How to Rest & Recover with Reflexology
So many of us have a rough time learning what rest & recovery really is.... We all usually get to a point of injury, where we are forced to rest without a choice. Has your doctor ever prescribed you to rest for a certain amount of time, after an injury or traumatic event in your life?
This spring, I went through the same type of situation. I injured my foot from over exertion and got plantar fasciitus. It wasn't until I bought a pair of crutches and gave my foot FULL REST, that my foot healed MUCH QUICKER.
What if I told you, reflexology was an expedited way to give our WHOLE body rest & recovery from various injuries and traumas that life & stress throw in our path?
It's TRUE! Reflexology is a safe & all natural complimentary therapy that focuses on bringing our body into a relaxed state of HOMEOSTASIS, increasing the effectiveness of our body's natural healing response.
Reflexology is based on the premise that our body is a house of nerves, running throughout our whole body structure. All those nerves run to the bottoms of our feet, along with our hands & ears. There are over 14,000 nerves coming to the bottom of our feet!
When a qualified reflexologist mixes in relaxation techniques, along with specific compression techniques to all of the reflex points, blocked nerve impulses get unblocked, oxygenated blood starts to flow throughout the body, stress mode is turned off, and homeostasis starts to happen. When our bodies can get to this point, restoration & healing can happen to areas affected by stress and trauma.
I always like to add hot stones or heated jade stones to reflexology sessions to help the client get into a more relaxed mode quicker, and to also increase circulation to injured areas that need it most, especially musculoskeletal issues, such as back, neck, hip & joint pain.
When JADE stones are heated up, detox is increased as there are detoxing benefits in the actual makeup of the stones.
Many athletes, including golfers, runners, tennis players, skiers, body builders & more, understand the benefits of finding ways to reduce inflammation after an injury. Reflexologists understand working on the adrenal reflex, which releases glucocorticoids, the main one being cortisol (hydrocotisone), can help with injury recovery. When the adrenals are balanced, inflammation is reduced, bringing relief & recovery from injury. This is just one protocol to help with injuries in general. Every client is different and will be assessed for a tailored session, according to needs of the individual.
STRESS & TRAUMA RECOVERY
The endocrine system plays a role in how we are affected by stress & trauma. When Reflexologists work on the HPA axis, the fight or flight response in our body is balanced. SO many things trigger this stress mode in our body. If our body senses danger or tension, our 'H'ypothalamus tells our 'P'ituatry gland to send info down to 'A'drenals to release cortisol (stress hormones) throughout our body.
Our viscera starts to send blood to our arms & legs (To FIGHT or FLEE, from danger). The main role of our viscera is to keep our body healthy and maintain health. If we are constantly in a stress mode, our health is compromised.
Reflexology focuses on getting our parasympathetic and sympatheric nervous systems balanced, turning the fight flight mode OFF, so our body can be in REST & RECOVERY MODE, bringing healing & balance to our bodies.
MAINTENANCE IS KEY
REST & RECOVERY is not a one and done deal. Learning to rest with intention is a practice & involves taking time & thought into how you will develop a stress management plan. Reflexology is a great way to have rest & recovery in a qualified and intentional way. Try to schedule in a session on a more regular cycle, to prevent and also handle injuries and conditions as they come.
Kat Romett is a Certified & Insured Reflexology Practitioner, musician, & mother of 2 boys. She, and her family currently reside in Montgomery County, PA. Through her journey with parenting a child with special needs, Kat has learned the importance of self care & holistic health. She sees the benefits reflexology has in creating peace in the body, which in turn creates peace in stress-filled environments. Kat has a special interest in working with women, mothers & caretakers who handle stress & anxiety on a daily basis.
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