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Reiki is now accepted into CNHC

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) opens its doors to Reiki.

The CNHC was established with government funding and support in April 2008 with the purpose of protecting the public by means of a voluntary register for complementary and natural healthcare practitioners.

The CNHC’s function is:

To establish and maintain a voluntary register of complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK who meet its standards of competence and practice

The Register was launched with government backing through the Department of Health.

From 14 May 2012, the CNHC opened its doors to Reiki, which it describes as follows:

“Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal.  This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing.”

From the end of May members of the public will be able to search the CNHC register for Reiki practitioners in their area. Practitioners are only admitted to the register if they can demonstrate that they meet national occupational standards and agree to abide by a rigorous code of conduct, performance and ethics. More and more people are searching the register to find practitioners who are properly trained, qualified and insured.

CNHC’s Chief Executive, Margaret Coats, commented: “Reiki is widely used by people in services such as cancer and palliative care where it is essential that practitioners have met proper standards. The opening of CNHC’s register to Reiki provides this assurance to members of the public and commissioners of services.”

Reiki is the 14th discipline to join the CNHC register since it opened in January 2009. The other disciplines are Alexander Technique teaching, aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, healing, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, microsystems acupuncture, naturopathy, nutritional therapy, reflexology, shiatsu, sports therapy and yoga therapy.

Registration is currently voluntary.  There are 2 possible routes to CNHC registration.

Route 1: CNHC has agreed that the following organisations may verify applications for CNHC registration.

Route 2: is for those who do not belong to one of the listed organisations.

Please note you will need to complete a “Request to Register form” which is provided by your organisation and then return the form to them (not CNHC).  For some organisations the registration fee is £55 for your first discipline.  Each additional discipline costs £10 up to your 4th discipline, after which there is no fee for additional disciplines.

The Reiki Association is one of the verifying organisations who will ensure that practitioners who are to be registered meet the required standards.  Initially this will be a service for members only.

If you are considering applying please note the following pre-requisites for application:

The process will be as follows:

   For more information about CNHC,
or for a list of registered therapies and practitioners
visit their website

For more information about The Reiki Association
visit their website

For more information about the UK Reiki Federation
visit their website

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