|I am honored to present a live online session at the international conference Engaging Embodiment: Somatic Applications for Health, Education & Social Justice|
The conference is being held March 3-7, 2021, live online, with taped replays and is co-sponsored by ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Filled with talks and experiential workshops led by inspiring pioneers, leaders, teachers, and expert practitioners in the field of Somatics!
Cost is $125 members, $150 non-members. Video replays are available for one year. If attending live, check time converter for your time zone.
Even if you sign up now in the final two days of the conference, you can have access to the video replays all year. This conference holds a wealth of information and experiences for somatic professionals, related fields of psychology, movement, dance, occupational therapy, and more.
My session is A Somatic Journey at the Intersection of Headaches, Migraine, Myofascial Pain, and Awareness, Saturday, March 6, 10:10 am PDT. The video replays are posted approximately 24 hours after the live presentation.
— by Clydelle
A Reader’s Review of The Headache Healer’s Handbook
I am a long time migraine sufferer (55-year-old woman). I’ve had migraines since I was a teen, and during perimenopause and menopause they have become regular and more severe (I am diagnosed with severe, episodic migraine). Research is something that I am used to doing from my background, and I have spent many hours researching everything that I can find on this disabling condition.
I have tried diets (am still on a very restricted diet now), all forms of alternative therapies, many different kinds of preventive drugs, and I can not take any acute medications due to serious side effects. The National Migraine Centre has been very helpful to me as have the wonderful talks through the Migraine World Summit. But still every month, I end up bed bound for up to four days and feel as though a physical tsunami has swept through my body.
In some research that I did before the summer, I read a post by the director of the New York Migraine Center who suggested a book called, “The Headache Healer’s Handbook” by Jan Mundo. To be honest, I’ve got a library of books on migraine and thought, why not another one?
This book advocates a hands-on method of treating your migraine (along with other dietary and lifestyle advice) that means you can use your own hands to help you when an attack occurs. When we went on holiday, I brought it along and thought perhaps I’ll give it a go if a migraine hits. I wasn’t very optimistic because I’ve gone through new treatments so many times (new treatment, doesn’t work, feel very depressed, and back to square one again). However, this pattern did not happen.
I followed the recommendations in her book to the last detail and, I still can’t believe it as I’m writing this review, my headache lessened. Instead of having a four-day migraine, it was mostly gone in three days and I was in less pain. The next time I used the method, it was reduced again to two days. I have also used it to reduce nausea. Now, I know that many of you out there will be very skeptical of any review that recommends something as a miracle cure.
The Mundo Method is not a miracle cure. Rather, it offers a method to use during acute attacks and makes other lifestyle suggestions that aim to treat migraine from different perspectives, e.g., diet, exercise, self-massage, posture, etc. I tend to use the actual hands-on method for acute attacks, and I use her daily head and neck massage suggestions because I find that these methods work for me. And I mean that they work — I feel better because of them. I am no longer afraid of the next attack and being helpless to do anything about it. I now know that there is something that I can do myself to help lessen the pain and that they are always with me: my hands.
I hope that others who are suffering out there may find something to think about from this review. And perhaps a few of you may even read the book out of curiosity. Whatever helps is worth considering. Good luck on your quests to find relief. What works for one person, may not work for another. But it’s worth considering and — for me — this method has give me new hope and a quiet confidence in knowing that help is at hand (quite literally)! All the best!
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I was a guest on the wonderful, expansive Heart Over Ego Radio with The Alchemy Sisters and had a great time. We go deep! They ask about and we discuss: energy and touch healing, headaches and migraines, my spiritual path and awakening to God/Universal consciousness, Somatics, The Farm and our 60s hippie trajectory, charismatic leaders, American Commune the movie, spiritual vs. political community, and more. This is my most personally revealing interview to-date. I hope you listen, enjoy, and if so, please share.
Click to listen to the iTunes Podcast! Here’s the show writeup:
On 2.24.2020 we hosted a discussion with Jan Mundo. As a 1960s bohemian teenager attending services in synagogue, Jan had an “’aha’ divine transmission moment” where she realized she was connected directly to God/Universal Consciousness instead of needing intermediary clergy. Later influenced by psychedelic experiences, eastern philosophies, and esoteric spiritual teachers and disciplines, she delved into the exploration of the interconnectedness of all living beings.
She developed the Mundo Method hands-on headache relief therapy in 1970. In 1992, she codified the Mundo Method into self-care instructions, created a mind-body self-care headache management program, and began teaching her program to private clients and holding classes at medical centers, universities, corporations, and conferences — including Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, New York Headache Center, Apple, LinkedIn, U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy, and the worldwide online Embodiment Conference.
Mundo’s mission is to awaken headache and migraine sufferers to their own capacity for self-healing. Her self-illustrated book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook published by New World Library in 2018, teaches readers how to do it. Her writing and interviews about her work are published in books, magazines, online, in podcasts, and on the radio. https://theheadachecoach.com