The grim reality of stress is showing up in more and more scientific studies and is a factor in 75 percent of all diseases.
Extensive studies have shown the effects of stress on hearts in a clinical trial that monitored the reaction of the heart to everyday events. The more stress, anger and sadness someone experienced, the less able their hearts were able to respond effectively. It was like the pressure exerted on the heart by the constant emotional ups and downs of stress caused it to stretch beyond its capacity to bounce back to normal.
Reflexology is an effective option to offsetting the effects of stress on heart and overall health:
Reflexology endeavours to treat the body, mind and spirit as a cohesive system by getting to the cause of disease not its symptoms. Reflexology possesses the capacity to cancel out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Through the relaxation process the body is more capable of dealing with the stresses placed on it by daily living and those associated with illness. Reflexology gently nudges the body towards improved functioning of the system by improving lymphatic drainage and venous circulation, simulation to the nerve pathways, and muscle relaxation.
Reflexology therapeutically reduces stress and tension throughout the body’s systems to improve blood and lymph circulation, increase nerve supply to the cells and release toxins from the body’s tissues. It is believed to encourage the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones, well documented in their ability to relieve stress.
These physiological benefits facilitate improvements in the body’s assimilation of nutrients, elimination of wastes and immune system stimulation. Reflexology supports the body in its process of self-healing and maintaining the balance that leads to good health.
Celebrities such as Gywneth Paltrow use reflexology to alleviate stress fatigue and as a form of relaxation therapy.
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