Unfortunately however, for many of us this escapes us and sleeplessness may become an occurring condition with many negative side effects over spilling into the following day and preventing us to perform every day, necessary activities to the best of our ability. The definition of insomnia is the “inability to gain adequate sleep”. Lack of sleep effects our brains ability to function and make decisions as cognitive function is affected. This makes concentration more difficult and attention span is shortened. Even if we don’t suffer from insomnia many of us have a difficult and unproductive sleep cycle by sleeping lightly and restlessly throughout the night.
Sleep is thought to be the most remedial thing for our wellbeing, helping both body and mind to restore and purge themselves ready for the day ahead. Once in bed, your subconscious mind carries out an analysis and learning of the events of the day, and your over-conscious or “higher self” may bring you clarity, insight and ideas on ways to enhance your life, all of which happens through the process of dreams.
Therefore it is often due to this process of analysis our ability to sleep well is effected as our subconscious mind starts to relay what has happened throughout the day. Alcohol, caffeine, stress, poor nutrition and tobacco may also of course play a part in preventing us to fall quickly into sleep and are therefore best avoided in the run up to sleep if you believe they could be triggers of hindering sleep and wellbeing.
Through incorporating reflexology treatments within your self-care plan may help to counteract insomnia and its negative side effects. Reflexology may help the body relax and respond by releasing chemicals to slow down muscles and organs and increase blood flow to the brain which may lower the production of hormones such as adrenaline and thus calm and prepare the body ready for rest.
By stimulating the reflexes on the feet, reflexology may have a subtle and lasting impact on your entire wellbeing. A reflexology session may help you regain a good sleep pattern naturally and smoothly. There are nearly 15,000 nerve combinations on your feet and this may explain the beneficial virtues of reflexology to soothe you, calm you down and return the body to a place of homeostasis and calm.
Typical reflexes to help promote sleep and may counteract insomnia are:
Head/brain – to promote clarity and positive thinking
Solar plexus – when calmed may promote an extremely deep sense of relaxation
Chest/diaphragm – calms breathing
Pineal – believed key in achieving a healthy sleeping pattern
Thyroid – balances metabolism
Neck/shoulders – release any tension
Pituitary – stimulates the secretion of hormones from all other glands
Therefore a reflexology treatment may help gain mental and physical clarity while clearing away the stresses and events of the day. As reflex manipulation techniques are used, reflexology provides an extremely pleasant and natural method to achieve balance and relaxation prior to sleep as the body gradually responds and falls into a deep, slumbersome sleep…. Lush… Sweet Dreams!
“I have to let you know I had a wonderful sleep both Friday and Saturday after you worked on my feet. In fact I felt better within myself, this was the first for a long time.”
S. Taylor (Finance Officer, Historic Environment Scotland)
Fiona Cowie – Clinical Reflexologist – Edinburgh – email@example.com