Reflexology – A healthy choice to help with Stress and Anxiety
Parenting, work, promotions, rush hour traffic, unpaid bills, divorce, marriage, the list goes on and on. It is no wonder so many people have some level of stress and anxiety in their lives. For some people, the difficult situation is met, dealt with, and they can simply move on. Others need to take a more deliberate approach to changing their habits. They may decide to cut down on coffee, stop smoking, eat healthy and exercise. But when you have done all that – and the stress and anxiety still interfere with your day to day activities – what then? Many people of all ages find that anxiety symptoms keep preventing them from coping with day to day activities. For these people, there may be an anxiety disorder that has developed.
Stress is a normal physical reaction when a person feels threatened. The body will automatically kick into fight-or-flight reaction – also known as the stress response. Here is what happens in the body when this stress response is activated:
- The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
- These hormones rouse the body for emergency action
- The blood pressure rises
- The heart beats faster
- Senses become sharper
- For a short period, stamina and strength can increase
Normal stress and the stress response reactions can be life preserving. Unfortunately, many people live at this heightened state of anxiety all the time. This can take a huge toll on a person. Some of the physical results can look this:
- Constant and obsessive worrying
- Feeling overwhelmed and wanting to cry all the time
- Obsessive and repetitive thoughts
- Wildly fluctuating emotions
- Difficulty concentrating, becoming easily distracted
- Difficulty learning or remembering things
- Being unable to relax
- A loss of libido
- Changes of appetite – including craving sweets, losing your appetite, increased nausea and/or vomiting, changes in weight
So how can Reflexology help?
Reflexology can work to help the body heal itself. Trained reflexologists help to balance the mind and body and to maintain this balance so the body runs smoothly. Any malfunction in the body throws the body off balance. Reflexology helps to sustain a natural equilibrium in every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body through stimulation of pressure points called reflexes on the hands and feet.
Reflexology is non-intrusive. Since only the hands and feet need to be exposed to be, the experience does not add to a person’s heightened state of anxiety. They do not need to feel that they have to be exposed to a stranger. The experience itself promotes a deep relaxation, and clients can be shown how to do some self-help techniques that they can do when they find themselves in a situation where they feel stressed. The client can begin to feel more in control of their symptoms, which continues to promote long-term success in managing their stress and anxiety.