• Polly Ng

Healing Crisis - Why do you feel ten times worse after a healing session?

Healing Crisis or Herxheimer Reaction is a healing process when you feel worse before you feel better. You might not have experienced it before but it is actually quite common to many, especially when you're going through a process of detoxification whether physically or energetically. The process could be mild or rough, depending on individuals. This elimination process is seen as a good sign as it indicates that your body has started the healing process.


What causes Healing Crisis?


Physical Level

It is almost inevitable to live in a non-toxic environment these days (unless you live on the tip of the mountain isolating yourself from the outside world), our bodies constantly pick up different kinds of toxins such as heavy metals from seafoods, pesticides and herbicides from fruits and vegetables, hormones and antibiotics from meat, GMO, processed foods, chemicals in cleaning detergents, skincare, makeup or shampoos, building materials, died-off pathogens, EMF (e.g. mobile phones, Wi-Fi), radiation and much more. We might not feel the difference on a daily basis but we're consistently and continuously exposed to different seemingly harmless toxins every moment. These toxins gradually store in the body without us realising it, until one day you either feel sick or decide to dig them up and clear them out of your body systems.


Imagine yourself as a glass of water with mud and dirt gradually build up and sink down the bottom of the glass. Now you want to get rid of it - what do you do? You stir it, pour it out - you have to make the water (body) dirty first before you can filter out to make the glass of water clean again.


Energetic Level

It is quite the same on the energetic level when it comes to energy healing. We as human (even for animals) experience all sorts of emotions as we go through different stages of lives. Our intense emotions and feelings might get stuck inside the body not able to go anywhere. We think we have healed from the last relationships or childhood trauma over the years but they are actually stuck inside us like toxins (well they are) until it tells us our bodies have gone wrong through symptoms and sickness.


Everybody goes through "Processing" after an energy healing session as your energetic body or energy field requires time to adjust itself after releasing toxic energies. Dr Bradley Nelson, the found of The Emotion Code and The Body Code says about 20% of the time processing symptoms (i.e. healing crisis) occurs but from my experience, it seems more common than that. I find that especially people with chronic issues, whether physical or emotional, tend to have a higher chance of experiencing processing symptoms. Reason being that there tend to be more toxic emotions, energies, toxins and pathogens accumulated overtimes, and when clearing them out, all the unwanted things that have been stuck in the body are being brought up to the surface.


Healing Crisis or Processing Symptoms


Immune system and other body systems start working together to eliminate the energetic wastes out of the body. As the old stuff gets stirred up to the surface, the body experiences it more intensely during the healing process. Some of the most common symptoms include:


* Existing symptoms or pain get worse

* Headache, body ache

* Feeling tired, lethargic, sleepy, lack of energy

* Flu-like symptoms

* Crying, usually for no particular reason

* Being emotional

* Bad, weird and/or vivid dreams


Some of my clients claim that they feel energies moving inside the body from one place to another. That makes sense as once emotional energies are released from the energy field, it has to readjust itself back to the normal state. This is a good sign that energy is not in the 'stuck' state anymore but starting to flow through the body and rebalancing itself.


How long does Healing Crisis last?


The intensity of these symptoms varies as every 'body' is different. It is not surprising to have more than one symptoms and some are more intense than the others, especially you have multiple chronic issues. Healing crisis is temporary usually lasts for 2-4 days, although for some it would last for one week or even longer.



What can be done when experiencing Healing Crisis?


1. Don't Panic

I totally understand how scary it could be and feel like something has gone wrong, or even question whether the worsened symptoms would be reversible. As a Emotion Code Practitioner I make sure that clients are well prepped mentally and emotionally the chance of Healing Crisis so that they don't get any 'surprises'. Getting to know what this is about and why you experiencing it helps you understand what's going on with your body and what to expect.


To see the situation in a positive perspective, seeing energy shifting is a good sign telling you that your body is going through a detox. Something has started working for you.


2. Speak with your Emotion Code/Body Code Practitioner or Energy Healer

If you feel very uncomfortable with what you're going through, speak with your practitioner. Tell them what you're going through. Not only the practitioner is here to give you advice but also here to hold space for you, and help the processing journey easier for you. If you're symptoms are severe, the practitioner may suggest to look more into the underlying reasons for why you are experiencing severe processing symptoms.


3. Hydration

This is almost the standard recommendation I would suggest to every client after each session, whether or not he or she will experience healing crisis or not. Water helps flush toxins out of our systems physically and energetically. It also helps ease the processing process and balance the body.


4. Rest

You may feel lack of energy, tired and sleepy while the body is going through a detoxing process. This is a signal from your body that you need rest as it's doing it's cleansing work. Take time to rest - have a nap or go to bed earlier if need be. When you're resting and sleeping your body can more efficiently heal and recover itself.


5. Grounding Meditation

A simple breath watching meditation can help calm your nervous systems. It helps you remain mindful and notice your body. The meditation I like to do is sitting quietly by myself and just breath slowly. Put your attention to the breaths coming in and out and as you inhale, imagining unconditional love and gratitude coming inside your lungs. When you excel, imagine love and gratitude spread all over your entire body filling with these positive energies. Do it for about 10 mins or so to send this healing love energy to your body.


6. Swiping your own Governing Meridian

You don't have to totally rely on your practitioner to release negative energies, you are well capable of doing a release for yourself. I remembered the first time I felt an instantaneous shift of energy was when I was going through extreme anxiety after a session with my emotion code practitioner. I was all alone, found no one to help me with my body trembling like crazy (that was quite scary). I then swiped my hands (fingers) down my governing meridian and said "I am now releasing anxiety and nervous from my body, energetic body and my nervous systems. I am now calm and at peace" The next second my body stopped shaking! I felt calm and relaxed. Try this for yourself for as many time as you need.


As said earlier, not everybody experiences healing crisis. It also doesn't mean that if you experience it once, you'll always experience it after each energy healing. Always listen to what your body and feel what it needs.

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