Stress, anxiety and depression
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all that life throws our way, and stress, anxiety and depression are commonplace. Life can feel difficult when we struggle with our mental health but there are many positive things you can try, to improve your mental and emotional well-being, and reflexology is just one of them.
I believe that reflexology is a fantastic resource in our well-being ‘toolkit’ to help us stay well. Reflexology's immediate and most obvious benefit is that very quickly it induces deep relaxation, helping to relieve tension held in the body. As our body and mind are closely connected, when we feel relaxed physically, our mind and emotions calm down too. A relaxed body means that our hormones, which have a direct affect on our mental health, are brought into balance. Reflexology encourages the release of endorphins, our body's natural painkillers and ‘feel good’ hormones. Deep relaxation and hormone balance also aids better sleep, one of the cornerstones of good mental health.
A reflexology treatment enables you to hit the pause button and get some much needed headspace away from life’s demands. A reflexology session can help clear your busy mind, quieten negative thoughts and refresh you when you feel out of kilter. Many of my clients say that following their treatments they have an improved sense of well-being, feel more positive and are less anxious.
I have a background in stress management and mental well-being, and I'm trained in Mindful Reflexology. Along with working specific reflex points, in my treatments I can incorporate breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises, and give you some simple tips/exercises to take away and work on. Most importantly, I adapt each treatment to meet your own specific needs and circumstances, and provide you with a safe, impartial space to just 'be'. Learning how to relax enables us all to cope much better with life’s everyday challenges, providing us with the opportunity to take a step back, gain some perspective and take really good care of ourselves.
*Please note that reflexology does not replace any advice provided by your GP or other medical professional. If you are worried about your mental well-being and need immediate support Mind have some excellent resources and The Samaritans are available 24/7.