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How Reflexology helps in treating Depression?

Jul 8th 2015 at 10:41 PM

The depression is one such situation that is hard to handle and not only causes mental illness, but can also cause stomach problems, headaches, and unexplained aches and pains throughout the body. The person who is depressed has no control over their mind and thoughts as they feel they are worthless and it further affects their mood and their reaction to certain situations.

These situations are hard to handle by self and so seeking professional help is essential. Also, your doctor may recommend you some medication and counselling, which, when taken may help you handle depression. However, it is important to understand that you can also make use of alternative therapies to handle depression.

One of the alternative therapy is Reflexology that can be taken at home. These are mainly based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine, which stimulates certain points on the foot can have an effect on the organs or other areas within the body. Using the reflexology therapy, the therapist mainly breaks down the blockages, thus ensuring the energy flow within the body is supporting all of the required functions.

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While handling a depression case, the reflexologist mainly focus on certain points within the foot, in particular the pituitary, thymus, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The reason behind this is that these areas are known to regulate our emotions and our mental well being, so will often not be functioning properly in someone with depression. When these areas are massaged deeply, it to break down the lactic acid build up and restore the proper function of the glands.

Another reason for focusing on these areas is that it helps alleviate the mental symptoms of depression and then carry out a full reflexology treatment as the physical symptoms will also need treating. These reflexologist mainly examine your feet, looking at their colour, appearance and condition in order to, see if there is any underlying cause for your depression and they then treat the areas they feel need attention accordingly.

Though these treatments are generally very soothing, yet it causes different sensations while one receives the treatment. In cases where strong pressure is needed then it can be slightly uncomfortable. Yet, if you feel that the treatment is painful then you can easily tell your therapist to adjust the pressure as per your comfortability.

Even though, there are low chances that reflexology alone can cure your depression yet, it may help alleviate some of your symptoms. These treatments when taken at home can be all the more relaxing as you can relax easily before and after the treatment.

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