Glass of water

How heavy is a glass of water?

20g, 100g, 500g? The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long you try to hold it.

If you hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem If you hold it for an hour, you’ll have an ache in your right arm.  If you hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.

And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.

As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before picking it up again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.

The pressures that exist in modern day life are leading to unprecedented levels of stress related illness.  It is reckoned that 270,000 people take time off work every day because of stress related illness.  It has also been estimated that as much as 75% of sickness is stress related.

In reinforcing the old adage that prevention is better than cure, reflexology is increasingly being used to combat stress. Reflexology treats the body, mind and spirit by getting to the cause of disease not just relieving its symptoms. It possesses the capacity to cancel out the negative effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation.

Through the relaxation process the body is more capable of dealing with the stresses placed on it by daily living and those associated with illness.

Reflexology gently nudges the body towards improved functioning of the systems by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation, stimulation to the nerve pathways, and muscle relaxation. It increase nerve supply to the cells and promotes the release of toxins from the body’s tissues. It also encourages the release of endorphins ~ the body’s natural feel-good hormones, well documented in their ability to relieve stress.

These physiological benefits facilitate improvements in the body’s absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes and immune system stimulation. Reflexology supports the body in its process of self-healing and maintaining the balance that leads to good health.

In recent research on reflexology, a study demonstrated how it efficiently alleviated the effects of extreme stress – 40% experienced a complete cure; 35% were greatly improved; 15% mildly improved; and 10% reporting no change at all.

Try it for yourself, appointments available with Honor Mondays, Thursdays and some Saturdays