I’m not sure if it’s the weather changes or the hours at the computer or the fact that shoulders are one of those fibromyalgia pain points, but mine have hurt for about the last week, as if someone is grabbing the top of my shoulders and pinching. Since pain meds don’t work well for me, I’ve been treating the aches with reiki, gentle stretching, and heating pads.
When giving reiki to someone else, treating the shoulders involves putting your hands just underneath them, or gently cupping the tops of the shoulders with your hands. Because the person receiving reiki is either sitting or lying on a reiki table, it’s easy to position yourself at their head to be able to reach their shoulders. As a reiki practitioner, I love sending reiki into someone’s neck and shoulders. It feels very soothing, and as someone who spends long hours at a computer, I know it must feel very relaxing.
Alone, it’s more difficult to give reiki to this area because our elbows only bend in one direction, and our shoulders…well, we’re just not that flexible. The best way I’ve found to give reiki to my shoulders is to use one hand and rest it on the opposite shoulder. Giving myself a hug feels a little constraining, so I work with one hand at a time. This way, I can also rub the sore or tense muscles of my neck as well and make sure that one side is reiki’d and relaxed before heading to the other.
I also get kitty reiki to my shoulders. One of our cats likes to stand in your lap and rest her front paws on a shoulder. She’s attuned to reiki, and I can feel the energy flow when she does this. She’ll rub her face against my cheek and then just rest there, purring, quite content to be a feline heating pad and reiki unit all in one.
You could also charge a heating pad or small pillow with reiki and place it under your shoulders as well.
I’ve also clasped my hands and imagined the reiki energy traveling up the arms. Reiki energy is smart energy; there’s no limit to the ways in which you can send it. Given how many hours we spend at the computers, reiki to the shoulders is one of the best ways we can send the energy to ourselves and those we know.