People are so complex and nuanced that to sum them up through a brief consultation, to the point where we can offer effective treatment, is virtually impossible.
Thus, as professional holistic therapists we usually resign ourselves to stock questionnaires that define the basics, such as age, gender and medical history. Forever seeking to place our clients in boxes, we rely on symptoms and symptomatic patterns to forge a path to their wellbeing.
This does not mean, however, that a solution needs to be complex or complicated. Once we appreciate the Universal constants of life, mapping a treatment plan can be elicited rather easily.
It is all a matter of relationships; how one relates to oneself, how one relates to the outside world and how one relates to oneself in relation to the outside world.
When you have an understanding of how people experience the world and their lives, through holistic profiling, you can develop adaptive and ongoing treatments that create profound results—as opposed to the treatment that attempts to act as a catch-all based on the symptomatic history recounted by the client.
In therapies that are powered by Reiki, such as Usui Reiki, the need to know a client’s current state of health is dismissed by the introduction of intent and the belief that the Reiki will do what it needs to.
The challenge with this approach is not centred around what Reiki (the force) actually does or does not do… it is focused on the perceived value of the client and the practitioner.
By exploring—through consultation, treatment and feedback—the needs of your client, you are developing your relationship with each other. This is not only effective at growing the value the client experiences, but also expands your relationship with Reiki.
It is very common amongst professional Reiki Therapists to conduct a basic and introductory consultation to gauge the client’s health and health needs. This is usually obtained through a questionnaire, conversation and checklist.
This is nearly always based on symptoms and history.
However, when you profile each client at a deeper, broader and more holistic degree of understanding, the effects of every treatment become longer lasting and more powerful.
To shift from questions and checklists, to a holistic approach, profiling models that adapt and change with your client (and you) are an essential and trustworthy tool.
From personality traits to professional preferences, from childhood trauma to emotional experiences, from how the client relates to others to how they relate to themselves—layering complexity into your treatment plan (complexity that matches the complexity we all possess), will revolutionise your practice.