A Healing Crisis - When It's Good To Feel Bad!
Updated: Jul 9
Some people experience a healing crisis after bodywork. It an uncomfortable part of the healing process which can occur due to the reaction of the body. The body actually wants to work to the best of it's ability and body work, therapies and massage work to allow the body do this. We are not the healers... your body is! We facilitate your body to be ablestart the process of healing, balance and detox. Symptoms can actually get worse temporarily but it is merely the body healing itself. Most people judge their health on how good they feel so they may feel that the therapy they are undergoing is actually causing them harm, but nothing could be further from the truth. A healing crisis occurs when the body retraces old injuries, wounds, infections, stored up emotions or other imbalances from its past and the reactions and symptoms occur in response to the toxins and emotions which are released and unblocked during bodywork. A healing crisis is an essential part of a deep healing process. Even though the crisis can be very uncomfortable it is a good sign that the body is working to heal itself and detox which is necessary to prevent future illness and disease.
The symptoms that occur during a healing crisis may include: a flare up dormant trigger points in the body causing pain headache flushing skin eruptions fever nausea joint pains feelings of being spaced out unusual fatigue insomnia sleepiness congestion strong emotions depression irritability muscle cramps aches and pains constipation diarrhea hot and cold flashes night sweats other symptoms which are often flu-like. A healing crisis will often bring up past issues that have been dormant in your body for a long time, both physical and emotional. Symptoms can be quite intense when the healing crisis is dealing with past illness and disease eg hepatitis, shingles, viral infections or pneumonia. The symptoms and pain of the healing crisis are often more intense than the disease or illness that is being treated BUT it is only temporary and it is the necessary path to renewed health. While cleansing and healing can be physical, emotional or spiritual, true healing involves all three of these aspects. Due to the body’s ability to store memories and emotions in the tissues, their recollection or release can accompany the manipulation of those tissues. An emotional release is a typical component of most healing crisis and essential to healing. Emotional blockages which are released can be traumatic and depending on the trauma and emotions being released, the client can in some cases need extra support to deal with them. Most therapists should have a referral network of councillors needed but often the therapy, the listening ear and empathy of the treatment is enough.
As healing begins, many systems in the body work together to eliminate waste products and toxins and can become overwhelmed by the process but once these temporary symptoms pass, the body is healthier and stronger. What Causes a Healing Crisis? When the body is overloaded with toxins and emotions which have been trapped within its tissues for a long period of time – sometimes for many decades. As a general rule, the more toxic the body is and the more traumatic the stored emotions are, the more intense the healing crisis will be. More than one healing crisis may be necessary for a true healing to take place. A healing crisis is usually initiated by a cleanse or detox, dietary change, supplements, any type of bodywork, or a period of fasting. It occurs when the cells within the body release toxins and impurities faster than the body’s elimination systems are able to process them and when emotions that are stored within the tissues are released, which may have had an emotional or physical impact on the body. If the crisis follows bodywork or any type of physical therapy, it is a very positive healing result so don't stop having the bodywork done, just inform your therapist who can support you in your healing journey and treat you accordingly. A healing crisis can also be produced by a treatment or therapy that causes yeast, viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. to have massive die-offs. The dead cells can overwhelm the elimination processes as they are expelled from the body. If the symptoms become extreme then slow down the detoxification process and allow the body time to catch up. Don't Forget! Healing crises are extremely positive, healing outcomes even though they make you feel bad or cause some pain. They are an sign that the healing process or therapy chosen is working by eliminating the body of toxins, impurities and imbalances in the body. The healing crisis lets you know that you are on the right path to renewed health. Steps To Take To Help Minimise A Healing Crisis After Physical Therapy. - Drink water before and after a massage. Massage dehydrates the body so this is important. Try to drink at least 8 cups a day anyway and incorporate that into your daily routine. - Epsom salt baths help to reduce soreness and stiffness. - Daily intake of luke warm water with lemon in the morning can assist the liver in flushing out metabolic waste. This is a good practice to bring into your daily life as it helps to alkaline the body. - Drink apple cider vinegar before and after a massage session. A tablespoon full in a glass full of room temperature water. (Can be sweetened with agave) - Fermented drinks and food can help increase flora in the intestinal track, reduce sugar cravings and kill off bad bacteria in the digestive track. Fermented food and drink are abundant in enzymes and electrolytes. - Make sure you are getting plenty of rest. Sleep helps the body to heal. When you come out the other side you will feel amazing!