The time has come to demystify the word reiki (ray-key). “Rei” means light and “ki” or “chi” means energy. Many of you who follow my blog, know how important this complementary therapy/energy treatment is to me and just how it has changed my life for the better.
Just this weekend, friends who have known me for over 15 years, were amazed to see me bring a halt to my dyskinesia just by using the practice of reiki. One dear friend, who was in agonizing back pain, came to my wife and I for a treatment in hope of some relief, to which she got. Reiki doesn’t do everything you need and it isn’t a cure—it is one more tool in your toolbox. We are all unique and the code that works for me may not register for you, but isn’t it worth investigating? Everyone can use one more tool!
Reiki is a practice with ancient roots. The reiki method/protocol I use was developed in Japan over a hundred years ago. The reiki that I practice comes out of a lineage call Jin Kei Do which combines a practice of Qi gong, meditation, and the use of touch to transfer universal energy.
Reiki can be effective for: balancing one’s personal energy, reducing fatigue, lowering anxiety, helping to get a better night of sleep, reducing pain, and a assisting a variety of other challenges. The practice is performed by nurses and some doctors in over 100 hospitals in the United States. Slowly, this treatment is gaining the credit that it deserves.
How is a reiki session performed? A reiki treatment or session is very simple. The client, unlike a massage, remains fully clothed and either sits in a chair or lies on a massage table on their back while the practitioner lightly touches or even works inches off of the body. The client does remove their belt, shoes, and eyeglasses and gets on the table or chair and is asked to relax and to just breathe. The practitioner very gently and lightly touches the head, chest, stomach region, legs, back, and feet. The client may feel heat, cold, tingling, or nothing at all. Often, like my first time with reiki, I fell asleep on the table, for over an hour and woke up feeling much better and more refreshed than when the session began–that is what started it for me almost 20 years ago. That is why I decided to learn reiki for myself. I was skeptical, until I actually experienced it. Once the session is over, the client is gently awoken, given a drink of water, and sent home. Benefits may last weeks until the next treatment. Sessions can last as long as 1.5 hours or as short as 15 minutes and usually are about the price of a massage.
The beauty of a level 1 reiki class is that it is all about self care, so you can learn to perform reiki on yourself, whenever you choose. If you decide you want a better understanding of this energy treatment there is level 2,3, and mastership, which in my lineage is a 1 year training program. I suggest going to your practitioner/teacher to receive the benefits of their treatments and to experience it before, you commit to learning it yourself. The reason I decided to become a reiki master is that I saw the benefit of reiki help my Parkinson’s so I wanted to teach reiki to others with Parkinson’s. In order to be able to teach reiki, one must become a reiki master (in our lineage).
Combined, my wife and I have worked on at least 100 people with Parkinson’s disease and their carepartners. We have seen benefit from these treatments, even when they sometimes can’t see the results themselves. The first thing we notice is a clarity in their eyes, sometimes an improvement in clarity of mind, better mobility and flexibility, or just a release of tension and anxiety. I also have seen smiles and a softening of the face muscles.
In 2013, at the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Montreal 2013, I had the privilege to work on 9 people with PD, and 8 of 9 expressed a benefit from the treatment. I even saw an improvement in the person who didn’t see a difference. They were more relaxed and appeared more refreshed after the treatment. Some people don’t verbalize their experiences with reiki as fully or clearly due to this new sensation.
My wife, Angela, a reiki master, as well as many other experienced reiki masters, massage therapists, yoga teachers, and I plan to work at WPC 2016 in Portland, Oregon at the Wellness Way area of the conference. Wellness Way is an area where you can experience therapies or just take a quiet respite and enjoy a moment or more for yourself.
I encourage you to explore reiki and other such therapies to see if they might assist you along your journey as you look for relief from stress, anxiety, or fatigue. I encourage you to find a referral for a reiki practitioner near you to offer you a free sample or trial period to see if you like it. Please make sure that they are experienced, sensitive and aware about your condition.
I hope you can join me 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.
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
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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!
To all our friends, followers and fans – I am excited to announce that today/Wednesday 12/12/12, I’m officially launching my first book: A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease.
As today is 12/12/12, I’m asking you to help promote the book by doing one or more of the following to help us get the word out about the book.
- Join our 12/12/12 book launch on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Let’s make A Soft Voice In A Noisy World the most talked about book on Parkinson’s Disease!
- Please buy the book on Amazon (paperback and Kindle), Smashwords (lots of eFormats), Createspace, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble (Nook).
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- Share a mention or link via email, Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, or by some other social media site to 12 or more friends who may have interest in learning about this book.
- Please take a moment to read a portion of this book and comment, review, rate, or blog about A Soft Voice In A Noisy World at any, some, or all of the sites listed above.
- Email us comments, suggestions, thoughts, or requests for speaking engagements to asoftvoiceatrobbworks.com.
- Help us get to 12,000 followers by 12/24/12. Follow us on Twitter@asoftvoicepd.
I hope you enjoy my book and find health and hope!
Join me, Karl Robb and my guest host, Angela Robb, as we answer questions and discuss issues impacting Parkinson’s disease(PD) patients, caregivers/care-partners, and those who want more information about living well with PD. Thanks to Robert Rodgers (www.parkinsonsrecovery.com) for the chance to guest host. Feel free to submit a question before the web show by logging into the web link and password below or phone your questions in live with the provided information and code below, on the day of the show (Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard or 2:00 PM Pacific)
See the online and phone information below for show details:
Online Event password: karl2012
Primary dial in number: (206) 402-0100
Secondary dial in number: (323) 476-3672
Dial in password: 200414#
I am 45 years old and have probably had Parkinson’s Disease since I was 17. I have had plenty of time to study this illness and put it in perspective. I would be lying if I were to say “PD doesn’t change your life”. Sure, it changes your plans, but it doesn’t have to ruin it.
I meet hundreds of people with PD a year. Most young onset patients accept that their lives must change and that they need to find good medical care. Many of the older newly diagnosed patients tell me how they had plans and now those plans have changed.
Nothing in our lives is for certain. Whether you are healthy or not, the one certainty is that things change. Plans change. The more flexible we are, the easier it is to adapt to change. As much as we would like to believe that we are in control of our lives, circumstances outside of our control come about and we are once again forced to adapt.
Adapting does not mean you stop growing and learning. Transition is a natural process that we need not fight. Taking on this transition with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to improve oneself in mind, body, and spirit, will serve you well.
Try weeding out the stressors in your life that deter from your peace of mind. There are negative interruptions that bombard our minds, be it billboards, emails, talk radio, television news, or other distractions that upset our calm. Today, try limiting some of these outside influences and see what happens.
What does a cure mean to you? Does it mean stopping the illness dead where it is or does it mean a complete elimination of the illness totally and completely?
These questions are not easily answered and are a puzzle for patients, researchers, doctors, and most of the rest of those involved in the Parkinson’s disease community. I have pondered the question for some time now and think I may have a realistic idea of what may be a fair idea of a cure.
My perception of a cure, at this stage of my life, is a treatment or medication that halts disease progression and at least minimizes symptoms of illness with no side effects or bodily harm. To this date, the closest thing to my definition is the power of Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Vegetarian Diet,Medication Management and Reducing Stress. It has taken me years to find what works for me. I believe that we must find what works best for ourselves (avoiding anything harmful) through self discovery and the help of our doctors. What will work for some may not work for others. We are all unique and different. Keep an open mind. I’d like to think that we can all find the “cure” that we seek.
That’s my take on it.
I just watched Michael J. Fox’s interview with Diane Sawyer. While I can’t say that I agree 100 percent with everything he says in the interview, I will say, I agree with his optimism and strongly suggest that finding the positives in your life and not focusing on the negatives will make life more enjoyable. Here is the interview: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/18/michael-j-fox-looks-past-stem-cells-in-search-for-parkinsons-cure/
How far are you willing to go to help yourself? Would you try a complementary therapy that made little sense to you but may have real benefit? Would you sell your favorite objects to gain back your health? Would you change your diet, your job, and/or your residence to get better? How open is your mind to the investigation of learning to find the answers of your illness and healing yourself?
Whether you have Parkinson’s disease, have some other ailment, or issue in your life, there is probably an element in your life that could use improving. I have yet to meet the individual who has been able to manage their daily stress, issues from their past, or fears, and not be in need of at least a little assistance.
Today, I can say that I am better now than I was 10 years ago. Having had Parkinson’s for over 20 years, I see this as remarkable and nearly miraculous. My medications haven’t changed for many years and if they have changed at all, it was a slight reduction in pills and not an increase. I can control almost all of my symptoms thanks to Reiki (complementary therapy energy work—see my prior postings on Reiki). I am not at 100 percent, yet, but it took a long time to get sick and it will a long time to totally heal.
I don’t like the words “chronic”, “degenerative”, and “incurable”, and yet these are the words that label Parkinson’s and so many other illnesses. With these words, the medical community offers nothing but doom and gloom when what is needed is encouragement for motivation and life change. Hope and direction is often what the patient needs. Sometimes a shift in thinking, perception, outlook, emotions, diet, lifestyle, and openness to healing is enough to make the transition improving one’s condition and see an improvement. For myself, the gradual transition to improving took time, energy, dedication, and sacrifice. Getting better for most of us Is not going to be a quick and easy fix, but if you open your mind to explore outside your comfort zone, you may very well find yourself seeing improvement in your overall health.
The HBO series is what appears to be a candid slice of Freddie’s whirlwind on the go lifestyle. The life of a hugely successful trainer and gym owner, Freddie Roach has neared the pinnacle of the boxing world with numerous champions, but none more than 8 time world champion, Manny Pacquiao.
Roach is so revered in the Philippines, homeland of Pacquiao, that he has achieved celebrity status. Cadres of young women flock around him and men want to meet him, congratulate him, or get his autograph. He is without a doubt, a star. Roach is the third most famous celebrity in the Philippines, only behind Pacquiao and the Country’s leader. He is a boxing legend, but at what cost?
The series reveals bits and pieces of the man and his decisions. If you read between the lines and listen to Roach’s slurred and broken speech, you hear some regret, fear, loss, sadness, and even a touch of anger.
Boxing has given him success in the sport, but, again, at what cost? Roach’s current and ex-girlfriends make appearances on the show, leaving the viewer wondering how many relationships has boxing cost this man?
Freddie Roach is a true inspiration and an American success story. He fought his way out of poverty and the projects. His toughness and enduring focus on a goal propelled him to being the best ever.
Even with Parkinson’s Disease, at 52, to see Roach training in the ring, he functions incredibly well and speaks clearer inside the ring than he does outside. When someone with Parkinson’s is doing what they love and what they excel at, it is easy for them to fall into a zone where he or she almost forgets about their symptoms. I see this in Freddie. His laser-like focus and commitment to his task at hand overcomes the illness while doing his job and what he loves.
On Freddie Roach is a raw and insightful look into Freddie’s taxing schedule, grueling physical expectations, and the toll that it may be taking on both his body and mind. Roach shows true courage by sharing his life and challenges with Parkinson’s. He pulls back the curtain and sheds light on what Parkinson’s is and what it does. For this, I thank and applaud both Roach and HBO for this important exposure. Bravo!
Hollywood over several decades has subtly exposed the world to Reiki whether you know it or not. Whether it was Starman with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, The Karate Kid, The Matrix, Elektra, Hellboy, or numerous other blockbuster films depicting the power of human contact, Reiki has been a Hollywood co-star. What appeared miraculous on the big screen, is within the grasp of anyone willing to devote time and energy to his or her own self growth and awareness.
Reiki is a complimentary medicine that incorporates the use of universal energy. A trained Reiki practitioner is able to transfer universal energy through his or her hands and allow that energy to help assist the client. I have personally seen Reiki alleviate pain, lower blood pressure, stop or reduce tremor, calm a person down, or rejuvenate someone feeling fatigued.
Reiki is very much like explaining an emotionally moving photograph, a sunset, a song, or a work of art; you can talk about it all you want but not until you experience it for yourself can you fathom the raw power that it has to offer.
A standard Reiki session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. The client either sits in a chair or lies on a massage table, fully clothed, as the practitioner lightly touches the energetic centers of the body. Clients will usually fall into a deep refreshing sleep and wake feeling better than when they arrived.
I was a skeptic, about 13 years ago, but I tried it. Since then, I have taken classes and worked on hundreds of clients and seen astounding results. I am now a Reiki Master but I continue to learn. For me, Reiki has given me back parts of my life that I might never have gotten back. Parkinson’s patients, especially one who has had it for over 20 years, aren’t supposed to get better according to the medical community. Reiki is the only explanation.
It’s not magic nor is it surgery. Reiki is a practice that you can learn to do yourself or find a practitioner who can help address your issues. I encourage you to explore what Reiki can do for you.