Ennis based Reflexologist, Lorraine Hughes delves into detail on the advantages reflexology can have on teenagers.

Reflexology is a particular kind of massage that applies varying pressure to the hands, ears, and feet, which may help reduce stress.

I first discovered reflexology as a teenager and it was a gift. I was 17 years old stressed out and nervous before my Leaving Certificate practical music exam. My mother had sourced a nearby reflexologist and she was trying her best to convince me to go but I probably thought it was too ‘airy-fairy and touchy-feely’ for me. I finally (but still reluctantly) agreed to go for one treatment and it was amazing. I didn’t fully understand the rationale behind reflexology at the time but afterwards I came home and fell into a trance-like therapeutic sleep. I woke up a different person and had a really positive experience the next day at my exam (I used to play the trumpet by the way!).

It was a gift and I continued to get reflexology treatments over the years as a preventative maintenance tool for sleep, depression, sinusitis and digestive issues. It was the beginning of my own journey with healing modalities. I continued to explore several other things for my health and wellbeing – yoga, massage, sound healing etc. Each layer of healing is connected and all of the modalities work hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. Having had the experience of reflexology as a teenager helped me so much to open up to ideas around positive healing energy and self-care. I noticed that my body remembered each time I returned to something after a small break, it just seemed to take up where I left off which was very reassuring.

Now as I work with teenage clients myself its really inspiring to think that this might be the beginning of their exploration of complementary therapies. I love having the opportunity as a reflexologist to help teenagers to switch off from the distractions of modern life in a safe space and experience a gentle yet powerful, non-invasive treatment which encourages the body to nudge itself back into balance and heal itself naturally. Its helping with poor concentration, mood fluctuations and sleep issues.

Reflexology and the world of positive healing energy aim to encourage the body to relax and the great thing is the body continues to heal whenever you get the chance to resume your healing journey.

To book a reflexology treatment contact Lorraine at 087 6595417 or check out www.glenina-reflexology.ie for more details.

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