Take your head out of the clouds! "It is possible to get hooked on stress — even without knowing it."
"We may be praised for working nights and weekends or never turning down a task even though we're swamped. Unfortunately, when our self-worth comes from juggling stressful situations, we may ultimately create them for ourselves."
And while some stress is good, too much unmanaged stress can lead to health issues — both physical (from headaches and back pain to heart disease and weakened immune system) and emotional (anxiety and depression to name a few).
Why is stress such a major contributor to disease? Simple. Stress causes our sympathetic response, fight or flight, to react. This sets off a hormonal message flooding the body with cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones prepare the body for fight or flight, a response to our everyday stressors we all face.
These hormonal responses lead to high blood pressure, accelerated heart rates, poor digestion, insomina, irritabilty, depression and chronic disease.
Reflexology engages the parasympathic nervous system. This is the normal resting response of the body. That's when the body repairs and rebuilds and relaxes. It's the body's natural healing system.
"...there is mounting evidence that workplace health promotion, when included in a broader, more integrated approach to employee health, can result in cost savings and productivity for organizations as well as higher levels of employee engagment."
Health Promotion Programs at Work: A frivolous Cost or a Sound Investement? Conference Board of Canada October 2002
Reflexology in the Workplace makes solid business sense:
1. Health Canada repsort on its Web site a Return on Investment of $3.40 on each corporate dollar invested in wellness initiatives. The return is the form of reduced turnover, productivity gains, and decreased medical claims. 2. Wellness in the Workplace attracts good employees 3. Reduces employee absenteeism and sick days 4. Increase employee productivtiy 5. Improve employee morale 6. Reduce health claims 7. Build employyerr/employee goodwill 8. A simple sign-up format generates excitment and employee attendance
Reflexology treatments may:
1. Be covered by some insurance companies 2. Leave employees feeling energized 3. Help releive workplace fatigue 4. Improve employee morale
Workplace wellness benefits both employees and employers. Reflexology in the Workplace is the first step towards workplace wellness.