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Reflexology for Grief


Grief is the experience of loss. Most of us associate grieving with the death of someone close to us, but we can experience grief over any important loss in our life – the loss of a relationship, a job, or any significant change in our lifestyle.


We all experience grief in different ways; it’s a complicated process and feelings, thoughts and challenges associated to loss are very personal. But some common reactions are to feel shocked, sad, angry, and scared or anxious. Grief can affect our sleep, appetite, motivation and our overall wellness.


When you are grieving it is important to have support. And one of the ways to support the grieving process is through holistic therapies like Reflexology.


Reflexology is a complementary therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is based on the principle that different points, or reflexes, on the feet, lower legs, hands, face and ears correspond with specific areas of the body. We believe that stimulating these points can help aid relaxation, improve your mood, release tension in your body, enhance sleep, and generally improve your sense of wellbeing.


Your body has the ability to heal itself; following trauma such as a loss it can be in a state of “imbalance” and vital systems and energy flows can be blocked, preventing your body from functioning optimally. Reflexology can be used to release these blockages; restoring and maintaining your natural balance and lifting your mood.


Reflexology can also be a gentle way to reintroduce touch following a loss; it is one of the safest and least invasive complementary therapies available; it simply involves you removing your shoes and socks and can be easily enjoyed at a wellness centre or in the comfort of your own home.


Every Reflexology treatment starts with a relaxing foot massage and then uses gentle acupressure to work every reflex point in the foot. Each treatment is tailored to your individual health history and wellness goals but some of the reflex points that can support the grieving process include:


- The solar plexus and heart for emotional balance

- The diaphragm and lungs to encourage calmer breathing

- The brain to reduce overthinking and the pineal gland for better sleep

- The spine, neck and shoulders to reduce tension in the body

- The digestive and urinary systems to remove toxins and stagnant energy from the body


If you’d like to try Reflexology to support the grieving process then please book in a session with me, or for more information call me on (657)856 0003 or drop me an email at thebarefootbrit@gmail.com

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