The Practice Of Reflexology
for Stress Relief
Reflexology. Many people are surprised to learn that the day
to day happenings, the thoughts and feelings that they have
that cause tension and anxiety are not actually stress, they
Stress is actually the reaction to these stressors, and in
itself is not harmful, in fact it is something that the body
does naturally when there is a threat. During this time there
are over a thousand chemical reactions taking place in the body
being controlled by the nervous system and disrupting
After the threat has passed whether it was real or imagined
the body should return to its normal state. Problems arise when
there are too many stressors at one time or when stress is
prolonged, then it results in negative symptoms.
The other thing about stress is that some of the very
problems that result from stress can also lead to stress. There
are many signs and symptoms of stress, physical, mental or
emotional and even behavioral. Symptoms may vary from person to
person as stress affects each person a little differently.
By taking a natural approach to stress management, the
negative effects can be lessened and resulting illness possibly
prevented. Reflexology is one such method that has shown to be
extremely effective in stress management. As with so many other
forms of natural healing,
Reflexology works by allowing the bodys
natural life force energies to flow and come into balance.
Reflexology is the application of pressure or movement to the
feet and hands to affect corresponding parts of the body.
Reflex areas on the hand and foot act like mirrors to various
organs and systems of the body.
By using specific pressure techniques, energy blockages can
be detected by reflexologists and released. This works along
the theory that the hands and feet set the tension level for
the whole body and that they are an easy way to interrupt the
stress signal and to reset the equilibrium. A relationship
between specific parts of the feet and organs and systems of
the body has been established.
Today's Stress Cure Fact
Stress TechniquesAnother exercise that is good for relaxing and good for the body is to lie down with knees bent, press the back down so that all parts of the back touch the surface, while doing so pull in hard on the stomach muscles. Then just relax them. This helps to let go of tension as well as firm abdominal muscles and strengthens the back. Many people find specific exercise programs such as Pilates, tai chi and yoga to be very relaxing. Getting adequate, not too much, or too little sleep can do wonders for the body and mind Often just going to bed a half hour earlier at night or taking a short nap during the day can reenergize the body and recharge the mind enough to make clear, thoughtful decisions and to relieve anxiety and worry. If a nap is not possible make sure you take time to relax or take a break. Even a fifteen-minute break from work, school, or regular daily activities is advisable for quiet, privacy and introspection. reduce stress
Trained hands can detect tiny irregularities along lines of
energy flow in reflex areas in the feet and hands. Reflexology
can encourage an energy discharge at areas of stress or
imbalance. The general effect of reflexology varies, as it will
affect the individual in its own peculiar way, as does
There are many different types of people trained in the
techniques. Reflexology sessions generally last from 30 minutes
to an hour. You should feel relaxation at the end of a session.
How long it lasts is a good indication of how effective the
session was. After a session you may experience a feeling of
general well -being and invigoration, which may last for some
Be sure to get enough sleep.
On average, a person needs about 7 hours of
sleep a night, of course this varies from
person to person.
By getting enough sleep you will be more
even tempered, and also be able to manage the
unexpected, and stressful situations you run
into, in a more positive way.
Others may experience a healing reaction that may even
temporarily worsen symptoms as they begin to deal with
presenting issues. You may even begin to practice
reflexology a little on your own by getting a foot
roller or by applying pressure to points in the hands for a few
minutes each day.