Hands-on Headache Healing

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“Go ahead and close your eyes” I said in a calm, soft voice. “I’m just going to put my hands on your head.” I draped one hand delicately on the front of her head, the other on the back. My fingers listened for and were drawn to a pulsation. Stronger than a regular pulse, it had an electrical quality, almost like mini-explosions on her forehead. I held lightly, meeting the pulse at its own level of amplitude, and felt it fight back. I intensely focused my attention on the spot under my finger. “That’s where I feel it,” she affirmed as I did battle with the headache.

When the pulsations quieted in front, I felt the “emptying-out” at the back and knew it was over. She opened her eyes, blinking in the light, saying, “I felt it move from the left to the right, then gather up and evaporate—right here,” pointing to the back of her head.

Her report matched the real-time “bio-feedback” I’d felt in my hands, heard through her words, and seen in embodied signals during the process. The sensations I’d felt correlated with her various states of pain and relief.

This week I’ll be announcing new programs that train headache patients and professionals in the Mundo Method of headache and migraine relief therapy. If you’re interested in receiving the information, please contact me using the contact form on this site or write to jmundo@headachehealing dot com.

By Jan Mundo

Childhood Abuse Affects Genes and Health in Adulthood

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Childhood abuse and trauma produce hormonal & gene changes that affect children into adulthood. Wonderfully clear article about current research being conducted on stress hormones. http://to.pbs.org/1s7ubUo Many of my headache/migraine clients have experienced trauma and abuse, and I find that it underlies their bodily tension, mood, and mindset about their health and lives in general.

We Get Busy

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We get busy. We get busy and forget to breathe, to pay attention to life. That we’re right here, right now. We lose connection. Maybe we never had it. But we want it, yearn for it. You, me, we, people, life.

Transformative work can bring you back into your body, put you in touch with your cells, with yourself on the cellular level. You can breathe, relax, relieve pain, tension, and stuck places. Find the spaces you can’t feel into, that are numb, tight. You’re suddenly aware of qualities you’ve embodied—a wooden board, a bungee cord.

Bring your awareness into your body. Feel yourself breathe. In the moment. Settle into your Self and feel gravity hold you, right where you are. Feel. You’re alive. Breathe. Let it go.

Let go of the grip of now of then of centuries past. You were gripped by what you feared and tightened against, or learned to please, squeeze, or run away, or stay paralyzed, frozen, tucked in, tucked away. It was reaction, safety, protection, wanting affection.

Let those toxic layers get cried away, yelled out, coughed up, shaken out, drawn away, melted down. New skin, new shape, new ground, purpose, meaning. Ease in.

It can be refreshing, soothing, plumb the depths, release the pain. You’re the explorer. You and your body carve the path. Keep breathing. It all unfolds as you grow.

[cross-posted at Mundo Lifework]

Taming the Wild Headache

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Encountering a wild headache is similar to Forrest Gump’s proverbial life–box of chocolates metaphor: “you never know what you’re going to get”—although you know it will contain chocolate. That’s what makes it so intriguing.

You might say I’m a headache whisperer. For forty-two years, I have been relieving people’s headaches and migraines with a body-mind therapy I developed in 1970. (In case you think I’m ancient, like Dick Clark and my fellow baby boomers, I’m an eternal teenager.) After twenty-one years of informal experimentation, I decided to offer my therapy professionally and became a certified: massage therapist, energy worker, body-centered and conscious relationship therapist, and somatic coach and body worker. Deconstructing what I had been feeling on the head and in my hands all those years, I created instructions for client self-application, and I began documenting the results. Continue reading

Can You See the Sailing Ships?

There is a story that the native peoples of the Americas were guarding their shores from foreign intruders. However, despite their vigilance, the sailors from the old world made it to shore and began trading with the natives, who they later conquered. How was it that the natives, so keen to the elements and their land, did not see their future conquerors approaching? It is said that they could not see the sailing ships anchored in the bay because they had no concept of a sailing ship. The truth of this story as told in The Secret has been questioned, based on various captains’ logs that recount the native people’s use of large paddle boats: a boat is a boat, so they would have seen it.

When something’s right in front of our noses, of course we can see it. Or can we? Until last week, I didn’t know that my computer of four years had a photo share function under the export menu. I use my MAC everyday, yet have no idea how it works or how to fix it. I cannot see what a MAC Genius can see. Even if we cast our attention on the same object at the same time, I can’t necessarily tell what’s there because I don’t know what I’m looking at or what to look for.

After assessing people somatically for years, I can see how someone is shaped and how that shape creates and is created by the person’s reality. Continue reading