As a fellow migraine sufferer, I know how it is. I know about the blinding pain and the various and weird other syptoms. I know that some days you push through and some days you lie down. I know that the sound of someone chewing their food can make your head want to explode and the feeling of being looked at in disbelief for making statements like that. I know that feeling of the prodrome…the sinking feeling that another one might be coming on…
Also, I know better than to tell you I have “the cure.” Unfortunately I haven’t cured myself and I’d never make a promise like even if I had. But I think I may be able to help with your headaches. Mine are very mild and I believe its because of the holistic methods I’ve used over the years to keep them at bay. Whether you want a massage once in awhile, or a complete program, here’s what I can offer:
1. Empathy. I’ve had migraines for about 10 years. I talk quietly and I listen.
2. Massage Therapy – Although muscle-tension headaches are quite different from migraine headaches, muscle tension can be a migraine trigger. Read about the way I’ve helped clients with migraine HERE. View my most recent continuing education HERE.
4. Reiki – This gentle healing method can be just the thing for reducing stress, a significant contributor to migraines. People describe it as feeling light, euphoric, like they are floating. Some are surprised how quickly the time passes, whereas beforehand they couldn’t imagine lying still and relaxed for an entire hour!
5. Guided Visualization – I use this regularly when dealing with my own migraine pain, to help reduce pain and the amount of medicine I take. You can experience it with me in my office and learn it to do at home for yourself. All you have to do is relax, breathe, and listen to the sound of my voice.
6. Active Assisted Stretching – This dynamic technique is different from regular static stretching in that it helps to reset the neuromuscular connection that can be locked into a pain/stress/pain cycle. Sometimes muscles have “forgotten” how to return to normal tension levels, causing stress, which in turn escalates the pain which escalates the stress, and so forth.
7. Aromatherapy for Migraines – I am currently finishing a program in Essential Oil usage, by Dr. Josh Axe, known for helping his mother recover fully from cancer using natural health methods. Completion of the program will result in a certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Throughout the training I have been focusing on educating myself in essential oils effective in pain and stress relief. I am already integrating this knowledge into my sessions and have found it to be of great value in working with headaches and migraine.
8. Instructions for Self-Massage and Stretching – There’s nothing like coming in for a massage to deeply relax your body and mind. Few of us can manage to get a professional massage every single day. But at home you can help keep your muscles feeling loose like they do after you get a massage with a simple daily routine.