Stress and anxiety are not just common. For many of us, it’s a way of life.

We live in a very fast paced society that tends to demand that we be consistently ‘connected’. Instead of working less, we are working more. In fact, it seems that our brains are forever being stimulated. Can you even remember the last time you had an hour to simply unplug?

When adding a divorce into this mix, the extra distress tends to make things even more intense. For many, going through a divorce is perhaps one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Drafting separation agreements, navigating child custody arrangements and preparing to make ongoing support payments, can never be easy.

Being under such heavy stress is bound to take some sort of toll — if you are not careful.

Coping with ongoing stress and anxiety, has a tendency to weaken your immune system, which can lead to many other serious health problems. There are many holistic treatments, like Reflexology, that can bring your body into a more homeostatic, or balanced, state.

What is reflexology? How does reflexology work? What ailments will it help?

Suitable for all ages, reflexology is a holistic treatment therapy that has been around for thousands of years. It aims to bring relief to a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions by inducing a state of deep relaxation, thereby promoting better balance. This is key, because our bodies can only heal when they are in a relaxed and balanced state.

Reflexology works by stimulating more than 7,000 nerves that become stagnant in both the feet and hands. These nerve endings correspond to different parts of the body, which promotes opening and cleansing of these neural (or energy) pathways. It can increase circulation, rid the body of toxins and stimulate the central nervous system (CNS).

This technique has been shown to be effective for sleep disorders, fighting inflammation, hormonal imbalances, back pain, migraines, headaches, digestive problems, circulatory problems, arthritis and — of course — stress-related disorders.

Why should you try reflexology? Because reflexology is a holistic, non-invasive treatment that targets the whole body. And at the very least, you have nothing to lose except for unplugging for an hour of extremely deep relaxation!

To find a Certified Reflexologist that is right for you, please visit the Reflexology Association of Canada website at www.reflexolog.org

Janine Plotkin, RDH, RCRT is a Registered Dental Hygienist & Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. She can be reached at reflexologybyjanine@gmail.com