The Ins and Outs of a Healing Crisis


Time and time again clients had asked me; “Why when I returned home, I spent a day or two feeling emotionally raw and vulnerable?” Clients may cry spontaneously or having pains in the legs and arms, and feel completely drained.

Having a healing crisis following an energy healing session is not a common shared experience after an energy healing session, though it does sometimes happen. When it does, a healing crisis includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual/energetic components. The length of a healing crisis can last a few hours and up to a few days.

Often the disruption may begin in the physical body; registering aches and twinges, tension or stiffness, muscle contractions, and even nerve pain. The pain or discomfort can resolve quickly, traveling down one side of the body, creating tingling sensations as the active material exits through the feet chakras.

The nervous system may be sensitive, causing mental overstimulation and a feeling of panic or overwhelming anxiety. The emotional aspects can include wide emotional swings, from grief and despair to expansiveness and bliss and back again.

It is a powerful passage through layer upon layer of energy held in the energetic systems of the body, mind, and emotions. Often, there is not a lot of associated emotional context or story. Healing crises are generally not memory-based, with the recall of past trauma or experience informing the process. Without available context or story, the individual may feel adrift and unable to make sense of the spectrum of symptoms and emotions.

When this happens, please notify your practitioner. With an energy modality, chakra and aura-based clearing and infusing protocols may be appropriate to ease and regulate energy flow. Some practitioners can treat remotely, so the client can rest in the comfort of home while energy is balanced and integrated.

A few things to remember:

  • Own and embrace the healing process. You collaborated with your practitioner to enable deep and powerful energy work to occur in your energetic fields for your physical body, emotions, and mind. You stirred up and released this material because you were ready to evolve, shift and heal.

  • The energy you released came from all of your energetic fields. Your Etheric body, (the energy system for your physical body), was holding emotional imprint in its cells, the fascia, joints, and various chakras. Your body is now letting it go. This process is a massive boon for your well-being. Your Astral body (the energy system for your emotional body) is now lightening through your work.

  • As your energy and body integrate, you’ll likely find new insights and levels of conscious awareness to unpack and embody.

  • Your mind may be unable to process what has occurred. It may lean toward thinking that something is wrong. The mind is a powerful resource, but it’s not the best at comprehending energetic and spiritual process! Let it flow naturally. There is no need for you to make sense out of it.

  • Do your best to be present to what is occurring.

  • Have a dialogue with your body and let it know that it can release, let go and integrate without pain syndromes.

  • Allow your emotions to move through without judging them or digging deep to determine the event or experience that might be behind the feelings. The emotion comes from all sorts of times, places, events, and interactions. The healing crisis is releasing residual emotion.

  • You also need not go at it alone. Call your practitioner for support. Let your nearest and dearest connections know that you may need some extra help, compassion, loving and care as you move through the process.

  • If a reasonable period has passed and you still feel as though you’re not fully integrated, make an appointment with your practitioner to balance and regulate your energy so you can ground into who you are now.

  • Trust yourself. If it feels weird, but you think you’re ok, trust that. If you feel like you need to reach out for support, believe that.

  • Be gentle with yourself. Validate your astonishing ability to heal, evolve, release, let go. Eat nourishing foods, take baths, sit outside under the stars or tree(s), meditate, take naps. Self-nurture is essential when you’re moving through a deep energetic integration.

  • A healing crisis is a powerful catharsis and resets of your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. It is generally a transit, not a dark night of the soul. In other words, you’ll move through it and find your feet under you once again, conscious of the nuanced and evolved self on the other side.

Recommended Nutritional Intake During A Healing Crisis

  1. Remind yourself that symptoms are temporary and are a sign that your body is detoxifying pathogenic organisms and toxins that lead to serious diseases. Follow these nine strategies to help you feel better during a healing crisis.

  2. Consume Bitter Herbs: Bitter herbs have been traditionally used in alternative medicine for centuries. Bitter herbs like ginger, milk thistle, cilantro, and even artichoke help reduce blood sugar levels and fight inflammation. Such herbs cleanse the digestive tract, stimulate gallbladder and kidney function, and improve detoxification pathways in the blood.

  3. Get Adequate Sleep: When the body is fighting an illness, try sleeping 10 to 12 hours daily. This allows the primary functions of the healing process to take over while energy is not being used for other purposes − such as cognitive thought or digestion. Sleep is also essential for reducing cortisol, pain, and stress that causes inflammation and slows the repair process.

  4. Take Probiotics: Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that support gut microflora and thereby stimulate a healthy immune response. Beneficial bacteria boost detoxification pathways by increasing gut motility and neutralizing endotoxins.

  5. Detox with Lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar: Squeezing the juice from half a lemon or adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to every 8 ounces of water you drink has powerful healing abilities. Lemons and ACV are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that boost the immune system and kill microbes that inhabit the digestive tract.