Upper Back Pain
Our upper back is located on the back side of our heart. If you feel like you have been stabbed in the back or betrayed by someone you love in the past, your upper back will feel it. Carrying or feeling responsible for others emotions or experiences and feelings of co-dependency will often materialize as upper back problems. As will having more responsibility than you feel you can handle, not feeling supported emotionally, feeling frustrated and blaming others. Since our energy comes from our heart and moves up and out our arms, how we are handling things or feeling stuck in indecision and causes issues in this area as well.
dōTERRA CPTG® Essential Oils for Upper Back Pain
AromaTouch (the massage blend) - This blend combines the unique benefits of oils known to provide relaxing and comforting effects. AromaTouch combines our essential oils of Cypress, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Grapefruit, and Lavender essential oils in a perfect blend that adds many important benefits to various massage techniques. This popular blend is a vital part of the doTERRA AromaTouch Technique, a proprietary method for applying essential oils to produce a profound whole-body wellness experience.
Balance (Grounding Blend) - The oils in this blend are known for establishing feelings of calmness, peace, and relaxation. It can assist one in harmonizing various physiological systems of the body and promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.
Deep Blue (Soothing Blend) - This blend contains oils like Wintergreen, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, and Helichrysum that are well-known and are frequently studied for their abilities to reduce soreness, alleviate pain, and soothe inflammation.
Rescuer (Kids Soothing Blend) - This blend was created for kids which means it is diluted for those with sensitive skin. This blend is ideal for soothing and comforting, achy, tired muscles and joints. The oils in this blend, Copaiba, Lavender, and Spearmint are known for their abilities to help relieve minor aches and pains.
HOW TO USE:
Apply to affected area. Either add a few drops of one or more oils to a carrier oil and massage into the area oo apply 3 drops of Balance to affected vertebrae, then top with Deep Blue oil or Rescuer Kids Blend. Alternatively top Balance with Deep Blue Rub to experience more relief, for longer.
dōTERRA CPTG® Essential Oils for Emotional Symptoms
Emotionally Unsupported - HD Clear (the Topical Blend), cedarwood, arborvitae, Past Tense (the Tension Blend)
Feeling unloved-Bergamot, geranium, lavender, rose, jasmine, Breathe (the Respiratory Blend),
holding back love/unloving - Geranium, rose, thyme
Betrayed/stabbed in the back- Geranium,rose, ylang ylang
Guilt/shame: wintergreen, ginger, Roman chamomile, DigestZen (the Digestive blend), and Forgive (the Renewing blend), copaiba, bergamot, lemon, peppermint
HOW TO USE:
Diffuse in the room or apply topically to pulse points and under nose. Inhale deeply and repeat affirmation below.
I am loveable and loving. I trust myself and my decision making abilities. I release past hurts, betrayals, and guilty. I am whole and worthy of love.
Writing/Journaling Questions to Explore:
Do I feel cornered, my back up against the wall? Am I feeling powerless?
Am I carrying too much of anything? Rage, guilt, shame, responsibilities, burdens (yours or others)?
Do I feel betrayed or like someone stabbed me in the back? Am I stabbing myself in the back?
4th - Heart Chakra
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Melting Heart Posture (aka Extended Puppy Pose):
This pose melts your heart into the earth for a gorgeous backbend through the upper and middle back—a space that is notoriously difficult to access. Remember to keep your hips just above the knees and arms reach out at shoulder width.
I like to clasp my hands around the back of my neck, with my elbows reaching forward, to bring the stretch into my triceps as well. Yummy.
Improves balance; strengthens your inner thighs and ankles; stretches your calves and upper back. Eagle is an all over joint opener and can be therapeutic for sciatica.
Try to broaden your upper back, bring your elbows in line with your shoulders, sit down deeper into your legs, and shine the collarbones forward to sit up straight.
If you are new to this posture, it can be difficult to bind the crossed leg around the ankle of the standing leg, so instead, simply cross the leg and press the knife-edge or pinky toe of the crossed leg into the side of the standing calf.
This simple pose places you into a static somersault position, helping you experience spinal flexion (rolling forward), particularly in the thoracic spine.
How to Come to Balasana (Child’s Pose), then grasp your heels with your hands. Activate your abdominals and round your spine, setting the top of your head on the ground while lifting your butt away from your heels. Mindfully breathe into the back of your body, and isometrically expand the distances from your crown to your sacrum and between your shoulder blades. Stay here for 8–12 breaths.