Reflexology can be incredibly beneficial to adolescents. The pressures faced by teenagers are enormous, from exam stress to social media peer pressure, hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, concentration difficulties, mood swings, short attention span, lack of enthusiasm, depression, clumsiness, learning disorders, etc. Teens experience unique physical and mental changes and challenges everyday. Adolescence is a stressful time, because becoming an adult isn’t easy.
Teenagers are often reluctant to ask for help, making it important to identify both physical and emotional signs of shifts in behavior which indicates some form of stress or anxiety. These can include obvious physical signs including headaches and nausea, and less obvious but just as important emotional ones including feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, tension, edginess and anger.
Reflexology encourages the body to relax and relieve tension. It helps calm the production of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the production of the happy hormone serotonin. Reflexology is extremely beneficial for teens experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. It helps to create calming conditions which may encourage a better focus, concentration, receptiveness, improved sleep, reduced anxiety and release of tension. It gives them the time and space to heal and deal with the emotions they are currently experiencing.
Regular Reflexology sessions for teenagers and young adults may:
- Offer a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment
- Encourage awareness for self well-being
- Encourage concentration and focus
- Aids study and exam preparation
- Help balance hormones
- Help reduce stress and anxiety
- Help emotional problems
- Help sleep disturbances
- Help ease constipation
- Ease skin problems and inflammation
Reflexology for teenagers can be given without an adult present although consent will be required from parent or guardian if under 16 years of age. When I treat adults, I’d give clear explanations about the treatment; I’d do this with teen too outlining what to expect. Be mindful that when we introduce teenagers to this therapy at a young age, it will encourage them to be proactive in managing their health as adults.