The short answer is yes, a longer answer it depends who you study with.
There are many different Reiki schools out in the market place and it can be difficult to know which school is the right one for you - the beginning student.
Some programs cover just the basics, such as hand positions. Other programs offer the basic positions and have added other elements. Some schools provide verbal instruction only and do not provide handouts, books or binders of information that you can use later for reference purposes. Many factors will play a role in your determining which program is the best one for you: such as cost, time commitment and your own goals. Those interested in learning about using Reiki should research what is available and based on your individual needs and goals choose the program that best meets your overall goal.
What are the benefits?
For the beginning student you learn how to work on yourself. Daily self-care is a wonderful way to start and end your day.
Students have reported being calmer, happier and excited to have their new skill. Most pets enjoy receiving Reiki from their human friends.
For the advanced student they learn how to share Reiki with others.
The top perceived benefits: Improved Relaxation, Decreased Stress, Anxiety, Decreased Pain and Improved Mood (Vitale, A. PhD, APN, AHN-BC, Brownwell, E. PhD)
Why would someone study with Integrative Healthcare?
Reiki has been going Mainstream for at least 10 years or more. The National Center for Health Statistics [Center for Disease Control - (CDC) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicated:74.6% had used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)].
The American Hospital Association survey indicated that 15% of American hospitals offered Reiki for their patients. (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-09-14-alternative-therap...) (assessed August 2013)
At the moment 74 hospitals in the United States offer Reiki in their facilities. The figures for Canada are less, as most places do not recognize Reiki as an important component of our Universal Health Care system.
In order to be recognized as a member of the healthcare team, here are some skills a Reiki practitioner needs to know: present a professional image, follow the chain of command (who do you report to), understand the importance of confidentiality and privacy, etc.
Students are taught traditional Japanese Reiki as developed by USUI Mikao. Attention is given to learning the basic skills as well as hands-on practice opportunities through Reiki shares. These shares provide the student (beginner or advanced) the chance to hone their talents and feel connected to a strong supportive community.
No matter the skill level all students - beginner, intermediate and advanced - receive a manual and handouts which supplement the in-class material presented.
Mentorship is extended to all students, no question is frivolous, it is a chance for growth.