The Mind-Body Approach To Treating Headaches

A physical symptom is usually the first indication that something is out of balance. Whether your headaches are just a nuisance or downright debilitating, they are trying to tell you something has to change, but what?

Derived from Greek, the word “symptom” combines syn, meaning “together,” and piptein, meaning “to fall.” In other words, your issues or stressors most likely have been around before falling together and creating a symptom.

Headaches can have metaphysical explanations such as self-criticism, internal conflict, overwhelming worries. The relationship to psychological or emotional issues is not always obvious, however here are some useful reflection points for headaches:
– What or who might I be resisting?
– Am I trying too hard to be perfect?
– What are the headaches preventing me from doing?
– Is my head-heart balance out of whack?

Before consulting, I suggest keeping a diary of the food you eat in case it’s an allergy. Keep a diary of your psycho/emotional environment. Describe the headache, its location, duration and severity. Describe your feelings prior to the headache and how you finally made it go away. In this way, you can build a picture of what was happening, especially if there is any repetitive behaviour or attitude. To support the mind-body approach to treating headaches, you may want to consider life coaching for gentle change, Reiki treatments to restore balance and inner calm and
mindfulness for stress reduction.

Life coaching to support gentle change.
Life coaching can provide individuals with the support and tools needed to navigate life’s challenges. A life coach can help clients identify and overcome patterns of negative thinking, manage stressors, and develop coping mechanisms, ultimately contributing to a reduction in headaches.

Reiki to re-establish balance and inner calm.
A traditional Japanese healing technique, Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that aims to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Derived from the Japanese words “rei”(universal) and “Ki” (life force energy), Reiki channels vital energy through the practitioner’s hands, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. This ancient art of healing is based on the belief that when our life force energy is balanced and flowing freely, we achieve harmony within our surroundings and ourselves. As the English language acknowledges,
when we do not have ease in our body, we have dis-ease.

What are the benefits of Reiki?
Stress Reduction
Reiki helps alleviate stress by calming the mind, promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety levels.

Pain Management
Reiki has shown promising results in easing chronic pain, migraines and discomfort associated with various ailments. By promoting healing and soothing affected areas, it enhances the body’s ability to cope with pain.

Enhanced Vitality
Reiki assists in breaking through energy blocks to allow the life force to flow freely, leading to a more vibrant existence.

Emotional Balance
Reiki supports emotional healing and fosters a sense of inner peace. By releasing negative emotions and traumas, it aids in the restoration of emotional balance and well-being.

Improved Sleep
Reiki’s calming influence helps induce deep relaxation, leading to better sleep quality and more restful nights

Mental Clarity
Through Reiki, mental clarity and focus are enhanced, improving overall cognitive functions


Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can be powerful tools for managing headaches. Mindfulness helps individuals become aware of their
thoughts and emotions without judgment, fostering a sense of inner calm. By incorporating mindfulness into daily routines, individuals can reduce overall stress levels and, subsequently, the frequency and intensity of the headaches.

Taking a holistic approach to headaches involves recognizing them as more than just physical discomfort. By viewing symptoms as messengers and understanding the interconnectedness of mind and body, we can explore treatments that address the root causes. Reiki, mindfulness, and life coaching offer a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan, focusing on energy balance, emotional well-being, and personal growth. Embracing this holistic perspective not only provides relief from headaches but also promotes overall wellness and a deeper understanding of oneself.

If Reiki interests you or you need help with managing your headaches, please reach out to our Kings Cross clinic to book a time to see Suzanne Salter.

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