Yesterday we had part 1 of Understanding a Healing Crisis by Kingston Natural Health Centre’s Raynor and Deep Tissue Massage Therapist Serge Tampakakis.
Today we give you the second and final part:
In order to gain a better understanding of what a healing crisis is and how it can affect us, we need to spend some time looking at core areas first :Today we are going to look at : The Immune System, Health and Disease, and Toxins so we can understand what a healing crisis is:
The Immune System
The immune system is our body’s natural defense mechanism. It protects us from disease, toxins, and our own damaged cells (that can turn abnormal or cancerous). The immune system consists of billions of cells and molecules that are distributed throughout our bodies. The main cells of the immune system are the white cells, specialized protein molecules and complements.
There are several different types of white cells, each with specific tasks; for example, to patrol the blood stream seeking foreign molecules, producing anti-bodies, or destroying or disabling invading cells.
Health & Disease
Good health does not just signify the absence of disease, pain or discomfort, but more significantly shows a holistic state of well-being, including health on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. On the other hand, disease is defined by any type of deviation, interruption or malfunction of any part of the body, on a cellular, tissue or organ level that is manifested by a certain set of symptoms or characteristics. The etiology and the pathology of disease could be on a biological (e.g. a virus), on an emotional (e.g. loss, fear, anger) or on a mental basis (e.g. stress, anxiety).
Toxins have been the centre of attention for many holistic practices, including Raynor Massage. Toxins are biological organisms, metabolic waste (e.g. damaged or dead cells as part of our body’s continuous renewal process) environmental pollutants, food additives and contaminants, as well as, excessive consumption of dietary fat, sugar and protein. It is impossible to avoid having any toxins in our bodies; We are constantly surrounded by microorganisms, and exposed to pollution and chemicals (from household products to aluminum infused deodorants), and our sources of food are nutritionally depleted or overly-processed. In addition, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, all can contribute to the levels of toxicity in the body. Fortunately, our bodies developed to deal with these kind of problems; neutralizing and/or eliminating these substances is part of our body’s normal function. The immune system, kidneys, liver and other organs work together in order to remove harmful toxins from the body. However, this ‘clean up’ process does not always happen as effectively as the body may need. Our diet, lifestyle, emotional state, can either support the cleansing process or slow it down. When toxins accumulate, or are created faster than can be eliminated, then the toxic accumulations create the perfect environment for disease.
How does this relate to muscle tension and body work?