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

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

Publishing Announcement: “The Headache Healer’s Handbook”

Version 2I’m pleased to announce that my book has found a wonderful home, thanks to my agent, Susan Lee Cohen. THE HEADACHE HEALER’S HANDBOOK, for which I am also doing the illustrations, is forthcoming from New World Library in 2018. I’m on deadline right now, guided by my words for the year, “completion” and “focus.”

Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

February 16, 2017 – THE HEADACHE HEALER’S HANDBOOK by Jan Mundo
Non-fiction: Health
Somatic therapist Jan Mundo’s THE HEADACHE HEALER’S HANDBOOK, a holistic self-care program for the prevention and hands-on relief of headaches and migraines, to Jason Gardner at New World Library, by Susan Lee Cohen at Riverside Literary Agency (World).

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Meanwhile, I am still open for business and seeing clients here in NYC and via webcam, and will soon announce upcoming workshops and professional training.