Hormonal balance is a major factor in women's health, from puberty to Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) to later in life when fluctuating hormones during menopause can lead to both emotional and physical imbalances.
More women then ever are leading busy, stressful lives. Prolonged stress can affect our wellbeing and hormone function. According to The Mental Health Foundation the pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to mental health. The cumulative effect of increased work hours is having an important effect on the lifestyle of a huge number of people, which is likely to prove damaging to their mental wellbeing.
In addition to the psychological response to stress, there are many physical responses. For example; digestive problems, high blood pressure and tension. If untreated, stress can start to make us feel overwhelmed, exhausted and we can become susceptible to illness.
Studies have shown reflexology can support women's health by reducing the severity and duration of menstruation pain, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and relieve constipation.