Reflexology and Depression
Depression is a state of low mood that can affect anyone, although some people are more prone to it. It causes the person to feel empty, despondent, unhappy and fatigued. The causes are numerous and vary from emotional distress such as loss of a loved one, to depressed tendencies in the family or side effects from certain drugs. A depressed state can also often result from health disorders such as a stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy. Hormonal imbalances for example postpartum depression or thyroid & parathyroid disorders can also cause depression. The liver meridian passes through the brains frontal lobes, thus an imbalance in this meridian from foods, liquids and medications containing toxins that put stress on the liver may cause severe depression. Reflexology is very helpful in soothing a troubled mind, inducing a sense of calm and relaxation, improving sleeplessness and brings body systems back into homeostasis. A reflexologist would concentrate on reflexes of the endocrine system, such as the pituitary or master gland, thymus, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Attention to the liver reflex and meridians are also given to aid detoxification and the solar plexus and diaphragm reflexes for deep relaxation. Reflexology can also help the release of “feel good” endorphins within the body to naturally relieve stress and depression.