What is Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage?

Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) is an award-winning reflexology technique, which stimulates the upper and lower lymphatic reflexes on the feet to affect the body’s lymphatic system.

Working in a similar way to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), RLD was researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons) when working in cancer care to alleviate lymphoedema in cancer patients.

Clients typically find RLD deeply relaxing and may well fall asleep during this part of the treatment.

What happens during a treatment?

You will remain fully clothed on the therapy bed either lying down flat or with the head raised so you are sitting up.  I will uncover your feet, position them on the foot rest and work on them one at a time, covering the other foot to keep it cosy and warm. This treatment is very similar to Reflexology, in that it stimulates the reflexes in the feet, however RLD is very gentle as the lymph is located just below the skin.

Who is it good for? 

As with MLD, RLD can be good for those with the following conditions:

What does it ‘fuse’ well with?

Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage combines or ‘fuses’ well with any other therapy as it awakens the upper and lower lymphatics which benefits the whole body. A full session of RLD would include the lymphatic reflexes for the breasts, arms and legs as well as additional focus on the upper and lower lymphatics.

Find out more 

​Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: a feasibility study