Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What is a "Healing Crisis" ???

As a Massage Therapist I have countless times talked with clients about the
possibility of this but had never experienced it myself, until now!

A healing Crisis is........

A healing crisis can arise when you start a path to better your health or heal an injury.  When you start working on healing your body it starts to release toxins like your body is cleaning it's own house sometimes creating a healing crisis.  This can "wake up" old dormant injuries that haven't completely healed or make you aware of other problems in your body your were not aware of yet.  As the body eliminates toxins they can be released through the skin sometimes causing rashes and possibly acne breakouts.  It can increase inflammation, make you feel nauseous, dizzy, increase headaches & tiredness with flu like symptoms. Old personal issues and traumatic memories can sometimes arise or be remembered. Basically, you get worse before you get better when in a healing crisis.  The good news is that a healing crisis sets up the foundation for regeneration of the body & the repair your vital energy.

I started on a path to strengthen my back, improve my overall health & to basically get fit.  I was eating 1200 calories a day, exercising almost every day & not loosing weight. I actually gained a couple pounds. I then had a hypnosis session for weight loss along for my knee & ankle pain. The knee & ankle pain was immediately gone. The hypnosis also brought up issues with not feeling supported which came along with memories of the past that I didn't want to remember.  Then last Wednesday I felt my back stiffening up, got up, felt the pinch & thought here I go again.  I knew I would not be able to stand up straight for days but still no knee & ankle pain.  I don't believe I overdid it but I do believe that started a toxin release that lead to my healing crisis.  Every old injury seemed to be flared up & I felt HORRIBLE, worse than I had ever felt with my back going out. 

Immediately, I wanted to move through this fast!  I have had some hypnosis, restorative yoga, emotional release therapy, massage therapy & chiropractic almost every day.  I also started an herbal detox program.  It has been 1 week since my physical break down & I feel amazing today.  I rested took care of myself in an intensive fashion utilizing every connection I had to help myself get better.  I have some large bills now but have learned the importance of consistent self care and making sure to get enough sleep & down time.  I would like to point out that not exercising for this week I lost four pounds.  This just confirms for me the importance of sleep, rest & taking care of our mental health along with our physical health. 

SO, GET YOUR REST & TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!  This is my wish for you!
Kelly Lynch Ring


Cyclepath said...

Brilliant article, Kelly. People often forget about needing down time and relaxing. Sleep is also extremely important - but the key there is good quality sleep.

Unknown said...

Aloha Kelly,
I received your follow message on blog frog, and have to admit that I haven't been very active there. However, I like to take a closer look at the people I meet there, and I have to say, I am very impressed by your blog, so I am now following you here. I am all about healing, one of the foundations of my Hawaiian ethnic practices, which, unfortunately has gone by the wayside in most cases. Thanks for your insight, I am going to list your blog on mine


Kelly Lynch Ring said...

Thank You, Cyclepath!

Connie, I spend quite a bit of time on Oahu & have a huge respect for the effective ethnic healing arts of Hawaii. I have taken the Lomi Lomi Massage Courses & am just in love with the work. However, if one has ever had a true Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage from a practitioner who started training via their family as a child there is just no comparison and you are forever altered by the spirit of it. Lovely to meet you!