I Had My First Shaman Healing Session. Here’s What Happened.

I recently had an amazing Shamanic healing session in New York City and I knew I had to share. I had no idea what to expect when I rushed into the door of the Midtown studio space after my train was late, but it went beyond my wildest expectations (after my huffing and puffing calmed down).

If you’re interested in this type of healing, here’s some more insight on what this session looked like compared to other types of alternative healing:

Why Did I Visit the Shaman?

First, a little backstory. Since I gave birth almost a year ago, my body has snowballed into a revolving door of infections, viruses, and constant inflammation. Since three weeks postpartum,  I have suffered from:

  • Mastitis
  • A staph infection
  • MRSA
  • A tailbone cyst
  • Mono
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Severe Eczema on my hand
  • Weeping eczema behind my ear
  • A nose infection
  • Inability to lose any weight

No matter how I tried to heal, it seemed like the lulls were just leading up to my next issue. I felt like I was doing the mindset work and nourishing my body as much as possible, yet I couldn’t find anything that would break me out of the cycle.

It was actually my mom’s idea to look for some energy healers in the area. She wanted to gift me a session for Christmas and left it up to me to find someone. My instincts immediately led me to a Shaman, who I felt could cover more than other types of healers. I booked my appointment and showed up having no idea what to expect.

I’ve had Reiki and crystal healing as well as some general energy work, but never a 1:1 session with a Shaman.

Part 1: Discussion

After I arrived, downed some water, and used the restroom after an hour on the train (and some sprinting through Herald Square), we sat down in a small naturally-lit studio. I could see the Freedom Tower over the Shaman’s shoulder as we sat on the 15th floor, among other tall buildings.

She explained to me what to expect during our session and the first step was a discussion. She asked me why I was visiting for healing. I gave her the rundown of my last year. Based on the foundation I provided, she continued to ask questions about my health, my sleep, my stress, my eating habits, and other factors that could be contributing to my issues.

Once she felt like she had all the information she needed, we moved on to the next part of my session.

Part 2: Connecting

Shamans are able to alter their consciousness to connect with Source to receive insight for healing. The Shaman informed me that many use percussive instruments to help concentrate. She used a drum. For about 5 minutes, she closed her eyes and gently drummed.

I looked out the window as I waited for answers.

Once she opened her eyes, she told me that from everything she could see, all my issues resided in my gut. Years and years of damage to my gut was the suspect cause for my rough pregnancy and body revolt postpartum. She walked me through what healing was going to look like, what she was going to try to remove from my body, and how we would discuss next steps after my healing session.

Part 3: Healing

The Shaman had me lie down on the floor and close my eyes. She saged the room, turned off the lights, and began the healing.

She gently moved around my body, placing her hands on my energy centers, I instantly felt my energy shift. As she continued, my entire body started to shake and I went into a deep meditative state.

At some points she was drumming, at others it was almost like she was sucking things out of my system with a straw.

The Shaman continued to move around my body, removing inflammation and any energy that was negatively affecting my gut health and over-all well being.

You know in the 90s when our computers took their sweet time to boot up and they made all those computery noises? That’s how my body felt, almost as if it was rebooting and restarting.

The Shaman then stepped away from my body and sat a few feet away from me on the floor as she drummed.

She welcomed my consciousness back into the room and told me to take my time coming back into my body.

Apparently I sat up much quicker than most, but I just felt this huge surge of energy running through my body. I was a little wobbly and had to do a little bit of stabilization, but I definitely felt the difference from the moment I opened my eyes.

Part 4: Next Steps

After I was more in tune with my surroundings, the Shaman and I returned to our chairs and had a discussion about the healing she performed and what she saw my system needed to continue healing. She saw things like eating a rainbow of vegetables, removing gluten, dairy, and sugar, using probiotics, and taking family walks.

She also told me that despite this gut issue, I am a very spiritually healthy soul and that my gift is to synthesize these experiences and learn deep wisdom to share with others. I will never forget she said, “If you could only see you how I and everyone else sees you, you would be amazed.”

That has stuck with me since, and I’m working on it 😉

And truly, she was right. Despite my struggles this past year, I have used this platform to share my journey every step. I have always shared what’s on my heart knowing that someone else may need it to heal.

Part 5: Post-Visit

After my visit with the Shaman, I could feel the energy flowing through my body like never before. I used her healing as the push I needed to nourish my body. I have since removed gluten, dairy, sugar, and most animal products from my diet as much as possible, and implemented a probiotic and digestive enzyme.

I think it’s important to acknowledge the fact that this session was not a quick fix. I still have a lot of healing to do. As I write this a month and a half after my visit, I’d say I can see major improvements in my inflammation and my overall sense of health, but I am still on a path towards healing my gut and postpartum issues.

The most important thing the Shaman gave me was healing my energy field and reassurance I was already on the path to healing. If you’re interested in seeing a Shaman, I want to remind you that while they can have a huge impact on our energy systems. There is still much work to be done on our part.

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Leena Lemos
Founder of Enlightenedhood

Leena is the founder of Enlightenedhood and on a mission to raise the collective consciousness through empowering women to step into their power and out of the spiritual closet. Leena started collecting stories of how other mothers were using mindfulness + spirituality while navigating motherhood and this blossomed into a global movement, reaching almost 100 countries in under a year. Today, Leena is passionate about a many-to-many approach to spirituality and is working to build the Enlightenedhood tribe to make this type of wisdom more accessible and stigma-free.

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Founder of Enlightenedhood

Leena is the founder of Enlightenedhood and on a mission to raise the collective consciousness through empowering women to step into their power and out of the spiritual closet. Leena started collecting stories of how other mothers were using mindfulness + spirituality while navigating motherhood and this blossomed into a global movement, reaching almost 100 countries in under a year. Today, Leena is passionate about a many-to-many approach to spirituality and is working to build the Enlightenedhood tribe to make this type of wisdom more accessible and stigma-free.

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