Stress has been described as a 21st-century plague. It is estimated that 70% of ill-health has stress as the root cause.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert in emergency situations but beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing damage to your health.
When under stress your system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones such as Adrenaline and Cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action by increasing the heart rate, which in turn circulates more blood to the muscles, brain and lungs. This ‘fight or flight’ response is what is needed if we are faced with a physical threat and we need to react quickly (such as running away from an attacker). Most of our stress today is caused by psychological issues but the body cannot distinguish between physical and psychological stress and therefore reacts in the same way.
Psychological stress can be caused by many things such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship, in fact, anything the puts a high demand on us. This includes positive things such as buying a house, getting a promotion at work or going to University. What affects one person may not affect another in the same way, so to some degree, we can learn to manage our stress levels or find ways in which to cope.
A few examples of health problems caused by being under prolonged stress are:
- Agitation and the inability to relax
- Irritability or short temper
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Frequent colds
- Nervous habits such as nail-biting
Reflexology can help with Stress
Reflexology can help with reducing the effect stress has on you by putting the body in a state of complete relaxation. In this state the muscular tension is released, nerve function improved, blood and lymph circulate freely and overall health and wellbeing improve.
Many people are choosing Reflexology to help cope with the effects of long-term stress rather than turning to medication, which can mask the symptoms rather than dealing with the underlying condition.
I am offering taster sessions of half an hour at a cost of £20 so you can see if Reflexology is for you.