Do you suffer from insomnia? Then you may be interested to know that one of the most common texts I get from clients the day after their first Reflexology treatment is one telling me how incredibly well they slept!
Disordered sleep patterns are something that we all struggle with at one time or another, affecting our daytime energy levels, our mental alertness, our memory, our pain levels, our moods, our relationships and our wider health.
With a myriad of possible causes, sleep disorders present a real problem to the medical community, with over 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills given each year in England. But despite the very real temptation of a quick fix pill, medication only offers short-term relief.
So, what is Reflexology? And why does it help us sleep?
Reflexology focuses on stimulating or sedating reflex points on the foot, which relate to the whole body. So a relaxing foot massage becomes a treatment for the whole body and mind.
The practitioner is able to focus the treatment on reflexes that will help the individual. In a client with insomnia she might concentrate on the reflexes of the endocrine system to mediate the effects of stress and promote better hormonal balance. Or she may focus on reflexes to release deep tension in the muscles, and to calm a busy or anxious mind. For each person, the focus will be a little different, addressing their specific needs.
A Reflexologist sees your whole body reflected in the reflexes of your feet and works those reflexes to create an effect across the entire body – and mind.
If you’ve never had Reflexology before, it can be hard to explain just how deeply relaxing and restorative the treatment can be. It can feel as though someone has pulled a plug and all of the collected stress and tension in your body has drained away. And not just the obvious tension like tense shoulders or a furrowed brow. Tension that you didn’t even know you had, until it was gone!
I would liken the restorative effects of Reflexology to pressing the ‘restore factory functions’ button on your phone! Or the ‘switch it off and switch it back on again’ theory of computer care! The effect to the body is quite renewing.
As our stress drains away we experience a raft of physiological and psychological changes. The heart rate decreases, breathing becomes slower and deeper, raised blood pressure is lowered, digestion improves, and the ever busy, anxious or racing mind feels calmer at last. The body is no longer in survival mode, instead it is able to rest, repair, heal and find it’s own balance, just as nature intended.
“The ability of the body to maintain its health and overcome illness is, in fact, among nature’s most remarkable feats.” ~ Donna Eden
A release of stress, a relaxed body, a quiet mind; the perfect set up for us to enter human’s inbuilt ‘rest and repair’ mode – sleep. As a Reflexologist, I have often worked with clients to break the cycle of insomnia and I know that Reflexology has so much to offer in this area. And I still love getting those texts the next day!
If you suffer from insomnia or disordered sleep, I offer Reflexology treatments by appointment in central Exeter, and home visits throughout Mid Devon, including Crediton, Tiverton, Silverton, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Witheridge, Cowley, Tedburn, Bow – and everywhere in between!