The neck is the superhighway between the head and the heart. This path can be affected by stress, which can impede proper breathing. The result? Tension headaches. For these, relaxation is a great cure. One way to soothe your nervous system is through pranayama (alternate nostril breathing).
Headaches caused by muscle contraction are often are a result of poor posture, which affects the entire spine. These are often experienced as pain in the upper back or shoulder, because these areas get tense and knotted. For headaches caused by muscle contraction, we can learn a therapeutic sequence to create more symmetry in our posture, strengthen weak areas and quiet the overworked ones.
(Migraines, which are caused by vascular changes in the circulation to the brain, are a broader topic. If you suffer from these, steer yourself to a health care professional.)
Here are some tips to preventing common headaches: