The medical term for healing crisis is the "Herxheimer Reaction." This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough.
The healing crisis is very natural and unique for everyone. Most people experience very mild symptoms while others experience severe issues. You need to understand that these symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and toxins are eliminated. Symptoms usually reduce or are eliminated within two to three days but on rare occasions can last a few weeks. You may experience:
stiffness, aching muscles, tiredness
Shivery - this is due to blood capillaries opening up to increases blood flow to the muscles and the skin surface
frequent visits to the toilet - this allows your body to get rid of waste
runny nose / coughing - again this allows your body to get rid of toxins
your body is in a repairing phase and might take some time to re-adjust.
Nua was born out of a love in working with the body. As a theatre maker, I have been involved in performing, creating and directing highly physical work. With that comes the knowledge and skill of the working body. And with that comes a healing process, as everyday you have to streach, recover and prepare for the next show. Massage has always been a part of my life - and now it is an extention of it. And one I absolutly love sharing with people.
My love and respect for the style of massage I use is massive, which is why I spent a long time thinking about and searching for an image that I loved and respected. For the artist in me, individually and style is really important - just like my massage.
I specifically chose this image of Buddha. I totally fell in love with it. The colour, texture, calmness and serenity. The individuality. I felt a genuine connection towards it. It was everything I love as an artist myself and what I wanted Nua to be.
When I was researching the rights to use it, I discovered an amazing back story that really touched me. It was produced by an American artist called Dale Phelps who created wood block prints. On further research, I discovered that Dale created a series of images that helped him meditate as he went through prostate cancer, from 1993 to 2009. I emailed his wife and she gave me permission to use his image for Nua Massage. She said it was the kind of treatments and mindfulness that Dale believed in and would be glad to support me.
I am very grateful to her and hope that through Nua, more awareness can be made of his work and people ‘get’ what it was that inspired him and inspires Nua.