Because the neck is located between the mind and the body, it tends to register conflicts between them, resulting in neck pain or tension. Neck tension tends to accumulate when the needs of either the body or the mind are neglected, creating an energy imbalance.
For instance, your body may be tired and needs to relax, but your mind may think that you should work. This type of mind-body conflict commonly yields neck tension, so do others such as excessive concentration on material and intellectual pursuits at the expense of the spiritual and emotional dimensions of our lives.
Whenever the neck is strained, it has difficulty properly supporting the head, which weighs about ten to fifteen pounds. Emotional stress and strain create an additional burden on the back muscles and create even more tension. Because many people do not know how to relieve this tension, it builds and can become chronic. Neck tension, pain, stiffness, and even pinch nerves in the neck are all too common.
The neck is also a barometer for self expression and change. It is the center from which we vocally express our feelings, thoughts, hopes and plans. One way to prevent neck tension is to express yourself appropriately and try to maintain a harmonious balance within yourself. Unfortunately, we are constantly being challenged to make changes in relation to the dynamics and transitions of life, so we probably will always have some neck tension!
However there are ways to relief the pain you have in your neck and with your hands you can potentially improve your health and increase your vitality. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin that, in turn, activate the body’s natural self-healing processes.
The following are some potent points for relieving Neck Tension and Pain. The technique is to use firm pressure by using your thumbs, fingers, palms, the side of the hand, or knuckles to apply steady, stationary pressure on the acupressure locations and the good news is that you can administer it yourself or with the help of a partner!
Location 1: On the highest point of the shoulder, one to two inches out from the base of the neck on the tightest spot. Benefits: Relieves stiff neck, irritability, shoulder tension, and poor circulation.
Location 2: In the indentation at the base of the skull, one to two inches in the back of the earlobe, depending on the size of the head. Benefits: Relieves stiff necks, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches.
Location 3: Below the base of the skull, in the hollows that lie approximately two or three inches apart, depending on the size of the head. Benefits: Relieves stiff neck, neck pain, arthritis in the neck, and headaches.
Acupressure’s potent power can heal us both physically and spiritually. The healing benefits of acupressure involves both relaxation of the body and its positive effects on the mind. As tension is released, you not only feel good physically, but you also feel better emotionally and mentally.
It is a tremendous blessing to be able to help yourself and others with simply using your hands, at any time, wherever you are. I hope this article is able to lead you to a new dimension of well-being – not only to be able to work actively to improve your health, but to expand your awareness of your own healing energy and potent life spirit.