Further information on common conditions helped by reflexology
Anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia
Prolonged periods of anxiety, stress and depression can affect the body in various ways. These emotional states can cause physical illness and insomnia. Whilst these conditions can also arise as a result of other illnesses the effect they have on the body can be significant.
Stress and anxiety deplete the body over time causing the adrenal glands to become exhausted from managing the fight or flight defence mode that constant stress provokes.
Sleep deprivation interferes with the body's natural body clock causing stress to the Pineal gland and Hypothalamus that control sleep. When the body gets out of balance it can cause other health issues.
Reflexology helps the body to relax through the stimulation of reflexes to help release the build up of energy allowing tension to be released and the body to restore its natural balance.
Stress related illnesses can cause issues for sufferers that affect their personal and professional lives. Absenteeism from work is increasingly found to be stress related.
The articles below highlight the growing concern stress related absenteeism has for businesses and the importance of tackling the stigma attached to these illnesses to help sufferers cope with the demands of daily life.
Reflexology helps in the management of pain by stimulating specific points on the feet and hands that relate to site of pain, or an area associated with it.
Uncomfortable conditions such as; constipation may show as congestion in the area of the foot that relates to the bowel. Gentle manipulation of the bowel reflex can be effective in alleviating constipation and many other conditions.
It is not uncommon to feel physical pain as a result of emotional issues. Tension and poor posture often present themselves as pain in the neck and shoulders. Reflexology is frequently highly effective in freeing up blocked energy in those areas.
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Pregnancy and fertility
Pregnancy is a special time for most women but it can bring unwelcome aches and pains, heartburn, constipation, tiredness and sickness. Reflexology relaxes the body which can be helpful as an expectant mother prepares for the birth.
It can also be administered as natural pain relief to complement or replace traditional western pain relief during childbirth.
It is important to tell your reflexologist if you think you might be pregnant as they should alter the routine in order to avoid stimulating reflexes known to trigger labour. I am trained to tailor treatments for fertility, pregnancy and to help with labour.
Reflexology can be helpful to relieve the symptoms experienced during menstruation and menopause.
Treatment for cancer is necessary to save lives but it can ravage a body as it attempts to heal it. When undergoing treatment patients may suffer both the physical and emotional effects of cancer. Reflexology can provide welcome relaxation and relief from pain.
Reflexology is recognised by Palliative Care Professionals as a complementary therapy to traditional cancer treatments as it is non- intrusive. You may find the following articles and research helpful to understand how reflexology is used to complement traditional palliative care treatments.