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Mental Stress to Sex Drive - Benefits of Reflexology for Men

It is true that I see more women than men in my practice, but I can tell you the men I do see, really appreciate the benefits. It takes men so much longer to do something about their health and unfortunately, complementary therapies like reflexology, massage, acupuncture, etc. are considered the only for women.

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So, what are the barriers? Are they nervous about being in a therapeutic setting? Are they skeptical about how reflexology works? Do they not like their feet touched? Do they think it's only for women?  I would say the answer is YES to all of the above!  However, every time I have worked on a male client, they quickly relax and forget about any reservations they may have had. I even had one male client tell me that he only wanted me to provide hand reflexology. He absolutely did not want his feet touched.  After I coaxed him into a foot session, he laughed after and told me he couldn’t believe how relaxed he felt and ok, he may like his feet touched after all.  

Why is reflexology such a great treatment for men?  Because men experience everything women do – stress, fatigue, muscle pain, anxiousness, depression...  This list can go on!  Mental health for men is a serious subject.  According to the American Psychological Association, 9% of men experience depression or anxiety daily, 30% experience depression in their lifetime, and the suicide rate for men is 4x higher than it is for women.  Men don’t cope as well either.  They are less like to reach out to friends or family.

Reflexology can really help support men’s mental health.  It’s amazing when the body can take a break, for even 30 minutes, worries lessen and your mind is strengthened to focus on the everyday goals and challenges that lie ahead.  

Not only used as a tool for emotional release, reflexology offers many physical benefits as well. Reflexology triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which restores the body to a state of calm and deep relaxation. The body then has space to restore energy to all the systems of the body from the digestive, to the respiratory, to the joints and muscles and everything in between. And let’s not forget about the area that receives support that men tend to neglect the most– their FEET! 

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Reflexology, like with many of my athletic/active female clients, can be so beneficial for men who are also active. Many of my clients have reported faster recovery times, as well as, relief with joint and muscle pains.  In between our sessions, I recommend “rolling out” both the feet with a tennis ball and legs with any type of foam roller. 

And lastly, let’s not forget taking care of his sex drive.  As all of us know, the demands of life lower our libido and quite frankly just get in the way!  Working reflex points like the brain, hypothalamus, pituitary and the reproductive system, can stimulate hormone production and help put him back in “the mood.”

So! If you are a man considering reflexology why not give it a try? Or if you have a man in your life who you think could benefit from some chill out time and a chance to re-energize, why not suggest reflexology? Reflexology does no harm and there is nothing to lose from trying it out.  I promise that just one session will change his opinion of self-care!

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Is it Spring Yet? Reflexology Tips to Boost Your Energy During the Last Weeks of Winter.

Even though it’s March and it might feel like we are moving towards spring, (at least in Atlanta… today) we aren’t quite out of winter. While the days are getting a little longer, it’s still cold in most parts and it’s easy to feel lethargic.  As a certified reflexologist, I help many of my clients with feelings of exhaustion, insomnia, depression and stress during the winter months. 

Reflexology is a gentle, holistic, complementary therapy that involves treatment by applying pressure to the reflex areas in the feet, hands or ears to induce relaxation, encourage cleansing/detoxing, restore and maintain to the body's self-healing ability. By acting on reflex areas corresponding to all parts of the body, organs and glands, reflexology is a means for treating the whole being, releasing blockages in the vital energy pathways and restoring the free flow of energy. The main aim is to bring balance to the entire being – mind, body and soul – by restoring the natural energy flow.

Our low energy levels, particularly in the winter, commonly bring headaches, insomnia and stress (and/or anxiety).  Luckily, there are three hand reflexology points you can try anywhere to help give energy a little boost! 

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Point One - Adrenals: Our adrenals work so hard for us, yet our daily lives give them a beating.  If you are frequently feeling tired or moody, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue.  You know the term “fight or flight”?  Yes!  Well, that is one of many responses our adrenals are responsible for and if we are continually in a mode of stress (who isn’t?), then they need to work double-time.

The adrenals can be found in between your thumb and forefinger in the “web” of your hand.  Hold one hand with the other, palm up and press slightly with your opposite thumb.  Continue to press lightly and don’t be over-aggressive.

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Point Two - Solar Plexus: Ok, I love, love, love this reflex point.  It’s very easy to find.  Again, hold one hand and place your thumb between the 2nd and 3rd fingers, just below your knuckles. Press as you inhale, and release as you exhale.

 

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Point Three - Diaphragm: Take a deep breath! Let’s relax your diaphragm. Using a comfortable pressure with your thumb of the opposite hand, “walk” across and down your hand, feeling for any sore spots underneath your thumbs. Remember to take deep breaths as you work through your hand.  Refer to the diagram on the right.  

 

 

What I love about these energy boosting helper areas is how easy the points are to find and how quickly you should notice some relief!  But, be kind to yourself and don’t expect miracles.  It took you a while to get to where you are feeling this way, it will take a minute to get you back going again. 

If you are based in the Atlanta area and would like to book a full energy boosting reflexology session or if you just have general reflexology questions, email me!

*Do not practice these tips if you are pregnant.  Reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment, but is a complement to most types of therapy.