My Detox Experience at The Life Extension Health and Wellness Center

Thursday, February 21, 2019

After almost a month of solo traveling in Japan, I have come home to the Philippines with memories filled with incredible experiences and a lot of firsts. However, my body has taken a battering and my overall health has deteriorated. I am not going to lie to the fact that I neglect my body when I travel because at end of the day all I want to do is jump right into bed and rest. I want to spring back to the usual me so at the beginning of the year, I had an idea of doing a wellness and detox program at the  Life Extension Health and Wellness Center in Quezon City.
Welcome to the  Life Extension Health and Wellness Center! 
Pre-treatment Consultation
Beginning with a proper consultation with Doctor Gary Sy, I was asked about my health concerns. I did not actually have a particular health issue but I told him that I have eaten a lot of processed, high-fat and sugary foods the past few months. I was also living a sedentary lifestyle (involving little or no physical activity) prior to my solo travel in Japan, so I thought that may be a cause for concern.
the reception
Dr. Gary Sy’s relaxed but caring character put me at ease right away. He paid attention to what my needs and preferences are instead of simply promoting his clinic’s available services. He also ensured that I am comfortable with his treatment plan and encouraged me to say goodbye to my sedentary lifestyle. Haha! I know it was just matter of discipline to get healthy, and by making some conscious decisions on what I eat and how often I exercise could improve my overall wellbeing. 

So now, follow me on this wellness journey!
Bio-clarity Treatment
Regular Price: 750 pesos
Member Price: 500 pesos
Bio-clarity Treatment
The first treatment I experienced at the Life Extension Health and Wellness Center was the Bio-clarity Treatment. According to my therapist, this combination of dry and wet spa cleanses the body of toxic waste, chemicals, excess fluids, and fats. It also improves blood circulation and strengthens cardiovascular system. I was enclosed in a wooden Infrared sauna and steam for about 30 minutes and the whole process was comfortable. The high temperature in the sauna caused me to sweat profusely which only happen to me during intense exercise. After the therapy, I felt like I eliminated the toxic chemicals in my body through sweat. Also, my skin felt more supple and smooth after just one session! 
my friend Yani and our helpful and knowledgeable therapist
this is how the sauna machine looked like
Activated Charcoal Bath
There are variety of ways to detox but Activated Charcoal Bath is surely one of my absolute favourites! Activated charcoal is long been known for it's detoxifying properties, which Absorb toxic chemicals from the body, including heavy metals. It also treats variety of conditions concerning the skin, liver and kidney. According to my therapists, Activated Charcoal Bath also helps smokers, alcohol drinkers, people who are experience drug withdrawal symptoms, as well as people who are taking maintenance medication. 
Activated Charcoal Bath
Regular Price: 850 pesos
Member Price: 600 pesos
I was not aware of activated charcoal’s other health benefits aside from what it does on the skin (I use activated charcoal as part of my skincare regimen), so experiencing a relaxing bath at the Life Extension Health and Wellness Center was definitely one of the best. Ultimately, the Activated Charcoal Bath with its dramatic (or should I say hypnotizing?) black hue was a great detox therapy.
Kutis Koreana with Activated Charcoal Bath haha!
Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Steam
On my second visit, I was able to try Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Steam. This 90-minute therapy uses long, gentle and rhythmical massage to stimulate lymph nodes to flush out toxic chemicals and drain excess fluids in the body. For a quick anatomy refresher, the lymphatic system transport lymph (White blood cells that attack bacteria in the blood as well as proteins and fats) throughout the body. According to Doctor Gary Sy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage is recommended for people with sedentary lifestyle like me (I really have to change I know!). If you are sedentary, the lymphatic system finds it difficult to do its job, and can lead to a buildup of lymph. 

After the 90-minute Lymphatic Drainage Massage, I felt so refreshed. I slept like a baby and woke up feeling like I slept the entire day! It was really that good! If you are used to the usual massage like the ones in Nuat Thai, you might not find this satisifying, but trust me, it was really good!
Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Steam
Regular Price: 1,500 pesos
Member Price: 1,200 pesos
I slept like a baby during this 90-minute Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Diathermy Therapy
My next treatment was Diathermy Therapy. This 15-minute procedure produces high electrical current  that pushes thru connective tissues in the body. The heat produced by this procedure increases blood flow and makes connective tissue more flexible. This safe and effective therapy helps relieve Cervical Spondylosis, Frozen Shoulder, Muscle Spasm, all types of Arthritis (Osteoarthris, Gout Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Rheumatism), stiffed neck, back pains, and other Musculosketal pains. I have issues with my neck so I immediately noticed Diathermy Therapy’s effect so I will surely come back for this!
Diathermy Therapy
Regular Price: 750 pesos
Member Price: 500 pesos
Thermal Mineral Phototherapy
Thermal Mineral Phototherapy promotes natural healing by releasing far-infrared (below visible light) emissions which aid Microcirculation, accelerate natural recovery time, and reduce pain and inflammation. According to Doctor Gary Sy, Microcirculation is stimulated to deliver high quantities of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, while eliminating toxins and cellular waste in the body. This 15 to 30-minute therapy is good for people with insomnia, anxiety and depression, Arthritis, vascular and lymphatic problems, and other medical ailments. 
Thermal Mineral Phototherapy
Regular Price: 750 pesos
Member Price: 500 pesos
Room for Improvement
One thing I don’t like about the Life Extension Health and Wellness Center were the customer service of receptionists. On my first session, the receptionists were not smiling at all. It was like entering the emergency room and being welcomed by apathetic nurses. I was expecting to be greeted with smiles because I was visiting a wellness clinic. You’re supposed to feel like you’re entering a wellness haven right? I thought they were just tired that’s why they acted like that so I let it pass. However, on my second session the same thing happened! I am not discounting the amazing effects of the treatments and the friendly therapists inside the clinic but clearly, the receptionists need to work on their customer service skills. 

Overall Experience
I know it’s too early for me to say this but my wellness and detox treament at the Life Extension Health and Wellness Center have helped me feel refreshed and recovered from my trip as well as my daily grind. The therapists shared a lot of valuable insights about wellness which made me more conscious about my health. Now I can’t wait to go back to the clinic for my follow up sessions! For the rest of February, I will be focusing on Bio-clarity Treatment, Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Steam, and Diathermy Therapy. I might try their signature Swedish Massage too if I have time! I know everyone reacts differently to treatment and I hope what has worked well for me would work for you too.

Useful Info
The Life Extension Health and Wellness Center
Address: Unit 307-311, Bell-Kenz Tower, 127 Malakas Street, Central Diliman, Quezon City
Facebook Page: @GarySyMD
Contact Numbers: +632 911-1314, +632 400-4205, or +639175777675
Clinic Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)

How about you? Have you tried any of the Life Extension Health and Wellness Center treatments? Have you tried any similiar theraoy from other wellness clinics? How was your experience? Let's chat down below!

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