Jin Shin Jyutsu for neck pain and much more
Using Jin Shin Jyutsu, the neck and shoulders can be released relatively quickly.
This energy pathway travels all around the body
This is because 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 simple self help exercise does so much
This little gem of a Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold that I learned and often use, does many things as it:
* eases a stiff neck and shoulder pain
* alleviates pain down the arm, in the elbow, in the hand & fingers
* detoxifies the body / takes waste products out of the body
* helps protect the body against osteoporosis
* eases aches and pains in the body (also fibromyalgia)
* eases stiffness in the body
* 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
* helps with fatigue (also brain fatigue)
* helps the sense of smell (you can also hold either little finger)
It really is a gem of a hold
Place Left hand over Left Shoulder and Right hand over Left elbow. For the other side, place Right hand over Right Shoulder and Left hand over Right elbow.
Do this self help hold every day for a few minutes to clean the body, and within a short time you’ll definitely notice a difference not only in your neck and shoulders but in your whole being.
If you are working on a project like fibromyalgia, then hold for a minimum of 20 minutes each side or until there is relief.
If you find it difficult to do the side that is tense or uncomfortable, start by working on the other side. So say the right shoulder and neck hurts. Do the exercise on the left side until you can comfortably do the hold on the right side.
The reason why you feel uncomfortable is because the shoulders are tense in the first place. As you practice this hold a bit longer every time, you will notice that it is easier to do.
This is one of my absolute favorite holds because it is so simple, yet helps so much! I have used it many times on myself and in my practice.
Alternative self help hold
If you have a lot of tension in the upper body, it might be a bit uncomfortable for you to start off with the self help hold above.
The good news there is always an alternative way to clear the neck and shoulders, so why not try this:For the right neck and shoulders, place the left hand over the right shoulder and place the right hand over the left elbow (as shown in the image above).
Reverse the hands for the other side, so place the right hand over the left shoulder and place the left hand over the right elbow.
Here’s an extra tip: if you have a particularly tense or tender spot around the neck/shoulder then hold there when you do either one of these versions of the exercise.