Mindfulness for Migraine & Headache Disorders
August 4 to August 27
This is an online event
Join us on Tueday & Thursday evenings in August for a series of experiential mindfulness modalities beginning August 4th through August 27th.
We are proud and excited to launch a new Mindfulness for Migraine Series in August. Mindfulness can be practiced in many forms other than sitting meditation. Moving meditations can be a mindful way to reduce stress - which is known to trigger attacks. These mindful practices can be done while moving or sitting. The practices we will offer are:
Looking for Relief
We all know the routine – you have tried everything to find relief from your migraine or headache disorder symptoms. You have probably also received unsolicited advice from more people than you care to remember. What else can you do? In some instances another medication may not help. However, what might help are mindfulness practices to reduce stress, enhance relaxation and build resilience in the mind and body.
Mindfulness teaches and trains us to allow and acknowledge the moment (of pain, anxiety, worry, depression) with compassion and without judgement. This can be helpful to calm the nervous system which is already activated by pain and other symptoms. While mindfulness may not stop the waves of debilitating symptoms, it can teach you how to ride the waves – like surfing.
Registration is complimentary but required. Only one registration required which entitles you to attend all/any sessions in the series. Zoom teleconferencing platform link will be the same for all events and sent via email prior to each event.
|Dr. Rebecca Wells|
|Tai Chi||Suzan Mekler|
|Tai Chi||Susan Mekler|
Adriane is the founder of Yoga for Migraine, an online community that offers yoga practices specifically for people living with headache and migraine. Adriane is a lifelong dancer and yogini with a 200-hour yoga teacher certification in restorative, yin and yoga nidra styles. Adriane taught Yoga for Migraine at CHAMP’s 2020 Virtual RetreatMigraine and was featured on the Migraine Magic Podcast. A mother of two little ones and a former public school teacher, Adriane brings her life experience of living with migraine into her healing yoga programs. Yoga for Migraine provides migraine-friendly yoga practices with a focus on relaxation in workshops, retreats and one-on-one coaching. Adriane’s mission is to help others manage their migraines with yoga so that they can flourish. https://www.yogamigraine.com/
Nurse Practitioner, provides care for patients at the UCSF Headache Center. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified by the American Academy of Neuroscience Nursing. With a focus on self-advocacy, she treats each patient in the context of their environment, individual background and circumstances. She provides holistic care via western medicine and helps patients connect with resources to help with headaches, such as the Yoga for Headaches workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, pain psychology methods, acupuncture, neutraceuticals, aromatherapy and physical therapy. She is a yoga practitioner and believes that yoga and meditation can be modified to the needs of the patient and beneficial for everyone.
Jen Malloy, MA, ATR, LPCC
Jen is a Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA), and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA). Jen received her M.A. in Expressive Therapies in 2012 from Lesley University and has had over 10 years of professional experience providing arts-based interventions in community mental health settings. She works with clients on issues related to chronic traumatic stress, PTSD, depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, chronic pain, and adoption. Jen currently practices counseling and art therapy at Deep Wellness Center in Modesto, CA. Jen is a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University, where she is specializing in Psychology and Creativity Studies.
Suzan has worked at Tampa General Hospital as a fitness, wellness & health educator since 2003, first working with employees & then expanding out into the Tampa community. She has created and provided over fifty community wellness presentations and is certified as both a leader and master trainer in many other evidence-based and self-management programs, such as Stanford University’s “Living Healthy with Chronic Pain”, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, and four diabetes-related programs. The main theme throughout all these programs is encouraging healthier lifestyles through physical activity, better nutrition, and cognitive and behavioral change strategies. She has been certified to teach several styles of tai chi thru Dr. Paul Lam since 2012 and currently teaches several classes in the community including a tai chi for Parkinson’s program that is sponsored by USF.
Suzan has a bachelor’s degree in social work & a graduate certificate in gerontology. Helping others achieve a better state of wellness has been her lifetime career and passion. The motto on her “FitCity” business card is: “What the Mind believes, the Body Achieves” derived from a quote by Coach Vince Lombardi. This fuels her passion & philosophy to “Educate, Motivate, Activate”.
Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH
Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, is an expert in Headache Medicine and Integrative Medicine, having completed fellowships in both specialties through Harvard Medical School. She has NIH funding to research mind-body interventions for migraine relief, evaluating the efficacy and mechanisms of mindfulness for migraine. Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina, where she founded and directs their Comprehensive Headache Program and serves as an Associate Director of Clinical Research at their Center for Integrative Medicine. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with highest honors, Brody School of Medicine-East Carolina University, and Harvard School of Public Health where she obtained her Master’s in Public Health. She completed Internship and Neurology residency at University of Virginia. She has been a “Best Doctor of America” since 2015, serves as Treasurer of the Southern Headache Society, and has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society. Her research receives frequent media attention, including interviews with Time magazine, NPR, BBC News, Boston Globe, and Prevention magazine. She has published many articles and presented frequently to national audiences as an expert in headache, mind/body, and integrative medicine.