Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a ‘map’ of the body. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points - using the thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve the client’s general well-being.
The lymphatic system helps to remove toxins, waste and other unwanted materials from the body via a network of tissues and organs. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a colourless fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. By encouraging the lymph to flow, clean lymph may aid cell and tissue regeneration and induce detoxification by eliminating harmful waste from the body.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage works entirely on the lymphatic system. The primary aim for which it was developed is to encourage lymphatic system function and to reduce lymph build up from the area that is damaged.
The innovator of this award winning technique, Sally Kay Bsc (Hons), developed it in view of treating those with secondary lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Sally found that when this technique was used, patients found that less swelling and discomfort was experienced and also an increase in strength and mobility of the arm.
A recent study by Whatley, Street, Kay & Harris (2016) indicates RLD may aid the management of secondary lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment. A reduction in arm volume was found and appeared to be maintained for six months. A significant decrease was also found in the participants concerns with wellbeing significantly increasing. Here is a link to the research:- Science Direct.com