Retracing — Old Way Healing?
Related: What are the symptoms of a healing crisis?
by N J Howell unless otherwise noted
Does the Body Have to Retrace Injury to Heal?
I don’t remember when I first heard the term “retracing” but I have personally experienced the reality of it in my own life.
Retracing, in my experience, is sort of like an unraveling of a condition, from current time back to when it originally started and the body began to be out of balance. In a retracing, I seem to feel the cellular history of the injury or imbalance unwinding itself from my muscles, joints, bones and cells.
Retracing can be very intense, in ways I still sometimes call pain rather than just sensation, because of the intensity and discomfort.
For example, my neck first went out of alignment when I was four years old. That’s a long way back to unwind, or retrace. These days, I feel that is exactly what is finally happening.
Just last night though, I had the thought … what if retracing is no longer necessary for me? What would it be like if my neck could just release everything and return to balance without all that sensation being necessary?
For me, asking the question I have not asked before is often the first step to realizing a new relationship with my body, with time and with health.