How to Ease Your Shoulders on “Migraine Relief Code” with Dr. Amelia Barrett

I had a great time talking about Headache and Migraine Somatic Self-Care with holistic neurologist Amelia Scott Barrett, MD, on her Migraine Relief Code channel. Dr. Barrett has a wonderful listening presence and participated wholeheartedly in the self-care techniques I shared, which makes for a lively, interactive video.

Headaches or not, these practices will help to relieve those tight, sore shoulders we all get from extended screen time, so I hope you’ll do them along with us and that it’s helpful! Let me know in comments how it goes, or if you have any questions — and please feel free to share! Thanks and enjoy!

To work with me by web cam for headaches, migraine, pain, stress, tension, or trauma, contact me to schedule a Free consultation.

In These Pandemic Times

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In these pandemic times, my thoughts, prayers, and heart are with all who are sick, in fear, confused — here and around the world.

In Italy, a well-respected physician, the head of a medical association, has succumbed. Overwhelmed doctors triage patients in hospitals as in wartime, prioritizing treatment to those who have the best chance of survival. The country’s mortality rate from the virus increased in 24 hours by at least 31% to 827; its population of 60 million in lockdown.

The CDC’s Anthony Fauci reports that the COVID-19 death rate is ten times that of the flu. Scary, dystopian times, indeed. Some people are sick of hearing about it, but turning away or panicking won’t solve it. Facing it and heeding the warnings will. The gravity of it, after all, is nothing to sneeze at.

Of course, I’m washing my hands, socially distancing, staying at home, writing, hanging out on social media in communication with you all, and pleased that I can offer headache and somatic coaching sessions by video cam. Yesterday, I delighted in ye olde joy of my youth: talking on the telephone. Someone I knew only online called me, in an “accidental” butt dial, and we spent a couple of hours deep in discussion. It was great!

In closing: Be well. Stay centered. Breathe.

With blessings, peace, and love to you,

xo Jan

March 12, 2020

The Mind-Body Connection Provides Insights for Solving Migraine Mysteries

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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to control your headaches or migraine attacks? Are you reluctant to try a new therapy because you’re afraid it won’t work? Why is it important to be open to new possibilities?

In “Feeling Stuck? How to Invoke the Mind of a Headache Warrior,” excerpted from The Headache Healer’s Handbook and published on MigraineAgain, I discuss resetting your viewpoint to beginner’s mind in order to become your own headache detective if you’ve been struggling with pain — and cite stories and research that point to the power of placebo in healing.

The process of discovering your own mind-body (body-mind) connection is universally valuable; you don’t have to be afflicted with headaches or migraine to benefit from or experience it.

Read the article here.