What’s Your Headache Karma?

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My article about the direct experience of working with the sensations of headache pain drew a very positive response, except for one. It is said that when we declare a path, the forces of the Universe align to challenge us, providing obstacles that help us navigate and fulfill the journey and, in some way, master the path. . . .

A cynical practitioner from an online alternative medicine group “congratulated” me on my choice of professions because I’d make lots of money. Patients would become lifelong friends to get relief even after I’d retire, but the headaches would keep returning. He doesn’t treat them in his practice because they’re a symptom, and symptoms have no cure. Treating the cause will make the symptoms go away, but, I, Jan Mundo, he concluded, have my eye on the big house, fancy car, and yacht, just like “Big Pharma.”

Wow. He doesn’t get my life or work, nor understand people with headaches. But, regarding hands-on relief . . . it’s awesome to work on the head, feel the sensations of a headache or migraine, and reverse its pain and symptoms on the spot—with touch and a focused mind! What’s bad about that? However, he was right about something. . . .

Finding the underlying causes of our headaches and migraines is key. And it is, indeed, the hero’s journey. If you began yours a long time ago, you might not be thinking of it so loftily and are probably sick of riding that painful merry-go-round. The good news is: despite what you’ve been told or tried before, you can solve your mystery and move on with your life!

It’s understandable: we want and need instant relief, especially after living with cycles of disabling pain over time. So, it sounds incredible that a mind-body program could transform our pain when the best medicines known to modern man haven’t, right?

When nothing seems to work, we worry that nothing will work, which affects our body. We all want to feel better, so we try a variety of medications, therapies, and practitioners. We get hopeful, frustrated, fearful, angry, resigned, and even cut off from our bodies, ourselves. I’m always delighted when a client walks in with a migraine! Why? Because I can do something about it. Especially excellent when it happens during a first session, hands-on relief provides hope that something can work. Being without pain is extremely freeing.

The first step in the journey is about experiencing our mind-body connection in real time. How does your body feel when thinking you’ll be stuck with migraines (or whatever) forever? What happens to your mood, breath, and anything else? On the other hand, how does your body feel when you have thoughts of being free of migraines (or whatever’s bothering you) forever? It doesn’t even have to happen. If you imagine it, your body will still produce those effects. There’s no thinking without a corresponding bodily response. That’s the first lesson.

The Headache Healing Program is really about karma, cause and effect: being aware, understanding, connecting the dots, and changing behaviors based on that detective work. Karma: if we change our actions, we’ll get a different result—in every aspect of our lives. LOL, that’s all. I’m only talking about a total reboot! Can you imagine a more entertaining and captivating ride? To quote my late teacher Stephen Gaskin: “How about just up-and-changing?”

Our method is about (often within a larger unfolding beginning with solving your migraines) individual empowerment, transformation, and self-generation. We focus on body-mind-awareness therapies and practices to prevent and relieve headaches, migraines, and pain—and to face and resolve trauma and whatever keeps us stuck.

You can get better, move beyond living in pain, and enjoy an active, healthy, creative, meaningful life. What a powerful and revolutionary approach: to feel renewed, vibrant, energetic, and centered. Most importantly, you’ll know what to do and how to do it. You’re in control.

In The Headache Healing Program: discover the causes of your cycles of pain, learn practices that remedy them, and feel better than you have in years. Begins in one week. Register Now for our 8-week program (two hours per week): NYC (9/30-11/18) or online (9/29-11/17). If you’re interested in the program and would like to talk with me first, please fill out the Contact Form to schedule a call, send a note, or have me call you.

Here’s to your headache and migraine transformation! “Put your whole self in.” Let’s go!

By Jan Mundo

The Headache Healing Program

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The Headache Healing Program, New York City

with Jan Mundo

Dates: 8 Tuesdays, Sep 30 – Nov 18, 2014 *
(Please see below for online course offer.)
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: New York City
Cost: $995

“Jan introduced me to techniques that instilled in me the power to modify and eventually control my headaches.”

If you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines, have tried everything, including alternative therapies, and want a solution that gets to the heart of the problem and helps you move on—without relying on medications—I can help. It’s a myth that you can’t get better. You don’t have to “just live with it.” You can free yourself from the burden of headaches.

The Headache Healing Program is a holistic transformative experience that consists of: body-mind self-care, headache-healthy diet, breathing, meditation, postural awareness, ergonomics, self-massage, Mundo Method hands-on headache therapy, somatic centering practices. Each segment of the program is designed to address and remedy specific concerns and triggers that contribute to your cycles of pain.

You will receive:
• Handouts that support each lesson in class
• Homework that carries the lessons into your life
• Coaching and assessments: headache history questionnaire, in-class, homework, progress, Q&A

To register or for more information, contact (or fill out the form here):
Jan Mundo, CMSC, CMT
Transformative Healing Arts
212-991-8611
jmundo@headachehealing.com
http://www.theheadachecoach.wordpress.com

* If you live outside the NYC area, this program is also being offered via Google Hangout:

The Headache Healing Program, Online 

with Jan Mundo

Dates: Eight Mondays, Sep 29 – Nov 17, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm ET (to be finalized)
Location: Online via private Google Hangout
Cost: $995

Space is limited for both programs. Deposit of $350 holds your place ($100 is non-refundable). Balance is due on or before September 26. Check and PayPal accepted.

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With over forty years as a body-mind practitioner working with headaches and migraines, hands-on healing, energy work, and somatic transformation, Jan Mundo, is often called a headache whisperer. A certified: Master Somatic Coach and Bodyworker, Body-centered Transformation and Conscious Relationship Therapist, and massage therapist, she’s held programs at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine/UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, Hill Physicians, Stanford U, UC Berkeley, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin. A published author completing a book about headaches, Jan is a writer/artist, blogger, mom, and grandma whose life, as a founding member and 15-year resident of The Farm, is featured in the 2013 documentary feature film, American Commune.

Please share this post and blog with anyone you know who would benefit from this program or private sessions in-person, via Skype, or FaceTime.

Hands-on Headache Healing

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“Go ahead and close your eyes” I said in a calm, soft voice. “I’m just going to put my hands on your head.” I draped one hand delicately on the front of her head, the other on the back. My fingers listened for and were drawn to a pulsation. Stronger than a regular pulse, it had an electrical quality, almost like mini-explosions on her forehead. I held lightly, meeting the pulse at its own level of amplitude, and felt it fight back. I intensely focused my attention on the spot under my finger. “That’s where I feel it,” she affirmed as I did battle with the headache.

When the pulsations quieted in front, I felt the “emptying-out” at the back and knew it was over. She opened her eyes, blinking in the light, saying, “I felt it move from the left to the right, then gather up and evaporate—right here,” pointing to the back of her head.

Her report matched the real-time “bio-feedback” I’d felt in my hands, heard through her words, and seen in embodied signals during the process. The sensations I’d felt correlated with her various states of pain and relief.

This week I’ll be announcing new programs that train headache patients and professionals in the Mundo Method of headache and migraine relief therapy. If you’re interested in receiving the information, please contact me using the contact form on this site or write to jmundo@headachehealing dot com.

By Jan Mundo

Childhood Abuse Affects Genes and Health in Adulthood

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Childhood abuse and trauma produce hormonal & gene changes that affect children into adulthood. Wonderfully clear article about current research being conducted on stress hormones. http://to.pbs.org/1s7ubUo Many of my headache/migraine clients have experienced trauma and abuse, and I find that it underlies their bodily tension, mood, and mindset about their health and lives in general.

Final Call for Summer Special!

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“I remember being mystified when you cured my headache many years ago in Berkeley.” —Paul Brancato, Assistant Principal Second violin, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Don’t miss out! Final days! Purchase your Summer Special—three 1-hour sessions for $300—by 7/31 and use by 8/29/14. Experience instant and long-term transformation, whether it’s Somatic Bodywork and Coaching, Mundo Method hands-on headache treatment, or body-mind headache prevention training.

My studio is on New York City’s Upper East Side, but if you can’t make it here, I can work with you extremely effectively via Skype, FaceTime, and phone.

Soon to follow: some very special announcements and a story.

“Working with you the first time changed my life, and that happens in each session! I’m so grateful to have someone I can trust to help me transform into the best woman I can be.”  —Becky M.

Welcome to The Headache Coach!

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Welcome to The Headache Coach, your home for headache healing.

This is a space for people who want to heal their headaches and migraines, and the family and friends who love them. There’s lots to read about my body-mind, self-care empowerment model for relieving and preventing your cycles of debilitating pain.

I hope my approach is helpful for you on your headache journey to wellbeing. Please fill out the contact form to schedule an appointment or a free introductory phone consultation.

Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jan Mundo