Stress and health

Stress is a physiological reaction in the body, which results in physical and emotional changes. These changes can effect our health as well as our mental wellbeing, but while we can’t avoid stress in an increasingly fast-paced world, we can learn to deal with it better and this is where therapies such as reflexology can help.

Stress has well known effects on many systems of the body including:

  • The digestive system
  • The hormones
  • The immune system
  • The muscles
  • Fertility

So it is not really surprising that after a period of prolonged stress we can feel tired, grumpy and ill. Reflexology can be really beneficial at this time as it can help the mind and body to relax and unwind and this in turn can lead to better sleep and an improved sense of wellbeing. It is also easy to incorporate a reflexology treatment into a busy lifestyle as part of your coping strategy and therefore give your body a chance to experience some multi-system relaxation. The effect of allowing the body to relax and rebalance can be far reaching, resulting in a calmer mind and less achey body and a far more positive mindset. Those around you will also notice the changes – so in this way everyone benefits from your treatment.

Coping with Chronic Health Conditions

Many of us have chronic illnesses that can interfere with our daily lives and that worsen when we are under stress. Whilst reflexology does not claim to cure these conditions, it certainly seems to help us to relax and improve our feelings of wellbeing and this in turn can help us cope with the pain and discomfort. So reflexology can work well alongside conventional medical care and medications.

Many health conditions now have dedicated charitable organisations that offer support and information to sufferers and an increasing number of these are recognising the value of having reflexology alongside conventional medical care. One example is:

The IBS Network – offers advice, the latest research and a self-care plan. They recommend complementary therapies such as reflexology under their top 10 tips for managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Overall, I believe that reflexology can help us achieve and maintain better health as well as an increased sense of contentment.

‘I decided to have Reflexology due to digestive problems I had been suffering over a long period of time as well as experiencing stress and headaches. From our first session I felt very much at ease with Rosanna and found it easy to talk to her about my personal issues and experiences. Rosanna is always very caring and understanding and has been able to offer me great insight into some of the problems I suffer from. Rosanna always places emphasis on what I want to get out of the session, and has also provided great tips for ways to help myself between appointments. I immediately started to feel the benefits of reflexology and found that I started to feel much calmer and my digestive system started to improve. Rosanna has a really great space for her treatments and I always feel so relaxed and comfortable throughout. I would highly recommend Rosanna to anyone wanting to try Reflexology, she is absolutely fantastic!’
Philippa, Cooperate Social Responsibility Coordinator

The good news is that the first step to feeling better is simply to come along to my calm, peaceful Maidenhead treatment room and experience some deeply relaxing and de-stressing reflexology for yourself. So if you are feeling under a lot of pressure at the moment or you have started to experience some stress-related health issues give me a call on 01628 773133 to find out today how reflexology can benefit your situation – the only thing you have to lose is your socks!