Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
Soothe Your Body & Spirit
What is RLD?
RLD is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. It works on the exact same principles as Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Vodder Method) but the treatment is done entirely 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), whilst working alongside nurses in the MLD clinic in Cardiff University Hospital. Through her study, development and treatment of breast cancer patients with secondary lymphoedema, positive effects were found after one or more RLD treatments, and showed a considerable reduction in the volume of fluid being retained in the limb. Research and case studies have now shown RLD to be of benefit to anyone with Lymphoedema both primary and secondary.
How does RLD help?
The Lymphatic System is connected to three other body systems: cardiovascular, digestive and immune system. These specific areas of the feet have 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. This is a targeted treatment focusing on the natural flow of lymphatic drainage in the body. The specific reflexes worked on the feet are: Diaphragm, Spinal Cord, Cysterna Chyli, Thoracic duct, Subclavian vein, Cervical Lymph Nodes, Neck, Upper Trapezius, Upper Lymphatics, Lateral Shoulder (Deltoid), Axilliary Lymph Nodes, Lower Lymphatics, Breast, the reflexes of the arm and leg, Spleen and Kidney/Bladder.
RLD can help in a variety of ways. This includes:
• Reduced swelling
• Less pain and discomfort
• A feeling of improved body image and well-being
• An increase in the strength and mobility of the arm or leg
• Improvement of general well-being
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD)
RLD may be of benefit to you if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
Aches and pains
Please note conditions where RLD may not be used include: DVT, cellulitis, unstable heart conditions and kidney failure.
In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after surgery and 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 4 of which entailed Taxol, I ended up with peripheral neuropathy on both my feet. Neuropathy is numbness which affected all my toes on my right foot and 3 toes on my left foot. This is very painful and uncomfortable and can be very dangerous as you have no feeling and can hit off things and damage your feet and don’t realize it as I had done on many occasions. I discussed this problem with my doctor during my check ups and was told that it is a condition that can go away after 6 months or you can be left with it for life. I was also told that it was something I would have to learn to live with. I had 4 rounds of reflexology during my treatment but to no avail.
I saw an ad for a woman that does reflexology for cancer patients and of course I contacted her straight away and told her my problem. She said she couldn’t promise anything, but she would work on me anyway. That woman was Maureen Grogan. She started with one round of reflexology and then on the 2nd visit she started Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage. To my shock and of course delight the feeling started to come back on my left toes. I went back to Maureen for a further 2 sessions of lymphatic drainage and ended up with complete feeling back on all my toes and my feet. This is a most fantastic feeling after 2 years of complete numbness. Not alone has she helped my peripheral neuropathy, but I am feeling way better, and my energy levels have gone up and my whole body is so much warmer. It is very hard to understand this, but I am enjoying every moment of it. I would like to thank Maureen from the bottom of my heart for restoring me back to full health and for being such a wonderful person to deal with. I have told so many people about this and hopefully she will help them, especially cancer patients. Maureen you have a unique gift and I wish you the very best of luck, and may you continue for many years to come in your profession to helping people back to full health.