… Imagine that you are standing in front of that full bucket of water, knowing that you will lift and carry it shortly.
At lightning speed, our brain captures the challenge and passes on the first necessary signals to our musculoskeletal system.
And even the first of these unconscious impulses of tension happens directly in the muscles and those tendons through which they are connected with our joints and bones.
Where force is to be exerted, the corresponding tissue cells in our musculature and tendons that are connected to our bones and joints contract, the antagonistic muscles relax. As a result, we can bend our arm to pull the bucket up. On the inside, muscles and tendons are shortened and taut, on the outside long and yielding. Contracting tendons and muscles transmit impulses to the involved joints and exert pressure and tension onto them. This happens way before we actually lift the bucket of water and stretch our larger muscles visibly and tangible, even if all together can take place within the fraction of a second.
Anyone who carries about too much stress lives inside a constantly tensed and strained body.
One’s tension isn’t always obvious to them: it can also go unnoticed, be overlooked or underestimated, especially since the triggering situation can quickly be over or is considered to be normal. But in our everyday postures and movements, it means unnecessary stress.
Some people visibly tense bigger or more muscles. So much that their fellow human beings can also see and feel the tensed muscles and realize: “You are all tensed!” They then usually give the call to relax: “Come on, relax!”…
To the extent that tension has become part of normal body sensation, we are blind to we do no longer feel it and therefore don’t perceive it as unpleasant – takes to mean- not worth changing to us. As a result, we consider ourselves healthy and will wether see any need nor any opportunity for a change. As it came to rheumatoid arthritis, this was one of the crucial points for me. When I fell ill with rheumatoid arthritis, I couldn’t feel what made me so sick. But I was able to learn how to feel and relieve my tension timely.
Stress and tension become a severe overload when they are:
permanently consistent or
too strong in a singular situation.
If someone can‘t or inadequately relax, tension remains. The tension that is not sufficiently reduced in time, will accumulate and afflict us as a whole being and as such also our immune system.
Overload due to tension is morbid!
Our relieving moments of relaxation then are no longer sufficient; they can‘t reach the deep sitting problem anymore.
To my body, the overload meant:
The upper tension-limit is exceeded.
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