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Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow
Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow

 Stress & Anxiety

Glasgow Reflexology Milngavie Glasgow

Reflexology for Stress & Anxiety

Regular Reflexology sessions are an excellent way of offsetting the unhealthy effects of stress and anxiety. Relaxation not only alleviates the symptoms of stress but allows the body in this rested and relaxed state to return to balance and heal itself. By making time for relaxation you can create a sense of calm and wellbeing leading to improved health. Regular Reflexology sessions are also beneficial when used alongside Reiki, Pelllowah or Tuning Forks combining these other modalities addresses the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental imbalances.

Our emotions can greatly impact our health and well-being a UK stress survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation has found that almost three-quarters of adults (74%) have at some point felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Stress is an essential component to the balance of life we live with it and in it every day. Motivation of everyday activities requires a small amount of stress however too much stress whether it is from work, home, physical, psychological, or social, results in our bodies staying in a heightened stress alert also known as the fight or flight mode. This prolonged stress then disrupts our health and wellbeing putting our body’s out of balance.

The body then has less energy for healing or repair as the energy is being channelled elsewhere. The immune and endocrine systems become weakened the digestive system slows down and reproductive system can eventualy shut down. Long-term stress has being linked to a whole host of conditions and illnesses such as fertility issues, menstrual problems, anxiety, digestive problems, depression, memory loss, insomnia, hormonal issues, heart disease, chronic fatigue, cancer, allergies and diabetes. The longer the survival system is constantly activated, the longer your body shuts down its resources for creating optimal health. Since most illnesses have their roots in the emotions, it is only by balancing and treating the energy body that we can treat the cause of the problem successfully.

Physical Changes During Periods of Stress and Anxiety

When we are stressed the hypothalamus triggers the sympathetic nervous system to a state of high alert, and the body produces stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

This process prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’- to fight the danger or run from it and many changes take place in the body.

  • Muscles tense up ready for action

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Increased blood-glucose levels

  • The digestive and immune systems shut down so there is more energy for other systems

  • Inability to focus on small tasks due to acute awareness on the big problem

  • Pupils dilate for acute sight to spot the danger

Stress & Anxiety Reflexology Glasgow

Reflexology for Anxiety and Stress - Managing the Effects 

Just as the stress response exists as a a survival mechanism the body also has a counter balancing relaxation response which is known as the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest and digest system. When this response is generated, stress hormones drop, heart rate and blood pressure decrease and the body returns back to its process of rest and repair.

. By helping the body to achieve its own level of homeostasis, the body is more able to deal psychologically, physically and emotionally with life’s daily challenges.

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Listed below is a short summary of some of the reflex points included to help reduce Stress & Anxiety and symptoms.

  • Solar Plexus - are one of the most valuable reflex points to control anxiety symptoms. Working the solar plexus point will enhance any feelings of well-being and reduce the sensation of butterflies in your stomach, encourage you to breath slower and deeper and generally calm down all the physical indications of stress.

  • Head & Brain -these points help to control any sense of overwhelm and will encourage clear thinking and a more balanced approach to problems, helping you to concentrate more effectively and to be less distracted when you are trying to learn or absorb something new.

  • Stomach - stomach reflex areas will help with nausea, ‘butterflies’ or changes in your appetite.

 

  • Small Intestines & Colon - helps with irritable bowel symptoms.

  • Adrenals - will encourage the adrenals glands to adjust their production of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol.

  • Pineal - is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle of the body, working this reflex point will help with insomnia or other sleep-related symptoms.

  • Pituitary - is one of the most important endocrine glands and is closely linked to the body’s stress response. Working this area will help reduce any anxiety symptoms as well as helping to adjust your body’s response to stress.

Following video is a short self help hand reflexology sequence for stress

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