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The Distant Treatment Option

  You may feel that you are not able to take on all the infection control precautions that will be required for practitioners returning to face to face treatments, or you may not have a suitable treatment space – for example if you offer treatments in a room inside your home.  It is also possible that you or someone in your family is at risk.  In these situations, while you may need the income there is no problem about waiting longer before you go back to in person treatments.

Reiki offers us an option that many other hands on treatments do not: distant treatment.  There are many options with distant treatment that you may wish to explore, helping to keep you, your clients and your family safe while also giving you some income.  If you have clients who already know you and are asking for treatments you can simply arrange a time and send them Reiki.   You could also offer an enhanced service by talking with them on the phone before and possibly after the treatment – to find out how they are that day and identify an intention for the Reiki treatment and to gather feedback about their experience afterwards.  One suggestion is to either let them call you back or to wait for a while after the treatment in case they have gone to sleep.

Another option would be to do a distant treatment using online conferencing, such as Zoom, Skype or other service.  You could then have a consultation similar to one you would have in person then send the Reiki treatment while remaining present with them online.  This allows them to be aware of what you are doing (you can turn off your camera while you draw the symbols if your practice is to keep them sacred) and they can comment/give feedback during the treatment.  This method may be useful for people who have not received Reiki before or are new to distant treatment.

Many people do not make a charge for distant treatment, but it is appropriate to do so if you are a public/professional practitioner.  You can decide for yourself how much this needs to be, but take into account your expertise in being able to send distant treatment, your time and the value of the treatment to the person you are sending to.  Remember this is a very safe option for everyone involved and can include those who have Covid-19 and their immediate circle.  It might be a good service to offer if people are having to self-isolate.

Kate Jones

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TRA endorses the latest advice received from CNHC for their registrants, with no clear date from any of the UK governments yet about when in-person, hands-on Reiki practice can resume.

Dear Registrant

We are writing to update you on the latest news on returning to work.

From 4 July 2020 the following restrictions have been eased:

  • The 2 metre social distancing rule has been relaxed to "1 metre plus" where 2 metres is not possible - but people will be encouraged to have mitigation in place to reduce risk of virus transmission.
  • Hair salons and barbers can reopen, but visors must be worn.

What does this announcement mean for CNHC Registrants practising in England?
Registrants who can maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and who have full infection control measures in place, may return to work on 4 July if that would be covered by their Professional Indemnity Insurance. CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work can be found here.

Clarification is required from government before ‘hands-on’ practitioners can return to work. We will be closely monitoring all the detailed government guidance.

Northern Ireland
In our previous email we informed you of the Northern Ireland Executive’s announcement that ‘contact’ retail businesses, such as those offering hairdressing and beauty treatments, can reopen on 6 July. 

We have now received more clarity from government in Northern Ireland and their announcement currently excludes hands-on therapies. No provisional date has been announced for the resumption of those services.

Registrants who can maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and who have full infection control measures in place, may return to work on 6 July if that would be covered by their Professional Indemnity Insurance. CNHC  guidance on preparing to return to work can be found here.

A possible date of reopening for non-contact therapies is 13 July. This date has yet to be confirmed. Again, more clarity is needed on the status of ‘hands-on’ therapies.

Self-employed Registrants in Scotland cannot return to practising face to face or ‘hands-on’. You should continue to work remotely if you are able to do so.

Next steps
We are seeking more clarity on the relaxation of measures in England and will be in touch by email with our updated guidance for ‘hand-on’ therapies.

We appreciate how extremely frustrating the lack of certainty from government is for Registrants practising ‘hands-on’ and we will be contact you again as soon as possible.

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Advice received from CNHC for its registrants:
Dear Registrant

CNHC published guidance on 29 May 2020 on preparing to return to work once it is safe to do so. The advice applies to all self-employed CNHC Registrant and can be found here.

Before publishing specific guidance for 'hands-on' therapies on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), we were waiting for the Government to answer our question: "Whether, in the interests of public, safety  ‘hands-on’ practitioners should be deemed to be occupations that should wear PPE when they are able to return to practice - and if so, what items of PPE that should be?

Having not yet received a response to this question, we have decided to go ahead and publish advice based on Public Health England guidance on the use of PPE for primary care. This will allow those of you who practise 'hands-on' to  fully prepare to reopen your practices once it is safe to do so.

You can find our additional advice for 'hands-on' therapies here.

We will be contacting you with information on when the return to work can take place in a separate communication.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the attached guidance, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Download our additional advice on practising "hands-on" here
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