The medical term for healing crisis is the "Herxheimer Reaction." This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough.
The healing crisis is very natural and unique for everyone. Most people experience very mild symptoms while others experience severe issues. You need to understand that these symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and toxins are eliminated. Symptoms usually reduce or are eliminated within two to three days but on rare occasions can last a few weeks. You may experience:
stiffness, aching muscles, tiredness
Shivery - this is due to blood capillaries opening up to increases blood flow to the muscles and the skin surface
frequent visits to the toilet - this allows your body to get rid of waste
runny nose / coughing - again this allows your body to get rid of toxins
your body is in a repairing phase and might take some time to re-adjust.
Massage is an amazing way to aid your body and promote good health. Nowadays it's mostly associated with 'pampering' and special treat's - but it's also important to remember why and how massage has evolved. Massage will benifit your health, increase flexability & circulation, de-toxify, promote healthy skin and - most importantly - a calm mind. Holistic.
What is massage?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Depending on the massage, it can be done using hands, fingers, thumbs, forearms, elbows, knees and even feet. Pressure may range from light stroking to deep pressure.
Benefits of massage
Considered a part of complementary and alternative medicine, Massage is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Despite its benefits, massage is not a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. It is a great way to help deal with anxiety, and digestive disorders. As well as fibromyalgia, headaches, stress related insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, Paresthesias and nerve pain, Soft tissue strains or injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain. It will improve blood and lymphatic circulation which in turn helps promote good skin and hair.
“The physician must be acquainted with many things and most assuredly with rubbing”
- Hippocrates (‘Father of Medicine’), Greece in 460 BC