Stress is a word which is commonly used in today’s modern world, but stress is not something which is new to the human condition. It has always been present, but now it is more prevalent due to the pressures and demands of the 21st century.
Although we may not be able to alter the stress causing factors in our lives, we may be able to change how we cope.Mindful Reflexology can help to reduce the stress response and thereby reduce our susceptibility to stress related diseases. The aim of Mindful Reflexology is to put our body’s organs and systems back into a state of balance or equilibrium thus allowing healing to take place.Mindful Reflexology is aimed at supporting people who are living with stress, anxiety and depression. The treatment incorporates many of the techniques used in a conventional reflexology treatment but there is greater focus on the particular reflexes affected by stress. I tend to focus longer working on the para-sympathetic nervous system, which has a calming effect, and on the adrenals .
I will work also with breathing and relaxation techniques at the beginning and end of a treatment. If you wish I can incorporate guided visualisations and meditations into the Reflexology treatment. I have a background in General and mental health nursing within the NHS and I have a genuine understanding of the detrimental effects of stress on physical and psychological well being. Whilst providing a listening ear I may also suggest coping strategies which will always be small and achievable and tailored to your individual needs.
As a touch therapy, Reflexology and Mindfulness go well together as it is the perfect opportunity to allow your mind to be in the moment. It can be difficult to not fall asleep during a relaxing Reflexology treatment but if you are able to resist this temptation, it is possible to focus attention on the treatment moment by moment. Whilst also noticing when your mind is drifting away and then bring it back to the present.
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If you are experiencing specific symptoms associated with stress and anxiety then the standard course of treatment would be once per week for 5 weeks and then a maintenance programme of Reflexology treatments may be advised.
I am always happy to talk about Mindfulness and Reflexology, so please give me a call on 07969044884.