How Do I Put a Dollar (or Euro or Yen) Value on the Gift of Reiki?
How to Charge for Reiki Sessions
Reiki energy is free to anyone who wants it, that’s true. But if you don’t put a monetary value on the gift of Reiki that you enthusiastically bring to the world if this is your profession (or value yourself in whatever profession you are in), it’s also true you may eventually be eating cat food for dinner. A business that can’t sustain itself is going to fail. And if you want Reiki to be your beautiful and spiritual business offering, it’s essential to value your time, work, training and self enough to be able to put a monetary value on the services you offer.
Keeping these things in mind can help.
People are Not Paying for Reiki Energy, but for Your Time and Effort
As already noted, Reiki energy is free. But the investment you put into being able to share it typically can cost a pretty penny or peso. Costs associated with being Reiki-ready include things like:
- Training, classes and attunement
- Additional literature and research
- Creating and maintaining a peaceful space for your practice
- Blankets, sheets, laundry, heating pad, treatment table and other accoutrements you desire to make your clients comfortable
- Music, flowers, battery operated candles and items to make your space pleasant for clients
- Paying the rent and utilities for this peaceful space
- Professional association membership as an investment in your business and to be your professional best
- Insurance including liability insurance if desired
- Brochures, business cards and promotional materials
- Appropriate professional attire for sessions be that in office or in medical settings 11) Transportation to office if renting space or practicing at a spa or facility 12) Web site development and maintenance costs including your time if you do this yourself.
The time you spend during the actual session is also valuable and should be accounted for. Add it all up, and you can get a much clearer picture of what your services are worth.
Getting the Most out of a Reiki Treatment Involves the Exchange of Energy
Money is a form of energy exchange. It is even discussed in the stories of the history of Reiki that people find more value in something if there is an energy exchange. If something is free then it is less valued. This includes your own time.
Also, when someone is paying for something in general, they may be more invested in following through to do their part for their continued healing and wellness. For example, if a practitioner suggests that the client continue their less stressful feeling after sessions by journaling or taking quiet time, they may be more inclined to do so.
Free treatments can also start to make people feel guilty or indebted to you. This can lead to an imbalance that eventually results in people actually avoiding your treatments. Charging for your treatments gives people the freedom to visit you for Reiki whenever they wish.
But the most important issue is to value yourself. This is priceless. A successful Reiki Practitioner must be able to walk their talk about self-care. This includes receiving as well as giving.
Match the Mindset with the Value
If you’re still feeling a bit hesitant about putting a monetary value on your Reiki sessions, examine what you’re really offering.
Describe your Reiki services with some of the actual potential benefits:
- stress reduction
- clarity and peacefulness
- a much needed break and rest
- and personal wellness are just a few of the benefits.
Once you see what you’re really offering, you may want to schedule in your calendar a self-session!
A typical rule of thumb is to price Reiki sessions about the same rate as a massage therapy session would cost in your area. If you feel you are charging a fair price for your valuable time and amazing services, you are likely to be equally amazed by the results.
**This article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.