Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in our endocrine system. They travel through the bloodstream, to tissues and organs, delivering little message of instruction to tell the organs what to do and when to do it. They are essential for most bodily functions and when out of balance, can be disruptive to our health and well being.
The secret to a happy and energized life is to have our hormones in balance, namely; endorphins, serotonin/melatonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. The great news is that Reflexology is a great way to help our bodies release these ‘happy hormones’.
So, sit back, relax and get HAPPY.
Endorphins: are literally pain blockers in the body and promote a natural ‘high’. You may have experienced an ‘endorhphin rush’ after intense exercise or attending a joyous social celebration. There are our ‘feel good’ hormones and are synthesized in the pituituary gland. The pituitary gland reflex is stimulated in the pads of the big toes and when worked, help make us feel blissful.
Serotonin: is a neurotransmitter that actually gets transformed into melatonin, a hormone that helps us sleep. When these two are in balance, we feel happy and content; getting restful sleep and feeling less irritable. Serotonin is found in the pineal gland which is located on the side of our big toes and in our thumbs.
Dopamine: is known as the ‘pleasure’ hormone and is activated when we want to achieve a goal. Dopamine can be found in the hypothalamus reflex, which is located in the big toe, on the lateral side of the phalangeal joint.
Oxytocin: is the ‘love’ hormone that is secreted when we have physical contact. A good hug releases oxytocin - so get hugging. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland. These reflex points are in the big toe and are worked to help produce and release oxytocin during a Reflexology session.
Working these reflexes can help your body to produce these “happy hormones” making you feel good all over! Whenever you need a mood boost, grab your big toes and give these reflex points a work over. Or, schedule your next Reflexology session, sit back, relax and feel HAPPY.
Charlene Shea is a Reflexologist who studied under Michelle Becz and completed over 200 hours of study in 2018. Having had a strong interest in holistic and complementary therapies her whole life, Reflexology has become a tool she uses to enhance her own health and the health of her clients. Charlene loves working with clients to assist them in feeling their best so they can live their best life.
Charlene is available on Tuesdays + Thursdays + Saturdays.