The definition of “insomnia” :- the inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness. … Difficulty making decisions, short and long term memory loss.
In the fast paced world we now live, sleep problems and ongoing insomnia are certainly becoming more commonplace. As at 2011, 30% of people in the UK had severe sleep issues and it would not surpise us if that figure in 2017 is now much higher.
In fact, when your body and mind are denied the rest they need to function at their best, insomnia becomes a debilitating condition. Persistent insomnia can also lead to a weakened immune system and is believed to be a contributing factor in many vehicle accidents as well as associated with a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease or diabetes..
Can Reflexology help with sleep disorders?
Yes! Although there are different reasons for insomnia, stress seems to be a major factor. A course of Reflexology may help break the cycle of sleeplessness and end the vicious circle that leaves you tossing and turning all night long with lots of thoughts churning over and over in your mind. By stimulating the adrenals, and the pineal reflex that works with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands as part of the endocrine system, sleep patterns can be brought back into balance, balancing hormones and promoting deep relaxation. A calm stroking and deep massage of the Solar Plexus points on both feet can work wonders to enhance a good night’s sleep.
The majority of our clients always report that they have a great sleep in the nights following a treatment, ones that are very deep and of good quality. Some clients even fall asleep during the Reflexology itself!
How Reflexology has helped Insomnia
There have been quite a few studies on the beneficial effects of Reflexology on sleep: Gao, W Wang Z., and Liu, H.. “Preliminary Exploration of Treatment for Insomnia.” 1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report, Beijing : China Reflexology Association.70 patients with insomnia were given foot reflexology. Group A was given 10 sessions twice a day and Group B was given 10 sessions once a day. Group A showed 88.57% improvement after five days and 100% after ten days. Group B showed 22.86% improvement after 5 days and 91.43% after 10 days. Foot reflexology was found to be effective for the relief of insomnia.
So why not give Reflexology at Sleeping Beauty Therapies a try? And given that more than 4 in 10 Britons (41%) feel positive after a good night’s sleep, a third feel happy and almost a quarter (24%) feel productive, isn’t it worth making the effort to improve your sleeping habits? Let us work our magic so that you can become a real “sleeping beauty”
It may be a good idea to book an evening appointment to maximise the benefits of Reflexology and we always recommend that you do not have too much to do after your treatment, before you go to bed.