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Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) registered with Sally Kay.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award winning reflexology technique that was developed by Sally Kay, during her work extensive clinical practice in cancer care, and is for people suffering lymphedema following cancer treatment.


Lymphedema is the build-up of lymph fluid in soft body tissues when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked. The lymphatic system is an essential part of our immune system, which helps get rid of unwanted toxins, waste, infections and disease and lymphedema occurs when lymph is not able to flow through the body the way that it should. 

The aim of RLD is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system and follows the theory of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) but instead of massaging the body directly, RLD is performed solely on the feet. This non-invasive approach is used to help gently move the fluid without making direct contact with the arm or sites of surgery, which may be sore and tender. A research study was published in Oct 2020 describing the use of thermal imaging and 'limb volume circumferential measurement' to monitor changes in breast cancer-related lymphedema during a RLD treatment. The results indicated changes in temperature and a reduction in limb volume in the affected arm and hand. Here is a video testimonial for RLD. 


There are many other potential uses for RLD which may be effective for other conditions affecting and affected by the lymphatic system. Since training Tanya has incorporated some of the lymphatic sequences into her regular practice and feedback from clients is very positive.  Other conditions include:​​


  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Eczema

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • ME

  • Migraines

  • Sinus problems


There are many units across the UK, including the renowned Christie’s Hospital in Manchester, who are leading experts in cancer care, research and education, that provide reflexology alongside allopathic medicine. Reflexology can be used to help with the side effects of cancer treatment, managing pain and to improve quality of life. It can address the physical, psychological and emotional element of your care and may help to:


  • Balance the body

  • Boost the immune system

  • Relieve anxiety, stress and depression

  • Boost energy levels

  • Reduce the side effects of some of the medical treatments

  • Improve sleeping patterns

  • Reduce pain and discomfort


Tanya had the pleasure of being trained by Sally Kay in 2021 and is now one of Sally's approved RLD Reflexologists. 

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