***  Now accepting interested students for September 2020 – June 2021.  Please be advised that for next year the price will increase to $3,000.  Fill out the interest form below to be placed on the potential student list.***

(Also known as Usui Reiki Ryoho/Traditional Japanese Technique)reikimandala

September 2020 – June 2021

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:30 pm


Neighborhood Acupuncture, 345 Main Street, Laurel, MD

This in-depth class offers certification in Reiki I, Reiki II and Master Level, as well as consistent practice and support as students grow in their sensitivity and Reiki skills.  It is a comprehensive course designed especially for people who want to become professional practitioners.  Students will receive 7 separate Reiki attunements, one for each chakra.  Topics include symbols, embodying, extractions, shielding, ethics, how to open a Reiki business and more.  Students will participate in tablework during almost every class.  Students will also have to complete 2 written exams, one practical exam and 25 practice hours.

Register here, but please read the FAQ below as well.

Here’s a testimonial from one of my first students!:

“I definitely recommend Jessica’s Comprehensive Reiki Practitioner Training to anyone interested in learning Reiki. It’s the perfect class for those interested in starting a Reiki practice or for those seeking self-growth. The training program is just as it is called – comprehensive! She covers Reiki techniques and so much more that is involved with learning a healing modality. Not only did we learn the techniques of the traditional Japanese style of Reiki, but she covers case studies, techniques used for common ailments and issues, ethics, guidelines for working with different demographics (children and the elderly), tips for running a Reiki practice successfully, and more. I loved that she invited people to class so we could practice on people we didn’t already know. That was a huge confidence booster and helped me feel more prepared for working with the public. However, the mentorship throughout the year was the most valuable aspect in my opinion. Jessica is right along side you for the entire year and is a wonderful teacher and mentor. After completing this class, I feel more than prepared to accomplish my goal of being a Reiki practitioner! Thank you, Jessica!”  ~ Emily S.

Please read the following FAQ and policies before registering:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Wow, this seems a bit much.  Can’t I just get a Reiki certification in a weekend workshop?

A: Yes, of course you can.  This course is specifically for people who would like a career overhaul, perhaps to add Reiki to their current healing profession, or start a Reiki business.  This is complete, zero-to-Master level business training.  Students graduate with more hands-on tablework and trauma-informed knowledge than many active practitioners in the state.

Q: Who should take this course?

A:  The class is designed for people who want to become professional Reiki practitioners, or who would like to add Reiki skills to their current career.  Obviously no one is obligated to become a practitioner after taking the course, but I try to maintain the class spots for people who are serious about eventually working with the public and who would benefit from in-depth training in that regard.

Someone who is simply curious about Reiki and would like to use the skills to help themselves and friends may benefit more from my Reiki for Self-Care workshops.  Visit the link to learn more.

Q: Why is this course so long?

A: Think of this almost like an apprenticeship.  This course is for people who want more information, support and practice than a weekend workshop can provide.  Some people find that when they become certified in Reiki via a one-day class, they still don’t feel confident enough in their skills to do much with it.  This class provides consistent, weekly opportunities to learn and practice.  Most students graduate feeling fully ready to pursue Reiki as a career or add Reiki practices to their current profession.

Also, the Reiki techniques taught in this course are not a simple series of hand positions.  Instead, we teach Usui Reiki Ryoho, a more diagnostic approach that requires being able to sense and manipulate energy in more than one way.  Every person is capable of tuning in to this sensitivity, but it takes longer than a one-day class.

Lastly, working with the public requires practitioners to be very ethical and grounded in themselves.  This class covers ethics and allows for long-form self-exploration, giving students time to excavate and process their own shadows and ego-pitfalls.  This self-healing time allows them to be better healers of others later on.

Q: Why 7 attunements?

A:  Attunements strengthen and widen a person’s energetic core, which leads to better sensitivity.  By attuning each chakra, students gain more and more sensitivity in their hands and better insight into a client’s needs.  By going in-depth into each chakra via attunement and guided meditation, students also learn about themselves.  It is a self-healing environment that informs a student’s own practice.

Q: Do you teach all 3 levels of Reiki?

A:  Yes.  Students begin the year with 4 months of energy sensing and basic energetic manipulation (beaming, circuiting, etc.)  During this time, which is considered Level I, there are 4 attunements.  In December we go into Reiki II curriculum by learning the Power and Moon symbols and then learning how to add those into the tablework.  In February we go further into Reiki II by learning the distance symbol, distance healing and embodying.  Then in April we go into Master Level training by learning the Master symbol, how to attune and how to extract.

We also spend time learning emotional anatomy, trauma response, meridian systems, addiction response, techniques for treating specific diseases such as cancer and auto-immune disorders, how to work for children and the elderly, ethics, best business and marketing practices, and more.

Q: What if I already have a Reiki certification?

A: You are still welcome to take this class.  Some of my former students already had their Master Level certification from shorter workshops prior to taking this course, and discovered that they grew in their knowledge and skills.

Q: Why all the exams?

A: The written exams are simple questions about Reiki history, Reiki principles and ethics, and to make sure you know how to properly draw the symbols.  The practical exam, where each student will work on me, is for me to gauge how well the student manipulates energy.  The 25 practice hours are for students to work on family and friends outside of class time, to get a chance to feel different energies and to get comfortable with sharing and talking about Reiki to a variety of people.

Most of my students garner their practice hours by helping me with volunteer projects such as ‘Reiki for Recovery’, a program I started in 2017.  We offer free Reiki to people detoxing from drugs and alcohol.  It gives the students confidence on working with PAWS (post acute withdraw symptom) patients.

Q: What if I want to drop out mid-way through?

A: First, I would encourage any student who feels frustrated with course material or their experience to talk to me.  Nothing is set in stone and I can adjust curricula to suit student’s needs.  Second, any student who drops out of class will still be charged the full amount for the year.

Q: What do I have to do to register?

A: First, I require that you have received at least one Reiki session.  One should definitely experience a healing modality at least once prior to registering to become a practitioner of that modality.  Receiving a Reiki session from any practitioner (it does not have to be me) is a pre-requisite to registering.

Second, fill out the interest form. Check back for updated information on registration.

If able to take the class, you will need to put down a $300.00 deposit to hold your place in the class, which will be rolled over as your first month’s tuition.  A PayPal request for the deposit will be sent after registration confirmation.  YOU ARE NOT CONSIDERED REGISTERED UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT IS RECEIVED.

Third, I will schedule an informal get-together with you where we will discuss the class and your goals in taking it over coffee.  By registering, you are expected to complete the full course to the best of your ability. (Real talk: this means, I am only taking 5 students and I *really* don’t want someone to register only to drop out halfway through.  This meeting is to gauge your commitment.  If I don’t feel you are serious enough I reserve the right to rescind your registration and will refund 75% of your deposit. /legal-type blathering)

Please contact me at gentlehandsreiki@gmail.com or 443-766-0894 if you have any other questions, and thank you!