Reflexology is about bringing the body back into balance. Working points and tissues on the head, ears,hands or feet can alleviate problems in the rest of the body.
Generally the benefits of reflexology are subtle and cumulative. Improved function can be part of thelong term benefits of regular reflexology. Reflexology helps the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems come into balance. The sympathetic nervous system is put into action when you are under stress. It increases adrenaline and cortisol and helps your muscles get ready to move or fight off an attack. The parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when you relax.
All most everyone has stress in their lives. This stress can be good. If you decide to try something new, like public speaking or ballroom dancing, this can stress your body. You may feel shaky or nauseous and even feel a bit confused, like you can’t quite think clearly. Though this may not feel good in the moment, learning a new skill or trying something that scares you can help you develop as a person and increase your confidence in your abilities. This is positive stress.
However, many, many people are experiencing chronic, constant negative stress. This can be related to money, job security, health, or relationships. People feel pulled in so many directions and are constantly pushing themselves to meet deadlines and do more and more. This comes at a cost to the body, mind, and spirit. Our bodies need a break from that stress. Engaging the parasympathetic nervous system counteracts the effects of stress. Reflexology allows for deep relaxation that helps the body recover from both positive and negative stress. Negative stress is a factor in developing disease including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer. Negative stress also contributes to insomnia, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, hear burn, asthma, premenstrual syndrome.