What is “Reiki” therapy?

I was diagnosed about a year ago and I went about taking my meds and thinking I could beat/control this Parkinson’s disease as I have everything else in my life. I am now learned that I wasted time as my symptoms have worsened and I feel defeated someone please post about this therapy and what you know about it.


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  • angela.robb moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Michael – There’s a few things you can do to find a good Reiki practitioner – you can ask a friend for a referral, check with your local yoga studio or holistic wellness center to see if they have someone on staff, or check with your massage therapist for a referral. There are many massage therapists today that are also Reiki practitioners! You also want to find a Reiki practitioner who has a daily practice of their own. The first level of Reiki is all about self-care so as practitioners, we are encouraged to work on ourselves every day!

    You may also want to consider taking a level one Reiki class/workshop in your area. It may be less expensive than lots of sessions with a practitioner. Level one is about self care and you can learn to give Reiki to yourself. There’s no prerequisites for learning Reiki – just a wanting to help yourself!

    I’m not aware of any particular insurance plans that offer reimbursement for Reiki sessions. I have heard from some Parkinson’s friends who have mentioned some plans either offer discounts for massage or reimbursements.

    Wishing you luck in finding an awesome Reiki practitioner!
    -Angela
    Carepartner and ParkinsonDisease.net community advocate

  • Karl R moderator
    7 months ago

    Hello, Michael! My name is Karl. I am a Reiki Master and have been practicing reiki for over 20 years. Personally, I have seen reiiki help me tremendously with stress and symptoms. I have had Parkinson’s for over 30 years. We are all different. You might find benefit from reiki or find a greater attraction to massage.I write a lot on the benefits of trying different therapies to find the one that works for you. It may take some time and a little investigation.My best advice is to explore reiki and other practitioners in your area to see what works best for you. Stay open and positive but you can be a little skeptical–until you see benefit. For some, it may take a combination of therapies to see benefits. Keep searching! Karl Robb, Parkinsonsdisease.net Community Advocate

  • Michael author
    7 months ago

    Thank you Karl for taking the time to comment. Do you know how I go about locating a true Reiki practician in my area? I am also curious if anyone is aware of insurane companies paying/ approving Reiki or Masage therapy? As you can imagine I see multiple physcians and although I have Great insurance just the copays strain our budget so any additional expenses are hard to absorb

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