Feel the Neck and Shoulders Relax

Tension is often held in the neck and shoulders. Some people work all day at a computer, drive for long periods of time, or stand in front of a group, making a presentation. Some people carry children, lift packages, build houses, or crawl under or over spaces. Some people bend and turn and lift all day. Whatever people are doing, their necks and shoulders are involved.

The reflexes in the toes mirror the neck, and the guideline of the shoulder mirrors the shoulders. Thumb walking around the entire base of the great toe affects the neck. Walking up the toes from the base also deals with the neck. The entire shoulder reflex, found on the bottom, side, and top surface of the foot, reflects the front, side, and back of the shoulders.


The neck supports and moves the head. Part of the neck is actually the spine — the most mobile part of the spine. The neck allows you to nod your head up and down, turn your head side to side, and to look up and, to an extent, back. You can jut your chin out and pull it back, which is another function of the neck.

The many muscles, nerves, and blood vessels found in the neck work with the shoulders as well. Tension in the neck may generate from the shoulders or vice versa. Often people hold their shoulders in a state of constant tension. As the shoulder muscles tighten, the neck muscles that are connected tighten as well.


Reflexologists call the adhesions under the skin crystals. These crystals feel gritty and crunchy. The tiny, tight knots felt under the skin are actually a condition called tonus. Tonus is a mild spasm of muscle fibers that results in a tight, hard area that can be felt when thumb walking.

As you reflex the neck and shoulder areas reflected on the foot, you may see a visible relaxation of the body. Generally, the receiver will feel warmth in the neck and shoulder region, and she may actually feel the relaxing effect begin to spread throughout her body. As the giver, you may feel the reflexes in the feet relax as well.

When you begin to reflex these areas on the feet, you may find tension, identified by hard, tight skin or sandy, clicking areas. The buildup of lactic acid or adhesions will often respond with a crunchy, gritty feeling. However, as you continue to reflex these areas, you can truly feel a relaxation response.

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