What’s Your AQ — Appreciation Quotient?

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When I first moved to Manhattan from Berkeley, I was enthralled with the energy of people on the streets, the architectural mix of old and new buildings, cultures, languages, the parks, museums, outdoor concerts, the concentration of people and cars flowing with and around each other. Then there was the light, island light, that illuminated dingy structures into glistening art, making window-pane patterns on neighboring facades.

It was all so different and new, and there was so much to discover in this dense urban jungle. But it hit me early on that I could easily lose the glow, just like anywhere else, through living life. To keep it going, I decided I’d have to pretend I was a tourist–well, my kind of low-key one.

What is it about being a tourist that makes us feel free? We’re unburdened by daily routines, obligations, deadlines, knowing what will happen. Ideally, we take the time to enjoy whatever it is we’re doing, unburdened. Even with plans, our surroundings are different, so we notice them. We’re more open, we explore and delight in colors, textures, landscapes, people, nuances. We rediscover the world through our wonderment.

After this year’s brutal winter, all the plants and trees were still dormant grey and brown in March, then April. It seemed as if they’d just given up and decided it wasn’t going to be safe to come out this year. But then across the street, peeking up through a pipe and plywood scaffolding, I spied the pale yellow lacy blossoms on a single tree. It was so exciting to see a new color that I took a pic and posted it. Wasn’t it beautiful!

When I revisited the whole picture, I was surprised that the scene actually looked pretty dingy and the flowers weren’t all that yellow. I’d been so appreciative of that small bit of difference, that its significance was magnified. As the next blossoms emerged, that first bit of color seemed embarrassingly small to have meant so much. What was I thinking? It was nothing to me now! Each successive wave of colors, blossoms, and scents, all so special and amazing, would wither and recede, finally making way for the lush green umbrella of trees. But then even those, ever-present, would soon go unnoticed.

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At summer’s end when those first maples become weary of the heat and their leaves get tinged with gold, sensing their rest is near while we’re still sweltering, I notice. Each year, we ooh and ah over the reds, yellows, and oranges that were just our beloved, but now usual, greens.

I see my Appreciation Quotient in so many areas of my life. I’ll be trucking along, in the flow, getting it done, and then, boom, wipe out. I’ll take a fall, get a cut, a burn, a flu, a migraine, throw out my back. I’m unable to do a thing or am strictly limited in what I can do, forced into downtime. But then, thankfully, there’s the re-inhabiting of my rhythms.

Sometimes I bounce back quickly, but others I have to start on the ground floor and rebuild myself, inch by inch. That’s how my body, my being, seems to do it. During that time, I’m so appreciative for each little step, movement, victory, bite of food, sip of water, bit of energy, lack of pain. At zero, with little capacity to see the bigger picture, I appreciate each moment and what I am able to do.

What determines our AQ? We experience that fresh, bright yellow-green of spring, a new love, the precious people in our lives, the sun’s warmth drawing us into the street to mingle like ants after the storm, and we’re filled with wonder. But then we get bored with the familiar and lulled into complacency.

How do we stay open in the moment and notice what is alive inside and around us? I’m not prescribing, I’m exploring—and perhaps that is the way—and sharing it. Have I told you lately? I appreciate you very much!

Love and blessings,

Jan Mundo

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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!

[cross-posted from Mundo Lifework]

New Dates: Mundo Method for Headache Professional Training

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It was kind of a strange concept to me that this method that used only my mind and body could have such a helping effect.” –Jovona

Mundo Method Hands-on Headache Therapy

Four-day Professional Training

with Jan Mundo

March 26-29*, 9 am-5 pm
New York City

*New dates!

Do any of your clients or patients suffer from headaches or migraines? Chances are they do. And how about you? Do you get them too? Desperate for pain relief, headache sufferers often get caught in a cycle of taking too much medication too often, which can cause more frequent and intense headaches, but what else can they do? A massage might help relieve a tension headache but make a migraine worse. Practitioners want to help, but tried-and-true methods may not always work, especially with migraines.

The Mundo Method is a subtle touch and focused concentration protocol that works with the actual felt sensations of a headache or migraine. It’s a dynamic process whereby each change determines the next movie. It’s literally “bio” “feedback” with no machine required! Tension, migraine, and combination headaches have different characteristics and require different approaches. One technique eases held fascia, another “stills” migraine pulsations, and another releases stuck pain to help the migraine “bloom” in order to work with and move it out.

Migraines affect far more than your head. They affect your entire being with a cascading set of symptoms, such as visual, sound, and smell disturbances, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting. But the words can’t describe how horrible people feel. Most chronic sufferers sense their migraines are like entities unto themselves that can feel stuck or even move around like little gophers!

It’s extremely rewarding to lift away the pain and associated symptoms of someone who has been suffering for days, weeks, months, even years. It’s fascinating to palpate and manipulate a variety of headache sensations and manifestations and feel them dissipate and have that correlate to the client’s relief. Practitioners who suffer from headaches or migraines, or have family or friends who do, have an affinity for working with them because they understand first-hand how debilitating they are and want to help.

Registration

Course fee:  $1200. You can pay the full amount now or a $400 deposit to hold your place; balance of $800 due by 3/19. Check and PayPal accepted. No refunds or cancellations after 3/23/15. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. CEUs are not offered for this workshop.

To register, click here. For more information, contact Jan at 212.991.8611 or jan@theheadachecoach.com.

The Mundo Method is unique in several ways:

  • It works with locating, palpating, identifying, and manipulating specific felt sensations.
  • You have to be it to see it. When you’re centered and your touch is soft, your hands are more sensitive, assured, and effective, and the client can relax.
  • Because stress, worry, and fear can keep a headache in place, clients are gently coached in using their breathing, awareness, and posture during treatment.
  • For the most part, the therapy is delivered with the client seated and practitioner standing.

Participants will learn:

  • definitions, descriptions, and characteristics of the major headache types.
  • palpation skills to distinguish tension, migraine, and “mixed” headaches.
  • how to work on each headache type with subtle touch and directed mental focus.
  • how to center and position themselves and the client for maximum effectiveness.
  • mind-body relief and prevention techniques (seated/table) for shoulders, neck, head, face.
  • how to work on their own headaches or migraines with the Mundo Method.

Attendees will receive:

  • written handouts of distinctions, definitions, and techniques.
  • treatment evaluation forms.
  • assessments and coaching during the course.
  • homework practicum.

Who should attend?

Health and wellness professionals, including: bodywork practitioners, massage therapists, mind-body practitioners and instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and allied caregivers.

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With forty-five years as an intuitive headache healer and body-mind practitioner, Jan Mundo, CMSC, CMT offers transformative somatic coaching and bodywork, energy work, and trauma unwinding. Jan Mundo is often called a headache whisperer—or the headache lady. A certified: Master Somatic Coach and Bodyworker, Body-centered Transformation and Conscious Relationship Therapist, and massage therapist, she’s held programs at NY Headache Center, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF Medical School, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Stanford University, 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 in Tennessee, is featured in the 2013 documentary, American Commune.

Please share this page with anyone you know who would benefit from this training, classes, or private sessions in-person, via Skype, or FaceTime. Thank you!

Jan Mundo, CMSC, CMT
Transformative Healing Arts
212.991.8611
jan@theheadachecoach.com
www.theheadachecoach.com