I am trained in Mindful Reflexology which helps to support clients who are living with stress, anxiety and depression. Reflexology treatments are adapted to include techniques that target key reflexes and self help advice is offered as a gentle guide for emotional and physical wellbeing.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression each year, with approximately 1 in 10 children of school age suffering from mental health problems. Stress itself is a physiological reaction which results in emotional and physical changes in the body in response to a real or perceived threat. In the short term, this response can motivate and drive an individual and improve performance, But in the long term, if stress levels remain high, it can have a negative impact on health, causing physical, emotional, behavioural and cognitive problems.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome which can be subjectively perceived as a menacing It is a perfectly normal feeling but people with generalised anxiety disorder find it hard to control their worries and psychological and physical problems can develop over time. 98% of people with Depression also have anxiety. Depression is used to describe a range of moods which manifest themselves and have a negative and even detrimental impact on everyday life. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain today.
Mindful Reflexology looks at Mindfulness as being aware of your body and mind in the present moment and recognising thoughts and feelings as they emerge without being caught up in them and making judgements based upon them. Mindfulness can help people change the way they think and feel about their experiences and not identify themselves by their feelings or mistakes but as who they truly are. The focus is on the just being, and not the just doing.
Combining Mindfulness and Reflexology helps with bringing the awareness of oneself towards the body and out of the head. Reflexology researcher A.J. Mc Vicar et al found reflexology profoundly reduced the anxiety ‘state’. The reduction was consistent with ‘an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety’.