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Reflexology: An Effective Treatment for Stress

Apr 18, 2008
The job of being a parent is stressful and stress is unfortunately a leading cause of illness and disease. Often times, parents give everything they have in doing for their children and take no time for maintaining their own health.

If stress is not managed well, it will present problems at some point in your life. Stress and the immune system are connected in many ways. In fact, research has shown that high levels of stress not only increase negative hormone levels, the ones responsible for inhibiting sickness and disease, but it also suppresses the immune system. More than ever before, we are in need of a way to unwind, and care for ourselves in an effective manner.

It is vitally important to take care of yourself and find a way to release the inevitable stress factor. So, what do you do to relax? Most people simply cannot afford a getaway to a luxury spa every time they feel the need for a time out. One alternative is reflexology.

Not only is reflexology extremely relaxing and provides immediate relief of stress, it is energizing, free of charge and extremely convenient. If you are unfamiliar with reflexology, it is simply the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands as they correspond with specific body organs. Just like the teeth, the feet and hands are a map to the health of our entire body. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, we can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding areas of the body.

Reflexology is fairly simple to perform and even simpler to incorporate into your daily routine. It is recommended that you use it both on yourself and your children. Making it a family affair can be very beneficial. There are many online guides and diagrams that you can use. Or, if you prefer to have the information at your fingertips, there are many great books you can even get at your local library that will walk you through the process of reflexology treatment.

Try something simple for starters, such as relieving a tension headache, once you have witnessed the benefits, you may find yourself hooked.

In the fast paced world that we live in today, it is recommended that you take time for yourself each day. We always seem to be on the go and cut ourselves short of the time we need to recoup. Set aside a specific time early in the morning or before you go to bed and practice deep breathing and reflexology techniques. Before long you will notice a big difference in how you see life and that you are able to manage your day so much better.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Reflexology.
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