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Adrenal Glands and Reflexology

The Adrenal Glands
The Adrenal Glands(Adrenals) which are found above the kidneys, play a major role in  overseeing all hormone functioning .  Each has an inner medulla (10%-20% of Gland) surrounded by an outer cortex (80%-90% of Gland),  both of which secrete several different hormones which  play a central role in maintaining the body's energy levels.
 
Hormones
Aldosterone maintain proper fluid levels in kidney cellsby regulating amounts of cellular sodium and potassium, Cortisol promote protein breakdown, regulate insulin and glycogen synthesis and help produceProstaglandin, DHEA, and Pregnenolone, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline  (Catecholamines) affect heart rate, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, bladder, skin, fat cells, liver, pancreas and eyes. Steroidal hormones (mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids) help regulate fluid and salts, maintains sodium and phosphate balance, maintains blood pressure , helps the body cope with stress and inflammatory conditions and controls how the body uses sugars, carbohydrates, fats and protein. Additionally, the adrenal glands secrete very small amounts of the sex hormones, androgen (masculine) and estrogen (feminine).
 
Stress and The Adrenal Glands
In response to modern-day stresses (anxieties, fears and tensions ), our bodies produce extra energy as a coping mechanism  (e.g. glucose and fats are released from the liver, bronchial tubes dilate to enable intake of more oxygen, heart rate increases to distribute oxygen around the body). In a state of prolonged stress Adrenaline and Cortisol production increases and this causes the Adrenals to become exhausted due to overwork and unable to produce the required levels of hormones.  In this state, the body lacks energy and other glands and organs such as the Pancreas, Liver and Kidney become stressed and also malfunction.  Stress is the main factor affecting the Adrenal Glands and this is just one of the many imbalances and malfunction, which negatively impact our overall state of Health. Long-term stress can have a devastating effect on the Immune System. 
 
How Reflexology Can Help
The body need more Relaxation in order to cope with stresses of life. What better way to achieve this than with Reflexology!  During a Reflexology treatment, stressed organs,
glands and parts of the body can be identified and stimulated for self healing. Often times, clients will fall asleep during a Reflexology session while the body is being relieved of stress and tension and deep relaxation is being induced.  Regular treatments tune up the body's intrinsic healing mechanism so that the body can be better able to cope with stress. Clients also report an improvement in their sleeping patterns afterward; they can sleep longer and are no longer disturbed by anxiety dreams or frequent wakening because their mind is disturbed by worry.  During deep restful sleep the body is able to regenerate and restore the nervous system and be better prepared for demands of the next day.
 
 
Effie Aqui, RCRT
Professional Reflexologist/Reflexology Teacher
Phone: 204 221 7740
 
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