Self Help for Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain

A stiff neck and shoulder pain are, well, a pain in the neck!

Luckily, we all have an energy pathway that crosses the shoulders and hips, travelling up and down the arms into the middle fingers and also travelling up and down the legs doing kind of a loop de loop all over the body. This energy also goes round the head and around the chest.

This little gem of a self help hold that I learned and often use does many things:
* eases a stiff neck and shoulder pain
* alleviates pain down the arm, in the elbow, in the hand & fingers
* detoxes the body
* helps protect the body against osteoporosis
* gets rid of aches and pains in the body (also fibromyalgia)
* lubricates the joints (so good for knee pain, elbow pain)
* and even helps with all arthritic projects or ‘problems’
* helps the skeletal structure
* helps the eyes


Place Left hand over Left Shoulder and Right hand on the Left elbow crease. For the other side, place Right hand over Right Shoulder and Left hand on the Right elbow crease.

Do this hold every day for 20 minutes minimum each side and within a short time you’ll definitely notice a difference!

This is one of my absolute favourite holds. I have used it  many times on myself and in my practice.

Self help Holds for Sciatic Pain Relief

I’ve had many requests for sciatic pain relief tips lately, so here are some Jin Shin Jyutsu self help holds to help relieve the pain, and hopefully get rid of it! Before I go into the holds, a reminder to drink lots of water. At least 1 to 2 litres a day – we often don’t realise that we are dehydrated (I’m guilty of this too!) – in essence, if we ever feel thirst, then our body is going into dehydration trauma. So keep hydrated at all times, and that goes for rectal and elimination issues as well. Needless to say, if the symptoms persist, then do seek medical advice.

In terms of the holds, start by placing your hands on the neck. So place the right hand on the right side of the neck and the left hand on the left side of the neck. Feel how tight that is? Do this for a few minutes, and then become aware if your neck has softened up at all.

Then, if you can, find the place where you feel the source of the pain is (sometimes where you feel the pain is not where the center of the pain is – to find the source, gently dig a little into the area (could be in the hip, the buttock, the back of the leg, but for me, it’s usually in the sacrum area – if the pain is on the right side, then use the right hand to hold. With the other hand, go to the outside of the heel just under the ankle bone. If it’s the right side that hurts, hold the right heel for a while. Become aware how it feels after a few minutes. Has the pain subsided? If not, move your hand from one outside heel to the other and hold that for a few minutes.

Play with this hold – you can vary it.Don’t get too caught up with what hand goes where.The main thig is that you place one hand on where it hurts and the other hand on the outside of the heel. The energy site on the outside of the heel has a wonderful function: it TRANSFORMS. So I have used it to transform, or release tension and pain very effectively. I have used it for hip, back and leg pain.

Hope this helps, and let me know if it works for you!

Testimonial: Stiff Neck Gone!

‘I am a general dentist from Santa Maria, Brazil.  I have a copy of Mary Burmeister’s book, The Touch of Healing, which I consider my ‘Bible’ and I also visit your website to keep learning something new about JSJ.

Last Friday night I was at home when suddenly felt a stiff neck. It was so much pain that I was unable to pay attention at a simple conversation. Luckily, I remembered an image from your site (Self Help for Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain). After about 30 minutes I noticed my face was relaxed and the pain had gone away so Icould sleep

Well.  It was really amazing!!!!

I’d like to thank you for the information you give us via your website.

Congratulations for your work.’
– V.R.