Stress is a big factor in more than 75% of all illnesses diagnosed today with many studies putting this figure closer to 90%.  The human body is hard-wired to experience stress to alert you to a potentially hazardous situation. This type of reaction was originally created by the body to encourage prehistoric forefathers to flee from sharp-toothed predators and other danger.

Today stress is caused by many factors.  It is often referred to as the “silent killer” and is considered a normal condition for many.  Road rage, violence and outbursts are often blamed on stress from work and life in general.  Overexposure to cortisol and other hormones released during stress can lead to a variety of long-term health problems.

It’s natural to have stress.  Everyone requires some positive tension to help with motivation, energy and enthusiasm for life.  However, beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and may start causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life as well as disrupting nearly every system in your body.  Long-term stress may even rewire your brain and make you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.  Many health problems are caused or intensified by stress.

According to the Mayo Clinic, reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. Studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep.

Gentle foot reflexology is an effective relaxing way to slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure, slow your breathing and, most of all, reduce stress.  It is scientifically proven to relieve some medical conditions and promote feelings of well-being while decreasing tension, pain and unhealthy stress throughout the body.  Reflexology supports you physically, emotionally and spiritually.  It helps your body to achieve a healthy balance and supports it in the process of self-healing. 

Got stress? For a limited time, PANACEA is offering two reflexology sessions for $99 (a $180 value!).  Call 860~294~1296 to book an appointment and discover how gentle foot reflexology can help you. 

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