Programs for Practitioners
Programs for health and wellness practitioners, including massage and body-centered therapists, physical therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and CAM practitioners.
1. The Mundo Method: Hands-on Headache Relief Professional Training
The Mundo Method is a hands-on therapy that combines subtle touch and focused mental concentration to relieve the pain and symptoms of headaches and migraines on the spot. The method was developed in 1970 by Jan Mundo, who used it on herself and others. In 1992, she created the Mundo Program for mind-body, self-care relief and prevention, which she has taught at leading medical centers, universities, and corporations.*
There are 50 million chronic headache sufferers in the United States, 28 million of whom have migraine. Research shows that headaches are costly and disabling, that patients want help, and are largely dissatisfied with their current medical treatment. A myriad of factors often combine to create headaches. Medication doesn't always work, and it can have side effects, including rebound headaches. Touch works. A practitioner who can stop their pain in the moment can be the first glimmer of hope for many people.
In this course, participants will learn to identify, recognize, and distinguish headache types by: headache classifications and definitions, palpation skills, and client and practitioner reporting and assessments. Foundational and subtle skills will be developed for working with and relieving different types of headache pain using the Mundo Method. Practitioners will learn self- and client-centering practices for managing mood and emotion while dealing with pain. Coursework includes lecture, reading, writing, somatics-based practices, hands-on training, and practicum.
For more background about this modality, view The Mundo Method White Paper (pdf).
* A retrospective research study of the Mundo Program showed that 78 migraine patients with a median of 19 headache years, who took a five- to six-week class, two hours per week with at-home assignments, had 41% reduction in their headaches, reduced their relief medication by 52%, and 97% felt better and more in control of their headache patterns (Cephalalgia, May 2001, Abstracts).
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2. The Body of Healing: Centering Practices in Healthcare
Massage therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals share a common burnout factor: They tend to help others at the expense of their own health and wellbeing. When healthcare professionals disconnect their actions from the awareness of their bodily sensations and needs, they lose access to themselves and others in ways that can directly affect health and healing. How often do you take care of others while denying your most basic needs? In the end, ignoring your body or psyche will take its toll in pain, mood, energy level, and attitude toward your work and life.
What is the body of healing, and how can we develop daily practices that nourish and sustain us, so we can be the model of wellness we're trying to promote? This is our exploration. Practitioners can be better healers by taking care of themselves. A caregiver who cultivates a centered presence can provide more relaxation using less effort, while lowering her risk of injury, stress, pain, and burnout.
In this course, you will learn:
Coursework includes lecture, reading, writing, and somatics-based practices.
To be notified about professional training programs, or arrange one in your area, contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-991-8611.