More and more, it seems like stress and anxiety-related health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent. It might be that we are getting more stressed out as a society, or that we understand the health effects that stress and anxiety can have on the entire body. Or it might be a combination of both. Regardless, stress and anxiety are at all-time highs and many of us are looking to traditional and non-traditional approaches to reduce our levels. This is where for some people, reflexology can really be helpful.
In the first part of the article, we looked at what reflexology is and how it is typically done when you go in for an appointment. Now it’s time to look at how it can help us in terms of reducing our levels of stress and anxiety.
First, it’s important to go over how stress can impact the heart. A study conducted by researchers from Duke University Medical Center on the effects of stress from common events on the heart found that the more angry, sad, and stressed you are, the less able your heart is to respond in an effective way.
As we talked about in the first portion of this article, reflexology assumes that we are interconnected in our bodies and that the feet in particular have many areas that connect directly to other parts of the body. When we are stressed out and feeling anxious, reflexology may help us get better by helping the lymph systems move along and drain better as well as relax the muscles and stimulate the paths our nerves take.
A Chinese study found how reflexology can help improve the effects of great stress. Twenty patients, who were all being treated for neurasthenia, a health condition that involves huge emotional stress, went through reflexology sessions conducted at the hospital’s physiology department. The reflexology treatments really focused on the parts of the feet that correspond to the kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, brain, heart and more—basically, all of the main areas of the body that are affected by stress the most.
The reflexology treatments were given to the subjects once a day for one week.