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- Deregulate Florida Reiki NOW!!!
by Ellen Louise
Kahne, Reiki Master
A meeting of the Florida
Massage Board will be held on July 27-28, 2000 in Orlando, Florida. Now
is the time to act, to protect Reiki spiritual laying on of hands healing
from monopolistic regulations which do not conform to the definition of
massage under Florida State law and are in violation of the first amendment
guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
There must be a massive letter writing/petitioning
campaign from the entire Reiki community to the Florida Massage Board
urging them to reverse their decision to require massage licensing for
all Reiki practitioners and Masters in Florida.
All Floridians who value their Reiki practices, those
who have received healing through the hands of Reiki practitioners, clergy
and healers of faith, along with massage therapists and health professionals
who disagree with the mandatory licensing and monopolistic trade policies
of the Florida massage lobby regarding spiritual laying on of hands healing
must come together at the July 27-28, Massage Board meeting in Orlando.
If you value your Reiki practice, your right to teach
and to heal, if you have received and valued Reiki and other forms of
spiritual laying on of hands healing, you must write to keep Reiki and
all spiritual laying on of hands healing free of regulation and monopolistic
trade practices everywhere.
Numbers count. The more letters the Florida Massage
Board receives, the greater the impact. There are board members who are
leaning toward deregulation NOW. Let's support them massively.
Please write your strongly worded objections (including
the points detailed in the letter below) to the following and send copies
of your letters to the Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, and to Florida State
Department of Health
Medical Quality Assurance
BIN C #06
Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Attention: Florida Massage Board Members
Dear Florida Massage Board Members,
I am given to understand that, the Florida Massage
Board requires that all Reiki practitioners and Masters must hold a massage
license to practice Reiki in the state of Florida. Under these circumstances,
the practice of Reiki without a massage license is considered illegal
and (unlicensed practitioners/Masters) may be subject to both civil and
criminal penalties as well as professional disciplinary committee actions
The definition of massage under Florida State law does
not pertain to or include Reiki or any spiritual laying on of hands healing.
The definition clearly states that massage is "...manipulation of
the superficial tissues of the human body..." Reiki does not manipulate
tissues. Hands are placed lightly (with no pressure or manipulation) on
the head and over clothing, or Reiki is done in the aura (energetic field)
above the body or as distant healing, massage is not. Hand positions are
maintained in place for 5 to 15 minutes, hands do not slide or manipulate,
they are stationary. Reiki healing is spiritual in nature it does no harm.
Reiki is not massage, which uses oils, physical tissue manipulation and
pressure and is practiced as unclothed body work. Many Reiki practitioners
refuse massage training as a matter of personal conscience, as we are
spiritual healers and object to being forced to obtain training or to
practice unclothed body work.
Reiki is a spiritual practice and a spiritual discipline
available to people of all faiths. Spiritual healing is exempted from
regulation by the first amendment of the United States Constitution.
Ministers, priests, nuns, and lay religious healers
must not be subjected to disciplinary action and arrest for practicing
spiritual laying on of hands healing. The specter of dragging off our
clergy to jail for doing laying on of hands healing at the behest of the
Florida Massage Board is unacceptable and reprehensible to all people
of faith, to all healers, to all recipients of healing, to all citizens
of the state of Florida and elsewhere, whether they are licensed medical
professionals or not.
The New York Massage Board faced a similar situation
and they reversed their untenable position and stated that Reiki was not
massage and did not fit the definition or classification of massage as
specified in New York State law on February 23, 1999. Reiki spiritual
laying on of hands healing is practiced free of regulation and licensing
requirements in most U.S. states and localities. The international Reiki
community has joined together and committed to see to it that Reiki remains
free to all people everywhere who wish to receive, practice and/or teach
spiritual laying on of hands healing may do so, as an article of faith
Reiki has been defined as massage by the Florida Board
arbitrarily and at the behest of individuals and a small pressure group
(several years ago) which wanted an exclusive monopoly in distributing
continuing education credits (CEs) for teaching Reiki. This exclusivity
and requirement for massage licensing regarding Reiki was granted to providers
who are licensed massage therapists only by the Florida Board. This constitutes
a monopoly in restraint of trade.
In light of the above, I ask you to reconsider the
position of your Florida Massage Board and to reverse any requirement
for massage or other professional licensing for Reiki in the state of
Ellen Louise Kahne, founder and President
Reiki Peace Network and Reiki University
P.O. Box 754217
Forest Hills, New York 11375
Copyright Ellen Louise Kahne
The author grants permission for distribution and use of this letter and
accompanying article for the benefit of the International Reiki community
(and for all in need of spiritual healing everywhere in its entirety).
Please distribute (this article) as widely as possible.
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