Many of us are embracing and experiencing the benefits of alternative therapies for ourselves, but what about our young people? More than ever, the pressures on our teenagers are huge.
From exam stress to social media peer pressure, hormonal changes to sleep deprivation; they are already experiencing many of the stressors and anxieties usually reserved for adulthood.
So why aren’t we doing more to help them? Why save the benefits of alternative therapies, such as reflexology, until they are adults?
Reflexology can be of such a great importance to teenagers to promote their overall health and well-being. If we introduce teenagers to these therapies at a young age, then it will also encourage them to take an active role in taking care of their own health in the future. It is a valuable gift to give them.
Why reflexology is beneficial for teenagers
Regular reflexology sessions aid sleep, helping to promote a deeper and more regular sleep pattern.
Sleep research shows that teenagers need on average 9-10 hours of sleep a night. Hormonal changes, hectic after school activities, social media, internet and gaming entertainment, light exposure from electronics, an over-aroused brain and sleep disorders can all cause sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can cause all sorts of effects such as concentration difficulties, mood swings, short attention span, lack of enthusiasm, depression, reduced sporting and academic performance, clumsiness.
The benefits of regular sleep are far ranging from creating a healthy immune system to a sharper more focused mind. Sleep is vital to our well-being.
Hormones start raging during the teenage years, often bringing acne, mood swings and headaches as a result. Reflexology can help to rebalance the Endocrine system thereby helping to manage and regulate those hormonal imbalances.
Stress and anxiety is now a large part of teenage lives. Whether it is in the form of peer pressure, social media demands, high expectations (from teachers, parents or themselves) for academic or sporting success, tension from media coverage or hormonal changes to the body, it is a huge area for a teenager to cope with.
Reflexology can help relieve some of that anxiety to help young people deal with it more effectively.
For young women experiencing hormonal changes and difficulties from menstruation, reflexology can be an excellent way to alleviate pain and symptoms.
Neck problems are now common in both children and teenagers due to poor posture when studying and from playing computers games or mobile phone usage. Reflexology can help to relieve the muscular tension that can arise as a result of these activities.
Reflexology for teenagers
Why not make the transition from childhood to adulthood a smoother path for our teenagers? Regular reflexology can help to avoid the build-up of stress and anxieties, or to manage it when levels are at a peak.