Here are some resources which we were given by the speakers who participated in our Online Programme, all of who generously donated their time to us throughout the lockdown. Have a look at the various sites and information that they provided and enjoy many of the videos and other resources as many times as you like. On behalf of the Migraine Association of Ireland I’d like to thank them all for their generosity and to thank you for participating and passing the word about us and our services. Many of you have made generous donations during this time which are very much appreciated.
- Sabina Brennan Rejuvenate your Brain
- Eoin Burns Buteyko Breathing
- Delora Denney Curelator N1 Headache App & Migraine Overview
- Laura Dowdall Somatic Yoga
- Daren Drysdale Biofeedback
- Eileen Hopkins Coping with Anxiety during a Pandemic
- Josephine Lynch Guided Meditation
- Claire McGuinness Yoga for Migraine
- Billy O’Connor Using your Brain to Beat Worry and Stress
- Karen Prendergast Self-Compassion and Acceptance
- Denis Ryan Self-Soothing and Mindfulness
- Jane Whelan Yoga for Migraine and Stress
Just a bit about the different speakers!
Superbrain – Dr. Sabina Brennan
Dr. Sabina Brennan is a psychologist, neuroscientist, host of the Super Brain podcast and author of the No 1 best-seller 100 Days to a Younger Brain. Her workshop will take us through techniques to boost our brain health to build resilience during these extraordinary times. In her lively and entertaining talk Sabina, an award-winning science communicator, will share tips to optimise Brain Health and build resilience to cope with future challenge. Dr. Brennan’s website has links to purchase her book and download the podcast – it also has links to many free resources that she has developed including animations, websites and an app – all free. See www.superbrain.ie
Breathing Coach – Eoin Burns
The Breathing Coach Mission: to unite body, mind and soul by teaching you to breathe correctly.
Incorrect breathing is thought to be responsible for much more than impaired sleep quality, lowered immune system and stress/ anxiety. Breathing more is an accelerator we need to be aware of and to control. At www.breathingcoach.ie we aim to impart our years of learning in a way which will allow you to improve the quality of your life and take control of your health. I will share useful exercises with you to enable you to achieve better health.
Curelator App: Triggers and Protectors, Medication Overuse Headache and Migraine pathophysiology of the trigeminal nerve – Delora Denney
Delora Denney is the Patient & Clinical Support Advisor at Curelator Inc., responsible for understanding the needs of those with migraine and their healthcare providers. Delora was diagnosed with migraine at the age of 8 and by the age of 16, she was having a migraine attack almost every day. With current therapies her migraine is now well managed, so she has set her sights on helping others with headache disorders. Delora worked as a nurse from 2016-2017 before attending college at the University of Mississippi to study neuroscience. In 2018 she was recruited by Curelator Inc. as an N1-Headache user and patient liaison to help improve the app. That same year she became part of the AIM network at Amgen and Novartis to help raise awareness of the treatment options available for migraine. Delora actively works to study Migraine in Dr. Todd Smitherman’s Migraine and Behavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Mississippi. Delora has a passion for migraine advocacy and education, as demonstrated by her participation in Headache on the Hill in Washington D.C. for the last two years and active participation in migraine conferences. Delora plans to attend medical school to become a neurologist and ultimately a headache specialist.
Healing Yoga – Laura Dowdall
Laura is a Well-being Expert who creates bespoke programmes that empower clients with practical skills to enable the release of chronic pain, tension, stress and anxiety; support positive life-changes in career, lifestyle and health; and enhance personal satisfaction and realisation of potential. http://www.healingyoga.ie/team/ Weekly Online Classes with Healing Yoga: http://www.healingyoga.ie/online-classes/
Biofeedback – Dr. Daren Drysdale
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feedback” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. (AAPB, 2008)
Daren has been working in the psychology field as a clinical psycho-physiologist/biofeedback therapist for nearly 30 years both here and in California. He was board certified in Biofeedback in 1993, (He’s now a senior fellow). He received his Doctorate in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and is currently in private practice on O’Connell Street in Dublin
Saol Coaching – Eileen Hopkins
Eileen Hopkins is an experienced & professional Life, Career & Public Speaking Coach, and certified trainer. She spent over 30 years in a nursing and nurse management.
Eileen set up her own company Saol Coaching to pursue her passion in the areas of self-care, resilience, personal development, pain management, education and empowering change. Eileen believes that everyone has the potential to live a happy and fulfilled life despite the many obstacles’ life can throw in their way.
In recognition of her work in setting up a self-management coaching program for persistent pain, Eileen was a finalist for both the ‘Rising Star Award’ by the International Coach Federation (2017) & ‘Health & Wellness Coach of the year,’ (2018)
The Mindfulness Centre – Josephine Lynch
Josephine Lynch has her Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches, Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches. Josephine and her colleagues work in the Mindfulness Centre which are currently hosting free live online guided meditations weekdays 12 noon and 20:00, see link for further details https://mindfulness.ie/. Josephine is chair of the Mindfulness Teacher’s Association of Ireland (MTAI) and they are currently providing free online mindfulness practice sessions, weekdays 09:00 and 21:00, https://mtai.ie/online-mindfulness-practices/ We have added some videos of our team guiding meditations to our Youtube channel.
SligoPhysioSpace – Claire McGuinness
Claire McGuinness has been a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She worked in Sligo General Hospital before moving to Australia and gained extensive experience in physiotherapy, and her knowledge of treating migraine and headache. Claire is also qualified to teach yoga and Pilates, which she has been doing for nearly 10 years. She is the creator of the Sligo Physio Space clinic.
Claire has several yoga videos uploaded on her YouTube Channel which you can see here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgQpO3fvESMCGxUG-qvPl4g She will be adding more videos soon
Inside the Brain – Prof. Billy O’Connor
Professor William T. (Billy) O’Connor is Foundation Chair and Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology at the University of Limerick Medical School. His research focus includes an understanding of illness of mind and brain as a disorder of the nerve network, and in the emerging field of neuro-education – the brain science of learning, which arose from his long-standing interest in education, particularly those factors which allow the human brain to learn optimally. Billy retains a strong commitment to scientific outreach and communication. This is best illustrated through his popular Inside-the-Brain website, Twitter @InsideThe_Brain and Facebook accounts, which report on the latest findings from the world of brain research.
Self Compassion – Karen Prendergast
Karen is an accredited humanistic and integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Following a degree in psychology, she qualified with a postgraduate diploma and masters in Psychotherapy in 2016 and has been a practicing therapist in clinical practice ever since. She currently works in both the public and private sector. She works in the counselling department of a busy city social services centre and has been seeing clients in private practice since 2018. Karen has experience of working with people from lots of different backgrounds with a wide variety of needs, problems and challenges including Trauma, Post Natal Depression, Abuse, Self-Harm, Addictions, psychosexual and gender identity, Grief & Loss, Work Issues, Anger and Self-Esteem. She also has experience working with people who live with a chronic illness or condition such as chronic pain, migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, fatigue, depression, anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can contact Karen at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org and at Stonehaven Psychotherapy Centre, Limerick City
Denis Ryan Therapy – Denis Ryan
Denis Ryan is a Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapist and has lived with episodic migraines for most of his life. Mindfulness and tools for gentle self-nourishment have greatly supported him not only on his journey with migraine, but also in his personal life and his current work as a therapist. Recognizing the emotional impact that the current situation is having on people, he created this Mindfulness and Self-soothing workshop to empower people with tools that can help support them through this period. For more information, you can get in touch with Denis through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/denisryanpsychotherapy.
Yoga with Jane – Jane Whelan
Jane completed the 500-hour Yoga Therapy Ireland (YTI) teacher training course in 2011 and YTI Yoga Therapy Diploma in 2015.
Jane offers mixed ability classes as well as private and corporate classes in Dublin, Ireland. The hatha classes are suitable for everyone. All students are very much encouraged to progress at their own pace to enjoy the potential benefits of increased flexibility and strength as well as reduced stress. https://www.facebook.com/yogawithjane/