WHILE I lay down on the compact massage bed, Dr. Homer Lim switched on the music on his iPhone, which he had placed on a desk in the corner of the room.
He then approached the bed and I closed my eyes. He held my head, his thumbs gently resting on my forehead somewhere above my sinuses. I could hear him gently breathing in deeply then out, the way a yoga practitioner would do cleansing breaths before beginning his meditation.
After a few minutes on my head, he then put his hands on my abdomen, then later at the soles of my feet. By then I could feel some sort of current radiating through the palms of my hands, which rested by the sides of my thighs.
I was at the Healing Institute of Asia, and Lim is the medical director of the center. Aside from being a Western medicine-trained doctor, Lim is also adept in Eastern healing practices such as acupuncture, homeopathy and Reiki, a kind of energy healing which I had just described above.
Continuing on, Lim put his hands on my heart, then later back to my abdomen, before going back to my head again. He had also asked me to answer “yes” whenever he made some declarative statements such as urging me to clear my head so I could make an urgent decision, and telling me to let go of the pain in my heart from “betrayals” by people around me.
Truth to tell, I had been, up to that point, trying to make up my mind whether I should stay in the apartment I had been renting or move out. I was also trying to decide whether I should continue on with a certain project, which I had been considering letting go for some time now.
He was also spot-on about the betrayals, having suffered a few over the years from persons I used to consider friends.
According to The International Center for Reiki Training (www.reiki.org), Reiki “is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
By laying his hands on me, Lim was attempting to remove the energy blockages in my body and hopefully release me of negative feelings and harmful energy that could otherwise make me prone to illness. (Some medical doctors now believe that negative emotions, extreme stress, and pessimism can fuel cancer by depressing one’s immune system.)
By laying his hands on me, Lim said he was able to detect the issues that were troubling me, which was why he came up with specific declarative statements I had to agree to.
After the 20-minute session, I felt relaxed and refreshed. I am told that some patients who have undergone Reiki cried after their sessions, perhaps due to the intense relief from releasing long-bottled-up ill feelings for so long.
The Healing Institute of Asia (www.healinginstituteofasia.com) prides itself in helping its patients not only look good with its beauty treatments, but feel good as well. As owner Gina Fernandez Bartholomi puts it, “What good is your beauty if you’re not healthy inside?”
Bartholomi says she got into the wellness business after her brother suddenly died of pancreatitis, or cancer of the pancreas. Their family didn’t have a history of the disease, so she researched on its causes and realized that certain lifestyle choices and diets do affect one’s health. (She is also the owner of Ginoco, a popular line of coconut oil-based products.)
For his part, Lim, having been trained as a gerontologist, said it frustrated him to see how many of his patients used up their pensions and savings just to pay for expensive medicines, when there were cheaper alternative treatments or preventive measures that could keep them from getting sick in the first place.
Through a combination of nutritional changes, alternative cures, vitamin treatments, as well as support from family members, people who are afflicted with cancer, for instance, can be healed, according to Lim. “Our recommended treatment requires a commitment from the patients and his family members to carry this out. Kasi kung siya lang mag-isa, ’di n’ya makakaya. Mapapagod siya. He needs the support of his family and friends to ensure the treatment is strictly followed.”
Bartholomi says they’ve had a few cancer patients who have already gone into remission ever since they started coming to the clinic.
The center claims to be able to heal other illnesses such as diabetes, migraine, Parkinson’s disease, ostheoarthritis, Lupus erythematosus, and, yes, even the common cold.
Before any treatment begins, Lim takes a small amount of a patient’s blood via a pin prick on the left ring finger, and under a microscope, he examines how the red and white blood cells are behaving, and studies the other enzymes, bacteria, or cells present in the blood.
In my case, he observed that my red blood cells were clumped together—a sign that I had been eating too much protein and fat (guilty!)—and there were growing spores that signified I had a fondness for sweets (guilty again!).
My condition of course was easily treatable and didn’t need any special or exotic cures from the center. Lim merely encouraged me to change my diet by switching to brown rice, for instance, and lessening my sweets intake. (OK, I knew this all along but sometimes it helps a person make that commitment to wellness when someone in authority tells him or her to do it.)
The center also offers facial contouring, skin rejuvenation, body tightening, etc., using an EndyMed machine, which Bartholomi says not even the popular dermatologists or cosmetic surgeons have in their clinics. For the skin rejuvenation, for instance, bursts of heat are shot onto the surface of the skin to promote the production of collagen, giving the patient an instant non-invasive face-lift.
Collagen, said Lim, is a protein that makes the skin supple and firm. Ideally, a patient undergoes an initial six sessions (two times for the first week, then once a week thereafter) to get the treatment’s maximum benefits, and then just goes in every month for maintenance.
The other treatments available at the center include aromatheraphy, detoxification, IV therapies (vitamins, antioxidants, stem cell, chelation), Chinese herbal remedies, Dorn Spinal Therapy (to correct misaligned spinal columns or joints), Light and Sound Therapy, Oxygen Therapy, Ion Detoxification, and meditation