THE NECK PULL
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2020, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
The neck pull is an ancient and very simple healing and development procedure. It opens the neck joints and moves a lot of subtle energy down the body from the head to the feet. It also helps open all the joints of the spine, to some degree.
Most people have a lot of tension in the neck that congests the area. For this reason, the neck pull is very helpful for many people.
The neck pull is now one of the basic development and detoxification procedures.
THE PRE-NECK PULL
The neck pull can seem difficult to some people, although it is safe and not really difficult. A way to begin learning the neck pull is to practice extending your neck.
Lie down without a pillow under your head or neck. Other options are to sit erect or stand up tall. Begin with your head facing forward.
Now extend your neck as much as you can, still looking straight ahead. You can pretend someone is pulling your head straight upward if standing up or sitting, or pulling your head back, away from the body, if you are lying down.
Extending your neck this way will lessen the normal curve of the neck. In other words, the neck will straighten somewhat and become longer.
The neck pull is done with the head looking straight ahead. However, for the pre-neck pull, with the neck extended, slowly and gently turn your head to one side. Then move it back to the center position. Then turn it to the other side. Do this slowly and deliberately.
Often you will hear some crackling or popping in the neck, and that is very good. You are breaking up some calcium deposits and/or adjusting the position of the vertebrae in the neck.
Doing this exercise will prepare you for the neck pull.
THE NECK PULL PROCEDURE
- This procedure is easiest to learn while lying down comfortably. Later, you can do it while sitting or even while standing up.
- Do not have a pillow under your head.
- Your head must be facing straight ahead, not turned to one side.
- Also, have your legs extended straight down away from the head, and fairly close together.
1. Place your attention at or below your feet. This will help make sure subtle energy moves downward, which is the desired direction of energy movement.
2. Take in a deep breath. Use the three-part yoga breath. This consists of first filling your abdomen, then the sides of the chest along the ribs, and then fill the upper chest with air.
3. Extend your neck by pulling upward on your neck, tucking your chin and moving your neck into the bed sheets where you are lying.
4. This may be sufficient to cause a slight pop in the neck.
5. If it is not sufficient to cause the slight pop in the neck, quickly move your shoulders downward toward your feet. You can pretend that someone is holding your hands and pulls them straight downward toward your feet.
If you do this correctly, you will hear and feel a slight pop in the neck area. Rarely the pop can occur in your upper back rather than in your neck.
This sound and feeling is an opening of the vertebrae in the neck. It is somewhat like “popping” your toes or fingers, which are also helpful. It releases stuck energy in the neck area and helps open subtle energy channels.
6. Gently and slowly turning your head first to one side and then to the other as far as you can comfortably turn it. Often you will hear some crackling in the neck. This is breaking up some calcium deposits and is completely normal.
There is a trick to doing this correctly. As you turn your head, imagine extending your neck and head upward, meaning away from the body (not up in the air). This will make the procedure work better.
7. Finish by gently breathing out.
8. Repeating. You can repeat the entire procedure or some people do not take another breath and just repeat steps 3 through 5.
You can do a series of 10 or more of the neck pulls in one session. Some people do one hundred of them. We do not think it you can overdo on them providing you are gentle and
WHY DO THE NECK PULL?
The energy channels. Our bodies contain thousands of tiny energy channels. They run vertically from the top of the head down to the toes. They are related to the acupuncture meridians. Health depends upon having enough of these channels open and clear so that ether, or subtle energy, flows through them and nourishes the body.
In most everyone, the most damaged area of these channels is the neck. The reason is that the channels have to converge somewhat to get through the neck, and injuries and accidents affecting the neck are common. Tension in the neck due to stress or bad posture is also common.
The neck pull helps to open and clear the energy channels as they move through the neck.
- If you have neck damage, such as from an accident, either skip this procedure or proceed very gently and slowly.
- Never force anything. This means no fast or jerky motions.
- Be sure to keep your head straight, not turned to either side, when you do the procedure.
If, at first, your neck won’t pop, this is okay. Begin with the pre-neck pull described at the beginning of this article. As you do this more, emphasizing stretching the neck, it will be easier to do the neck pull.
- The procedure may cause a little temporary pain to the neck because it stretches the ligaments a little. This subsides quickly.
Can I damage my neck? One might think that popping the neck could do some harm. However, so far we have not had reports of any adverse effects of the neck pull.
Repeating the neck pull a number of times also appears to be safe, according to our experience.