Saturday, 13 October 2018
This month I ran the first community Reiki clinic in Ludlow. Having booked the room and put out publicity and a request for practitioners to help at first I had no response, so imagined myself sitting alone in a room with an empty treatment couch. However I'm happy to say this was not the reality!
I was delighted when two of my students got in touch to say they would come and help give treatments. On the day one of them had a cold, so very sensibly decided not to come, so that she wouldn't pass it on. So there were two of us giving the treatments. I had decided on a time that would follow on from the community lunch that is held at Rockspring Community Centre in Ludlow, thinking that some of those who came for the lunch might also enjoy a Reiki treatment to follow.
Following the model of other Reiki clinics around the world we scheduled 30 minute sessions for each person. The room was booked for 2 hours, so with the two of us giving treatment together this meant we could do 4 treatments.
Then the day before I received a phone call from one person to say he wanted to book a treatment at the clinic. He had seen a poster at Rockspring while there for the community lunch. So I was pleased to go
Jean and I set up the room and I put up notices around the centre to help people find us. Before our due start time two more people turned up - a woman from my Singing for Lung Health group and her husband. As our 1st customer had booked his session for 1.30 pm we treated one of them at 1 pm and the other had to wait until after the other treatment - they were able to watch the treatments as they waited.
As we were treating the first customers two more people came! This posed a slight problem as we were supposed to finish at 3 pm, which left only one further 30 minute session. However I was able to extend our time (and Rockspring had kindly given us use of the room free for this first session) so that we could offer a treatment to everyone who came. They too waited patiently and quietly, observing the other treatments.
It made me realise that more practitioners are needed to offer treatments, so that we can be doing 2 or 3 at once and therefore offer Reiki to more people. Three of those who came this month have already booked to come again next month which leaves only one appointment available if we only have 2 practitioners again!
So 5 people who had never received a Reiki treatment before had the opportunity to do so and all said that they enjoyed the experience. Although this session was free, several of them also wished to make a donation, so we have a month's room rent in hand going forwards. This means that we can offer lower cost treatments without a concern about making a loss.
So if you are a Reiki student, whether 1st or 2nd degree, and can get to Ludlow on a Thursday afternoon to help with the community clinic your hands will be most welcome! It's good practice and you will hopefully learn from the experience as well as offering the wonderful gift of a Reiki treatment to people who need it.