Energy Healing: Benefits and Side Effects

Energy Healing and Side Effects


I am a big supporter of people seeking out a variety of services to heal and work towards on-going growth and progress.  Aside from taking care of our physical health, I encourage body, energy, and counseling services.  Our bodies are the warehouse for so much and sometimes, we need to help to ‘release’ patterns, trapped emotion, and memories that no longer serve us.

That being said, I recently attended a training. The facilitator is a healer and I was intuitively drawn to scheduling a session with her.  At my first session, she asked what I wanted to focus on and/or what I was hoping to achieve from the session. I heard myself say “I know you have answers to questions I have and answers to questions i did not know that I had.”   My request was to allow what needed to come forward and I would ask questions as needed.  The session was insightful, powerful and helpful.  The practitioner uses stones as part of her practice and can shift energy.  I felt the energy shifts in session and left feeling euphoric and grounded.

I continued my day as normal and noted feeling queasy, which I simply attributed to a busy day and not eating as I am accustomed.  I fatigued that night and nearly crawled to bed.  I awoke in the middle of the night sweaty and super nauseous.  I began to worry that I may have a stomach bug but nothing ever materialized.

The following days I noted a host of various emotional and physical complaints and discomforts.  I also observed the sudden onset of the discomforts (e.g. sudden fatigue, a raging headache out of no where).  As a practitioner myself, especially upholding the mind-body connection, I FINALLY realized that I was not sick but experiencing side effects from the session.

Energy work is akin to trauma work.  It activates the person on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. It is greatly beneficial to resolve past trauma, integrate experiences, clear energy blocks and facilitate intuitive growth. Great insights and movement in energy and in person can generate quite intense and uncomfortable sensations as the person integrates it all into their being.  This is not to discourage such work but to prepare a person to be patient and prioritize self-care as their being acclimates to the clearing and healing.

Here are some common side effects of such work:

  1. Nausea
  2. Night sweats and sleep disturbances
  3. Fatigue and feeling emotional drained
  4. Mood fluctuations (e.g. free floating emotions)
  5. Dizziness and feeling light-headed
  6. Yawning
  7. Stomach feeling bloated or bubbly
  8. Increase elimination (urination, sweating, burping, sneezing, bowels, etc)
  9. Blurred vision
  10. Reddening of the face
  11. Flu like symptoms
  12. Feeling tingling, burning, or currents in body

The period that one experiences such symptoms, as well as their intensity, can really vary.  It is quite evident to me that this session hit some core level themes and my being was working hard to accommodate all the new information.  It is helpful to allow for more quiet time, meditation, drinking of water, and healthy eating to ease oneself through this process.  It can prove difficult to allow and surrender to such processes but the lack of resistance actually helps to minimize the impact. In many ways, the healing process really symbolizes the full spectrum of life and the inherent need for discomfort and comfort.  We need to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.


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