Help for Migraines: A Somatic Approach

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I am honored that my article “Help for Migraines: A Somatic Approach” was featured in the March 2017 Annual Green Issue of Massage Magazine for bodywork professionals. In the piece, illustrated with some of my prevention techniques, I describe this disabling condition and demonstrate my special touch therapy approach. Sadly, touch therapies are often neglected in traditional migraine treatment.

Here’s an excerpt:

Migraines Imitate Life

Although our contemporary stressors and caffeinated culture play their roles, migraines are not thoroughly modern. Remedies date back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. With growing precision, due to recent imaging technologies, researchers have studied migraines for decades, and yet their exact neurobiological mechanisms remain a mystery.

The underlying causes, or triggers, however, are fairly identifiable using good detective work. In my experience, most people embody a combination of factors, often a veritable perfect storm that add ups to create cycles of pain.

From diet, lifestyle, environment and physical factors to medications and hormones, how we live can help or hurt us. This isn’t about blaming the victim; it’s about helping people live in ways that support their well-being.

Family history and cultural background are also part of the equation: How people were raised and learned to feel about, view and treat their bodies and themselves in sickness and in health can also factor into their headaches.

Do they push through pain and ignore it? 

Do they feel ashamed, weak, or guilty when they get sick? 

Do they take a pill to keep going, instead of resting or slowing down?

Do they only have bodily awareness when sick or in pain?

I hope you find the article helpful. If you are moved by it, please share and leave a comment on their website or here. Thank you!

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You Are Unique!

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You are unique. Let your spirit be renewed and shine forth. Spring teaches us that, cleanses the dust from our bodies, gives us the vitality to enliven our potential. See yourself and let yourself be seen.

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Give yourself time in May to revitalize, recharge, relax, release, relieve, re-find, remind, recenter, realign, regroup, re-up, refine. Whatever it is for you. Let yourself really settle into it—your body, the dirt, the earth, the breeze, the blossoms. Take a deep inhale and sigh it out, all at once like a waterfall. Ahh!

may special-2Get transformative bodywork or a migraine treatment from the magical hands of Jan Mundo, master somatic coach and healer, headache whisperer. Be coached to come home to your body by an expert, journeyed soul traveler. In-person, Skype, FaceTime, phone. Book your sessions for May today at this very special rate!

The Headache Healing Program

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The Headache Healing Program, New York City

with Jan Mundo

Dates: 8 Tuesdays, Sep 30 – Nov 18, 2014 *
(Please see below for online course offer.)
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: New York City
Cost: $995

“Jan introduced me to techniques that instilled in me the power to modify and eventually control my headaches.” –Toby H.

If you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines, have tried everything, including alternative therapies, and want a solution that gets to the heart of the problem and helps you move on—without relying on medications—I can help. It’s a myth that you can’t get better. You don’t have to “just live with it.” You can free yourself from the burden of headaches.

The Headache Healing Program is a holistic transformative experience that consists of: body-mind self-care, headache-healthy diet, breathing, meditation, postural awareness, ergonomics, self-massage, Mundo Method hands-on headache therapy, somatic centering practices. Each segment of the program is designed to address and remedy specific concerns and triggers that contribute to your cycles of pain.

You will receive:
• Handouts that support each lesson in class
• Homework that carries the lessons into your life
• Coaching and assessments: headache history questionnaire, in-class, homework, progress, Q&A

To register or for more information, contact (or fill out the form here):
Jan Mundo, CMSC, CMT
Transformative Healing Arts
212-991-8611
jmundo@headachehealing.com
http://www.theheadachecoach.wordpress.com

* If you live outside the NYC area, this program is also being offered via Google Hangout:

The Headache Healing Program, Online
Dates: Eight Mondays, Sep 29 – Nov 17, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm ET (to be finalized)
Location: Online via private Google Hangout
Cost: $995

Space is limited for both programs. Deposit of $350 holds your place ($100 is non-refundable). Balance is due on or before September 22. Check and PayPal accepted.

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With over forty years as a body-mind practitioner working with headaches and migraines, hands-on healing, energy work, and somatic transformation, Jan Mundo, is often called a headache whisperer. A certified: Master Somatic Coach and Bodyworker, Body-centered Transformation and Conscious Relationship Therapist, and massage therapist, she’s held programs at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine/UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, Hill Physicians, Stanford U, UC Berkeley, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin. A published author completing a book about headaches, Jan is a writer/artist, blogger, mom, and grandma whose life, as a founding member and 15-year resident of The Farm, is featured in the 2013 documentary feature film, American Commune.

Please share this post and blog with anyone you know who would benefit from this program or private sessions in-person, via Skype, or FaceTime.

Childhood Abuse Affects Genes and Health into Adulthood

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Childhood abuse and trauma produce hormonal & gene changes that affect children into adulthood. The linked article is a wonderfully clear explanation about some current research being conducted on stress hormones. http://to.pbs.org/1s7ubUo 
Many of my clients (both somatic coaching and headache) have experienced trauma and abuse, and I find that it underlies their bodily tension, mood, and mindset about their health, healing, and lives in general. I work with them to unwind their trauma through Somatic Bodywork and Coaching and specialized Somatic Trauma training that honors their experience and helps them build the boundaries, voice, and safety that were violated.

Final Call for Summer Special!

summer special“Working with Jan the first time changed my life, and that happens in each session! I’m so grateful to have someone I can trust to help me transform into the best woman I can be.” —Becky M.

Don’t miss out! Final three days! Purchase your Summer Special—three 1-hour sessions for $300—by 7/31 and use by 8/29/14. Experience instant and long-term transformation, whether it’s Somatic Bodywork and Coaching, Mundo Method hands-on headache treatment, or body-mind headache prevention training.

My studio is on New York City’s Upper East Side but if you can’t make it here, I can work with you extremely effectively via Skype, FaceTime, or phone.

Soon to follow: some very special announcements and a story.

“I remember being mystified when you cured my headache many years ago in Berkeley.” —Paul Brancato, Assistant Principal Second violin, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra