By Sam Belyea a.k.a. The Foot Whisperer
“Sam, I have to tell you what happened after our last session!”
Music to my ears, honestly. My clients have learned that Reflexology can do amazing things, but it never gets old when seemingly unrelated symptoms disappear after a session.
“It was so weird. For the last two weeks I’ve been craving those little peanut butter crackers. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t get enough. I knew that my body needed something, but I wasn’t sure what.
Then, after our last session, the craving just stopped. I even tried to eat some and they just didn’t taste the same. My body was over it and I just didn’t want them anymore. Is that normal?”
Amazing. So how does Reflexology affect food cravings and cravings in general?
Cravings and addictions arise from a perceived ‘lack’ of something by the body. Often this is a subtle thing like ‘me time’ or the need to feel included (like drinking or smoking because all your friends do). An aversion occurs in the opposite way, from a negative stimulus associated with the same experience like a parent passing from oral cancer or a friend being hit by a drunk driver.
Cravings are red flags held in the body and are triggered during times of stress as a message to reach for something comforting. However, if the body is ignored and a need is suppressed then the craving will often get louder and change form. The gentle ‘I feel like some time away’ turns into a nagging ‘I want ice cream’ (which can only be found ‘away’ from everyone else), and then evolves into a deep low back pain that screams ‘Get me to the doctor!’ Ultimately, this leads to time away from work, being taken care of, and a chance to replenish even if it’s not consciously perceived that way.
By decompressing the nerves and fulfilling the need to rest and re-group, we release the body’s distress signals and the symptoms they produce.
If you think that nagging neck pain is because of tight muscles, you could argue that your nerves are trying to send you a message to slow down and take some time for yourself. Even if they are not always pleasant, any form of pain, discomfort, craving, aching, or health response is just a message from your body.
Learn to listen to your cravings as a sign that it’s time to start focusing on you again.