Several of my students and clients have asked for some practical tips to start their own healing practice, as Reiki pracitioners, massage therapists, life coaches, and other forms of the healing arts. These are some practical strategies I have used to create a successful Energy Healing Practice, that I am sharing in the hope they can help you as well!
I always recommend starting where you are – meaning while you still have your day job(s), begin your healing work. Don’t wait for every single thing to line up and be “perfect”, because that may never happen!
Create a space you want to work in, either at home or you can rent a space just a day or two a week, etc… but if you can do it from home, I’d recommend that. You could start by traveling to the clients, bringing your own table. It adds quite a bit of driving time, and you have to deal with their environment, but if that works for you, that can be fine too. If it’s from your home, create a space that you love, that feels safe, relaxing, peaceful and healing. It could be in your living room or an extra bedroom – be creative. It can be a space that has multiple uses, initially, as long as you can easily make it feel like a calm and safe environment when you have a client coming.
Next, start putting it out there that you are taking clients – maybe working with friends and family first, going to Reiki shares, etc. You’ll need to make a business card that says (in words) and shows (images) the feeling of who you are and what you want to project and who you want to attract. You can keep it simple and use a template from Vista Print or similar, and you don’t have to make it a huge project – just tune in to your vision, and ask your guides if you need help with the wording or image. If you have the funds, you can also hire a graphic designer to create the look and feel you want. I have the names of people I can recommend.
When you are ready, you’ll also need a website, and again, it can be simple. You can create one yourself, through WordPress or similar, or if you’re not at all tech savvy, hire someone to create one, and it can be just 2 or 3 pages to start, creating a presence of who you are, what you offer, what your skills are and relevant training, including any educational background, etc. Find sites that you like, take note of what you don’t like as well, tune into sites that draw you in and are more than just attractive, but would actually make you feel you can trust that person and want to work with her/him. Then incorporate what you like, using your own unique expression of who you are and what you can offer to another.
Advertising is important at some point, letting people know you exist and the universe know you are ready….In Tucson, Natural Awakenings is the main source of healers and spiritual type of resources, but you could focus on another audience such as an upscale one in another publication, and seek out other resources in your community as well.
You don’t need to do all these at once, and maybe you won’t even need a website or ads. Take your time and allow for this to evolve naturally, without forcing, but also with taking some action. It is a balancing act of allowing, and inviting… Some people do well with just word of mouth, but most of us need more.
Last, but very important, is prayer/intention/petitioning to your guides, the divine, the universe… I ask that I be in service in the ways that will serve the divine, my clients and students, and my own soul as well, with grace and ease. I ask that I work with clients who will be able to receive, acknowledge and appreciate the gifts that I have to offer, and who are ready and willing to do their own work, and to heal and transform. I ask for clients/students who can easily afford my services. I ask to be in the greatest service possible, to be the clearest possible channel for the divine teachings, healing and guidance that can come through me… You’ll find your own way of asking. I do sometimes forget, and notice that I’m seeing fewer clients, or that I’m drawing clients who are not a great fit, (though that hasn’t happened for quite a while) and it’s a reminder to get clear about what I want and need, and ask for it. It’s important to me to be clear, while also allowing for even greater possibilities.
All you really need is the confidence and trust and you will soar. I am in total support and am so excited to see and hear about your blossoming!