Can reflexology improve your mental health?
One of my wonderful clients left this review on my Facebook page,
“I was under a lot of stress and was having trouble with my digestion, within 24 hours of having reflexology the difference was amazing and I felt so much better.”
It was lovely to receive this feedback. I’m delighted the treatment made such a difference to my client’s symptoms. If left untreated, symptoms of stress or anxiety can become much worse and begin to affect your mental health
Reflexology as an alternative to medication
According to Ancient Chinese philosophy, energy flow blockages (build-up of toxins) in your body can cause of mental health disorders like depression. Reflexology treats the whole of the body, not just the hands or feet where the massage is expertly applied to pressure points. Every part of your body is connected by energy pathways, which end in reflex areas on the hands and feet. Regular sessions promote blood circulation to your organs, reduce toxins and help release stress that’s built up in your body. It’s a natural alternative to medication
Every year on 10th October, the World Health Organisation holds Mental Health Awareness day. It aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. With this blog, I hope to play my own small part. This year – Mental Health awareness week is 10-16 May 2021 – you can read more about it here.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime and 9 in 10 people say they have faced negative treatment from others* as a result. Following lockdown and the effects of CVID19 – people’s anxiety and stress levels have risen dramatically and looking after your mental health is of paramount importance.
Stress and anxiety are a common symptom of many mental health disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bi-polar disorder and depression. Reflexology is a complementary holistic therapy often used to manage mental health conditions.
“I slept for a whole 7 hours!”
Reflexology treatments are renowned for having a dramatic impact on sleep patterns. Many clients come to me suffering from sleep deprivation; some as a result of stress or worry, others because their children are simply keeping them up at night. When I check in with clients post treatment to see how they feel, they often report they slept soundly and longer than usual.
If you’re living with a mental health problem you may find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. This can exacerbate your condition. Reflexology induces a state of relaxation and promotes quality sleep. Over time, it can help you to establish a regular sleep pattern. Your body will also release endorphins, natural feel-good hormones that can minimise your body’s response to stress.
“Wow, what an incredibly relaxing treatment. Just what I needed and I’ve come away feeling lovely and calm.”
I send a big hug and my very best wishes to all those affected by mental health disorders.
I have the utmost respect for those who support people with these debilitating issues. I hope this blog helps start a conversation that makes a difference and perhaps changes the way you think and act about mental health.
If you would like to book an appointment to see me at The Hen House, Kingsbridge, Devon – please call me on 01803 362077 or 07912 044330 or email me here