As a Certified Reflexologist and Instructor, sometimes after clients receive all-natural hands-on holistic therapies such as reflexology, they may experience some unpleasant reactions, known as a ‘healing crisis’. Also known as a Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction (named after two doctors: Adolf Jarisch and Karl Herxheimer).

Since the findings of both these doctors after administering antibiotics to patients treated for Syphilis, and results for many of their patients were to experience worsening of symptoms prior to healing and feeling better. Often when experienced, this phase is temporary, lasting from a few hours to up to a few days.

Some Temporary & Unpleasant Reactions in a Healing Crisis

Some of the unpleasant reactions felt by clients after receiving a Reflexology session may include nausea and headaches, a release of pain, temporary rash, gas release, improved urination. improved digestion, tiredness, mucus production and expelling, perspiration, diarrhea, tiredness, funny taste in the mouth, feeling cold, eyes watering, dip in energy level just before an increase of energy.

As these are always temporary reactions, what is important to note is that although these reactions may be considered “normal” as the body releases toxins, people experiencing these and the practitioners that are working with these individuals should be carefully monitoring the symptoms, intensity, and time-frame they are being felt. Being tolerant of the healing crisis and just “riding it out” is not always advised.  What is deemed a normal healing crisis (if experienced at all)? From a few hours to a few days. Generally, only the mild discomfort of the symptoms above are considered to be ‘normal’.

To ensure that the ‘normal’ healing crisis reactions are not mistaken with what may be contributing to an already overly sensitive immune system in some, and careful not to exacerbate any underlying health conditions the client may have, assisting the body through the process by increasing the body’s ability to expel toxins. This may be achieved by increasing water intake, accessing far-infrared saunas that apply radiant heat which allows the body to eliminate toxins via skin, IonCleanse® or other detox baths to sweat out toxins.

The good news is that results and ‘healing’ crisis diminishes and the body responds and heals faster when continuing with the protocol (whatever that may be), reflexology sessions, detoxification, and so on. Referring to Hering’s Law of Cure which is the basis of all healing. This is the way the body heals or cures itself.  “All cure starts from within out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared or been suppressed”.

Since illness did not just happen overnight, it will take about the same amount of time to reverse the symptoms and heal and as far as time-frame, the chronic and longer-standing issues will take the longest to reverse.

The body, the mind — your thoughts, what you’re thinking, your emotions; how you’re feeling and your connection to spirit will all contribute to the state of your health. Not only are holistic therapies providing an approach that considers the entire person, (not just their physical state or condition), more importantly, these therapies are not only for health restoration in an all-natural, drug-free approach, they are also effective in illness prevention. Because, why would you want to wait until something is ‘broke’ before doing something to fix it.