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SAD and Healing Touch

Healing Touch views every season of the year, and every season of our lives, from an energetic, holistic perspective. The four primary aspects of our energy system include the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. It is important to address all aspects. In the case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), clients often dread the onset in the fall, even before symptoms arise. This could indicate an imbalance in the mental layer of the energy field caused by memories of SAD in the past. As daylight shortens, physiological changes in serotonin and melatonin may result in a variety of physical symptoms including lethargy, changes in sleep patterns, and changes in appetite. Depression and irritability are often experienced at the emotional level. Spiritually, individuals feel less connected with their sense of purpose, often losing interest in activities that once provided a sense of meaning and joy.

The good news is that a Healing Touch session can be a tremendous help. After establishing mutual goals and intentions, the practitioner assesses the client’s energy field, and uses his/her hands to clear heavy, stagnant energy and provide balance in the energy system. Clients often report feeling lighter, more energized, more motivated, more hopeful. In between sessions, clients are encouraged to practice energy techniques on themselves, empowering them to continue on the path of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Although sunlight may be low during the winter months, there is much we can do to encourage our inner light to shine.

Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.