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Benefits of Reflexology

 

Reflexology is a non-intrusive, safe, touch therapy and can be received by all ages ranging from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care as well as at various life stages such as puberty, trying to conceive, pregnancy and menopause. It is often used in various health settings across the UK, including the NHS, such as cancer care units, maternity wards and pain clinics.

 

Reflexology treatments are tailored to the individual with the aim to restore the body's natural balance and promote an enhanced feeling of well-being.   Typically, following a treatment, the receiver will feel more relaxed, less stressed and tension will be reduced. 

 

Reflexology can help:

 

Improve Wellbeing

Reflexology is excellent for both promoting and maintaining wellness.  Having regular treatments of Reflexology can sustain improved mood and a relaxed state. When we are ill, in pain or just not quite feeling ourselves, our state of mind can be affected. When we go through major life changes such as trying to conceive, a pregnancy, menopause or being diagnosed with a major illness such as Heart Disease or Cancer, we can often feel overwhelmed.  Reflexology can help reduce these feelings of overwhelm, relieve tension and often leave clients with a feeling of “lightness”.

 

Relieve Stress

Stress is the feeling of being under too much pressure either psychologically or emotionally, often resulting in an inability to cope.  The ways in which stress affects people and their reaction to it differs greatly person to person; what may be motivating to one person could be overwhelming to another. All stressors have both a physiological reaction within a person's nervous system as well as a psychological one. When we are stressed, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released resulting in our bodies entering into a state of Fight or Flight - our body prepares us to be able to either “fight” danger or run away from it.  Blood moves away from areas of our body that don’t need it to respond to the stressor (for example the digestive and reproductive systems) and diverts instead to our muscles and heart our heart-beat increases and our muscles tense so we can respond accordingly.

If our hormones are consistently raised and we are in a continual state of Fight or Flight, this long term stress build up can be harmful to our health.  Chronic stress can increase your risk of developing:

 

  • Inflammation

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Poor immune function

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Panic Attacks

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Fatigue

  • Digestive Issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Gastro-Intestinal Issues such as Acid Reflux/Heartburn

  • Heart Attack

  • Stroke

  • Fertility issues

  • Metabolic disorders such as diabetes or obesity

  • Pain due to increased muscle tension such as lower back pain, shoulders or neck pain

 

Psychologically, when someone is stressed, they may feel irritable, impatient, over-burdened or anxious. They may feel like they can’t switch off, often resulting in insomnia. 75% - 85% of all illnesses can be attributed to stress.  

 

Reflexology can help to improve feelings of stress by relaxing the mind, reducing tension and improving feelings of well-being.

Feeling stressed
sleeping well after reflexology

Promote better sleep

Poor sleep is a common problem for many individuals today. Our lives are busier and more fast-paced than ever before, often leading to a poor night's sleep. Insomnia (difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning) is thought to affect one in three people throughout the UK.  On average adults need around seven to nine hours of good quality sleep at night.  To identify if you are getting enough sleep at night, you could try the NHS Sleep-self-assessment.  Reflexology encourages the body to fall into a deep state of relaxation which often results in the client's sleep patterns improving following treatments. 

Reflexology Research

Many studies have been conducted into the effectiveness of Reflexology and the impact it can have on serious medical conditions e.g.

  • Pain                         

  • Menopause                 

  • Pregnancy

  • Back Pain                 

  • Constipation               

To explore these Research articles in detail, click here

 

Whilst reflexology works alongside conventional medicine, it should never be used in place of seeking professional medical advice. If you are concerned about your health, please always consult your GP first.

 

  • Labour

  • Anxiety                   

  • Menstruation               

  • Post-Partum

  • Chest Pain               

         

  • Insomnia                     

  • Migraine

  • Stress                       

  • Arthritis                       

  • Dementia

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