Acupressure Self-Help: Shoulder www.BalanceFlow.com 2 © Jan Henderson 2007
Figure 3 (back view)For areas of the mid-back, place the curved end ofthe Thera Cane under one arm. Position the ball atthe end of the curve on your back. To applypressure, push the other end of the tool away fromyour body (in Figure 4, you would push the righthand away from the body).Apply pressure only to muscles, never to bone.The amount of pressure should be betweenpleasurable and painful. Increase pressuregradually.Figure 4 (front view)
(3) Shiatsu Stretch for Stiffness between the Shoulders
Five points along the spine1. Use a Thera Cane or other tool, if you haveone, to press five points between the topand bottom of the shoulder blade, halfwaybetween the spine and the shoulder blade.Hold each point for three seconds. Repeattwo more times on one side, then press thesame points on the other side.Step 1 Figure 1Step 1 Figure 2 (front view)If you don't have a curved tool for reaching theback, you can press the top two points by reachingover your shoulder from the top (Step 1 Figure 1).You can reach the bottom three points by crossingyour arms and reaching under your arm to theinside of the shoulder blade (Step 1 Figure 2). Youcan also place a tennis ball in a sock and positionthe ball between your back and a wall.
Step 1 Figure 2 (back view)
(4) Massaging the tops of the shoulders
With your fingers or a tool for reaching the back(such as a Thera Cane®), press three linesalong the top of each shoulder. The first line isdirectly on top of the shoulder. The third line is just above the shoulder blade. The second lineis between these two. If you use your hands,you can press further out to the edge of theshoulder between the bones. Do the three lineson each shoulder twice.