REFLEXOLOGY AND RELAXATION
In recent studies, experts have concluded that diseases that affect the heart is are linked to them emotions of irritability and anger that are linked to mental and emotional stress. People in a stressed state are unable to perform to the best of their abilities. Relaxation takes on added importance in light of this. I think we can all relate to those days when everything goes wrong, from the minute we get up we keep dropping stuff, things irritate us so much that on other days we cannot find items that we only put down a minute ago. Cars pull out in front of us; the dog seems to be constantly trying to trip us up too! This happens everyday day, but, when we are stressed-out or tired, we notice them more and so our stress level increase and our ability to cope with these everyday annoyances decreases.
Managing our stress is significant to good health, and so it seems obvious that relaxation can help us manage and in turn, reduce our stress levels.
One great and effective way of relaxation is Reflexology. It has been proven that Reflexology can reduce various elements that add to stress levels in every- day life by rebalancing the body. The mere fact that by having a Reflexology treatment allows us time to sit quietly is relaxing in itself. During this period you are given the benefits your body has been denying itself, in one hit! A good treatment can improve circulation, help relax muscles, detox and cleanse and balance the body.
Another reason why we need to relax, aside from lowering blood pressure and decreasing the chances of a stroke or a heart attack, is because stress produces hormones that suppress the immune system, relaxation gives the immune system time to recover and in doing so function more efficiently.
Relaxation lowers the activities within the brains’ limbic system; this is the emotional centre of our brain. From the stimulation of specific Reflex Points, Reflexology can stimulate this area.
Having Reflexology will also help to ‘ground’ your body which improves balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic division works with one’s emotions and the stress that comes with them. The parasympathetic division is to keep the body in its normal state. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are clearly an integral part of the balance and operation of our whole body. When one is out of balance with the other, we are not our normal selves and we may become sick or irrational.
Relaxation can really help enormously and once a relaxation technique is regularly built into your lifestyle it can do a lot of good to the body as a whole.
Reflexology is recognised for its ability to help ease stress disorders, anything from headaches, back pain, sleep disorders, (the list goes on) that if not treated can lead to chronic diseases.
Balance is vital for a healthy body, mind and spirit. To maintain a state of homeostasis, the body is required to operate well. When there is a malfunction in the body it is thrown off balance. Reflexology sustains balance in every cell,,tissue,gland,muscle and organ within the body, leaving all the systems of the body functioning fully, and in their natural equilibrium.