professionally in the UK.
We understand Reiki to be:
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe
many systems of natural healing. This healing tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved
as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there
is balance and harmony within and around us and we experience a sense of well being.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence it is a healing process that works at bringing us into balance and reinforces
the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It is a tradition
that is open to any belief system.
Reiki is a healing process that anyone can benefit from in the normal course of their life and may also
bring help and comfort to people suffering from a range of conditions. It should not, however, be regarded as a cure for such
conditions. As a natural form of healing Reiki can support and enhance other forms of treatment.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed
and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near
the body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. It is also possible
to receive reiki at a distance.
Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not offer any diagnosis or prognosis.
people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor. They may or may not feel sensations during a treatment
and most people feel relaxed and at peace afterwards. However, a treatment could stir up emotions or lead to a healing reaction,
such as headaches or flu like symptoms.
Reiki is taught by Reiki Masters, who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from Master to
student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves
and others, not only from a healing perspective, but also as an aid to personal development and spiritual growth.
[Working definition updated Nov 14, 2005.]
Who We Are
The Reiki Regulatory Working Group (RRWG) was set up by representatives of a number of Reiki organisations in collaboration
with the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Integrated Health. The RRWG provides a forum for the exchange of views, concerns,
standards and best practice with the intention of “speaking with one voice” in working towards Voluntary Self
Regulation of Reiki and creation of the single UK Register of Professional Reiki Practitioners.
The group is made up mainly of practitioner representatives, but with up to 5 lay people with specific skills and expertise.
Representatives of Reiki organisations with a minimum of 100 members are invited to participate directly – it was felt
that smaller organisations could be represented under the umbrella of the larger bodies, but this remains under review to
We invite other Reiki organisations or individual Reiki Practitioners and Teachers to make contact with the RRWG on firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any queries. Please bookmark and check this site regularly if you wish to be kept up to date with the VSR process.
Aims and Objectives for 2007/2008
To achieve VSR by July 08, which involves:
- finalising a code of safe professional practice of Reiki, including disciplinary and complaints procedures, taking account
of feedback from the 2006 consultation process
- setting up a national register of Reiki practitioners practising in a professional setting
- continuing to participate in the Federal Working Group
- reviewing the RRWG’s Rules of Operation
- establishing a constitution for the Regulatory Body .
This website is a key aspect of our intent to ensure that the process is as transparent as possible, to
practitioners, policymakers and the public. The minutes of our meetings, draft documents, and relevant news and links will
posted here on a regular basis.