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There are over 7000 nerve endings in the feet.

Often mistaken for a foot massage, the ancient art of reflexology accesses these nerve endings which are linked to every organ and system of the body. Through skillful manipulation a reflexologist can help to unblock the flow of energy in organs and rebalance entire systems.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy, that is, it is used in conjunction with conventional medicine to assist in the body’s recovery from certain diseases and illnesses. It does not diagnose or cure.
It is particularly useful for stress related conditions as it helps to discharge the negative effects of stress and stimulate the body’s own healing.
There is general acceptance that illness and disease do not occur ‘out of the blue’ nor can they be solely  attributed to a virus or bacteria. The reality is, we do not simply ‘catch the flu’ from someone else. When our immune system is depleted below the level of resistance required to successfully fight a disease then we succumb and become ill.
Reflexology is a renewal and maintenance programme for the body. It not only aids recovery but helps the body to maintain health. It is not necessary to have a ‘symptom’ to benefit from reflexology.  

The effects of stress can be categorised into the following 5 headings
Physical
Muscular tension, backache, tension headaches, migraine, aching neck and shoulders, sweating, dry mouth, skin rashes, high blood pressure, indigestion, heartburn.
Mental
Indecisiveness, faulty memory, impaired judgement, rash decisions, confused thinking.
Behavioural
Sleep disruption, comfort eating, nervous laughter, increased smoking and alcohol consumption, social withdrawal, aggressive behaviour and bullying, poor time management, overuse of stimulants such as caffeine, compulsive actions,  accident proneness.
Emotional
Anxiety, impatience, irritability, worry, panic, overreaction, mood swings, cynicism, guilt, insecurity, tearfulness, phobias.
Spiritual
Lack of purpose, low self esteem, hopelessness.
No aspect of our life is separate from the other parts. Our work does not happen in isolation to our family life. Family life is regularly associated with our diet etc. If we have a headache it goes everywhere with us during the day. Stress is not out there waiting to spring on us and disrupt our lives. The causes of stress are external to us, it may be associated with traffic congestion, financial worries, family illness, some of it is real and some of it perceived, but the response to stress is within each of us. It is that feeling of helplessness when we feel that we are unable to cope with whatever is coming at us.
The stress response comes from our autonomic system, a part of the brain which produces ‘automatic’ responses. It is the same part that looks after our breathing and heartbeat. This part of the brain does not process logic and therefore cannot be influenced by our intellect. We cannot ‘talk’ ourselves out of a stressed response.

Our flight or fight reaction was initially developed as a physical survival response back in our Stone Age days when the worst stressor we were likely to meet was a sabre tooth tiger. We quickly learned that flight was more efficient than fight!!
When adrenaline is released into the blood stream by our endocrine system we create increased heart rate and breathing. Oxygen levels are increased and sent to relevant ‘fighting’ muscles. Blood vessels on the skin surface contract in order to reduce any blood loss resulting from injury. Digestion and any other non essential functions shut down such as our day and night clock, fertility hormones and our immune system. Senses are heightened, sight and hearing are intensified and hairs stand up in order to detect any movement of the ‘enemy’.
Back in the stone age whether the response was either fight or flight, the burst of physical activity associated with the response helped to discharge the chemicals and so we went back to ‘normal processing’ very quickly. In our world today stressors come at us at a rate way beyond what the system was originally designed for and we do not always have the opportunity to discharge the chemicals and go back to normal.

This is often how dis-ease such as poor sleep, infertility, digestive and muscular disorders occur. We need new ways to discharge these chemicals and revert to a balanced state. Reflexology is one of the best ways to achieve this. It induces deep relaxation – an antidote for tension. A balanced and relaxed body can heal itself and of course, with the ability to relax and heal comes the confidence of being able to cope. As we feel less helpless and more able, we create less and less of the stressed response.

There is general acceptance that illness and disease do not occur ‘out of the blue’ nor can they be solely  attributed to a virus or bacteria. The reality is, we do not simply ‘catch the flu’ from someone else. When our immune system is depleted below the level of resistance required to successfully fight a disease then we succumb and become ill.
Reflexology is a renewal and maintenance programme for the body. It not only aids recovery but helps the body to maintain health. It is not necessary to have a ‘symptom’ to benefit from reflexology.  The emotional ‘space’ created by receiving reflexology can help you to take a more rounded view of your world and take the focus off the negative and create a more balanced perspective.
In a busy and unrelenting world, the positive effects of giving ourselves the ‘time out’  required to receive a treatment should not be underestimated.  Reflexology is now so widely recognised for it’s theraputic effects it is covered by most of Ireland’s private health insurers. 



 
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