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Got Questions about Reiki? Three Answers to Common Questions


We have been students and practitioners of Reiki (ray – key) for over 20 years. Although we were not looking for a healing practice – a chance encounter and a referral – brought us this complementary therapy.  Reiki has not only enhanced our physical wellbeing but enhanced our emotional and spiritual way of life. It has changed our lives for the better!

Sunset by Karl Robb 2022

“The difficulty is describing Reiki. It’s like describing a sunset.”

Karl usually says the preceding line when someone asks him to describe reiki. Reiki is a practice with ancient roots.  There are many different forms of reiki. This form of reiki was developed in Japan over a hundred years ago by a physician. The lineage of reiki we practice is call Jin Kei Do which includes the practices of: Qigong (movement meditation), mindfulness meditation, and reiki self-treatment. The reiki self-treatment is developing the skill of harnessing universal lifeforce energy, bringing the energy into our bodies to help promote self-healing, calmness, and inner peace.

When we injure ourselves with an abrasion on our skin, our skin eventually, over time, heals itself. Self-healing is innate – all of us have the capacity to self-heal. The practice of reiki simply provides a protocols and practices to enhance and increase our ability to help ourselves. As we move through life with mental, emotional, and physical stress, our natural energy can become depleted. Reiki is one of many energy practices to allow us to increase our personal energy and empower our bodies to heal.

How can Reiki help me?

Much like how living with Parkinson’s is different for each person – the experience of reiki is different for everyone. Reiki can be effective for balancing one’s personal energy, reducing fatigue, lowering anxiety, improve sleep, reducing pain, and can improve a variety of other physical, mental, or emotional challenges.

Reiki has improved all aspects of our lives. Karl has seen reiki help curb the intensity of his dyskinesias, lower his stress, give him peace and calming, improved his confidence, and provided him with a greater understanding of who he is and what he can achieve. With reiki, Angela has seen reductions in anxiety, stress, anger, and headaches. She has experienced increases in her calmness, focus, and clarity of thought.

Has Reiki been scientifically studied?

Although there have been some research studies of reiki, many have been conducted without the research standard of double-blinding and without a strict protocol to enable reproduction of the study. What few studies have been completed are usually dependent on anecdotal evidence or self-reporting, which has provided inconclusive results. Despite these challenges, reiki has become a therapy that has been incorporated into integrative medicine clinics that many universities and hospitals that have been established in recent years. Locally, George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine and Johns Hopkins have reiki incorporated into their hospital’s programs. Even some Veteran’s Affairs medical centers offer reiki treatments to veterans.

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CANCELLED – Reiki Jin Kei Do First Degree Class – May 12 & 19, 2018 at Sytera Yoga, McLean VA


Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, we’ve cancelled this workshop/class for May. We are working to find an alternative date this Fall 2018.

Karl and I are pleased to announce that we have been asked by a friend to teach a First Degree Reiki class in May.  It’s been a few years since we’ve taught a First Degree class and we are very excited to share Reiki with the community!

Reiki Jin Kei Do First Degree Class - May 2018

Reiki Jin Kei Do First Degree Class – May 2018

Reiki Jin Kei Do First Degree Workshop
Use this link to download the flyer – For the class
When:  May 12 10am-6pm and May 19 1:30pm-7pm
(You must attend both sessions to complete the training & receive your certificate.)

Class size limited to 10 students.

Location:
Sytera Yoga
6888 Elm St #304
McLean, VA 22101

Teachers: Angela & Karl Robb
Cost: $250
Register Online at: https://syterayoga.com/workshops-events/
For more information: Call 571-212-1095 or email  Angela at GiveReiki.com

In this two-day workshop you will learn:

– A meditation practice to enhance your listening to your inner wisdom.
– A Qigong practice to increase your
personal energy.
– A Reiki Self-treatment practice to give yourself Reiki anytime,
anywhere.
– A Seated chair Reiki practice to share Reiki with others.

 

 

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When Your Partner is Diagnosed with Parkinson’s: A Caregiver’s Story


I was recently asked to answer some questions about being a caregiver for eCareDiary.com.

Not only do I comment on being a Parkinson’s disease carepartner/caregiver but I also share some comments about Reiki in my life.  I hope you enjoy the article – here’s the link:

When Your Partner is Diagnosed with Parkinson’s: A Caregiver’s Story

Source: When Your Partner is Diagnosed with Parkinson’s: A Caregiver’s Story

 

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Join us today 2/16 for a discussion of Reiki on Sunday Connections


I hope you can join us today for this exciting event!

Join Karl and Angela Robb this Sunday at 5pm EST/2pm PST  as they host Sunday Connections http://www.sundays.parkinsonsrecovery.com/ with guest Megumi Abiko, Reiki Master Teacher of Reiki Jin Kei Do.

Here is Megumi’s bio:  Having gone through a spinal injury and being told my prognosis was being paraplegic was a HUGE wakeup call!  I was fortunate to have a friend who introduced me to essential oils that stopped the swelling in my spine so that I regained full mobility! With that experience, it fired my interest to learn more about Holistic health. Each day I realize how powerful Essential Oils and Reiki is in my life!  Through my practice, I’ve seen firsthand how the combination of the modalities can benefit all aspects of your life: Mental (behavior modification, stress management, emotional release, depression), Physical (backaches, allergies, and other diseases) and spiritual. I feel lucky to have been taught great gifts to add to my tool box that will help me, help others, become empowered one person at a time.

You can submit questions online ahead of the event by using this link: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=51628782 .  Click the “Ask a Question” link and complete the information in the box that appears below the button.

Here’s the Link for listening online for Sunday Connections. Listeners online can listen to the live event and can submit questions.

http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=51628782

Or if you would like to call in, in which you can ask the hosts and guest questions live and listen to the event.

Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (323) 476-3997
Guest pin code: 200414#

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Reiki, Parkinson’s and Positive Thinking – Sunday Connections webcast/online radio show


Karl and Angela recently hosted Parkinson’s Recovery – Sunday Connections online webcast and radio show.  They discussed their experiences with Reiki, how Reiki can help one improve their well-being and healing process, how Reiki can help Parkinson’s disease, and how positive thinking can benefit everyone.

Use this link to reach the replay of the webcast.  http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=40845387

When you reach this page, click the link and type in the password: karl2012

We hope you enjoy listening.

Angela & Karl

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A Soft Voice in A Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease – 12/12/12 Book Launch! | A Soft Voice In A Noisy World


Dear Friends – We are excited to announce that today/Wednesday 12/12/12, Karl is officially launching his first book: A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had Parkinson’s disease for many years, younger or older, the lessons that Karl Robb offers in this book will apply to your situation. A culmination of over twenty years of personal experience, in A Soft Voice in a Noisy World, Karl Robb provides an assortment of tips and suggestions that have made a difference in his life and benefited him in his personal struggle with PD. This guide shows how one man successfully navigated the medical gauntlet with the support of his wife and care partner, and found his answers, often in the unlikeliest of places.

Drawn from the pages of the popular Parkinson’s blog, ASoftVoice.com, this once-skeptic turned Reiki master describes the importance of complementary therapies to “Parkinsonians” through his personal mind, body, and spirit journey, detailing the role these have played in the course of his personal healing. In this book you will learn how through maintaining a positive attitude and utilizing Reiki and other complementary therapies, Karl has kept his Parkinson’s in check, slowed the disease’s progression, and amazingly seen signs of improvement, even after over two decades of dealing with PD.

This book is a compilation of hundreds of insights and practical tools intended to add inspiration and ease to your daily life, including suggestions and resources for bettering your patient-doctor experience, living a productive and happy life, staying fit and active, traveling, participating in support groups, being a PD advocate, improving your mind-body connection, and empowering yourself to heal.

A Soft Voice in A Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease – 12/12/12 Book Launch! | A Soft Voice In A Noisy World

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An Introduction To Reiki


By Karl Robb

There is little doubt that human touch is of benefit to our well-being. When I speak of touch I mean it in  the most caring and compassionate of ways and not just in a sensory manner. Touch is therapeutic and I have great confidence  that it is the  highway to relief and possible healing.

If you’ve never heard of Reiki, then I hope that this posting will intrigue you enough to learn more about what it is and what it does. In the end, I hope I can encourage you to experience the power of Reiki. I think it best to get an understanding of what Reiki is from my dear friend and Reiki Master Teacher, Gilbert Gallego, who over 12 years ago showed me how Reiki could improve all aspects of my life. I have seen Reiki greatly reduce my symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, lower my stress, give me peace and calming, and provided me with a greater understanding of who I am and what I am capable of achieving. First, learn what Reiki is and where it came from and then I will tell you some amazing but true stories of what I have seen Reiki do:

This text  comes from http://www.reikijinkeido.org and Gilbert Gallego, a Reiki Master Teacher in Fairfax, VA.

Reiki is a Japanese word. The Kanji Rei means spirit, and Ki means energy or life force. In essence, Reiki can be interpreted as spiritual or universal life force energy. Reiki is also known as the Usui System of Natural Healing, a very simple technique to aid in the process of healing and many believe that it leads to a path of self-transformation. Reiki was initially brought to the United States by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American who studied it in Japan in the 1930’s. Reiki has since become the fast-moving energy modality in the West during the past 30 years.

Reiki was developed in the early 1900’s by a Japanese Shingon Buddhist named Mikao Usui.  Master Usui was a well-known scholar and respected healer in Kyoto who undertook an extensive study of healing phenomena as taught through history’s greatest spiritual leaders. Through his travels, research, and meditation, he was led to an ancient healing method based on a combination of Buddhist practices performed only by monks and kept as secret knowledge. It is believed that Dr. Usui learned part of this method and received special empowerments and a meditation through which he expanded his understanding of the energy of healing. He spent the rest of his life practicing and teaching this knowledge. One of his students, a medical practitioner named Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, gave this method a proper structure, which lay people, could practice. Today, this method is now known as “Reiki”.  From www.reikijinkeido.org

Twelve years ago, I knew nothing about Reiki. By total coincidence, if you believe in them, I met Gilbert, my teacher. I had heard of a therapy called Trager (which is very different than Reiki) and found that he was the nearest practitioner in my area. I went for Trager but found Reiki. My wife, Angela, who suffers from migraines came along with me to the appointment. Gilbert explained Reiki to us and we both had doubts and were wondering why we were even in his office? We were true skeptics. I was reluctant to get on the massage table (fully clothed by the way) and Angela agreed to watch but that would be the full extent of her participation–that didn’t happen!

A little over an hour later, after coming in stiff in the legs and a bit tired, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. I felt wonderful and it showed! My face beamed and seeing this, Angela, with no hesitancy,  decided to go next. She too experienced the power  of Reiki.

This was the first step on our eleven year Reiki journey.  Twelve years later, my wife and I just completed our one year training as Reiki Masters. I have seen Reiki do some wonderful and unexplainable results for me, my wife, my animals, and friends.

Here is just a brief list of what I have experienced with Reiki:

  • I have seen Reiki stop or dramatically reduce dyskinesia (uncontrolled movement).
  • I have seen Reiki diminish or even subside headaches and pain.
  • I saw Reiki lower my mother’s blood pressure before her chemo treatment.
  • I have seen Reiki reduce stress and help improve sleep.
  • I saw Reiki drastically reduce a Cancer patient’s pain from an 8 to a 3 on a 10 point scale (10 being the highest). That patient was my mother.

These are just a few of my experiences with Reiki. If you would like to learn more, please contact me for more information.

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Light Touch in the Operating Room


I’m rediscovering this 2005 article that shares the experiences of Reiki at GWU hospital for those facing surgery & GWU Hopsital’s innovative Reiki program.

Light Touch in the Operating Room.

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