In 2007, US adults spent $33.9 billion on Complementary and Alternative Medcine (CAM) treatments, products, and classes. With rising healthcare costs and continuous reports of unsafe side effects of pharmaceuticals, the need for practitioners in the CAM industry is rising. Maybe you started out learning Reiki for yourself, but now you are being drawn into using these skills to help others. If you are considering offering your services to others, there are definitely some good reasons to start charging for your services.
As a Reiki practitioner who charges for your services, you will be able to devote more time to helping your clients. You have a limtied amount of time in the week; beyond just providing treatments to clients, you need to study and maintain your own personal practice. If you give away your services then you generally have to hold down a paying job as well. Since you need money for food, shelter, and other daily needs; if you do not charge for your services, you will have to get a job that does pay you. This will put considerable burden on your available time.
People who charge are seen as professionals and are generaly given more credibility than an amateur or hobbyist who gives services away for free. All professional do specfic things in their business, including charge for their services. By acting like a professional, you are automatically grouped together with other similar professionals, like doctors and lawyers. Society in general considers professionals to be more skilled than amateurs or hobbyists.
By charging your clients, you are able to more easily establish clear, professional boundaries with them. Setting boundaries on your time and space are a very important part of any professional practice. We are generally taught to value things more when we have to pay for them then when they are given away for free. When clients see that you charge for your services, they will respect and value your time and space more because they will see that you respect and value them.
With an aging popular constantly worried about healthcare, the need for professional Reiki practitioners is only going to keep going up. You can spend more time helping their clients by learning about specific issues if you charge for your services. Clients take you more seriously as a professional Reiki practitioner than they would a hobbyist or amateur. You can set stronger boundaries with your clients by charging for your services. People need help with their healthcare, and they trust professionals; treating your Reiki practice like a professional is a good way to establish that trust.