Somatic Coaching and Bodywork are very important and, often, key components to unlocking a core issue or issues in headache and migraine sufferers. All humans literally shape around their need to get love, attention, and survive. We unconsciously hold that shape after the need or threat is gone.
Many headache clients can handle all the nuts and bolts of taking care of their health and still not get 100 percent better because the underlying mini-micro stress and tension of how: they handle life, live in their bodies, breathe, and see the world is embedded in their cells, so to speak.
There was the woman who was left repeatedly with relatives as a child, then abused, who then carried extreme pain and the fear of not being helped in her body. There was the woman who, as a pre-teen, was told to shut up and then institutionalized, who then held extreme tension in her jaw and chin as a young woman. There was the middle-aged man who, as a boy, saw his siblings shamed by his mother, so learned to keep his head down and be very careful not to speak, which resulted in stooped posture and nervousness. There was the girl who was told that paying attention to her body was indulgent, so she learned to ignore her body’s signals and hold her sphincters tight, creating a sense that paying attention to her body just wasn’t important.
Each of these clients held fear and pain in his or her entire body and entire being, because of what happened in life. By unwinding the grip of the body armor that shaped them in their experience of the world, they were able to release the grip of their headaches, pain, fear, anger, and tension, which also resulted in much better overall health, even under extremely challenging circumstances. They were also much more independent and industrious in finding and maintaining enjoyable ways to take care of themselves and living balanced lives.