URGENT APPEAL Regarding the State of Reiki in Massachusetts
Thank you to the work by those from the Celebration of Reiki Conference on researching this
Massachusetts Senate Bill S2461, which is moving quickly through the Massachuetts legislature. Legislators are very concerned about human trafficking and do not want to appear in any way “soft” on it. The Bill has been through two votes in the Senate without a single “No vote” and is moving to the House for consideration in Committees there before a floor vote.
If this Bill passes, Reiki practitioners will not be able to practice Reiki in Massachusetts without first having a license from the state.
- Feldenkrais method; reflexology; Trager Approach; AyurvedicTherapies; Rolf Structural Integration, Polarity Therapy; Asian bodywork therapy; acupressure; Jin Shin Do; Qi Gong; Tui Na; Shiatsu; body-mind centering and Reiki. These modalities are being placed in the category of “Bodywork”.
The Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing will be taking testimony via email from interested parties; the committee has only until August 27th to move this through- there is a very good chance that they will not take the full time to review this bill.
- All practitioners listed above will need a license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to practice.
- This Bill classifies Reiki as a “bodywork therapy.” This bill is based on a misunderstanding of Reiki and a misunderstanding of “Bodywork”. There is no such profession as “bodywork” or “bodywork therapy”. Further, many Reiki practitioners define Reiki as a mind-body-spirit healing practice and not “bodywork” at all. “Bodywork” is just a catch-all term for a broad field containing many disciplines, some of which are full professions that already have their own bodies of knowledge, educational programs, codes of ethics, standards of practice, etc. as well as professional organizations to administer these.
- According to the Bill, all practitioners, including Reiki practitioners, must pass “a course of study consisting of at least 500 classroom hours or an equivalent number of credit hours of supervised instruction in a nationally accredited bodywork therapy program”. As you know this is not applicable to Reiki practitioners, as we do not have a “nationally accredited program”, nor does Reiki training require “at least 500 classroom hours.”
This bill would harm our practitioners and the citizens of Massachusetts who benefit from their services.