Reflexology lymph drainage
What is Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)?
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) uses a systematic routine, working on the lymphatic reflexes represented in the feet to aid the lymph drainage throughout the body.
Sally Kay who has pioneered this therapy conducted clinical trials which positively supported results of case studies significantly shifting fluid retained in the body.
What is Secondary Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a long-term condition that causes the tissues within the body to swell as the body lymph is not drained properly. Whilst it can occur throughout the body, it is most common in the arms and legs. This swelling is a result of excess fluid in the tissues which is not drained due to the Lymphatic System being damaged, defective or blocked. This network of glands and channels is responsible for not only fighting infections, but also removing excess fluid.
Secondary Lymphedema occurs due to damage to the Lymphatic System, which could be a result of surgical removal of Lymph nodes in the treatment of Breast, Vulval or Penile cancer; radiotherapy directly to lymph nodes; invasion of tutor cells on the lymphatic vessels and nodes; infections; vascular surgery; or direct trauma to the body parts, e.g., burns, accidents, grazes or open wounds.
How does RLD help?
The Lymphatic System is connected to three other body systems: cardiovascular, digestive and immune system. The specific area of the feet has thousands of nerve endings that corresponds to other parts of our body. Stimulation of nerves supplying the feet can help improve blood and lymph circulation and restore energy flow.
RLD can help in a variety of ways. This includes:
I've never had reflexology before. Does it hurt or tickle?
My treatments shouldn’t hurt, there may be some areas that you are more aware of and that could be an indication of toxins in that area that I can effectively and pleasantly work on to bring about balance again. As far as people not liking their feet being touched for feeling ticklish or a bit feet phobic, which is very common, I haven’t had anyone not be able to get into the treatment and find it wholly soothing and relaxing.
What's a typical session like?
Our first meeting we will discuss your initial reasons for coming for therapy and what you hope to achieve from our session/s. I’ll take details of your medical history and lifestyle and from there we can choose what would be most beneficial for you on that occasion. Because I offer a range of therapies there will be something that we will agree to, or maybe a combination of several therapies that would be suitable at that time.
I would allow up to 80 minutes for the first session and 60 minutes for follow ups.
How many treatments will I need?
This really would be dependant on you, what your requirements are and how you feel the treatments are benefitting you. Of course like anything, giving something a chance to work through the body and the ripple effects it can have on other areas of our wellbeing will have a more profound effect the more we do something.
Where are the treatments carried out?
I have a relaxing treatment room in my home where I carry out many of my treatments although I do offer mobile services within a reasonable distance. Please note that my treatment room is up a short flight of stairs so if you struggle with them, I can come to you.
What do I sit on?
I use a reflexology chair called a Lafuma. It looks like a sun lounger but reclines a lot more. It's very comfortable. If you are not comfortable like this we can always adapt to your preferred position, or if you are a wheelchair user treatments can be carried out from here.
What do I need to wear?
For a reflexology treatment, I only need access to your hands or feet so you'll just need to remove your shoes and socks.
Ready to find out more?
Please contact me for further details.