Because Reiki is only accepted by the receiver only to the degree that she is willing, it is considered a safe treatment with few contraindications. There are however things you need to consider before offering Reiki for someone:
- What are the laws in the country you are practising? In the USA you can find yourself in trouble if you practise without license or appropriate insurance. For example, if you treat a pregnant woman who subsequently miscarries, could you be sued?
- Don’t diagnose any medical conditions unless you are a qualified medical doctor. If during a treatment you get a clear intuition that the client has lung cancer, for example, don’t say this to her directly. It could cause great worry and also potential legal problems. Instead say that you feel that there may be physical issues in the lung area, and recommend she get it checked by a medical doctor.
- Don’t touch private areas such as the groin or breasts. Reiki works effectively even without direct physical contact.
- It is inappropriate to offer Reiki while you are under the influence of alcohol or powerful drugs.
- When treating a broken bone or fracture always make sure the bone is set in a cast first. The efficiency of Reiki to heal the bone is remarkable in the early stages, and if the bone is not set properly then it may heal incorrectly and need to be re-broken and re-set.
In most cases, the most significant caution is your own ego. It will not hurt you or the client, but it may get in the way of healing. Release yourself and your client from attachment to specific healing outcomes. The more empty you can become, by letting go of any need for something special to happen, the more effective you can be. If however you are determined for the healing to go a certain way that you believe to be best, and push for that, you may block the path that was more appropriate for this client at this time.