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When was the last time you took your shoes off and felt the grass or sand under your feet?

Posted on 5 January, 2020 at 22:40 Comments comments (2)

When was the last time you took your shoes off and felt the grass or sand under your feet? Did you know that doing this not only helps you get in touch with the earth and nature (grounded) it allows your body to calm down and escape from the continual stress of our daily lives.

In our industrious world, we have been conditioned to think that if we are not “busy” or “achieving” we are less than successful. In turn, our bodies are constantly in the ‘fight/flight response mode’. The original reason for ‘fight/flight’ is to survive in times of danger. In days gone by this helped with catching food or running from predators. Nowadays we are constantly responding to life’s challenges like running the company, studying for an exam or raising children with a full-time job, etc.

The physical reaction when in ‘fight/flight’ is that the body signals to respond to danger/excitement. The response mechanism is that the adrenal glands emit adrenaline and cortisol. In turn, our lungs expand to allow more oxygen intake and our heart beats faster which enables our muscles and brain to receive extra oxygenated blood to think and act more clearly and quickly. Whilst this is happening other organs in our body including the digestive and urinary systems slow or shut down. This happens because the last thing we want to do when responding to danger is to feel the need to go to the bathroom!

Whilst this reaction is necessary as a quick response to danger, the ramifications are that when the ‘fight/ flight response’ is constant the body struggles with digestion and toxin release and never has time to rejuvenate or heal.

This is where Reflexology and complementary therapies are invaluable in our lives. Reflexology enables the body to switch off ‘fight/flight’ which reactivates all the body systems and gives us a chance to heal.

So, next time you are in the garden or at the beach. Take your shoes off, feel the earth beneath your feet, and give your body a chance to recover from its stresses.

 

Alyson McRitchie

Reflex Clinical Therapies

January 2009

 


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