As you are building your Reiki business, there are all types of things to keep in mind. Among them are those teeny, tiny legal issues that can come back to bite you. Reiki practitioners provide a healing service. Ideally, clients understand the role that Reiki plays in healing. They know it can complement traditional medicine rather than replace it. Never assume clients know that. Instead, educate clients and protect yourself with a Reiki consent form.
Whenever you start working with a new client, have them sign a Reiki consent form. That forces the client to acknowledge that you are not a licensed medical professional. It lets them know you can not diagnose illnesses or conditions.
Also, let clients know that your Reiki treatments do not replace medical care. Suggest that clients visit a medical professional if they are concerned about an underlying medical condition.
Reiki consent forms dispel confusion
Reiki healers want to see people get healthy. They also recognize that there is a place for traditional medicine. While holistic and alternative methods can heal at a deeper core level, medicine may be needed to provide more immediate care.
But just as important, you must protect yourself as a business owner. It is against the law for someone to practice medicine without a license. While you may know that you do not practice medicine, a client may not realize that. What if a client does not understand that and comes to you for medical care? If things go south, you may be sued for practicing medicine without a license.
Don’t forget long-time clients
Not only should you have new clients fill out the energy work and consent form, but you should also go back and have current clients sign the form if they have not already. Even if you’ve had a client for years and you think you know that client and you don’t believe they would sue you, don’t take the chance.
Not sure what to put on your Reiki consent form? Consider this sample wording. I adapted it from Barbara Eden’s book Energy Medicine:
Though Reiki can be considered a form of energy medicine, that does not imply that Reiki practitioners are practicing medicine. Energy Medicine is a term used by many training programs that teach people how to assess and correct for energy imbalances in the body. Reiki is not a substitute for the diagnosis and/or treatment of medical or mental health conditions by a licensed health care professional.
If you have a disorder that has been diagnosed by a licensed medical or mental health professional or a condition that should be evaluated by a licensed health professional, my services should be used only in conjunction with your obtaining that care. I do not diagnose or treat medical or mental health disorders, nor am I trained or licensed to do so. Reiki attempts to optimize the body’s overall health and vitality, but it is not to be used instead of appropriate care from a licensed professional.
I also recommend you speak with an attorney if you have legal questions. Look for an attorney who understands the value of Reiki and barter your services.