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Our emotional state could be seen to be the centre of our wellbeing. Each day we experience a whole spectrum of emotions. Certain emotions sweep over you and others may have more staying power. It’s how we deal with our emotions and how we keep balance in our body, minds and energy that is important for our continuous health and wellbeing.

The aim of reflexology is to do just that, keep your body and energy in balance. Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the theory that there are reflex points in the feet and hands that correspond to organs, glands and parts of the body. By applying a gentle pressure to these reflexes, reflexology aims to stimulate the body’s own healing, aid a deep sense of relaxation and restore the body to it’s natural balance. Sensitivity or blockages may be found in the reflexes and by working to eliminate these, in turn your body’s energy will be able to flow freely once again.

How can emotions effect my bodies energy and wellbeing? It’s easy to discount our body’s energy as we cannot see it or hear it, however, you can feel it. Think about when you hold a new baby or have a positive chat with a close friend and how this makes your whole being feel alive, elated, free. Compare this to how your energy feels when you have an angry conversation with someone at work or a long delay during your commute. It quickly becomes clear that the emotions we are feeling effect our overall mood and in turn our energy and wellbeing.

As a reflexologist I see how emotions cause blockages in other parts of our bodies and in turn may cause us to experience symptoms which may have you thinking that you really have something ‘wrong’. For example, experiencing headaches is commonly known to be linked to stress. When we experience stress we commonly hold the emotion in our necks and shoulders.  Working on the related reflex points located around the big toe could be the start of alleviating these symptoms.

Another example, perhaps you have been experiencing IBS symptoms for some time and the emotion you are feeling commonly related to this is anxiety. Working with the digestive system reflexes and also the nervous system would be the starting point in looking for blockages and sensitivity in this instance.

These are just a couple of examples, and by no means is there a one rule fits all scenarios. Emotions affect us all differently and its finding our balance and triggers that help us on our journey to wellbeing.

Reflexology does not aim to cure or diagnose, it aims to change the symptom patterns. This may be after 1 sessions or it may be after 10, depending on how your body reacts to the therapy. I generally notice that blockages are starting to release, and wellbeing feels improved around 5-6 sessions.

There are many ways your can find to balance your emotions, reflexology is just one of them.  Many clients enjoy reflexology as it’s non-invasive. All you need to do is take your shoes and socks off and lay back in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Lastly, I would recommend popping your emotional wellbeing high on your list or priorities.  It will surprise you at how much more easily the rest of your life becomes when emotional balance is in place.

For further info or conversations on reflexology feel free to get in touch.

Lindsay Keable, Rebalance Reflexology.