Isn't it funny that you "catch" a cold?
That's quite an active thing to do, after all. Here
is a simple strategy to help you "drop it" before it
catches on. All you need is an electric hair dryer.
Take your electric hair dryer, turn it on and use the
hot air to warm that area of your shoulders and upper
back. The easiest way to do that is to stick it under
your shirt or jersey, at the back, pointing upwards.
Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot air, and
don't let the hairdryer's air inlet be obstructed by
your shirt. But this is not rocket science - you'll
get the hang in half a minute.
It is important to keep blowing the hot air until you
feel your back and shoulders relax with the warmth,
which takes 1-3 minutes.
Now comes the explanation why that works:
The first signs of a typical cold (what the Chinese
call "wind-cold") are: Aversion to drafts, feeling
chilly, sneezing or a runny nose and tightness around
the upper back and shoulders.
When you notice these, it is not too late to get it
out of the system before it gets lodged there.
Located in the nape of the neck and the upper back
are the "Gate of Wind" and "Grasping the Wind"
acupoints. What happens when this area gets cold is
that the shoulder and back muscles tighten and
breathing gets shallow. Warming the area allows the
muscles to relax again, circulation of breath and Qi
is re-established, and everything is of the very
nice. "Sweet as", like we say here in New Zealand.