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

My Book Proposal Won A Prize!

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It snowed the other day and looks like someone left me a message.

My book proposal won a contest! THE HEADACHE HEALER’S HANDBOOK: A Holistic, Hands-on Somatic Self-care Program for Migraine Relief and Prevention was awarded the Balboa Press self-publishing Master Package (value: $8149). It’s awesome!

I feel amazed and grateful that this company, founded by the inspiring author and healer Louise Hay, “got” my writing, my book, and my work. It feels wonderful to be seen and received in this way.

The Writer’s Workshop spurred me on to refining and updating my proposal and finishing and tightening up my book, which is nearing completion. Thank you to Hay House Writer’s Workshop and congratulations to my fellow prize winners.

I’m so excited to bring empowered headache and migraine self-care to the world to help the millions who suffer. Stay tuned!

To keep up with my latest, I’d be delighted if you’d Like my Facebook page, Jan Mundo, Headache Coach, and Follow me on Twitter at Headache Coach.

The official announcement from Hay House:

We were delighted with the response to our very first online Writers Workshop course contest, our inaugural group of graduates who took the course last year submitted so many fresh ideas. Our Editorial team read over 100 proposals [from 1400 attendees] and finally picked Romanian author, Dr. Dragos, as the overall winner of the Hay House contract for his book, The Pursuit of Dreams: Humble Beginnings, Real Life Stories, Wishes Fulfilled.

We also awarded a Balboa Press Master Package to Jan Mundo Headache Coach from New York, for her book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook: A Holistic, Hands-on Somatic Self-care Program for Migraine Relief and Prevention. The Inspire Balboa Press Package goes to Jessica Baker, LAc from Colorado, for her book, Plant Songs.

It takes so much courage and commitment to complete a full book proposal and send it in for consideration. We are really aware of this and want to applaud all of you for taking such a big step on your publishing journey. Please don’t stop now, you have already done the hardest part! As you will have learned from the course, there are many ways to get a book out into the world these days, the right path is waiting for you.

Stop Migraine Pain Naturally

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“A few weeks ago I had the worst migraine of my life. I’m talking head/neck pain to the point of nausea (couldn’t even drink water), light sensitivity… The works. If you’re a person who gets migraines, you know….”

“For years my mom has been bugging me to call her friend Jan, a headache specialist. So in that moment of total panic, I did. At 8pm on a Thursday night. I was THAT miserable.”

“Let’s just say I’m pretty sure Jan is magical. She talked me through her techniques for getting rid of migraines over the phone and to my astonishment, it worked! I seriously couldn’t believe it. I’m going for an in-person session soon so she can teach me how to manage this on my own. I’m told I can stop a migraine before it starts. Imagine that! Anyway I wanted to share because I know I’m not the only one….”

— Julia, Physical Trainer, Ballerina, New York, NY, December 2015