What is Stress?
When you are exposed to stress, your body reacts in a few different ways. Firstly, it has a short term response (often known as the flight or fight reaction) which helps you to cope with any immediate threats. Your body releases hormones which increase heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar levels while diverting blood to the essential organs like the heart and brain.
If the stress is maintained, so is the body’s stress response. This long term response causes continued increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, poor digestion, inflammation and a weakened immune system.
If you are suffering from stress, you might be experiencing a combination of some of the following symptoms - feeling overwhelmed, irritable, 'wound up', anxious, scared or lacking in self-esteem. You might find that you are constantly worrying, find it difficult to make decisions or concentrate. Physically, you could be suffering from headaches, muscular pain, dizziness, tiredness and trouble sleeping.
How reflexology can help
Reflexology aims to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance (homeostasis) which is disturbed by the effects of stress. Reflexology calms the mind, body and emotions allowing harmony to be restored to the body systems. The effects last much longer than your treatment duration, with the effects being felt days and weeks afterward. Coupled with lifestyle changes and other appropriate care, reflexology can be a long term solution to stress and anxiety.
What to expect from your treatment
During your appointment, we will complete a holistic health and lifestyle consultation which will allow me to create a personalised treatment plan for you. During the reflexology treatment itself, you will be supported and comfortable on the treatment bed. We start the treatment with a massage of your feet then you will be aware of fingertip pressure over various points, or reflexes, on your feet. Most people find this very calming and soothing. After your treatment, we will discuss any sensitive reflexes and other findings from the treatment. You will receive holistic lifestyle advice and support by email between appointments.