Stress can have a profound effect on how we function in day to day life. It can prevent us from concentrating fully during the day, and also affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Research by the Henry Potter Advisory Committee found that lack of sleep leads to an increase in accidents at work, road accidents, falls, arguments and fights.
Another study by the University of Florence, which involved a review of 122,500 patients, found a connection between sleep quality and heart problems. Researchers estimate that people who fail to get a good night’s sleep had a 45% greater risk of dying from a heart-related health condition.
Although taking sleeping pills is always an option – it is not necessarily the most effective one. As it is World Reflexology Week, we have decided to take a look at how reflexology aims to help patients by tackling their stresses from the root.
Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive holistic therapy designed to reduce stress and improve the health and well-being of patients through the use of relaxing foot massage, hot and cold plasters and herbal remedies.
Reflexology is suitable for anyone, from new-born babies to the elderly. It is based on the premise that each part of the foot is linked to another part of the body. For instance – the head is thought to be connected to the big toe and the ear is thought to be connected to the area beneath the little toe. Although there is some scientific evidence to suggest reflexology works on a clinical level, this evidence is not substantial enough for any official claims to be made.
However, thousands of people across the world do use reflexology as an effective stress management option and clearly reap the benefits. Sessions are designed to feel relaxing and enjoyable, so clients leave feeling revitalised and de-stressed.
Feeling calm and relaxed in day to day life increases the chances of making good decisions, maintaining control, warding away stress and unhappiness and getting a good, solid night’s sleep.
To find out more about how reflexology works and how to find a reflexologist near you, please visit our page on Reflexology.
View and comment on the original National Awareness Day and Bio-Hormone Health articles.