I appreciate your thoughtful and informative answer. I appreciate that you took the time to give me information and suggestions.
I have a slight mistrust of some of the rhetotric/mysticsm that seems to accompany Reiki. It is a huge leap of faith for me to feel comfortable with some of the things they teach.
Acupuncture on the other hand, offers a very practical and believable approach (from what I have rea and been told), and has been around for a great deal longer that Reiki or Theraputic touch.
I do understand that Reiki and Acupuncture are different, and do not use the same points, but Reiki very much emphasises the Chakras, and those in turn appear to be directly related to the endocrine system.
My plan is to learn more about acupuncture, and then return to studying Reiki. I have actually seen that Reiki works - at least with animals, and that is exactly where I want to apply myself.
I also feel that the north American approach to getting the different Reiki levels is way too quick. (One can obtain ones' level 1 and 2 in one 4 hour session) I feel that a complete understanding of various vibrational healing methods will help take me along the reiki path in a more complete way (for me personally).
I will certainly check out Tong Ren Therapy and qi gong. It sounds as if they both tie into my overall plan for learning more about the various healing practices.
Thank you again for your courteous time and response