Why should I go see a Shamanic Practitioner?
If you have ever heard of shamanic healing or shamanism, you’ve probably wondered what they do exactly. If you haven’t, check out my post What is Shamanism and How Can It Help?
In our Western culture, most people don’t know any shamans or if they do, they are simply westerners who have studied and incorporate the ancient traditions into their lives. That’s me! I am not an indiginous healer. I have not and probably will not ever live in the Andes, Peru, or the Amazon. I have learned to walk the path of the wounded healer and have a wonderful gift for seeing, feeling, and understanding what is happening in our souls, or the energy that surrounds each and every one of us.
Wanna know the biggest secret?
Each and every one of us has the ability to do that exact thing! We can all learn to feel, sense, and speak to the forces that live in spirit with us!
Have you ever just randomly thought of a distant friend or relative and then later on, that very person reaches out to you? Or maybe for some reason you felt the need to take a different route home, only to find out that there was an accident on your usual route? That big knot in your stomach that was telling you to stay home from a night out or a date? Goosebumps when you talk of certain things? Those “coincidences” are your spirit communicating with you!!
In ancient times when we led tribal lives in communion with nature and the forces, we were much more connected to the ability to sense or feel what was happening around us. Many of us lived as a part of a community, helping each other get over fears, grief, and traumas. Most communities would have a medicine man or healer...these were the shamans.
The shaman would always be there for the hunters who came back with experiences of extreme danger to return all lost soul fragments to those who were affected or injured. They would also be called upon at the arrival of a new baby to bless the baby and call forth its benevolent healing allies.
Today, so many of us walk around with wounds or joys that hardly get acknowledged due to the fast-paced, disconnected life we live in today.
As a Shamanic Practitioner, it is my job to reconnect you with your very own personal helping spirits and guide you on your path to healing. All of us have spirit guides or helping spirits that are just waiting for us to remember and call them into action. They know you, they protect you, and they love you! Our guides are our ancestors, once, twice, or ten times removed and have been with us our entire lives. They see you and their mission is to help you in this lifetime.
Through much practice and studying, I am able to evoke these helpers for you and re-introduce you to them. Some of us know who our guides are without actually knowing. For example, they were that “imaginary” friend you use to have or maybe your grandmother who had passed away but would still come visit you. It is that force you feel but can’t explain when you almost got in an accident but avoided it somehow.
When should I go see a Shamanic Practitioner?
You might be ready to heal an old wound or trauma like abuse or abandonment. Maybe you want a new career or to move to a new place but you’re feeling stuck or like you don’t know what your next steps should be. You may have experienced a loss and just can't seem to recover from it. Perhaps you are ready to let go of an old behavior pattern or learned belief that no longer serves you, like being in toxic relationships or that you are unworthy of true love and happiness. You may be ill or have recently been ill. Every one of those examples, among many more, are all reasons to seek the help of a shamanic practitioner and your spirit helpers!
In a healing session, there are many different things that can happen depending on your personal needs. We may just meet your helping spirits or we could be guided to perform a Soul Retrieval, Clearing, Past Life Regression, Akashic Records reading, or an Ancestral Healing among other things.
I plan to write more articles and also do webinar trainings on each of these different practices so stay tuned! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me! I love to share my knowledge with those willing to learn.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism has been found in cultures all over the world since ancient times. It is a spiritual practice, not a religion, and the shamans’ practices are very adaptable and practical. Many religions that we know of today like Christianity and Buddhism come from ancient shamanic roots and still carry the deep shamanic threads of deep connection to the divine in all things.
Shamanism itself is a group of experiences and activities/rituals shared by shamans in cultures around the world, not a formalized system of beliefs or an ideology. The practices of shamanism are extremely adaptable and coexist with many different organized religious practices, cultures and government systems.
As an individual practice in present times, shamanism is studied and practiced more as a life path than anything. People following the path of the shaman don’t typically seek it out, it tends to fall into our laps, so to speak. Usually after some sort of major life event or traumatic experience.
From a shamanic perspective, these individuals strive to be in relationship with the spirit in all things, have a deep connection with nature, and non-ordinary reality. They seek guidance from these realms to deeply heal on a soul level and intentionally form their own life experiences. Shamanism is the path to direct revelation. This perspective is not contradictory to any religious practice that allows a person to be in direct relationship with whatever they perceive as a higher power.
How can shamanism benefit your health and wellness?
In this day in age, shamanic healing is not familiar to most non-indigenous people in contemporary western society. Lately it seems that more people are starting to find their way to shamanic practitioners for many different health challenges, especially when they are not making the desired improvements with conventional approaches.
Living in a shamanic culture, shamanic healing is typically part of a multidisciplinary approach used along with physical healers, diet changes, plant medicine, and other therapies for any disease or imbalance.
The shamanic perspective on individual disease is quite different than the conventional medical view. In shamanism, it is believed that any illness could have an underlying energetic or spiritual issue, no matter how it manifests - spiritual, emotional, physical, or mental. It is also believed that community disharmony often manifests in individual illness and that similar disease or symptoms do not always stem from the same underlying energetic problem.
Illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism or other psychological diagnoses are more likely to have a spiritual component that could respond to shamanic healing techniques.
Physical illnesses, especially ones that have premature or atypical presentations, like a degenerative disorder that normally shows up later in life occurring in a child or young adult, may still have very significant spiritual underpinnings.
Shamanic healing is usually part of a treatment plan with other integrative treatments like massage, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic care, and so many others.
What does a Shamanic Practitioner do?
Shamanic healing work requires the accurate diagnosis of the seen and unseen energies at the root of the problem. After this is established, the practitioner will carry out the specific healing journey needed to resolve the problem. Once the integration is complete, the shaman and client must create the structure and resources for the client to shift and adjust to the changes in internal energies.
A shamanic practitioner will direct and move energy to restore harmony within the individual, as well as between the individual and the community and also between the community and the spirit world.
After thousands of years of practice, I don’t believe that the shamanic approach and practices would still be around if they did not have value. Because shamanic healing is so unique to each person and situation/illness, it is not easy to research based on conventional research designs and not much interest or financial support for researching these practices.
I would love to share my research and knowledge with you so if there is something you find interesting or something that you are curious about, please send me an email! This is my passion and I am always happy to share! Also, keep an eye out on the blog for more articles about shamanism.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy healing that targets the energy fields around the body. It has been around for THOUSANDS of years. The current form of Reiki was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.
Energy can become stagnant in the body, especially where there has been physical injury or even possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. Energy healing aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed the healing process, and reduce other symptoms of illness. Reiki aids in relaxation, assists the body’s natural healing processes, and helps to develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It also induces deep relaxation, helps people cope with difficulties, and relieves emotional stress to improve overall well-being.
The healing effects are mediated by channeling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced “chi.” In India, this is known as “prana.” This is the same energy involved in Tai Chi. It is the life force energy that surrounds all of us. This energy permeates the whole body. While this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by those who are attuned to it.
Conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat include:
What to Expect in a Reiki Session
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting like a massage room, but it can really be performed anywhere. The recipient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the recipients preference. The practitioner will place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over different areas of the body, energy centers or particular injuries, such as a burn.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy flow in their hands has subsided, they will remove their hands and place them over a different area of the body.
There are so many articles, books, and videos that explain Reiki more in depth. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about this practice or if you are interested in practicing. As a Reiki Master, I do take on students on a case by case basis. You can click here to book a free discovery call.
Headaches can be a real misery and sometimes it can seem as if you’ve tried everything to get rid of them but they just keep on coming back. Painkillers can seem like the obvious choice because yes, they do work – but then the headache will often return. If you’re really unlucky you may also end up with a rebound headache which is common in people who take painkillers regularly. So, what can you do?
If your doctor tells you that medically you’re fine and sends you away with instructions to relax more and get some sleep, it might feel as though you’re not being taken seriously. If just getting more sleep and less stress were the answer we’d have found a way to do it by ow, and in any case…life isn’t that simple. And you still have a headache.
Massage therapy might be a way out of the headache hell that doesn’t involve taking drugs that only end up making the problem worse.
More Americans complain about headaches than any other medical condition. It’s thought that around 45 million Americans suffer from headaches every year, and of course that’s only the people who report them. Statistically, it’s around one in every six people – with more than eight million Americans going as far as seeing their doctor about it.
How Can Massage Help A Headache?
Massage has two main benefits when it comes to beating regular headaches. A massage can help headaches that are caused by trigger points, muscle spasms and general tension.
These are thought to be a major cause of headaches and a massage therapist has some great tools to help give you relief from the pain – her hands. Some points on your body, like the back of your skull can bring on a feeling of deep relaxation, and this spot is known to be a great place to massage anyone who has tension headaches.
Regular massage helps to regulate hormones in your body that manage your mood, sleeping patterns and appetite. We all know that if we’re feeling tired, if we have low blood sugar or if we’re just in a bad mood we’re prone to getting headaches, so regulating the hormones responsible can really help decrease the number of headaches you experience.
What Else Can You Do About Regular Headaches?
There are other things that will help banish your regular sore heads, and your massage therapist will be able to give you a bit of advice about what might work for you – as well as providing healing hands. Make sure that you tell her about your work environment, sleeping habits and arrangements and even things like how much coffee you drink because these are all potential triggers for headaches that with a little tweaking could substantially reduce the number of bad heads you suffer from.
With something as common as a headache, often it’s the simple things that can make all the difference. A muscle tension easing massage can potentially relieve headaches caused by bad posture, too many pillows or not getting enough exercise, reducing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that compound the problem.
So next time you reach to pop another pill, remember that masking the pain with a drugstore remedy will not stop your headaches – so book yourself a massage treatment and give yourself the gift of long term pain relief!
Negative thoughts can affect your happiness. You could be happy one minute and the next, your mind is running off in the opposite direction. Don’t let negativity ruin your day. Here are six easy ways you can overcome negative thoughts:
Take a deep breath and tell yourself to stop
You need to be self-aware for this tip to work. The moment you realize you’re thinking negatively, just imagine tapping yourself on the shoulder and telling yourself to take a deep breath and stop the negativity. Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, refocus your attention on what’s at hand.
Analyze your negative thoughts
A lot of things that go on in your mind can be pretty irrational, but when negativity is clouding your brain, it’s easy to overlook this fact. So, instead of taking your negative thought at face value, try breaking it down. You’ll see that it’s not going to be so bad, after all.
Talk it out with someone you trust
Sometimes you just need to air your thoughts and feelings out. Talk it over with your closest buddy and ask for their advice. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer better insight and give you some positive alternatives.
Go for a quick run...or a walk if running isn’t your thing.
Clearing your head from time to time is important. When you feel like your negative thoughts are choking the life out of you, and telling yourself to stop thinking negatively isn’t working, then it’s time to go out for a run or any type of workout. Occupy yourself and get busy doing something positive to take your mind off things.
What are you grateful for right now? Take time to recognize those things!
Practicing gratitude is important. Keep a list of things you’re grateful for, both tangibles and intangibles. When you start feeling down or sorry for yourself, take a look at your list and remind yourself why you’re fortunate. Use this as motivation to continue with your day and your goals.
Do something to make someone else smile!
One of the best ways to free your mind from negative thoughts is by giving a bit of your time and attention to someone else. Do something nice for a family member or a friend or even a random stranger on the street. Make it a daily goal to make someone smile or happy, and you’ll forget you ever had negative thoughts to begin with!
"I can't afford it right now."
I hear this statement so often! But I really can't say that I believe that – the truth is that if you want to stay happy, healthy and full of vitality for longer, you can’t afford NOT to fit regular massage therapy sessions into your schedule. Massage might have a reputation for being something that’s a treat, a fluffy afternoon in a spa with aromatherapy candles and whale music, but that’s not what it’s all about.
Massage is healing, reviving, relaxing and in fact it can save you a whole lot more money than it costs you. Massage therapy has been proven to treat the symptoms of conditions as diverse as depression, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and MS. This is according to the Touch Research Institute, who has carried out over 100 separate studies into massage and its many benefits.
Even if you’re not managing a particular health condition, you still need massage in your life. It can help you if you’re an athlete, or just enjoy a workout. Massage can help keep your joints and muscles supple so that you’re less prone to injury. It’s great for dealing with stress, even if you’re not actually depressed, and improve immunity and sleep, making you more present and productive at work.
How Expensive Is Massage, Really?
According to recent figures, the average massage session costs about $50 for 45 minutes. That’s about the same as tank of gas and an oil change, erring on the cheaper side. At Enlightened Harmony, you can expect to pay $85/hour without a membership. The average price for a trip to the doctor, spending approximately 10 minutes with a doctor – is $68  (without insurance). Although most insurance companies aren’t enlightened enough to cover massage, there’s no arguing that massage DOES play a big part in injury and disease prevention. Experts know that a regular massage session will help to keep your body healthy.
Worst Case Scenario?
What’s the worst that can happen if you neglect your massage routine? Plenty of us struggle through with sore backs, a bit of repetitive strain, or hurt themselves while running, what’s the big deal?
Did you know that back injuries are the second most common reason for worker’s compensation claims? That’s everything from muscle spasms, problems with discs, and injuries leading to disability. Thirty-one million Americans are thought to experience low-back pain at any given time.
Most of these injuries could be prevented with better posture, rest and massage. So many back problems can be directly attributed to over-use and fatigue, and most problems are mechanical, not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fractures or cancer. On average, managing back pain costs Americans over $50 BILLION a year.
Still think you can’t afford that massage?