Reflexology and depression by Adriana Pop at Chelsea Natural Health Clinic, Fulham Road, SW10.
The exact cause is not known. Anyone can become depressed. Some people are more prone to it, and it can develop for no apparent reason Reflexology helps clients to deal with the symptoms of depression such as insomnia/ disturbed sleep, anxiety, low vitality and fatigue etc.
When people are feeling stressed or depressed, they often sleep poorly. Reflexology can help soothe a troubled mind and body and induce a sense of calm and relaxation, generally helping people to sleep better.
Reflexology is very helpful for depression sufferer as it works emotionally and mentally as well as physically.
To alleviate depression, a reflexologist will concentrate on reflexes of endocrine system including all the hormonal glands which are related to emotional stability and mental health working especially on the reflex of pituitary gland ( the spot in the middle of big toe or thumb) , thymus, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid.
Reflexology for depression will also focus on associated reflex points as are the reflexes for solar plexus and diaphragm that help clients helps clients go into deep relaxation and to breathe deeply, also the reflexes associated with heart, chest, lungs.
Gentle pressure to the adrenal reflex point is also very helpful for body response to stress.
I also focus on the reflexes of brain and spine (central nervous system ) to calm the whole body system and to release the emotional or physical tension.
Reflexology can also help the release of endorphins within the body. Endorphins are the feel good™ chemical that we naturally produce and are known for relieving stress (which can have a big impact on depression).
In order to feel a maximum effect a course of treatments are recommended.