Wednesday, March 3, 2021

COVID-19 and Reiki

October 10, 2020 by  
Filed under Blog, Reiki

Message from Lisa Guyman . . .

I hope this finds you well and you are taking precautions (for yourself and others) and are able to experience calm and peace in the midst of all of this uncertainty.


Special Note/Update – Because of Covid-19 and safety concerns the following workshops were cancelled:

March 20-22 training in Austin, TX
March 27-29 training in Birmingham, MI
April 17-19 training in Denver, CO
May 2-3 training in Seattle, WA
May 15-17 training in Birmingham, MI
May 29-31 training in Austin, TX
July 17-19 training in Denver, CO
August 21-23 training in Birmingham, MI

I’ve also decided to only schedule Online Reiki Workshops for the foreseeable future. The GOOD NEWS is that ONLINE Reiki training is powerful and even better in numerous ways!


Online Reiki Trainings

Online Reiki I, II, Master & Teacher Workshop – January 29-31, 2021.


Reiki is highly beneficial to well-being (read about the research from Harvard). Reiki self-treatment and meditation are fantastic practices to ease stress and boost immunity during this time.


Coronavirus/Covid-19 & Reiki

Reiki does indeed enhance well-being, however, it is super important to use extra precautions for yourself, your clients and your students (if you teach Reiki). If you are already attuned to Reiki practice self-Reiki and/or meditation daily. This is a great time to send distance Reiki to the planet. Send Reiki to others and to all beings! And of course follow guidelines from the CDC.

Do what you can to manage your stress and to be a source of love and Reiki for those around you. Be compassionate and kind toward yourself and to those around you!

Recommendations for preventing and reducing transmission:

  • Follow the social distancing recommendations.
  • Follow your states most stringent guidelines.
  • Practice social distancing even if you don’t feel sick.
  • Maintain a balanced self-care routine to keep your immune system strong by eating healthy, nutritious foods, taking immune boosting supplements* and getting enough rest and exercise. Reiki, meditation and EFT are also great immune boosters.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly before eating or brushing your teeth, washing your face or touching your face.
  • And also super key is avoiding touching your face i.e. eyes, ears, mouth, nose (this is easier said than done) unless you’ve just washed your hands. Also, I don’t recommend any physical contact on the face when working on a client until this pandemic is behind us.
  • Also, clean/sanitize your phone, too!
  • This isn’t nutritional advice, but my favorite immune boosts are: Gaia elderberry syrup, Gaia oil of oregano, zinc, Tulsi turmeric tea and having Young Living’s Thieves on hand. If you are interested in Young Living my number is 264787 or you can call Donna Lefferdo (303) 717-0557 with any questions or to place an order. I simply use YL – I don’t do it as a business. Or DoTERRA’s On Guard is great too and similar to Thieves. Here is a link to a friend of mine’s DoTERRA’s account (I’m not a distributer of DoTERRA).

Here are some recommendations for practicing Reiki on others and teaching Reiki!

Practicing Reiki in Person on your husband, wife, child, housemate, roommate!

If you are practicing on your spouse and you sleep in the same bed then you can do Reiki with contact. I would still avoid doing hand placements on the face. 

Practicing Reiki on a housemate …. 

  • At this time don’t do any in-person Reiki treatments with the exception of working on someone you live with (see above).
  • Keep up to date and follow my guidelines below or CDC guidelines whichever is stricter. and
  • Reiki can be done with a housemate on a massage table (if you have one) or a sofa. If you choose (even for someone you live with) you can do Reiki from across the room or several feet away. On a housemate you could do contact Reiki, but I still wouldn’t do contact Reiki over the face or head.
  • Be sure (of course) to wash your hands thoroughly before the session and to de-sanitize any surfaces you may touch before or during the session.
  • Don’t work on even a housemate if you feel at all under the weather and also don’t do contact work on anyone (even a housemate) that has any symptoms. You can still do Reiki from several feet away or practice long-distance Reiki on loved ones (that even live in the same home).

Seeing in-person Reiki clients …. 

  • At this time I don’t recommend any in-person Reiki treatments with the exception of working on someone you live with (see above), however follow your city/state guidelines and follow the strictest recommendations.
  • Keep up to date and follow the strictest guidelines. and
  • If social distancing is still the gold standard in your state error on the side of caution and don’t offer in-person treatments.
  • Once you can do in-person treatments I still wouldn’t do contact Reiki over the face or head. And I’d suggest you as the practitioner wear a mask. If your state requires or recommends that both parties wear masks for in-person services I’d adhere to that guideline (see what the recommendations are for hair salons, massage and nails and follow that).
  • Be sure (of course) to wash your hands thoroughly before the session and to de-sanitize any surfaces you may touch before or during the session.
  • Don’t work on anyone if you feel at all under the weather and also don’t see any clients that have any symptoms.

Teaching Reiki Classes in Person
At this time it is advised to put your Reiki classes on tentative hold and to not teach in-person until national and state guidelines say it is safe to gather in groups.

It’s super important for the community to reduce the bell curve and slow the virus down.

If you choose to teach a Reiki class anyway, please keep the guidelines below in mind. Gatherings should be 9 people or less, although honestly until things truly settle down with Covid-19 it may make sense to hold off on teaching classes (or offer a virtual class). 

  • Keep up to date and follow the CDC guidelines. and
  • Tell students not to attend if they are sick or have any risk factors or have recently traveled to a high risk area or have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19. And that if any symptoms show up in class they’d have to leave i.e. sneezing, fever, cold, cough etc. 
  • Make it a non-touch and non-hugging class and be at 6 feet or more distance the entire time from students and students seated at least six feet apart. Again, I don’t recommend any in-person Reiki classes at this time. But again you can go by your state’s guidelines.
  • A good rule of thumb (for in-person Reiki treatments) would be to follow your state’s massage guidelines. Once massage is authorized again in-person Reiki could also be done again and follow whatever precautionary recommendations are given. You may even want to add some lingo to your client waiver form.
  • Have students wash their hands during each break and sanitize any surfaces students touch. Be hyper vigilant. 
  • Advise students to particularly avoid touch their face including, eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
  • Reiki sessions can be given without contact i.e. keeping six feet distance. To hold in-person classes you’ll want to follow both the group size limitations, social distancing for groups and the massage guidelines. 
  • Again, I personally don’t recommend in-person classes at this time, but depending on your state you may be allowed to begin teaching with precautions.


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