Stress has become an everyday occurrence for most of us these days. Although we can cope with short bursts of it and even, at times, rise to the challenges before us, gaining a feeling of accomplishment when it is over, our bodies are not designed to be in this state for long periods of time. When stress becomes continuous, physiological changes take place within us and can be damaging to our health.
It can be very debilitating and can affect anyone, at any time. It is believed that 75% of all illness is caused by stress and it can manifest itself in many ways including muscular aches and pains, headaches, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, poor concentration, gastro-intestinal disorders, menstrual disturbances, low sex drive and a compromised immune system.
Reflexology is known to bring about a deep relaxation, which in turn can help reduce the physical symptoms brought about by stress. Being in a state of relaxation can stimulate the body’s own healing processes and enable us to cope better with our everyday lives.
If reflexology is used in tandem with aromatherapy, it can help to further reduce the affects of stress, particularly if you use a blend at home, between treatments.