Why relaxation and sleep are so important to health
We all suffer with stress at some point in our lives and our bodies have a built in coping mechanism. Originally stress was more of a preserving life issue, which is where our ‘flight or fight’ response comes from. In very simple terms when the emotions and mind flag up a stressful situation the body releases reserves of energy (from the adrenals) that allow us to deal with the situation physically and emotionally. The amount of energy released is in direct relation to how the mind and emotions rate the situation.
For instance one very well known research found that the stress response for a driver in a typical traffic jam generated enough energy for him to easily run four miles!!!
So we can see that this response can be a very positive experience and indeed we can become ‘addicted’ to the highs of stress!
The body waits for the situation to resolve when it knows we will relax and maybe even sleep and then it repairs and restores the body. Much like taking out a credit card, the body ‘borrows’ energy from the future and then ‘pays it back’ through rest, relaxation and sleep. These are crucial as only when the body is in these states, can the vital recovery and restoring take place. Now you can see why sleep is so important when you are under stress and also when you are recovering from stress.
This also explains when people going through stressful situations seem to be able to ‘keep going’, and then once the stress reduces or is resolved often that person will then have a range of physical health problems.
Many people having been through a stressful situation feel there must be something wrong with them because they feel tired. Now we can see that this is not only normal but also very important and to be encouraged with early nights and relaxation techniques.
However one of two things usually happens;
1.When we feel ‘tired’ we turn to stimulants in the form of caffeine, sugar, nicotine or other energy stimulating products or situations to ‘boost’ our energy. Often this shows up as a craving for coffee or chocolate, which gives us a temporary ‘high’ and energy boost.
2. The stress continues on a daily basis.
This is the point at which stress becomes a threat to our overall health and wellbeing. I call this the ‘stress spiral’ with a never ending cycle of stimulation and no recovery.
Now we all react to stress in our individual ways, our unique bodies have their own strengths and weaknesses but all of us can improve how we deal with our stress.
How reflex touch therapy can help
Your Reflex Touch Therapist is trained to help you in a couple of ways;
• The treatment teaches your body to relax – see how HERE
• Your feet will also reflect your current health levels including any organs that may be trying to re-balance due to stress such as the adrenals or stomach. Your therapist can give you invaluable further feedback and support
• Reflex Touch also allows the mind and emotions to relax and most people report feeling uplifted emotionally after regular treatments
Book your reflex Touch therapy HERE
Are you suffering with stress?
Below is a common set of questions you can ask yourself to see if you might be suffering with stress. Depending which questions you give a yes for will give a trained therapist invaluable information as to what areas of stress you need to work on first;
1. Do you find yourself irritable?
2. Do you feel tired all the time?
3. Do you feel worse in the morning?
4. Do you find it hard to concentrate and often get confused?
5. Do you worry about events of the day?
6. Do you use coffee, tea, fizzy drinks or cigarettes as a pick-me-up?
7. Do you have problems sleeping?
8. Do you often experience mental tiredness?
9. Do you have aching limbs or recurrent headaches?
10. Do your mood swings go up and down for no apparent reason?
11. Do you feel fearful?
12. Do you frequently repeat yourself?
13. Do you take on too much?
14. Do you have headaches or shaky feelings that improve with caffeine or sweets?
15. Do you find it difficult to make decisions?
16. Does it take you longer to learn things than it used to?
Stress is a modern day disease and it seems to touch every family in some way.
Reflex touch therapy is suitable for everyone – book a treatment today!