Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons), while working in Cancer Care. Although this reflexology is primarily focused on treating Secondary Lymphoedema, RLD can be used to treat other conditions.
RLD is a specific way of performing reflexology, using specialist moves that target the lymphatic system in particular. The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system in the body and serves the very important function of detoxification and fighting infection. It also helps remove excess fluid from tissues and helps absorb fat from around the intestine. Unlike our cardiovascular system, our lymphatics rely solely on bodily movement for the fluid to move. It plays a key role in our body’s immune system, so targeting the key areas of the feet corresponding to the lymphatics, while also focusing on the area of concern. It is a very effective way of stimulating the body’s own response to reduce swelling, clear out toxins and blockages and boost our ability to fight infection.
The key difference between Massage Lymphatic Drainage and Reflexology Lymph Drainage is that instead of a massage or remedial therapist massaging the area of the body affected by fluid and swelling which can be sore and painful, especially after surgery, Reflexology Lymph Drainage is discreet and focuses solely on the feet or hands by encouraging the flow of fluid through the manipulation of lymphatic reflex points.
Other conditions that can benefit from RLD treatments are:
· Chronic fatigue
· IBS and Crohns
· Skin conditions and allergies
· Menstrual conditions
· Autoimmune conditions and those prone to frequent infection
After just one treatment with RDL, clients experience an immediate release of tension and often see the difference in swelling (as pictured below).
However, a series of 4-5 Reflexology Lymph Drainage sessions will record the greatest difference and improvement in feeling and condition of the affected area. Clients report an overwhelming feeling of well-being and the treatments will start to have a longer lasting effect over time.
If you are interested in more information about RLD, book your initial consultation with Jacqueline, our Reflexology Lymph Drainage Practitioner at OMWC.