Thursday, June 21, 2018

Migraine & Headache Relief Offer


So far this year has been a very busy and unusual year for me because much of it has been spent recovering from a concussion and dealing with some nasty symptoms...severe headaches being one of them...and it got me to thinking about those who regularly suffer from headaches, particularly the debilitating effects of migraine headaches...
Migraines need no introduction. They can appear without warning, can be very painful and can ruin your day COMPLETELY. Migraines can literally wipe a person out, leaving them unable to function effectively for a day or more. If you know someone with migraines you know how a migraine ‘attack’ can be so utterly debilitating.

Stress appears to be the main protagonist when it comes to getting a migraine and people with migraines whom I have worked with agree with that assumption. Many clients also tell me that a migraine can just appear even when none of the ‘stressors’ is present.

The interesting thing about pain in general and especially chronic pain is this weird thing called ‘mapping forward’. When we have experienced pain for long enough, say 30 days, the brain lays a map of potential pain into the future. This map exists so that the brain can scan upcoming situations to make sure that regardless of the context, pain can be avoided.
The downside to this mapping forward is that we have an unconscious expectation that the pain will continue and we will find ourselves literally looking for it, subconsciously. The ‘Map’ for the pain exists and therefore a much greater possibility for the pain also exists.

It appears that there is no known cause of migraines and so the accepted way of dealing with them is to try to reduce the ‘triggers’ so that they are less likely to flare up. Triggers include food, disruption of routine, stress, alcohol and caffeine, some medications, weather changes and more.
Medication, a dark room and lots of rest is the generally accepted way to deal with Migraines and yet in most cases, this form of therapy is temporary. Regardless of the causal factors, the intensity and duration, a migraine is a migraine and if we can reduce its intensity or remove it altogether, all the better.

So, how about a different approach...?

If you have worked with me before, you will be aware that curiosity plays a significant part in my coaching work and when it comes to migraines, curiosity has a curative action that I would never have imagined. You see when we attend to anything, a problem, symptom, conversation or person for that matter with an attitude of curiosity, the creative lights within us 'light up'. Unlike the active response within when fear or anxiety kick in, curiosity opens the pathways to possibility and emergence.

Time travel
Just as mapping forward works to generate the pathway for pain to exist into the future, our memory of pain, the context of that pain and how it affected our lives is active within us and so when we remember back to a recent migraine the memory is uncomfortable, in some cases just remembering a migraine can stir the feeling of a migraine.

Getting to the point - a sigh of relief I hear you breathe - curiosity arrises quickly when we experience something novel. Dr Ernest Rossi, Neuroscientist, MD, surgeon and NLP Trainer has studied the brain and the circumstance for new neural pathways or neurogenesis. He developed the ‘Novelty - Numinosum(curiosity) - Neurogenesis event’ (NNNe) as a way of understanding how we can create the environment within ourselves for rapid healing.

A New Migraine Strategy...
So bringing all this together has been a focus for me for a number of years now, and in the last few months, I have had people running the new strategy with fabulous outcomes. The strategy I have developed is quite novel and actively stimulates curiosity, followed by a measurable change in the person's experience of a migraine coupled with a reduction in the number of migraines that person experiences.
The strategy is simple and easy to practice and we can test results as we go. As well, I will teach you a few simple follow-up steps to practice at home. And… there are no negative side effects.
When you book in for The Migraine Relief Programme you'll see me(in person or via Skype) for 4 x 60 - 90 minutes appointments over 6 weeks(allowing for change, personal integration and testing). E-mail and phone call support is also included. 

usually$580offer only $435*


*4 x 60 - 90 minute appointments, completed over 6 weeks, booked and $90 deposit paid before offer end, offer ends 19/07/18.
So, if you or someone you know has ongoing challenges with migraine headaches The Migraine Relief Program may be a great option - I welcome any questions.

And of course, I'll be delighted to hear from you today to get you booked in ASAP!

Aaron McLoughlin
+64 0211675150

Dear Aaron,
To be honest I was curious how you were going to deal with my ‘incurable’ and very annoying, nearly daily headaches. What could you do?  
However, with those types of frequent headaches, I was prepared to give everything a go, you can only win and at least your method was drug-free.
And what a win it has been. What a good move it was to do something different about my headaches.
~ Wilma H. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Acknowledging Thoughts and Feelings

Acknowledging thoughts and feelings is an essential part of making changes. Health issues begin to emerge when we supress or ignore the prevailing thoughts and feelings.
That is what this video is all about

Monday, February 22, 2016

Apprehension {22 Feb 2011}

Today marks five years since the February 22nd 2011 Earthquake in Christchurch. For many it is a time when we are still feeling the effects of that fateful day and how that day has continued to influence so much of life. It is a time when feelings of apprehension can arise and steer out thoughts and feelings in ways that we would rather it didn't.

Having not been in Christchurch at the time of the quakes, I cannot begin to understand the level of emotion that must still be felt by many, and yet I feel it may be useful to share a few tools that have helped me regarding apprehension from my own personal experience.  

Many years back on a motorcycle trip from the Coromandel Peninsula I carelessly misjudged a corner and before I knew what was happening I was off my bike and sliding across gravel towards the edge of the mountain pass which terminated all of sudden into a 100 metre drop.

Similar to one of those not quite believable stories, my bike, and then I, came to a stop just before the ‘termination’ moment. The bikes front wheel ended up hanging over the edge of the drop and I lay in the gravel catching my breath thinking that I really need some more motorcycle training.

For many months afterwards there was a feeling of apprehension when riding my motorbike, and sometimes it would come even before I started the engine. The old memory was triggered by a bend in the road, or a bit of gravel that looks familiar to the mountain pass. The apprehension could arise simply by thinking about the ride ahead.

Apprehension is really another signal that there is is potential for a higher degree of caution - thats what we call a ‘reframe’. Similar to feelings that parallel anxiety, apprehension is about the future and wondering what the possibilities and probabilities are for the future, and this can lead to an unnecessary level of fantasising or imagining about all manner of uncomfortable possibilities.

If I feel apprehensive, the chances are I am thinking there is something up ahead that could cause problems or where I could be harmed or where I could feel out of control - or any other possible problem for that matter. I could also feel apprehensive if I really want to do well, or get something right.

The key to defusing the apprehension, if that is what you want to do, is to change the meaning we are giving the feeling that we are experiencing - or reframing those thoughts. Reframing thoughts is a powerful and often surprisingly fast way to change the way we are feeling about anything.

Heres a few to start with.

1. Apprehension is a sign that we are tuned into what is right for us and that we can expect to be using all our resources well in the near future.
     When starting up my Vespa for a trip through the hills, I expect to have to be alert and ready for any eventuality. I expect that I will have access to all my riding skills and resources if and when necessary.

2. Much like excitement, apprehensive feelings are a sign that the body is geared up and ready for action and that we can expect to be prepared.
     Once again, when starting up and preparing to take off, I picture myself at different points of the ride - kind of like ‘benchmarks’ of the trip. 

3. Feelings of apprehension are an amazing way of knowing that I am ‘switched-on’ and alert. That my unconscious processes are alert to all possibilities and that they are indeed worked very well and looking after me.
     Reframing the feelings of apprehension into a resourceful state has the potential to literally transmute those feelings into feelings of excitement. 

If the apprehension is about a specific event or date in the calendar - picturing ourselves after the event and in good health is a nice way to inspire the part of us that is wanting to ‘get there safely’ to dig deep and generate new strategies to make it happen.

Your imagination is an ally and using it fully can become a gift to the heart. Experiment with ideas that you would like to see happening in the future, or more simply, just picture yourself tomorrow night having dinner or brushing your teeth. If you have an event coming up that you have had feelings of apprehension about, change the picture to just afterwards where you can see yourself healthy and well. Start simple and before you know it, you will know that it is you that can take control of your thoughts and experience more good feelings.

Today is a day that may indeed have triggered thoughts and feelings from the past, and as we recognise that these feelings are a deep response and a sign that we are indeed functioning well and do know what is right for us, maybe we can also reframe these feelings so that they mean that we can move forward with grace and personal clarity.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Not Just for a Sunday

Photo by Aaron McLoughlin

“Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.” Winston Churchill

Seriously, if where lucky, we will make time for a nap on Sunday, however more so than ever before we fill our weekends with 'stuff to do'.

The Nap is a lost art adopted by most of the notable minds of the past. 

Thomas Edison was once quoted as saying that he could sleep “as sound as a bug in a barrel of morphine”, which was a nap sometimes as long as three hours.

A New York company released a 'Pod' a number of years back that revolutionised napping at work, The MetroNap is an elegant and sophisticated way of getting a good 'bit-of-kip' at work.

Why would we do this you may ask? 
A nap helps to lower blood pressure which makes sense really. High blood pressure can be the result of stress and fatigue and so taking a nap will help to reduce stress.

A nap helps to integrate new information and to balance activity between the two hemispheres of the brain. Mark Waldman has been  working in the neuroscience of napping, rest and meditation for wellness and creative success.

My own experience with training and receiving feedback about napping and mindfulness at work demonstrates that by taking a 10 - 20 minute nap a day actually increases the amount you can get done, while reducing the degree of stress you take home at night.
And how does a nap positively influence sleep? Well when we nap or meditate during the day, we effectively reduce the amount of stress we are taking into bed with us. Stress can often be the fuel to an over-active mind when a restful sleep is what we really want.
Something as simple as a nap can actually have very positive and powerful influence in not only your day... your night too.

Aaron McLoughlin

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sleep Makes You Look Younger

Here is an article from the daily mail in UK  and it talks about how sleep makes you look younger.

Apparently the old adage that an hour of sleep before midnight is worth three after is correct and it because the SWS or Slow-Wave Sleep occurs in the first few hours of sleep. Some research suggest that this will happen no matter what time you get to bed, however most people get to bed before midnight which backs up the adage. 

The interesting thing about before midnight as part of a healthy sleep protocol is that it fits with an ancient and not so ancient strategy used today in Ayurveda. There are three cycles to the day and the 10pm-2am cycle (repeated every 12 hours) is the Pitta time and is when the metabolism begins to heat up in order to fulfil the deep sleep cleansing program. The body literally 'burns' away the toxins and debri from the day and also rebuilds. This is also the time when deep consolidation of memory is done.

So, getting to be around 10 pm will put you good stead for having a very deep sleep for longer and at the same time helping you body to do its daily maintenance more satisfactorily.

Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing and of course if our general health and wellbeing are taken care of we feel better and may indeed even look a little younger.