Most people in the U.S. probably wouldn’t think of seeing a reflexologist for muscle pain. But, did you know that in Denmark, 80% of the people who see a reflexologist go for that very reason? And here’s why.
The muscles can act as a biofeedback system to identify the source of blockages in the body via the nervous system. The flow of energy within the body that relates to muscles, also relate to the energy of our vital organs. This connection is recognized in applied kinesiology.
When our bodies are stressed, we produce adrenaline which sends blood and energy to our vital organs to protect them. In this process, our muscles can become deprived of energy which will temporarily weaken them. You know the expression, “weak in the knees.”
In reflexology, when pressure is applied to nerve endings in the feet, hands, and face, a nerve impulse is generated that follows a nerve pathway to the spine, then to the brain, and back to the corresponding organ, gland, or other part of the body. This brings about a normalizing effect to that area of the body being stimulated, by increasing blood and lymph flow, and opening up the meridian pathways. In TCM and Neuro Foot Reflexology, the muscles corresponding to the organs and glands associated with the 12 main meridians are mapped on the feet.
The muscles corresponding to the stomach/spleen meridians are:
Anterior Neck Flexors, Brachioradialis, Pectoralis Major Clavicular, Levator Scapulae, Spenius Capitis, Triceps, Extensor Longus, Trapezius, and Latissimus Dorsi.
Stimulating the reflex areas for the muscles and their corresponding organs by using hand and finger techniques particular to reflexology, creates a change in nervous processes, breaks up acidic crystals, and helps restore unimpeded flow to the energy pathways.
With many of my clients, I find that the areas with the most congestion are the stomach and spleen. Autoimmune disorders and digestive challenges are very common. A sluggish digestive system compromises the entire body. I find that when clients come to me with digestion challenges, they often have sore neck muscles, traps, and even extensor longus. By stimulating the organ and muscle reflexes on the feet belonging to the stomach/spleen meridian system, the meridian pathways begin to unblock, alleviating pain as well as improving digestion and overall health.