Dr. Hoon C. Kim is a member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. The Wellness Council comprises a group of experts in a variety of fields, ranging from doctors, to professional athletes, personal trainers, as well as massage therapy and aromatherapy professionals, who are committed to educating the public about the importance and benefits of regular massage therapy, proper posture, and overall, achieving a balanced health and wellness lifestyle. Dr. Kim loves using his Human Touch® HT-7450 massage chair to complement his practice in Santa Monica, Tao of Medicine as well as his wellness lifestyle and philosophy of practice. He helps people live a quality of life with the least use of medicine, which include not only disease treatment but also prevention in mind and body through Qigong, meditation, bodywork, acupuncture, herbs (nutrients) and lifestyle.
HOW TO DEAL WITH BEING SICK
By Dr. Hoon C. Kim
I am so glad to be writing about people’s perceptions of what it means to be sick. My Mother has been ill for years, and she now lives at a nursing home. She cannot walk and is bound to her wheelchair and has hemodialysis three times a week. She has hypertension and is so fragile. I started thinking about the memories I have with her and my own feelings of being sick and weak.
Should “being sick’” really mean that you have no joy or peace or compassion inside? I would like to distinguish this whole preconception differently.
We are all aging and dying inevitably, however this does not need to suggest that any of those negative ideas come to your mind such as unhappiness, failure, loss, pain and ending. I wish that I could never lose my feelings of love, joy, peace and freedom under any circumstances.
Along with a change in attitude and taking care of ourselves with exercise and daily massage, we can help to change our negative thoughts and be at peace with our bodies.
Below is a book about the attitude of witnessing the sickness from the person experiencing a long-term chronic disorder. Hopefully many people benefit from reading this:
“When I first got sick, it didn’t take long for me to accumulate a collection of healing CDs from a variety of spiritual traditions. They had one thing in common: I was instructed to breathe in peaceful and healing thoughts and images, and to breathe out my mental and physical suffering. In Tonglen practice, however, the instruction is to do just the opposite. We breathe in the suffering of the world and breathe out whatever kindness, serenity, and compassion we have to give. It’s a counter-intuitive practice, which is why the Buddhist nun and teacher Pema Chodron says that Tonglen reverses ego’s logic.”
Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and taking.’ If you want to read more about author Toni Bernhard and her book How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers go to: http://n.pr/mLxZmq
At my practice, we specialize in treating acute and chronic pain, skin disorders, anxiety, hormonal imbalances and infertility, the rehabilitation of stroke patients and weight control and anti-aging. We use our Human Touch® massage chair to help patients with stress management and chronic pain. If you are in the Santa Monica area, please come and visit us and ask to try out our chair.