Tichels = Migraine Relief?

I (Andrea) have experienced time and time again that when one knows how to wrap and hit certain pressure points, that tichel tying can actually help get rid of migraines!  This might seem contrary to what some have experienced, which is that wrapping can cause headaches.  How can this be?

I addressed many of these concerns and shared my tips and tricks in this video.

Now we have even more to share on this!  Enter Alexi, who has taken stunning photos that show her techniques on how to wrap for migraine relief!


Alexi speaks:
“Migraine days can mean canceling plans, hiding in a dark room, and feeling trapped in your pain. If you’re like me, sleeping it off or even staying in bed for the day isn’t an option. While most migraine days, I want nothing on my head, when I remember to wrap, I’m armed with something that can help ease some of the pain. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and your head heavy while trying these three techniques. Start by tying a tichel just once behind your neck. You can get away with criss cross instead of a knot, but you will likely experience slipping in doing so. When your head hurts, a knot seems like a big no no, but go with me here. No need to make it tight. Just secure the tichel. There are three different areas I try pressure on. I find best results when I lay down to do this, especially if I can get my husband or an older child to do this while I lay down. The first area is the back of the neck at the top/low on the skull. Pull the tails up and you will feel that tie sort of take the weight of your head. (By the way, these feels great every morning when I wrap, even if I’m not experiencing a migraine). It sort of gives traction on the neck at the same time as it supports the head. The next two are similar. You want to cross the tails in the front and position them over your forehead or the top of your head. Pull them tight as they give your head a squeeze/hug of pressure. All three of these I do for just about five seconds at a time and repeat a few times. This doesn’t take a migraine away, but it definitely helps alleviate some of the pain at the peak of a migraine, and has helped me ward off nausea. If you experience migraines, please schedule an appointment with a medical professional to help you find ways to prevent them. Also, if you feel your experiencing a medical emergency, get to an emergency facility or call for an ambulance right away. In the ER, the tail of a dark tichel can help shield your eyes from light or wrap over your ears to soften loud noises.”

I hope this helps, ladies.
Love and Light, Alexi

11 thoughts on “Tichels = Migraine Relief?

  1. These are excellent ideas, it is like acupressure. I am sure someone that does it can tell yo9u exact pressure points…there are probably charts online if you feel like looking them up. 😀


  2. Judith

    I am going to try this. I suffer from horrible menstrual migraines…and being honest anything that can eleviate it without medication is a blessing. I’ll let you know how I get on. Thank you!


  3. F. Klein

    As a certified consulting hypnotist, I have some things to add based off expertise with clients I’ve helped with migraines.

    1. When suffering with a migraine, try getting your hands warm. You can do this by actually warming your hands or imagining sending some if your body heat away from your head into your hands.

    2. TURMERIC. I’ve seen this help. Just half a tsp in a glass of water helps alleviate migraines tremendously. They even make turmeric capsules today that you can find in most health food shops.

    3. Anger. In my work, I’ve found that many migraine sufferers have a lot of suppressed anger. What’s funny is that these people are generally the kindest people, the ones who always claim, “but I never get angry!” Anger (when expressed properly) is a very powerful tool. When left un-expressed, anger tends to build (even if you don’t think you feel it) and finds an outlet in giving you migraines. Dr John Sarno has some wonderful books on the correlation between anger and migraines and what to do for them.

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    1. F. Klein

      Sorry, expertise was supposed to say “experience”…. Autocorrect on my phone….

      I also forgot to mention that the turmeric should be taken during the aura phase of the migraine. It can be taken during the migraine, but when taken during the “aura” phase (for those of us who have the early warning signs), it’s much more effective.

      In the case of menstrual migraines etc, the turmeric should be taken every day during that time of the month.


  4. Diane Drexler-Little

    I don’t get migraines but I do have tension headaches and neck pains. I also find that pressure on the top part of back of my neck helps me. And, sometimes, I need to have the tichel more forward on my head to also help my eye spasm and my fibromyalgia points.
    My question is: after you do these actions to relive the pain and put pressure on these points, then how do you complete the wrap and wear it during the day? I don’t like the turban look, and love tails hanging. With a pashmina, I like the Shira tails to have the ends even on each side so it doesn’t leave too much weight to one side, and reinforces the pressure on top of back of neck. I like having the tails of a 2in1 hanging on one side. So, how do you finish wrapping after what you show us here?
    Also, it would be easier to visualize in a video.


  5. I have severe pain in my neck all the time. Most of the time the pain ends up tensing my neck muscles and the pain is bad at the base of my skull. I press on the pressure points. But I imagine using your tichel to stretch and put the weight of your head onto it would really feel good! I never thought of this so thank you!


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