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What is Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

The ancient healing art of Reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years and was introduced to the western world around 100 years ago. It is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy that is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond to every organ and structure in the body. By stimulating these reflexes Reflexologists believe that the treatment can induce a self healing process by balancing the internal systems of the body.

What benefits may be expected?

Our body is a finely tuned machine with many systems that work together to provide us with optimum health and well being. Unfortunately with the ever growing demands and pace of life feelings of stress, tension and anxiety can have an adverse effect leading to many stress related illnesses. Reflexology is a great stress reliever and can help by:

  • improving mood
  • aiding sleep
  • relieving tension
  • relaxing and calming the mind
  • Improving an overall sense of well-being

We are all unique so the results can vary from person to person so you may also find other benefits.

Footmap imageAs a fully qualified Reflexologist I work holistically and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for my clients. My treatment does not aim to replace orthodox or medical opinion but to complement and support it.

Click here to see The Association of Reflexologists Footmap

 

What happens?

On your first visit there will be a preliminary talk with myself. It is your opportunity to discuss every aspect of current symptoms and health in confidence. I also record a detailed health history and look at life style patterns.

Following the consultation I will begin to work on your feet, or hands using a variety of Reflexology techniques depending on your profile. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. These reactions will be noted for future reference. For most part the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Usually the treatment session lasts about one hour. A course of treatments varies in length depending on your body’s needs.

Association of Reflexologist’s video on “what is Reflexology?”

“The body contains the inherent ability and intelligence to heal itself provided it is given the opportunity to do so”

– Hippocrates. The ‘Father of Medicine’460-370BC

Pain in neck area

Reason for visits: Pain in neck area.

I felt very relaxed during the session. Nearly fell asleep on most occasions. After the first two treatments there was a considerable improvement in my neck. I have a session now when I feel tension in my neck. It was a better result than physiotherapy.

Linda Exton, practitioner, was exceptionally good. Definitely the best reflexologist I have been to. I felt that she was really knowledgeable and I trusted her completely.

Not only has my neck improved but I also feel de-stressed after a session.

Aches and pains

Reason for visits: Aches and pains and generally feeling stressed out.

I was a bit unsure as to what to expect at my first session. Linda put me at ease straight away. I always felt de-stressed and a lot more relaxed after each session. I had a general feeling of wellbeing all over. Linda was a very kind, calming, sensible person with good advice to give if and when needed. Treatment always made me feel a 100% better. If I ever win the lottery I would have at least two sessions a week to keep me calm – there are many benefits that I felt from the sessions and would advise anyone to give it a go.”

Cramps in feet and legs

Reason for visits: Cramps in feet and legs.

“ I have found the treatments extremely beneficial and that if for any reason I don’t have regular (monthly / bi-monthly) treatments it does affect my cramps in my feet and legs. Reflexology has also helped me maintain general health and gives me time-out to relax away from the stresses of daily life.

Linda is very professional, she always listens if you have had a bad day. She is caring and explains any issues which may occur during the treatment either at the end or during where appropriate.”

Stroke (male), Arthritis (female).

Reason for visits: Stroke (male), Arthritis (female).

“A bit sceptical making appointment but we can really recommend treatment received.

Six months on still reaping benefits of hand-on treatment (unbelievable).

As for practitioner, [Linda is] a person you get on with straight away, as you are put at ease as soon as you arrive, very sensitive to your feelings.

Highly recommended for anyone who feels that they want to get on the road to recovery.”

Pete & Pat - Cardiff

Paul McCarthy

Dear Mrs Exton
With reference to the complimentary therapy I have been receiving from you (Reflexology).
This Practice was completely unknown to me prior to your introduction. I must confess that I had a certain amount of scepticism as the therapy was completely unknown to me.
I understand that this therapy is now being used at Velindre Hospital for cancer patients as I was in this category myself and underwent an in depth radiotherapy programme. Having received this reflexology from you I have no doubts in my mind that it helped immensely in my recovery during and after the treatment. In fact on the last visit to my consultant at the Hospital, he was very pleased at my rate of recovery after such an ordeal. When I informed him that I had been receiving this complimentary therapy from Mrs Exton he said he was aware that this therapy was also being used at Velindre hospital.
I take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication and professionalism in assisting my recovery and it will be my intention to carry on with this therapy on a reduced scale to enhance and maintain my good health.

Paul McCarthy

Back pain and recommendation

Reason for visits: Back pain and recommendation.

“I really look forward to my reflexology sessions. I come away lighter, energised, stronger. My first session back in August 2004 led to me feeling strong enough to end a bad relationship that was affecting my self esteem. I haven’t looked back since. I used to have a cluster of verrucas on one of my feet and would cover it with a plaster during my treatments – then about five sessions later I realised they had disappeared – I’d had them for at least four years and conventional treatment had always been unsuccessful. I don’t think I’ve felt healthier than now. Linda is wonderful. She is a good listener, makes you feel at ease, is empathic and gives sound recommendations. Since knowing Linda, I feel that I have grown emotionally and spiritually. She has helped me turn my life around. I have one more session with Linda as I am emigrating to Australia – I will really miss coming, and wish I could take Linda with me! Thank you Linda for all you have done to help me physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Nicola – South Wales

I began treatment with Linda about twelve years ago and although at first I felt a little sceptical, I was desperate after traditional medicine failed to ease my symptoms. Initially I sought help for stress, headaches, insomnia and just general lethargy.

Within minutes of meeting Linda I felt safe and secure and my scepticism was soon replaced by a sense of relief and relaxation.

Nowadays I am so more grounded; I am able to cope with my stress levels far more successfully. I suffer far fewer stress related headaches and my sleep patterns have improved.

Linda through her kind and understanding nature, her magical hands and unfailing professionalism has helped repair my mind, body and soul.

I am normally reluctant to recommend therapists to friends, but I would advise anyone suffering from anything to contact Linda and let her help you.

Nicola, South Wales

Relaxation and alleviate acne

Reason for visits: Relaxation and alleviate acne

“Linda has a quiet, friendly manner and is always very welcoming and caring. She immediately puts you at ease and is very approachable. It’s always a pleasure to have a reflexology session with Linda and I’ve continued to come back time after time. I am always very loathed to recommend therapists, however, I never have any hesitation in recommending Linda to my friends or colleagues. She puts her clients first and I for one am one of her many loyal clients who wouldn’t entertain the thought of trying another reflexologist! Thanks for all you do for others, Linda. Keep up the excellent work!”

Liz

Dear Linda,

Here are my thoughts on the treatments I have received.

From the time I enter the room I feel safe and comfortable. I know that the time is mine and I can share my thoughts with you.

During the treatment I am very relaxed, both in mind and body and I am able to “switch off”. I feel there is transference of energy which makes me feel the need to breathe deeply.

Immediately after the treatment I feel sleepy and very relaxed. My body feels rested. When I get home I don’t really want to bother with anyone.

The next day my energy levels are always high. I seem to experience greater clarity and alertness and look at things objectively and rationally.

With your help I am able to have a positive effect on my own health (and others if they choose to listen to me!). This is a result of reflexology but also all the advice you have given me on my diet.

All in all each session is a most comforting and reassuring experience which has helped me overcome both physical and emotional problems.

A quote for you “Visit the doctor and get a prescription. Visit Linda and simply feel better”

Liz

General wellbeing

Reason for visits: General wellbeing and to feel balanced & grounded.

“The treatments I have received have always been extremely beneficial. Linda is really wonderful at listening and very helpful not only with the reflexology but helpful when talking through issues and problems that I have experienced. I feel really happy to know that I can speak to Linda, should I have any problems in the future. I have recommended her to friends and family.”

Bowel problems, general tension

Reason for visits: Bowel problems, general tension, fibromyalgia and back discomfort.

“Treatment has been relaxing often inducing much needed sleep especially in the early days!

A feeling of general wellbeing has been achieved along with a large degree of relaxation. Long may it continue!

Bowel problems have been minimized, along with spinal muscular discomfort.

The fibromyalgia continues to be a problem but I am optimistic that, in time, this discomfort soon may be reduced.

Linda has been very gentle, understanding and encouraging – and very easy to talk with.”

D – South Wales

Linda is a very gifted therapist. Her calming presence and the serenity of her beautiful log cabin will put you at ease immediately. You don’t just feel relaxed and at peace after treatment, you feel healed. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is one special lady.”

D – South Wales

Fertility and general health

Reason for visits: Fertility and general health.

“Linda made me feel extremely relaxed from the initial consultation and for every treatment that followed. She was always professional and I had great confidence in her ability and knowledge.

I always left feeling “lighter” both physically and emotionally.

Linda was always adaptable with her treatment – she would alter treatment depending on how I felt at that particular time.

I have great confidence and affection for Linda and would recommend her to anyone.”

To ease symptoms of pregnancy

Reason for visits: To ease symptoms of pregnancy.

“Linda was very calming and relaxing. She has a very caring approach. The sessions did appear to relieve some of the unwanted symptoms of my pregnancy, including symphonies pubis.

I also used the reflexology points shown [by Linda] to help to increase my contractions during labour.

I was very pleased with the treatment given. I would and have in fact recommended Linda to others.”

Combined therapy approach

When I went to Linda for help with exam anxiety I received Counselling, Reflexology and Hypnotherapy.

The counselling was done in a manner where I felt 100% comfortable talking to Linda, crying and opening up, there was no judgement, I was relaxed throughout and Linda really got me to think about things I hadn’t previously considered, giving me advice which I still carry out today which has made my days far less stressful. I have less anxiety and even though my work load at uni has doubled, I am now able to cope and find it less daunting after going through methods which Linda helped me with.

I never realised how beneficial hypnotherapy was until I had it. Linda makes you feel relaxed and at ease with the process before and I would recommend it to anyone. I think the hypnotherapy has had a massive impact as I feel more able to “deal with life” and I am able to use techniques whenever I feel overwhelmed, which I have felt a considerable amount less since having the treatment.

All in all, the therapies I received have made me a much calmer person and have given me mechanisms I can use and refer back to. I doubt without Linda and the treatment I would’ve been able to have gone back to uni, let alone cope with the pressure and work load of my course.

Thank you Linda so very much,

Molly - Cardiff

Extreme back pain

Reason for visits: Extreme back pain – unable to walk without aid.

“I had never experienced reflexology before my back problem. A relative recommended Linda and after discussing my problems in full Linda decided the best cause of action was Nerve Reflexology along with other treatments. After the first session I noticed amazing improvement as by the next day I was able to walk!!! I continued three intense sessions that week with Linda and my back pain has completely subsided. I am unfortunately still suffering from other back problems (I feel is due to an epidural) but now Linda is concentrating on other types of reflexology to try to ease them. I would recommend reflexology and Linda to everyone!!!”

Lisa - Cardiff

Sinus problems

Reason for visits: Sinus problems and low energy levels.

“The treatment has been helpful. The practitioner is very informative and helps you understand what she’s doing and why. She is very good at asking open questions that draw out what you are feeling. Every time, part of the foot hurts whilst she is touching she explains which part of the body it is related to. She is a very calming person that puts you at ease and makes each session as relaxing as possible. My sinus issues have been helped as part of these sessions.”