Almost 50 million people in the U.S. and 3.1 billion people globally experience severe headaches on a regular basis.  Severe headaches can often be categorized as migraine, tension, hypnic, cluster, or some combination.  For Stephanie Wachman, now an experienced consultant and CEO of her own firm, her journey started with migraine headaches in her early twenties.  Stephanie shared with me that her migraines initially were activated by extreme exertion, barometric pressure, air travel, hormones, alcohol, stress, fatigue, and excitement; basically, life! 

As she got older her headaches became more frequent, leaving her unable to function for a few days at a time followed by a period of poor memory and migraine hangover consisting of mental fuzziness and aching.  She consulted with her general practitioner, a neurologist, an internist, a chiropractor, ayurvedic practitioner, acupuncturist, physical therapist, and massage therapist all with very limited results.  She eliminated alcohol, became a vegan, did more yoga and meditation, which she says was, “totally useless”.   Stephanie has been prescribed multiple medications over the years which she says haven’t worked at all.

When seeing a doctor for an unrelated issue she discovered that her headaches had a primary component of muscle spasm at the base of her skull, in the suboccipital region, which would travel up and around her head like a belt tightening.  After this she started receiving monthly massages and working with a personal trainer to strengthen her core and neck muscles, however was still experiencing two severe headaches per week.

Three months ago she was introduced to a simple Core Centering practice which included self-massage of a series of specific acupressure points, the Stress Scrubbing practice, and a combination of movements and breathing exercises.  She says that these practices have “changed her life” by releasing her overall body tension especially in her neck and shoulders and that her body has ”stopped holding onto the pain”.  After learning her simple Core Centering routine, it didn’t take long to experience the results and she reports that her headache frequency has dropped to just once a month, even though her life is as busy as ever. 

Core Centering is a somatic practice based in Traditional Chinese Medicine and effectively relaxes the body on a deep physiological level, balances the nervous system, and initiates the process of repatterning a person’s mindset and behavior.  Slightly different from other somatic practices, Core Centering orders the delivery of techniques to match the manner in which the human nervous system is wired to achieve rapid and lasting effects.

I recently received this note from Stephanie, which made my whole week!

“What a relief, so I stick to what you taught me like glue because it feels like I’ve got a lifeline and am so appreciative.”

Stephanie’s history of experiencing severe headaches is not uncommon, however her healing journey is.  Most people are prescribed medications and take them with unsatisfactory results because they feel so helpless to the pain.  Many people search for years for solutions that will bring even a little bit of relief.  In Stephanie’s case, she takes no medications and has found the right combination of self-care activities to experience substantial relief.  With Core Centering she has learned how to activate her own inner medicine and open the door to more profound relief and deeper healing.  

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