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Reflexology and the immune response

Having a strong and healthy immune system has never been more important than it is now and it is so important to do what you can to support this.

As well as having appropriate rest, nutrition and hydration, it is vital, for the immune system, to keep our stress response under good management. This is because an overload of chemicals and hormones can impair the quality of the immune response. Impaired immunity means that the body will be more likely to succumb to infections and viruses and be more likely to have allergic responses to irritants like pollen etc.

Reflexology can play an important part in supporting the function of all the various organs and systems involved in immunity AND by keeping stress-hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, in balance. This makes reflexology an ideal way to encourage a healthy immune response.

It also feels good to have a reflexology session and it gives a person time to focus on their well-being.

The immune system consists of various organs and systems in the body and many factors can affect it all. For our immune response to be calm, efficient and strong, we need these organs and systems to be functioning at optimal levels. During a reflexology session, these organs and systems are supported by working all the relevant reflex points.

Reflexology also encourages the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. This is valuable in supporting the production and movement of white blood cells, which fight off illness.

Working the points that correspond to different organs in the body help to support their function by sending energy their way. ( nerve impulses, oxygen, nutrients etc)

For instance, by working the reflex-point of the spleen, we support it's function to produce lymphocytes and therefore the role it plays in the immune response. By working the reflex points that correspond to the adrenal gland, this is thought to help it's function and return it to a point of balance. ( i.e. to either calm things down or energize things, whatever is needed)

If a person is under pressure of any kind, such as being very busy and focused, and there are consistently high levels of cortisol and adrenaline being produced, this can suppress the effectiveness of the immune response.

A reflexology practitioner will work all the reflex points to help balance the stress-hormones in the body. One of the many benefits to this is it allows the immune system to work properly.

If you have any inquiries about how reflexology could be of use to you on your journey to health and happiness, please contact jane@feetupforhealth.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing your story.



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