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Energy Therapy Training and Education Programs

Energy therapy programs may be offered by practitioners, through holistic health schools or college continuing education programs. A couple popular training program are Reiki energy therapy and polarity energy therapy training.

Essential Information

Training programs in Reiki and polarity therapy vary greatly. Reiki is a centuries-old Japanese healing technique whereas polarity therapy takes concepts of energy from quantum physics and combines it with energy therapies from Chinese and Indian medicine. Some courses take only a few days or weeks, while others are much longer advanced programs that require hands-on training as well as classroom programs. Graduates should make sure their training complies with state licensing requirements that apply to some energy therapy practices.

These courses have no educational prerequisites. Check with the specific program for application information if there is a fee involved.


Reiki Energy Therapy Training

Reiki practitioners position their hands on or, more often, a little above certain parts of the fully-clothed body, holding them there until they feel sufficient energy has been transmitted to the client. Depending on the training level, courses are usually 1-2 days long, although the advanced level can be much longer. A number of variations of Reiki are used; Usui is the one most frequently taught in the United States. Classes are given the names of the four levels of Reiki energy therapy training:

  • Level I or First Degree
  • Level II or Second Degree
  • ART or Advanced Reiki Therapy
  • Master

Polarity Energy Therapy Training

Polarity therapy uses energy-based bodywork, beliefs and thoughts, yoga and nutrition to promote healing. Courses are taught at colleges accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, and by unaccredited colleges. Most programs take from 660 to 700 contact hours, although some 2-week intensive courses are available. The following topics are included in the coursework of most programs:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Balancing spinal energy
  • Balancing the nervous system
  • Energetic polarity nutrition
  • Heart energy balancing
  • Pelvic polarity

Employment Outlook

Although the BLS did not report job growth and salary data specific to Reiki practitioners, the BLS did project 17% job growth from 2014-2024 for health diagnosing and treating practitioners in general. This projected growth was faster than the average for all occupations. As of May 2015, the BLS reported, health diagnosing and treating practitioners earned a median annual salary of $74,710.

BLS also projected that practitioners in a similar profession - namely massage therapists - could expect job growth of 22%, much faster than the average for all occupations, from 2014-2024. The BLS reported a median annual salary of $38,040 for massage therapists as of May 2015.

Continuing Education

No states offer licenses to Reiki practitioners; however, some states require that only licensed massage therapists may practice Reiki commercially. Reiki energy therapists regularly brush up their skills with training courses from a variety of sources, since the therapy utilizes various approaches and techniques.

The American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA), a professional organization for polarity energy therapists, offers the designation of Associate Polarity Practitioner (APP) to members who have had 155 hours of training. When an APP reaches 675 hours of training, they may be designated as Registered Polarity Practitioners (RPPs). There is no legal value in these designations, but they indicate the level of the practitioner's polarity education.

Holistic practitioners wanting to incorporate energy therapy into their practice have a few different training options to chose from, including the Reiki energy therapy and polarity energy therapy training.


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