Healing Crisis Effect: Feeling Bad After Energy Healing / Reiki

Are you feeling worse after your session? With headaches, low energy, tired etc? Let me share why & what you can do now…

There have been many times that I have had clients come back to me after their first session (or the first in a long while), saying they feel much worse after the session than expected. Usually, the sensations are mild and last 1-2 days, but in some rare cases, I have known clients to feel REALLY physically and emotionally drained for a longer spell of time. On a personal note, I experienced this when I first started learning Chios healing (my first therapy training) and it was really intense! Awful feeling, but in the long run it broke down and released so much!

This also tends to come up more during certain times of the year – for example, the current Mercury Retrograde has been bringing up all sorts of releases lately, which I’m working on with my clients.

The big question I get is: “I thought Reiki or Chios healing (both working on your chakras and the energy system) is meant to help me feel better and balanced, not worse?”

This is known as “The Healing Crisis”

As with all detox plans (energy, nutrition etc), there is a release. And this release can be on a physical, emotional, or energy level – so there can be many symptoms that do come up as the toxins are revealing their true Self to you. As I mentioned, it is usually mild and it doesn’t happen to everyone – after all, each and every person reacts to energy healing (whether it’s Reiki, Chios healing or any form of using Universal Life Force energy) in such a unique way, depending on their sensitivity to energy, their energy system condition and what they need to release.

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So, what should I do if it does come up?

✨ Drink as much water as possible, and keep hydrated!

Water is a beautiful healing source. Drink distilled clean water regularly, which will help flush out your toxins and keep your energy vibrating. Some people tend to actually report feeling more thirsty during this time, so you know what to do! Listen to your body, drink and enjoy 🙂

✨ Get as much rest as possible!

Your body is going to need it. If your energy level is low, this is your body’s way of telling you to get more rest and let your body regenerate itself. Sleep does wonderful things to our body and mind!

✨ Meditate and scan your body


If you aren’t already doing so, make a routine to meditate. A nice time to start this routine is at night. Read this blog post. Also, scan your body and check which parts of your body feel heavier – the healing crisis can actually help you to become more aware of where your body holds stress and emotions. Slowly scan your body before you sleep and see what you are feeling – start from your feet and work your way up to your head. This is also a very grounding technique to keep your body connected and strong.

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✨ Release through journal work

Write, write, write! Jot down what thoughts are coming up that may be the source of your emotional release. Your mind will be releasing negative thoughts at this point – is there a reoccurring thought pattern? What is your instinct and thoughts guiding you to reflect on? Work with it, even if it is painful. Identifying these negative thought patterns can help you break the cycle in the long run. Writing is a form of release and a safe (and private) way to explore these thoughts. If you are doing any talking therapies at this time, you may want to explore the topics that come up with your therapist.

✨ Put healthy foods and drinks in your body

That means avoiding foods like caffeine, alcohol, junk food, sugary/salty foods and anything else that is not good for you. If you are in detox mode, why put more toxins into your body? Increase your intake of foods that are healthy, raw, and full of goodness and energy!

✨ Be gentle with your Self!

Depending on how much release is needed, the amount of time you are releasing can vary from person to person. It is at this time you should keep your environment as positive as possible. Surround your Self with things and people who you love. This is also a space to allow your Self to take time for you, without guilt or resistance… this time is a special place to be in to move forward!

🗝 Should I come for another session?

You know your body more than anyone else – so trust your instinct! The following sessions after the initial session tend to help and ease the process of releasing (I usually recommend 2 sessions to begin).

A lot of clients may assume 1 session will heal everything, which is not the case most of the time. We sadly live in a quick-fix age where the expectations for “getting it all sorted” are highly expected to be instant and last. But healing (not just with energy healing, but with many other therapies and medical treatments) takes time – And if there needs to be a deeper release, more sessions are beneficial and help with the process. In some cases, talking therapy also works well alongside energy healing so the released issues can be directed and dealt with as they come up.

This should be something you can talk to your therapist about and they will advise you on what would work for you.

Energy healing is subtle – but very powerful and it can be a wonderful tool to keep in touch with your Self

Yoga For Empaths is here for you!

This blog has evolved so much over the last few years. I seem to have naturally drawn clients from all walks of life who are interested in exploring their empath qualities. This has also been an on-going learning experience.

For this reason, this blog is now focused on sharing tools and tips for deepening our connection to our Self  – through yoga, meditation and energy healing. I invite you to read my other blog posts here and maybe it will be useful in some way.

Wishing you all the best for your healing and Self-journey! SAT NAM ❤️


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13 thoughts on “Healing Crisis Effect: Feeling Bad After Energy Healing / Reiki

  1. Thanks for the really good explanation of the after effects from an energy healing session and healing crisis. I recently underwent my own physical healing crisis after a reflexology session – was unable to hear for a month due to my ears being blocked. Like you say, most are not that bad, but feeling a bit out of sorts for a while after an energy healing session is completely normal and it’s good to know this.

    1. Wow, no hearing for a month …that is quite a huge reaction lol!! Hope you’re feeling better now :o)

      1. It were a right pain in the tuckus! On the other hand, it allowed me to focus inwards for a while.

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  4. Thnk so much for the information. I’ve had two sessions and each session I’ve had an upset stomach for 4 days. no matter what I ate I couldn’ keep it down. it was worse after the second session and I think it was due to the fact that I had 3 healers working on me. Is this normal?

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment! Having more than one healer can be quite intense but it’s not unusual – like for example, in a Reiki share, there may be several healers working on each person in a group. I’m thinking that you could be very sensitive to this – maybe try just one healer next time. Another thing related to the stomach area is that maybe it’s releasing emotional baggage stored in this area? I think the best person to give you this feedback would be the main healer you worked with… I’m sure they will give you clearer advice. Hope that helps 🙂

  5. I had a horrible experience with an energy healer a couple of years ago.

    I would use caution and remember that this is not a licensed profession and there are very unethical people who need to do their own healing work before ever beginning to engage with another in a healing capacity.

    I eventually did get well with the help of the appropriate kind of licensed professional, and it taught me to use caution.

    Some people are now energy healers for easy money.

    They talk a good talk, they are intuitive, divine appointment was what the energy healer I went to said, and I wish there had been a governing body to report her to.

    I have heard of many others now who have felt violated but her website just continues to speak of her miracles and sing her praises.

    Please use caution. Only you can protect yourself.

  6. Hi there! Actually was ner aware Tht such things exist such as heing touch therapy till my bf went through it today. Post the therapy he was feeling a run down with a lot of body pain. His therapist has told him that it Wil take atleast 5 days to recover from it and he has to go through another session in 2 days again. The reason he took his therapy is Tht my bf is v short tempered and off late due to work his emotional and stress levels are very high. He is having weird sucidal thoughts and is constantly physically and emotionally abusing me. Wil this therapy help him as he has often got back to me saying that this isn’t him and he is extremely depressed off late. Please let me know if this therapy Wil help him regain positivity and love for life?

  7. I had a healing session two days ago. Yesterday and today I have had cold/flu like symptoms. I have slept lots and feel like wanting to be alone and sit quiet. I am a Reiki healer myself but I have not had energy release like this before. The healer said I had strong emotional energy that needed releasing I’m thinking this is why its so powerful.

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