Massage & Reiki Room
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WPC 2016 Massage & Reiki Room

A place to relax and unwind, this room will offer short complimentary massage and Reiki treatments on massage tables or massage chairs. Participants remained fully clothed.

We are grateful to the volunteer therapists in this space from the Northwest Reiki Association (  and the University of Western States (


Reiki definition:  Reiki is a very gentle hands-on touch technique that promotes relaxation.  The more a person can relax, the more their body can de-stress and heal.



Frank Huebner (USA)
: was born in Germany and has lived in the U.S.A. for the past 20+ years. He's a care partner for his wife who lives with Parkinson's, and he's a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher. He plans to offer Reiki at the WPC 2016! He has spent the last 20 years organizing and overseeing all aspects of technical conferences for the IEEE Computer Society. 

Angela Robb (USA)is a Parkinson's disease (PD) care partner and Reiki Master who shares and teaches the value of Reiki (ray-key) to the Parkinson's community. In 2008, she and her husband Karl developed a Reiki workshop for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers/care partners . Reiki is a complementary therapy that can help anyone to help themselves to reduce stress, improve self-care, and improve mind, body, spirit and emotional balance.


Angela also speaks & writes about care partner issues affecting herself and the caregiver/care partner community. She has spoken at the NPF Young Onset Parkinson Network conferences, regional PD conferences, The Victory Summit (Richmond & Charlotte) and the Southeastern Parkinson Disease Conference. She has written on the topic of caregiver self-care for the Every Victory CountsÒ program for the Davis Phinney Foundation. She is a co-leader with her husband Karl for the Fairfax City PD Support group in Fairfax, Virginia, US. She's a Virginia State Director for the Parkinson's Action Network and board member for the Parkinson Voice Project.

She is currently working with her husband Karl to promote his book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy Word: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson's Disease. She has a B.A. in Political Science/Public Policy from West Virginia University.


Karl Robb (USA) has had Parkinson’s Disease (PD) for over 20 years.  Karl believes he has had PD since he was 17 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 23. At 48, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, speaker on PD issues and photographer.


He has been featured on BBC radio, CBS News, the New York Post, Japanese television, as well as major DC television stations about PD issues. Karl, with his wife, Angela, received the 2007 Murray Charters award for outstanding advocacy.  Karl and Angela run a Parkinson’s support group in Northern Virginia. Karl maintains a blog on PD and he's one of 16 official WPC Bloggers, and is working on a book he hopes unveil in 2016.



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