Treating a client recently in Reflexology made me think of writing this blog, like so many of us she is a busy mum of 2 and works full time in Poole in an extremely busy finance office.
She juggles daily tasks of getting her children ready for school making sure lunches are prepared and homework has been completed before setting off for her working day where she has different deadlines to contend with… my client finds it difficult to switch of the events of the day even though she feels exhausted and rarely gets any restorative sleep.
Working from my Poole Reflexology treatment room I am able to demonstrate how reflexology can help clients with sleep issues. My treatment room ensures the client feels calm and relaxed starting the treatment with breathing techniques to fully prepare the client for the benefits the treatment brings.
So are you one of the thousands of people in the UK that have trouble sleeping? It could be due to a host of issues, you are too hot, too cold, your mind is in overdrive but your body is physically exhausted, you have aches and pains that keep you awake, you have an early start which means you find it difficult to fall asleep in case you oversleep.
Whatever the reason a recent study has shown that almost 20% of the adult population are sleep deprived and get less than 6 hours quality sleep.
There are of course things that we can do to alleviate some of the environmental issues, keep your bedroom cool, close the curtains to block out the light use blackout blinds in the summer months. Stop using gadgets phones/IPad etc. at least an hour before sleep. Limit fluid intake so you do not have to get up during the night.
Take a warm bath, wind down and make a list for the following day so you do not have to think of work related issues or to do lists which busy the brain.
Listen to gentle music or invest in a sleep app white noise, calm and meditative sounds that can gently take you off to dream land.
How Poole Reflexology can help you with sleep problems
During my reflexology training erratic sleep patterns or trouble getting to sleep came high on the list of issues and had a large impact on how the client was managing their daily personal/work life. Sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on your mental and physical body and can lead to illnesses such as a cold to more serious forms of depression and anxiety. Concentration decreases and attention span is shortened leading to wrong decisions being made, stress levels increase and tempers can be flared for no apparent reason.
As our bodies do the majority of the healing process during restorative sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down and blood flow moves to the muscles and tissue for repair.
A restful night’s sleep can promote efficient wound healing.
Reflexology can help the body to relax and respond by releasing chemicals and brain signals to slow down muscles and organs and increase blood flow to the brain. This can lower the production of stress hormones like adrenaline and may also lower blood pressure.
Using various techniques such as diaphragm rocking the client feels in a state of relaxation, and I have had many clients feedback that they have enjoyed a wonderful deep sleep after their sessions.
Together with self-help guidance on hand reflexology techniques the client is able to put into practice these techniques to better enjoy a good night’s sleep.