Reflexology: Who Can Benefit?
Reflexology can be offered to almost anybody - babies, children, teens, the elderly and those in between! Many people are using this relaxing therapy as a way of taking time out from every day pressures. My expert touch will help you to relax, thereby improving mood, aiding sleep and relieving tension which may result in an overall sense of wellbeing. If you suffer from an illness, these effects may help you to cope.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Most people have heard of reflexology and know that it has something to do with the feet, but what exactly does it do?
Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Although having a reflexology treatment can be an extremely relaxing experience, it is a modality in it’s own right and should not be confused with a foot massage.
Click here to see a clip of Tracey Smith from the AOR being interviewed by Martyn Lewis about Reflexology!
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response.
When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.
Beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and may start causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life. Long-term exposure to stress may lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It may raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress may even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Many health problems may be caused or exacerbated by stress.
Reflexology brings about relaxation and release of tension and may therefore support you through times of stress and improve your general sense of wellbeing.
Have a look at this TED talk about how stress affects the brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyPuH9ojCE