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Sure, Reiki practitioners can offer services in private practice and look to metaphysical shops and communities to grow their client base, but traditional medical facilities may be a source of attracting new clients, as well. In fact, the American Hospital Association estimates that 15 percent of hospitals in the United States (more than 800 hospitals) offered patients access to Reiki in 2007.
The Center for Reiki Research has compiled this list of hospitals, clinics and hospice organizations that regularly use the services of Reiki professionals. But even if your local medical facility is not on the list, you can still approach it and suggest that you become the first Reiki professional on their payroll.
—Go armed with research. If a hospital isn’t offering Reiki, chances are the decision-makers don’t understand it or the positive impact it can have on patients. This site contains some historic findings. Between 1994 and 2010 69 published medical articles were dedicated to the study of Reiki.
–Point to the competition. Running a hospital is a business. If a hospital administrator knows that the hospital’s competitors are offering a particular service, he or she may be more likely to consider adding that service, as well. Among the medical facilities that offer the service are Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif.
–Have professional materials in place. Visit the hospital with business cards and brochures about your business and your services. If you’ve offered Reiki to someone with an illness, ask that person to write a letter of recommendation that you can take to the hospital. Tout all of the benefits of Reiki — the physical, emotional and spiritual, as more and more hospitals are taking a holistic approach to healing.