There are many types of migraines but one thing they all have in common is that they can absolutely knock you. They are a perfect illustration of how stress can affect our bodies. Think about how you feel after having a migraine – upset tummy, lethargic, foggy? Well that’s how a stressed body can feel. Now think about how you feel when everything has cleared – much happier, more alive and a big sense of release.
A little bit of stress is good every so often, but the wrong kind of stress can be toxic and it is important that it is released. When you get a bad migraine, it’s obvious that your head is under stress but the dis-ease doesn’t just stop there. Nerves carry signals from your head to other parts of your body and these signals communicate with different organs, muscles and systems that there is something wrong. Immediately they too begin to react, perhaps your neck feels stiff, your feel nauseous, your fingers tingle… nothing in our bodies works in isolation so go ahead and take your prescribed medication to deal with the pain of migraines but don’t for a minute think that’s the end of the story.
It helps to consider the reasons why migraines occur. There are the headaches that are caused by tension, anxiety and anger. Then there are the type that are related to another part of the body – poor digestion/menstrual imbalance/sinus problems… whatever the cause, a whole body response is necessary.
Reflexology is a great tool for managing migraines as it emphasises the whole person, recognises that pain is the body’s way of signalling that it needs help and flushes out all those toxins and stressors that need to be released to allow you to have better health.
I always encourage clients to think about where they are at in their lives – what’s going on with them. The head is symbolic of our emotional and spiritual side. Think of headaches that arise at times of great stress and emotional turmoil. During these times, our body is sending a signal, an ache that we can’t ignore. It is hoping that we will register that we are not emotionally equipped to deal with a certain situation. It wants us to seek help or make changes before stress sets in and we descend into a deeper level of ill health. Our body works constantly to allow us to function at peak health and when it comes up against a problem it will signal for help – we shouldn’t ignore these signals.
If you decide to come to me for help with migraines then please know that there is no magic button on your foot that I can press to make them instantly disappear. We will work together and it will be a bit of a journey. I have had really positive results with clients. One client in particular no longer has to look to pain killers for relief, her migraines have shortened from four days to just a few hours and they reoccur a lot less frequently. She was tired of taking medication and covering over the symptoms, so she came to me for help to address the cause.
Through Reflexology I can relax your body – only a relaxed body can truly heal, and as you heal the symptoms and impact of the migraines will be reduced. But you will have to work with me because Reflexology will make you more aware of what might be causing your migraines – your feet will have a story to tell and it’s up to you to listen and act on their wisdom.
You can find my IGTV video over on my Instagram, on how you can work the reflex points on your hands to help relieve migraines and headaches. I also recommend using essential oils to help address the cause of your migraine, and to relieve your head tension, for example dōTERRA’s Peppermint oil, “PastTense” or “DeepBlue” blends. For more information, contact me by email!