What can Reflexology help with?
Stress is a normal reaction to life’s ups and downs. It is our response to it that needs managing. Chronic stress has been identified as a contributing factor in many diseases of the immune system and is also implicated in the development of depression and other serious mental health issues. Environmental as well as social and work related problems may be the trigger for this excess stress.
Your body can move between two main states of being – the sympathetic state and a parasympathetic state. The sympathetic mode is what we think of as fight-or-flight mode. It’s when the body triggers the autonomic nervous system’s stress hormones and ups our adrenal response. Most of us are in some level of sympathetic state just dealing with day-to-day stresses. Massage such as Reflexology has been shown to help the body shift into a parasympathetic state. By supporting real stress relief, Reflexology can set the body into a “rest and digest mode”, giving the body an opportunity to chemically support a healthier state of being.
Symptoms of stress may include:
- Muscular tension
- Inability to concentrate
- Elevated Heart rate
- Shallow breathing
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Anxiety and feelings of panic
- Excess adrenalin production
- Poor digestion
- Feeling lonely, isolated or depressed
- Increased sensitivity to pain
For the body to be healthy, everything must work together. If one part is out of whack, other parts suffer. To keep the body running harmoniously, a tune-up is often needed with the result being a body that runs smoothly, with all its parts contributing equally. Reflexology is the tune-up that can break the stress cycle with many proven benefits:
- Reduces stress
- Balances the nervous system
- Improves sleep quality
- Boosts circulation and lymphatic function
- Detoxifies the body of impurities
- Enhances the body’s natural healing process
- Increases energy and feelings of wellbeing