The Irish man who healed “Riverdance” star, Michael Flatley, from a mystery virus is in New York this week treating less-famous patients!
Michael O’Doherty is adamant that he is not a miracle healer but Irish dance star Flatley said his treatment was astonishing.
Flatley, who is back dancing and training, said he contacted O’Doherty after conventional medicine failed to cure him.
Flatley was taken ill in 2006 with a virus that forced him to cancel the European leg of his Celtic Tiger tour.
“By chance, I met a young man from Ireland called Michael O’Doherty who works on the body’s energy," Flatley said.
“When he came to visit me, I could barely get out of the chair. He saw me for about an hour and I walked for about a mile afterwards, which was the first time in a year that I’d been able to do that.”
After 10 sessions with his new therapist, Flatley claims to be back in full health and ready for whatever life throws at him.
“I feel really good. Great, in fact. I can dance at speed and I'm close to 100 percent fit again," said the dancer.
O’Doherty plays down his role, saying Flatley was already on the road to recovery.
“What was really a success was that he was so positive,” O’Doherty, 45, told IrishCentral.com on Monday at the Nurture Center in New York.
O’Doherty, from County Clare, and Tom Grifffin, from County Mayo, have been working on alternative therapies for the past 20 years.
The pair, who met while working as prison officers in Ireland, established the Plexus Bio-Energy Clinic in Ennis in 1988.
Their interest in alternative therapies grew from their interest in martial arts while working as prison officers.
“When Tom and myself got involved at the beginning we started healing friends but we never anticipated or planned for where this is at today,” said O’Doherty.
After years of learning the required healing techniques, the friends appeared on “The Late Late Show,” Ireland’s longest-running TV show.
Host Gay Byrne challenged the young men to heal a variety of ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. The results shocked Ireland as former patients confirmed live on TV that O’Doherty and Griffin were on to something good.
The day after the show aired, the duo got over 6,000 calls. They were booked solid for the next year and they didn’t charge for it.
“We wanted to prove to people that this worked so we didn’t start charging money for our services until our fourth year,” said O’Doherty.
O’Doherty says that diseases are caused by “a breakdown of the energy system of the body.” And this is where the boys come in.
“We restore the body’s natural energy to cure any sort of sickness. If we can work with the energy system of the body it doesn’t make a difference if it’s a learning disorder, a behavioral disorder, ADD or depression, anxiety or panic, it doesn’t make a difference what the medical term is, if we get the energy system right then the bodies physiology takes that on and the patient begins to feel better,” he said.
“Using bio-energy healing, I’ve seen people recover from everything and anything. People in wheelchairs, people with cancer or chronic depression. They’ve recovered,” he said.
But O’Doherty is adamant about one thing: “I am not a miracle healer.”
He said, “I want to get away from the idea that one individual is able to heal someone over another or that Michael O’Doherty is a chosen God. We are all healers. I can teach anyone to teach what I do and to emulate it.”
O'Doherty has hundreds of success stories.
IrishCentral spoke with a past client of O’Doherty’s, who is from County Down but now lives in Boston.
Hugh Rice, 36, broke his back and damaged his spinal nerves when he was 19 in a dirt-bike accident in County Down. After seven months in a hospital, doctors told Rice it looked like he may never walk again. He was gutted.
However, after visiting his parents - they were living in Ennis, County Clare - he heard about this new type of “energy therapy” and decided to give it a go.
Now 15 years later, Rice is telling IrishCentral that he is healthy, married with a baby, owns his own masonry company and plays soccer.
“For sure, if I didn’t see Michael back then I would not have the life I have today,” he said gladly.
Rice spent six months under O’Doherty’s care and after a few weeks was able to walk again.
“If I didn’t meet Michael life would be totally different for me today. I wouldn’t be a Yank after all,” he laughs.
Rice said it’s important when attending a bio-energy therapist to have an open mind and be positive.
“If you’re positive it will work,” he said.
Rice, who has been living in Boston for eight years, said he was down in the dumps and skeptical when he first went to see O’Doherty, but it “wasn’t long becoming positive when he saw his legs moving again.”
“For six months in the hospital the doctors couldn’t get my legs working so when Michael got them moving I knew I had made the right decision,” added Rice.
O’Doherty has already trained about 100 therapists in bio-energy and they are working all over the world including one therapist in the U.S. He is hoping to expand his teachings worldwide in coming months and years.
Looking ahead, O’Doherty said he would also like to teach parents the basic steps in administrating the bio-energy healing to their children if issues arise.
“Every mother or father can work with their child in this way. We can show people simply how to work with their children,” he said.
Therapy with O’Doherty includes four consecutive 45-minute sessions. Several clients after the first day show symptoms of recovery and most have their illness cured or reduced by the fourth day. Some patients need longer therapy depending on the severity of their ailment.
O’Doherty is clear that it is also up to the client to “take responsibility” for their healing.
“Depending on the nature of the condition we advise them about diet and exercise also,” he said.
On Monday IrishCentral witnessed first hand O’Doherty’s therapies in action. A client from New York, Allida Edelman, was visiting the O’Doherty’s bio-energy clinic for the second day of her four-day sessions.
“Michael, I feel great since yesterday, I can’t believe it,” said Edelman, who suffers from pains in her legs and other areas of her body.
Edelman said the only way to describe O’Doherty’s treatments was like “a drug-free high.”
Comments like “I feel very light” and I’m feeling much better already” could be heard time and time again from Edelman as O’Doherty and his work and life partner, Tina Downes, worked side by side on Edelman.
While O’Doherty dragged the negative energy away from the body and disposed of it, Downes circled the energy around their client’s head.
“Does it feel smooth,” asked O’Doherty.
Edelman nodded. After an hour with the bio-energy therapists, Edelman was feeling great.
“We work with energy system and also the life style changes that need to be made.”
O’Doherty firmly believes that sickness “is an attempt by your body” to highlight the part you are neglecting.
“When we work with the energy time doesn’t come into play. There is no past and future. Everything that you’ve experienced in your life is vibrating at a particular frequency within your body here and now,” he said.
“You may never forget what happened but the energy system freezes the information or the damage like shock or trauma in the moment. The energy system stores the information and its there until someone likes us comes along and eliminates it. We need to change it here and now.”
O’Doherty said his message is simple. “I want to get out is that there is no reason that if a person confronts their situation in a very real and a positive way and becomes educated about how their bodies function at an energetic level there is no reason why they can’t overcome their situation.”
O’Doherty, who is currently booked out for the rest of the week, will be holding a seminar in the coming months in New York for those who are interested in learning more about bio-energy healing.
For more information log onto www.plexusbio-energy.com