Healing Crisis, Part 1

Transcript of video:

Hi everyone! 

Today I want to talk about healing crisis, which some of you may be very familiar with, and that’s great. I will tell you, when I first started working a lot with injury recovery in the beginning of my practice (especially with the belly work), this is something that came up over and over again. I thought I was the first person to notice it, but it turns out everybody knows. One of the things that’s so important when you are creating any kind of change in your health: we think about getting healthier and feeling better as something that that’s a smooth trajectory from feeling crummy to feeling better, and once you start feeling better it’s just going to keep getting better and better.

Actually what happens is that the central nervous system takes time to process the new information about how your body is moving, or what your organs are doing in your belly, or how your shoulder is moving, or how your whole structure of your bones is is changing and re-settling, and it takes the body and the nervous system time to integrate that information, and sometimes more time than you might think.

I’ve seen this process with just one session take up to 10 days to really even out again and resolve. If you get the momentum of multiple sessions in a row of starting to create this change for yourself, then you really can have these ups and downs of how you feel. What you want to remember is that if you start at one point feeling kind of crummy, and then you start getting better, and then it dips again, you start getting better and it dips again, that even though you’re still having these dips, the trajectory is still on an upward line.

It’s really easy to forget that, and this is something that I like to remind my clients of, and the people who work in the self-care programs with me. I talk about this a lot because it is so important. It’s one of the places where almost everybody tends to get frustrated because they think “I’m doing this thing, it’s supposed to be helping, and it’s not really helping, I’m not feeling better”, and that’s why log books are so important! 

Please do chart – from the day that you start any ‘connecting in’, just laying your hands on your belly, starting to work with what you are experiencing in your own belly from that first day that you just lay your hands on your belly. Please start making very brief notes. This doesn’t have to be a full journal entry. It doesn’t have to take you more than two minutes to jot down how you’re feeling before and after whatever it is that you do with your belly. If you do that consistently you’ll see the trajectory over time. It’s so much easier to stay motivated that way than if you just go by your day to day feeling (which most of us tend to do, and which interestingly is often very inaccurate about where you were when you started versus how you feel today on a crummy day). You’ve had so many ups since then that this new crummy day is actually heads and tails above where you started. 

This is super important to track, super important to keep in mind as you’re doing any kind of work with your belly, starting to move into a new relationship with your belly, starting to really create change in how you’re feeling in your abdomen or your pelvic floor and all of that good stuff.

So keep that in mind. Do your logs every day and I promise you that you will notice a difference.   

Have a great day!

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Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.

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