Working the Neck and Jaw with hot stones

Migraines are becoming more prominent with so many of us stuck behind a computer screen for 8 or more hours a day. There is a lot of tension and strain put on the Neck and Jaw through these actions, causing some incredibly painful migraines for individuals. For some of us unlucky ones, like myself, migraines can be brought on by stress, exhaustion or over exerting ourselves.

Today I am going to show you a mini treatment to help ease the pain and tension build up in your clients jaw and neck from Migraines. While there are many different reasons someone can get a migraine, the treatment I will show you today targets a tight neck and jaw along with shoulder pain, causing the migraine.

I will be working with three different stones, the teardrop Granite, the Rose Quartz Gua Sha, and the Red Jasper Bodhi Stone. To begin the treatment, have your client face up, oiling up their décolletage, arms, upper trapezius and neck. When I am treating a migraine, I find that it is actually a good idea to work with only one stone at a time.

Step 1: Using the teardrop stone to begin with, I am cooling it down on the fleshier part of the arm, bringing it up and flipping to take the heat off. 
I am going to come in and work the upper trap area, so I turn the client’s head to the side. I begin in the fleshy part of the upper trap and move the stone back and forth, almost like a rolling motion.
Step 2: I am now going to dig down into the upper trap and lift back up. Usually people with migraines are tight through here so it is important to go slow, making sure to release this area.
Step 3: Now you can move up to the base of the skull, slowly moving back down. Always make sure you are behind the ear.
Step 4: Using the Gua Sha stone, scoop into the groove of the neck, going all the way up to the base of the occiput and back down, curving right into the muscle.
Step 5: Move up through the scalp using rotation moves behind the ear and working around.
Step 6: Find the TMJ point and rotate back and forth, sliding along the jawline and back towards the ear, you can also use the little red jasper stone here as well. 

Often when someone has a migraine, you will notice there is a sense of tension through the front. So we need to be a little bit more careful.
Step 7: Often when someone has a migraine, you will notice there is a sense of tension through the front. So we need to be a little bit more careful, first feeling with your hands. Check the scalenes, to see if they need work as well. With the red jasper stone, slide down gently into that point, just above the Clavicle.
Step 8: Using the same stone you can again come up the back of the neck., rotating in through the pressure points at the base of the skull. You can also do the same moves over the scalp. 
Step 9: If the jawline was still tight, use the Gua Sha tool to scrape through the jaw up to the ear. Come in to check and see how the tension in the neck is feeling and access if further massage is needed.

This treatment will help to ease the pain of the migraine, encourage your client to drink as much water as possible to help flush out the toxins and encourage them to have a hot bath when they get home. I encourage you to watch the entire video on our Youtube Channel to help you better understand the techniques used.

As always, Love and Light

Sandra Jones-Rider

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