My Reiki teaching and use, was anything BUT traditional. Yes, we did the actual healing side of things... we were taught the first symbol with our level 1, and if we wanted level 2, we were taught the level 2 symbols (traditional ones.)
We did healing circles, including a once every two weeks (on a Thursday,) where there was a free healers exchange. People could come there for healing of Reiki, stone work, oils and aromatherapy, and to exchange tricks etc.
But there was also Reiki used extensively in our witchcraft.
Lets talk about what else Reiki can be used for, beyond the traditional act of healing another with it. I joke around and say that it's like cheating, because in my opinion it makes things a lot easier.
1. Cleansing. Reiki is by far the easiest way I have found to cleanse tools, stones, etc. Why? Because it is not your energy. It is a universal "white light" energy, for lack of a better description. I know a number of people that have used it on their cards, crystals, etc after they have touched a client. Quick and easy simply use the power symbol to turn it on and cleanse your tools.
2. Building energy/Charging. I have used Reiki energy in building energy, both in solo work and group work. Why? Because it is easier, and it is not using our own energy but using that of the universe. Again, go with the power symbol, and charge or build whatever energy is necessary.
3. Infusing. Reiki energy can be used to infuse things like oils, herb mixtures, and the like as much as your own energy can. It definitely adds some "oomph," to things, from what I have seen. I know one Reiki master that makes her own oils, and infuses them all with Reiki energy.
4. I'm not sure where this comes in, and it definitely deserves a post all to itself... but cleaning and balancing the chakras, as well as (I'm not sure of the term here,) running the kundalini. I use Reiki to trace the kundalini on a person, from their feet up and around the chakras, crossing at the 3rd eye, then over the crown, and back down the back, in the same way. You can feel blockages this way as well, but I suggest not trying to push past them if you do not know what you are doing. I have not experienced this, but I have heard people say that you can cause unintentional harm. The same with Chakra work... I know that some practicioners simply give Reiki, while others cleanse and balance the chakras at the same time, and get them moving properly.
What else do people use Reiki for? Any comments or questions?