These healing crises can occur within the first few sessions of Rolfing, or they can occur months after the basic series of sessions are completed. The healing crisis can last a few hours, such as a headache, or for months as with a feeling of exhaustion.
The body may progress through cycles of contraction and expansion several times in several areas. This represents a natural process the body goes through as it heals. The body will go into its aberration, which is to say it will exaggerate its strain before it is released. In homeopathy, the worsening of a symptom is an indication that the correct remedy was used. It is as if the body was prevented from doing this aberration, and once allowed to experience the strain, the body can relax.
I can remember back in the mid ‘70s when I healed my back healing through Rolfing. For no apparent reason, my back would start getting tight and twisted. One day it would be my low back twisting to the right, the next day my mid-back would twisting to the left, then it would finish with my neck on the third day, twisting to the right.
The body also goes through cycles of building up to a plateau of a new level of health. Then, after a period of time, the process of disruption can resume until the next plateau is reached. Often, after experiencing a new level of health, a healing crisis occurs. I know it is disconcerting to be feeling great and the next day be sick. Hang in there – eventually, you will find a stable level
Healing crises can repeat themselves. Everyone has their unique set of healing crises based on their stress and experiences. In the course of getting Rolfed, the first time a particular healing crisis occurs is usually the worst. As the process repeats these crises should decrease in intensity and length..
Healing crises can be identical to the symptoms you had in the past or they may be something you have never experienced. In most cases, if you had a chronic problem, even if you had not experienced for years, it will probably manifest itself as a crisis. This re-experience is usually a holographic slice of what the condition used to be. It is not uncommon for you to encounter a reaction that you never recalled having, I have had a few of those.