Reflexology for Anxiety and Stress Relief How Reflexology can help manage stress and anxiety Long term stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. It is the prolonged exposure to stress, the over production of stress hormones that can take a physical and psychological strain in the body leading to exhaustion and illness. Reflexology is very effective in managing and reducing your anxiety and stress. By gently working on the reflex points relating to specific areas of the body Reflexology can produce a deep state of relaxation in body and mind. Physically, tension is released, heart rate slows down and blood pressure decreases. Stress and the affects on the nervous system When we are in a state of stress the sympathetic part of the nervous system is activated automatically and prepares the body for the stressful situation or event. 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. Reflexology for Anxiety and Stress - Managing the effects Regular Reflexology sessions are an excellent way of offsetting the unhealthy effects of stress. By using Reflexology for anxiety and stress relief the body is gently encouraged to reach a place of deep relaxation, moving towards improved functioning of all the body systems. Through the stimulation of the foot reflexes the parasympathetic part of the nervous system is activated allowing the body to rest and recover. If you would like to know more how Reflexology can help you to manage your stress and anxiety please contact me here. Symptoms of anxiety and stress sleep problems digestive issues headache fatigue mental fog restlessness mood swings panic attacks nervousness anger.
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