Reflexology to Relax in Times of Stress
Anyone feeling off base or disconnected in any way right now is not alone. Current upsets and uncertainty in a quickly changing world cause often unfamiliar stress that is sometimes painful, confusing, numbing and difficult to manage, resulting in tension that restricts the body’s movement, function and ability to cope.
The Stress Response (“fight or flight”) is our body’s natural reaction to a threat. Its job is to alert, activate and protect. However, when the perceived threat is prolonged, the body’s regulating functions, including the immune system, the nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive, hormonal and other regulatory processes, are affected. There is also a “freeze” effect that locks tension in place. Those who are especially sensitive may find even stronger reactions that don’t settle with just rational thinking. It helps to have help with this tension, often deeply felt and held unknowingly.
The answer to the Stress Response is the Relaxation Response. A skilled reflexologist, through attuned pressure, articulation, lengthening and alignment, can gently, safely and non-intrusively access the hidden tension and invite a release that has a profound regulating, grounding and stabilizing affect.
During a time of uncertainty and change, simple and deep relaxation can certainly be soothing medicine for the pain.
Cheryl Foster, a Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist, has been in practice for 16 years. Her gentle practice, Barefoot Dreams Reflexology, is located at 2230 E. Speedway Blvd., Ste. 100, Tucson, and is now offering a special introductory rate for new clients. Connect at 520-345-4554, [email protected] or BarefootDreams.net. See ad, page 16.