Reflexology; Six Stress Reflexes

~Its Danny again..

Clients often come to see me when they are going through a lot of stress. Here are six key reflexes to work on that help to reduce stress levels along with the possible benefits of treating those reflexes.

Adrenal Glands: helps balance between adrenaline andnoradreniline return to normal more quickly; this results in reduced stress and lower blood pressure.

Spine: encourages a more effecient nerve supply including the autonomic nervous system; this has an effect on stress response, and will rebalance the autonomic nervous system.

Shoulders: many people hold tension in their shoulders; reflexology can help to reduce the tension and free the shoulders and neck.

Thyroid: lowers metaboloism if agitataed..

Liver/pancreas: to rebalance levels of blood sugar glucose converted for fight/flight response

Heart: encourages a more efficient circulation ; this may reduce blood pressure.

We often work on different areas of the spine to help stimulate blood flow to a specific region of the body. Here is an example why we would give special attention to the thoracic spine with a client suffering from emphysema. 


*Reflexology might aid breathing and circulation to Alveoli.

*May increase circulation to the body of available oxygen.

*May maximise use of available alveoli too increase 02 absorption.

*May help the client if the lungs become blocked and uncomfortable when suffering from a cold.

*May help to stimulate blood flow around the body, whioch may in turn help to strengthen the lungs and associated vessels for deeper  breathing.

We must always as therapists remember the importance of working the adrenal reflex to help any condition that involves pain or inflammation because of the release of steroidal hormones from the adrenals. Anyone with eczema we would pay special attention to the adrenal gland reflex to help stress reduction, and may help reduce in inflammation or itching.


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When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Diabetes and the Foot

Diabetes Mellitus.

This condition results when there is a defect in the production of insulin from the pancreas. Without insulin the body cannot make use of blood sugar, which results in more sugar circulating around the blood than being absorbed into the body tissues for energy. Because of the high concentration sugar in the blood the person is more susceptible to infection, candidiasis and complications in pregnancy. The main symptoms of diabetes are, frequent urination, irritability, abnormal thirst and weakness.

Foot conditions that could result from Diabetes Mellitus.

A client with this condition could experience a loss of sensation, whioch is as a result to damage to nerve endings (neuropathy – nerve damage caused by disease) The following are a list of additional conditions:

* a loss of elasticity of the skin

*brittle, easily cracked or damaged skin

* reduced ability foir the skin to heal,

*excessive sweating,

*poor circulation,

*greater risk of infection (because excess blood sugar creates  favourable conditions for bacteria growth.)

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health



What happens when I go for Reflexology & how will I feel afterwards..

Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive; at most you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. A  full edical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign  a consent form agreeing  to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially. The therapist (me) will then use his thumbs, fingers and knuckles to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the lower leg, hands, ears or face depending on the type of reflexology chosen. Some areas of the feet may feel tender when pressed, but this will pass. The general expereice should be relaxing.

The therapist will talk to you after your treatment about what they felt, which may lead them to recommend further treatments to aid wellbeing.

How will I feel after the treatment?

After one or two treatments, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Occasionally people report experiencing a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often following their treatment. Therse are normal reactions and should pass within 24-48 hours; reflexologists beleive this is part of the healing process.

Please note: Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

What is Reflexology?

The art of reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western worl over 100 years ago. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complemantary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing.

With evr increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcareneeds: as such, reflexology could be one of the ways you might employ to ease the stresses of modern life.

Improved wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness; it also includes an improved frame of mind, brelationships with those around you and increased happiness.


When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Reflexology for teenagers

Many of our teenagers are feeling the stress and pressures of modern living. The Office of National Statistics have looked at adolescents and reported that:

10% of teenagaers are diagnosed with an emotional disorder.

Depression is more likely to occur if high stress levels are present.

The number of teenagers pn anti-depressents is increasing.

Whilst the majority of our teenagers will not have mental health issues, it appears key that they begin to build in coping strategies to help them manage stress, which we can all agree is a valuable lesson to learn early in life! Reflexology could be one such strategy, it can help them to sleep better, feel calmer and improve their sense of wellbeing.

If you think your teenager may benefit from some reflexology, reassure them taht it is not ticklish, that on the whole it is deeply relaxing and some can feel revitalised afterwards, their body will respond as it needs to.

Keep calm and try some reflexology


Reflexology for you and your Baby

Reflexology for you and your baby:

Babies grow and change at an astonishing rate and every month this brings along new and exciting developments. Watching our babies develop brings so much joy into our lives, but these early years can also be stressful at times for both parents and children.

Building reflexology into a baby’s routine can be a perfect way to ensure that a support mechanism is in place for those stressful times as they begin to grow, whether the stress is due to colic or struggling to get to sleep.

Having reflexology yourself can also be highly beneficial. A research study has shown that reflexology improves the quality of sleep in postnatal women, which is always a bonus with a young baby! It also allows you some ‘me time’ after the birth and you may find you get many other benefits as well.

Reflexology for toddlers and young children:

Toddlers and youngchildren love fun and excitement at this time of huge physical, emotional and cognitive growth. However, there is so much going on in their bodies and minds that even at this early age they are prone to feeling stressed.

Common stressors can include potty training, separation anxiety, the birth of a sibling, death of a grandparent or pet etc Reflexology can be a great support at these times. Toddlers aren’t always very good at being able to verbalise (as we know!) what is wrong and stress tends to show up as changes in their normal behaviours such as:

Changes in sleep pattern – this may be trouble getting to sleep or waking in the night

New habits – such as thumb sucking, nail biting or chewing hair

Emotional changes – they may become clingy, withdrawn, sad or angry

An increase in crying or tantrums

Frequent ailments- sucha s headaches or tummy aches

Keep calm and try some reflexology



Who can benefit from reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.

With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.

Keep calm and try some reflexology

Functions of the Respiratory System

Functions of the respiratory system include gaseous exchange, olfaction and sound production.

The primary function of the respiratory system is the intake of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide. The organs play an important part in the life of every cell in your body and without them there  would be no oxygen for energy. Without oxygen the cells cannot produce energy and will die. Every cell in the body need energy, the form of ATP adenosine trisphosphate and cells need a constant supply. A by-product of cell metabolism is carbon dioxide. If CD accumulatews in cells it can poison the cells so it has to be removed.

The respiratory and cardiovascular systems  work closely together  to ensure there is a continuous supply of oxygen and the continuous removal of carbon dioxide. The respiratory system takes the oxygen from the air and eliminates carbon dioxide and the cardio vascular system transports these two gases between the respiratory system and the body’s cells.

Gaseous exchange: The exchange of gases is called respiration and takes place between the atmosphere, the blood and the cells. There are different phases as follows:

1. Pulmonary ventilation: Air is inspired (breathed) into the lungs and expired (breathed out) of the lungs.

2. External respiration (pulmonary respiration): This is were the blood gains oxygen and loses carbon dioxide. There is gaseous exchange between the lungs and the blood.

3. Internal respiration (tissue respiration): This is where the blood loses the oxygen and gains carbon dioxide. There is gaseous exchange between the blood and the tissue cells.

Cellular Respiration:

Respiration within the body cell: Oxygen and Glucose pass into the cell, Carbon Dioxide, and water pass out; this takes place in a complex series of reactions, which provides energy to power the cell. During this cellular respiration, glucose is converted to carbon dioxide and water. It’s also known as oxidation) is a metabolic reaction that takes place within a cell. It uses glucose and oxygen and then produces energy in the form of ATP. as we know a by-product of cellular respiration is carbon dioxide.

The Production of Sound:

Sound is produced by vibrating air particles. As we breathe in air passes through the larynx (voice box) where the vocal chords (specialised membranes) vibrate and the muscles of the pharynx, tongue, face and lips convert into words. The pharnyx, mouth, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity also act as resonating chambers for words.

Keep calm and try some reflexology



Affirmations to clear old menu items:

Affirmations to clear old menu items:

Success is not wierd, it’s just a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

I choose to believe that it is easy to clear old menu items I no longer want.

I am willing to open my arms and claim the wonderful life I deserve.

Any resource I need for my emotional and spiritual healing comes to me quickly and easily, whether it is a book, tape, or practitioner.

I have clear insights that assist me in releasing the past.

I do beleive that I deserve a fun and exciting life.

I greet the morning with joy and enthusiasm.

I begin my new life in this moment.

I love myself.

My positive shifts help everyone.

Keep calm and try some reflexology



Affirmations for Prosperity

 Affirmations for Abundance

Pick a couple of these affirmations and use them daily if you choose to:

I am a money magnet !

Unexpected income is always coming my way.

Every day my relationship with money becomes healthier.

My income is constantly increasing as my expenses stay proportionately the same or less!

All my needs are met by the Universal abundance of Spirit.

I always have enough money to pay my bills ahead of time.

I choose to embrace thoughts of abundance that nurture and support me.

I am confident that I earn a wonderful living doing work and service that is important to me.

I welcome an abundance of joy, love, and money into my life.

I believe that money is my friend and I deserve to receive it in abundance.

Keep calm and try some reflexology