Understanding A Healing Crisis With Serge Tampakakis And Kingston Natural Health Centre

Understanding a Healing Crisis Part 3

Following on from Understanding a Healing Crisis Parts 1 & 2, given to us by Kingston Natural Health Centre’s Raynor and Deep Tissue Massage Therapist Serge Tampakakis, he gives us the next two parts

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well.

Thank you for the positive response to August’s Newsletter.

In the third and forth part of the article, I will explain more about what a healing crisis is, how it affects our bodies, why it is significant for our health and most importantly how to manage during a healing crisis.

If you have any feedback, or there’s any aspect you would like more information on, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Until next time, Namaste,


What is a “Healing Crisis”?

By working towards a healing crisis, chronic settlements of toxins are disturbed; Old matter is stirred up / shifted and returns back to the blood stream so the body’s process of elimination can begin.

This sudden influx of toxins in the system can bring on temporary symptoms of ‘illness’. These symptoms characterize a healing crisis. The severity, duration and number of symptoms will vary from individual to individual, depending on how toxic one’s system was, the level of immunity, energy, diet, lifestyle and how one responds to the whole process.

The symptoms may include headaches, tiredness, aches and pains. Remember that the healing crisis is induced by an elimination process so the eliminating channels of the body will get affected: people may develop symptoms like sinus congestion, fever, diarrhea, skin rushes, frequent urination and flatulence. In addition, conditions like eczema or acne can temporarily worsen.

The healing crisis can also affect our emotional well-being. Toxic material that has built up due to emotional stress, anxiety and negative or challenging situations (e.g fear, resentment, anger, loss etc.) are being released too. Consequently, we may experience a general ‘low’ feeling, mood swings, and in some cases, same strong, challenging emotions can arise.

Once the process of elimination is complete (on average 2-3 days), the renewal process begins. New cells replace old, damaged or dead ones, forming new tissue. The blood circulation improves, oxygen and nutrients flow freely through the system, and muscles get oxygenated and hydrated, reducing or eliminating tension, knots and pain. New antibodies are released, and the immune system improves. Therefore, we return to a state of good health.

Healing vs Symptom Removal

But, why go through this process to achieve better health? Well, in recent years we have become used to convenient, fast results, and ‘quick fixes’. And it is understandable, as we

feel there is little time and space we can dedicate to our selves in order to heal. However, medication that targets/treats the symptoms of disease, tend to do so by suppressing rather than getting to the root of the problem. Of course, in many cases, medication is absolutely necessary in order to help the individual, but is it critical for minor ailments?

The more medication we use for minor complaints, the stronger immunity we build against it. Gradually, we need stronger painkillers to treat of our headaches, and so on. Therefore, we weaken the body’s natural abilities to heal.

After a healing crisis, the body is not only cleansed by old waste material that causes disease but energy and circulation is enhanced, the immune system becomes stronger and infection-fighting abilities are improved.

Finally, healing requires work both from the practitioner and the client. It takes time and commitment in order to achieve better health in the long term. It may help if the client makes small steps towards changes in their life style, diet, work and exercise patterns. Practitioner and client work together in order to improve well-being, however, the client has more control over the process and can feel a great sense of achievement at the end. Achieving a better state of well-being should be perceived as part of of everyday life.

Tomorrow we give you part 4 where Serge explains how to start the healing process.