“A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”
The English Oxford Dictionary (2018, [Online]).
Reflexology for Stress
Stress, in the short term, is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s normal for people to experience a bit of stress in their everyday lives and without this positive stress humankind wouldn’t have survived. However, when stress becomes prolonged this can have an extremely negative effect which is very unhealthy.
Stress can affect how a person feels emotionally, mentally and physically. Even though long-term stress has never killed anyone as such it comes as no real surprise to learn that many illnesses in the world today can be attributed, in some part, to stress. It is a major risk factor for developing health issues such as cardiovascular diseases and heart problems, inflammation of skin conditions, insomnia and sleep problems, physical tension and headaches, depression and anxiety, digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, memory impairment, decrease in libido, period problems in women and self-medication. Even mild levels of stress have been linked to long term disability, so it is better to prevent stress from occurring than waiting for it to become a major issue.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment for both the body and mind which can really help to reduce stress and aid recovery from stress-related conditions. When the body relaxes and rebalances it will start to heal itself.