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What is a Healing Crisis?

I often tell my first time clients to be mindful of a healing crisis or negative symptoms after they have had a treatment with me, it is the first step on their path to healing or a more mindful way of self-care. A health crisis is something all complementary therapists are aware of and something they should discuss with clients.


All natural health treatments, whether they involve dietary changes, vitamin or herbal supplementation, detoxification therapies, or bodywork, focus on removing the disease causing agents using the body's own power of healing. We are here to help put the body back into its normal balance through addressing muscle tension, stress management and more. This process often brings on an unpleasant reaction known as the 'healing crisis'. It is also known as the Herxheimer Reaction.





In my experience I see it most often in people who are really out of balance in terms of stress and the work-life balance and symptoms can be different amongst every individual. For example it can be feelings of elation followed by a day or two of very low moods or a headache or upset stomach. A healing crisis includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual/energetic components so depending on how your body reacts will depend on what symptoms (if any) you get.


Think of it as a similar thing to when you break up for a holiday or Christmas and you always get sick or catch a cold, it is the body trying desperately to catch up with itself and heal in the time you are not working or doing your other daily commitments that take up energy. Whereas if you were aiming for having the balance right all the time via nutrition, regular treatments, exercise and stress management this would not likely happen as much or if at all.


When you book for aromatherapy you have the massage element of the treatment moving physical toxins in the body that have built up and also the essential oils coming into the blood stream and working on a cellular level in the body. This activates the body to increase its own healing capabilities and detoxification processes which is why you can be thirsty or needing the toilet a lot after treatment.


If you think you may be experiencing a healing crisis then contact your practitioner and they can guide you on the best way to help ease symptoms. Please do not discontinue with your healing journey or treatment programme, all therapists do is amplify and support your natural ability to heal on all levels; mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

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