Shamanic healing techniques have been used for centuries in various cultures. Some of the most common techniques are soul retrieval, sound healing, energy work, stone healing, and more. All techniques focus on treating the blockages that may cause illnesses. 

In shamanic belief, psychological and emotional problems can cause physical illnesses. Shamanic practitioners use different healing techniques to find the core of these problems and help their clients to achieve wellness. 

What is Shamanic Healing?

Shamanic healing is a spiritual healing that addresses the emotional, mental issues which cause physical illnesses. It is work that is done on the inside, aiming to achieve wholeness which requires the subject to be fully ready and willing to do work inside their spiritual and emotional world.

It starts with a counseling session during which the counseled is asked about their symptoms, how long they’ve had them, their severity, their pain level if any, and whether this person has seen a conventional doctor or not. Such questions help the shamanic practitioner to understand you and your problem so that the recovery process can be carried out properly. 

What Does a Shamanic Practitioner Do?

A shamanic practitioner will guide their clients through the shamanic healing with their wisdom. Shamans or shamanic practitioners who are trained to carry out shamanic healing sessions will start by listening to the client and the problems they are having while observing you. By observing their client in a normal and meditative state, the shamanic practitioner connects to their guide team uncovering the root cause of the presented symptoms. 

Sometimes shamans use sound healing with a rattle or a drum. They may use crystals, plants, tobacco, feathers, or other tools to clear your energy and release emotional obstacles like fear, anxiety, and anger. 

During the shamanic healing sessions, most shamanic practitioners whistle, hum, or sing traditional healing tunes. Their goal is to restore the client’s energy, clear out the clogged emotions, and get the healthy energy flowing. 

Keep in mind that finding the right shamanic coach to guide you through your recovery is extremely important. Remember that all shamanic practitioners have unique styles and every individual has unique needs. Completing the wellness journey successfully mostly depends on finding the right shamanic coach for yourself. 

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Shamanic Healing Techniques vs. Conventional, Western Medicine

Western medicine is the treatment of medical conditions with conventional medications. Professional doctors, nurses are the ones that care for their clients in scientific ways. It differs from Eastern treatments and shamanic healing techniques. 

Shamanic healing aims to restore the connection between mind, body, and spirit. According to shamanic healing, if someone has lost, exiled his/her inner self, these later become in that person’s unconscious shadows which tend to surface through irrelevant external events such as accidents, illnesses, personal problems.

Shamanic healing focuses on healing the spirit whereas western medicine focuses on physical health. Clinical shamanism focuses on using shamanic healing techniques integrated with modern medical techniques.

Shamanic Psychotherapy

Shamanic psychotherapy is a form of naturopathic remedy. Shamanic psychotherapy incorporates the usage of earthly, organic items such as herbs, chanting, crystals, rocks, incense, vibration, and visualization to achieve recovery and wholeness. 

It focuses on recovering the inner connection with the spirit and helps develop a consciousness. It’s a journey during which the clients are encouraged to develop behavioral, spiritual, and emotional skills to increase inner peace and freedom. 

During shamanic psychotherapy experience, the shamanic practitioner alongside the client enters a deep meditative state. While in this state spiritual guides support the restoration of the Wholeness of the client.  

During this therapeutic process, the shamanic practitioner guides the client through an inner self-balancing, allowing the subconscious resistance to be released.  

Shamanic Spiritual Cleansing

Shamanic spiritual cleansing is used to clean the body, mind, emotions, and soul from negative thoughts and energies. As is mentioned previously, such energies and thoughts might contribute to a physical manifestation of problems. Embracing this technique is best received from a well-trained shamanic practitioner. 

Through shamanic cleansing, one will have a more whole-body connection with their inner self. By connecting more deeply, affords you the opportunity to move through Soul Loss, Soul Retrieval and Shadow Work. 

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Soul Retrieving 

Shamans believe that when one suffers from physical or emotional trauma, a part of their soul, a spiritual being, escapes the body in order to survive the trauma. Retrieving that missing part of one’s soul and essence is necessary to achieve wholeness which is the main aim of shamanic healing. 

There are various signs that can show that one is experiencing soul loss. Some of these signs are:

  • Feeling lost and you don’t know your purpose in life 
  • Feeling  like you have no control over yourself
  • Suffering from long periods of insomnia and depression
  • Feeling  constant physical  or mental fatigue without any medical explanation
  • Feeling  constant anxiety, panic, or fear
  • Being unable to remember certain parts of your life

Shamanic practitioner enters the aforementioned deep meditative state with the client and retrieves the missing parts of their soul. It is essential to perform a reintegration ceremony process after the missing soul parts are retrieved. This step is often missed by untrained shamanic practitioners.  After the soul retrieval therapy, the client can observe the following benefits:

  • Feeling more grounded, awake, alive, and energized
  • Feeling more aware of your decisions, behaviors, and choices
  • Mental clarity and better sleep
  • Feeling joy, wholeness, and lightness

Shamanic Sound Healing

Shamanic sound healing can be performed in active or passive sessions. During active sessions, the shamanic practitioner guides their clients to use their own voice while he or she uses other sounds such as rattles or a drum. This is to guide them into a connection with their guiding spirits to achieve empowerment and self-discovery. 

Passive sessions include the shamanic practitioner using gongs, rattles, Tibetian singing bowls, or tuning forks to cleanse the client’s energetic state. The goal of the passive sessions is to relieve stress, anxiety, and blockages of energy to help clients achieve a higher sense of peace and purpose. 


Shamanic healing has various benefits for the soul and the body. It helps people to deal with their emotional and physical problems in a natural way. Clinical shamanic practitioners are modern shamans who incorporate shamanic wisdom with modern techniques to overcome modern-day problems.

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