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!

By Jan Mundo

What Do Migraines Feel Like to the Touch?

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In my latest article for Massage Magazine, I describe what migraines feel like to the touch and how I began healing them.

“For 46 years, I have been placing my hands on people’s headaches, including my own, and stopping them cold. You could say that I’m an accidental healer: At the oddest of times and places—clothes shopping, makeup counter, party, family gathering, boss’s office—people would exclaim out loud about their horrible migraine pain in progress, and I would offer to help.”

You can read the article here: https://www.massagemag.com/migraines-feel-like-touch-43885/

By Jan Mundo

Neuroscientist Dr. Marion Diamond Reveals Love Affair w/ the Human Brain | Begins Tonight on THIRTEEN – NY Public Media

This documentary is one in a series of excellent programs on various PBS shows related to neuroscience. This one begins airing tonight, Tuesday, 4/18/17. (Check local listings.) Many can be streamed online. Support PBS and NPR!

“How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.” Continue reading →

Source: Neuroscientist Dr. Marion Diamond Reveals Her Love Affair | Blog | THIRTEEN – New York Public Media

7 Ways YOU Can Spread Hope in the World

In 1985, Deepak Chopra’s first books helped with my healing path, and I went to a lecture and was quite moved by his gentle yet resolute approach. He was a student of Yogananda, who opened a door for many of us in the 1960s. And yet, I haven’t been plugged in to Chopra’s work for a while.

But yesterday when a friend posted Oprah & Deepak’s “Hope in Uncertain Times,” I signed up and began, even though it was Day 4. You see, my hope has been in short supply lately. And today, I could feel a shift.

I welcome you to try it. The link is below. It’s free for the 21 days.

In my favorite poem of the last several years, “A Brief for the Defense,” Jack Gilbert writes: “To make injustice the only measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.”

In these times especially, we must hold within us both the tragedy and the delight of living. Hope is a good place to start.

–Jan Mundo

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Are you wondering how you can make a difference during uncertain times? Start creating the future you want to live in with wisdom from Deepak Chopra’s book The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success, with action steps you can take right now to make hope go viral.

Source: 7 Ways YOU Can Spread Hope in the World