The following is an article I wrote in 2006 for a local publication in New York. To this day, I am asked about the concept of a 'healing crisis', so I thought it might be a good idea to reprint this article. I hope you find it helpful.
"Energy healing prompts the body to release blockages and harmful energy. When your body is releasing toxins, it is important to drink a lot of water and get lots of rest. After a treatment or during the course of several treatments, you may feel that your condition has deteriorated rather than feeling better.
Understand that healing is not instantaneous. Some people report symptoms such as runny nose, colds, diarrhea, stomach ache, aches and pains, headache, fatigue and other symptoms after treatment. These symptoms are caused by healing the changes taking place in your body.
After healing begins, the body and mind will operate at a higher level of efficiency. While this healing is in progress, stored toxins enter the blood stream and are eliminated by the liver, kidneys, and bowel. Toxins may also be released through the skin and muscle.
Think of it this way: when a muscle has not been exercised, it will feel sore when it is first used. So, organs and body parts may also feel uncomfortable as they adjust to healthier function. This is part of recovery and it is called the ‘healing crisis’. If this happens to you, keep in mind that it is a good sign and that it indicates healing. Once the toxins are released and the body adjusts to renewed health, you will feel better. During this time, you should focus on self-nurturing, get lots of rest, drink a lot of water, and release those emotions and negative feelings.
Healing takes place on the emotional, mental and spiritual side of life, and can manifest itself in various ways, causing changes in your life. You may feel like there are more things to do and more loose ends to be secured. Some people report having difficulty with others, or feeling anger or sadness they have not permitted themselves to feel before. These feelings are often connected to things that happened in the past. We are 'whole' beings and our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies are all connected. So when healing starts, you may have to reconsider your priorities and life situation.
Where you once thought you had a problem with your job, now you may discover that the issues go deeper. As you heal and gain new insight into responsibility, discipline, learning new things and dealing with criticism, you may find it necessary to work on those aspects of yourself in order to be happy in any job you take.
Imagine that you just moved into a new house. During the time you are cleaning the house and putting your personal possessions in place, your home is in disarray. There may be dirt on the floor and cobwebs in the corners. If friends come to visit you during this time, they may find your house uncomfortable and think that it is disorganized and dirty. After the dirt is swept away, and you have put your things away, your home looks and feels better. You, and everyone else, will notice and appreciate the change.
Hold onto this image of cleanliness and order as you heal, and remember that if you do experience uncomfortable feelings during the course of your energy healing treatments, it is because you are healing. Soon, your life will be filled with greater purpose, clarity and serenity, and you will feel better than ever before!"