Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DIY Shoulder and Neck Roll-On

Have you ever thought "Oh. I'm normal!" before? You're wrong. Trust me, you're never normal.

A few weeks ago my acupuncturist told me that she was worried about how tight my shoulders and neck were. This was news to me! I never knew the muscles in my shoulder and neck were anything other than perfect. I asked her why that could happen and I got a laundry list of answers.
  • Stress
  • Bad posture
  • Sensitive to other's energy
  • Recent physical labor
  • Working out
  • Sleeping on the wrong pillow
  • Sitting at a desk for too long
And the list goes on!

DIY shoulder and Neck Release Roll-on #stress
I decided that I would take matters into my own hands to try to help my tension and I made a roll-on to address many of these things! 

*Keep in mind that if you have bad posture or you're sleeping on an incorrect pillow, this roll on will not fix that! This roll-on can help facilitate the change. 

Tips to fix posture!  My acupunturist said that posture is the #1 issue with back, shoulder and neck tightness. Annnd..... I know my posture is bad. Why? Because Pilates told me. It is absolutely the best way to learn that you've been sitting, standing, walking and doing everything else wrong. And then it teaches you how to fix it! 

Read more about bad posture and how it can affect more than just your appearance at Lumo Lift

Why you need to fix your posture
photo c/o Lumo Lift

DIY Shoulder and Neck Roll-on

Add all of the essential oil into a 5 ml roll-on bottle and then top it off with the liquid carrier oil. Gentle shake and apply to the shoulder and neck area as needed. TADA!

***If you are just getting started with your oil collection, you may want a basic version of this with the Lavender, Copaiba but with Panaway in place of Eucalyptus Blue and Peppermint in place of Valor. This is a great starter recipe if you have the Premium Starter Kit.

Shoulder and Neck Tension? This easy DIY roll-on can help to let go of tension and stress in your neck and shoulder area.

For more umph, apply this before and after acupuncture, massage, Pilates or any other muscle relaxation therapy and you will be in heaven. HEAVEN.

You can also use this roll-on with the Lacrosse Ball Trick. Do you know it?  You gotta try it!! OMG! It's amazing! I love that it's portable so you can take it anywhere with you, too! I especially love it for a DIY shoulder massage. Just stand up with your back to a wall and put a lacrosse ball (like this one) between your shoulder and the wall.  Put enough pressure on it that you're comfortable and then roll back and forth, up and down or whatever feels great to you to break up those knots. It's so fantastic! And you can use it for any other area that you need a little TLC, too... like your feet!

P.S. If the Lacrosse Ball is too hard for you, then try a softer one like a Racquet Ball (I love these pink ones) or a Spikey Massage Ball (like these). Personally, I prefer the softer balls for massaging areas like my feet and the harder ones for my back.

I can't wait to hear how you like this one! 
Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

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  1. What can I substitute if I don't have Eucalyptus Blue?

    1. Try PanAway or Peppermint -- I hope that helps

    2. Can I combine two blends together (panaway and valor) in a recipe? I heard that it wasn't good to combine blends for some reason? I appreciate your advice on this subject, I always trust the information you give on your blog ;)

    3. Robert, thank you so much! You are so sweet. And you can combine essential oils together. However, combining them may alter their frequencies a bit so sometimes combining them can alter how they work.

      If you are worried at all, you can layer the essential oils instead topically on the target area. So, for instance, you could use Lavender first, wait until it dries, then apply PanAway, and then when it dries apply Valor... and so on. I typically always recommend ending with either Peppermint or Copaiba for maximum benefit.

      I hope that answers your question!

  2. O M G ! Just yesterday I told my sis-in-law that I no longer know how situate myself in order to sleep. Seems like by my age I'd have figured that out! Bahaha. I'm sure it's my pillow - and my neck has been hurting for 3 - 4 months. (You'd think I'd have learned how to buy a pillow by now too!). Anyway, can't wait to try this. Sherri, you're the best ! You always post just what I need, just when I need it. Mwah!

    1. I hope it helps you like it's been helping me!! MWAH! You're awesome!

  3. PS: love how you gave that girl an Overthrow Martha tat. heehee

    1. Hehe! I was having fun with that one! LOL!! You have a sharp eye!



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