Muscle tension. We’ve all experienced it. It sneaks up on us during periods of stress, or when we’ve been sitting in one place, doing the same activity for too long. When it hits us, we rub our shoulders, arch our back, roll our neck, shake our hands, anything to try and relieve the ache. Most people probably know that tension is not good for us, and that we should try to relax. But I wonder how many really understand the implications of muscle tension.
Tense muscles constrict blood vessels and nerves. Our blood carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell and organ in the body, and in addition it carries away toxins. Our nervous system is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis (balance) and the smooth operation of all body parts. It responds to both external and internal changes. With this understanding, it is easy to see how important it is to have unimpeded blood flow and effective nerve communication!
During a reflexology session, deep relaxation occurs. Muscles tension dissipates, allowing a greater supply of oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells and organs. In addition, reflexology enhances circulation to every body part through the reflexes. The nervous system comes back into balance, creating greater balance throughout the whole body. Suddenly you find that you have more energy, less pain, and have a greater overall sense of well-being! I don’t mean to imply that reflexology is a “cure all”; proper rest, diet, and exercise are a part of any healthy lifestyle. However, reflexology is an avenue toward maintaining and achieving a healthy and relaxed body!