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Reflexology  & Lymph Drainage

RELAX, RESTORE, REBALANCE

What is Traditional Reflexology?

This natural physical therapy combines a series of pressures & massage techniques to the feet to stimulate the nerve endings that travel to the spinal cord, then to other parts of the body. Stimulating these nerve endings is said to improve circulation, stimulate vital organs and encourage the body's natural healing process whilst at the same time promoting deep relaxation. 

 

My practice now focuses on light touch Reflexology Lymph Drainage Technique and advanced Reflexology (using Linking and TCM acupressure points.  

What is Reflexology used for?

Reflexology is holistic meaning it sees the person as a whole and it's thought to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve (the tenth cranial nerve).  This turns off the 'fight or flight' part of the nervous system and initiates the body's 'rest and digest' phase during which healing and repair takes place. 

As well as being deeply relaxing, this holistic therapy is often used to alleviate a number of physical and mental symptoms and is commonly used for:

  • Relieving symptoms of tension, stress and anxiety.

  • Aiding deep natural sleep. 

  • Helping the body cope with the symptoms of auto-immune conditions such as pain, inflammation, fatigue and low mood.

  • Easing the symptoms of digestive disorders including heartburn, inflammation, and constipation.

  • Encouraging elimination and the natural drainage process in conditions such as lymphoedema, hormonal water retention & sinusitis. 

  • Supporting wellbeing through the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, menopause, and other hormonal imbalances. 

  • Helping the body cope with the side effects of conventional treatment such as fatigue, constipation, diarrhoea and headaches.

Can anyone have Reflexology?

Yes. With no age limit, this gentle therapeutic touch is something that everyone can enjoy.  Some medical conditions may be subject to the Reflexologist and/or doctors approval, but this is good practice for any therapy and will be fully explored during consultation.

What is Reflexology Lymph Drainage?

RLD is a light touch, soothing treatment.  It has all the restorative benefits of traditional Reflexology, but it focuses specifically on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. Macmillan explain exactly how the lymphatic system works here

 

The RLD technique is a unique sequence developed by Sally Kay during her time working in Cancer care after her observations of the effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) on lymphoedema. 

 

Breast Cancer​ is the most common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK (2011), the lifetime risk of developing it in the UK is 1:8 for women and 1:1014 for men. Approximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema (painful tissue swelling) of the arm following treatment for breast cancer. 

But lymphoedema can also manifest in the legs as part of other health conditions. It is life limiting for many and has far reaching physical and psychological effects. 

Research suggests that cancer survivors with lymphoedema are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional difficulties, be more disabled, and experience a poorer quality of life than survivors without the condition. In terms of holistic health, this is not full recovery. 

Can I have Reflexology when I have secondary Lymphoedema?

Yes. I am on the approved practitioners register for Reflexology Lymph Drainage in Dereham.

What is Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) used for?

As well as it's efficacy with Lymphoedema Reflexology Lymph Drainage may also be useful in alleviating a number of symptoms found in inflammatory & autoimmune conditions, chronic pain and drainage issues which respond well to Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

RLD research was supported by the NHS Local Health Board Research Ethics Committee (REC) and carried out by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Will I have to prepare for my Reflexology treatment?

As the digestion process can be stimulated during Reflexology I recommend that clients have a light, low sugar meal or snack around an hour before their session. It's always a good idea to be properly hydrated too so keep your water intake up before and after to help this along.  Guidance for Diabetic patients, including those using insulin, is available here www.diabetes.co.uk.

How long is a session? 

Your session will take 60 minutes.

First appointments also include a review of your consultation form taking an additional 15-30 minutes. 

Additional Health & Wellbeing Discussion time can be booked in the "add on"section of your booking. 

What will I feel when I have Reflexology?

During all holistic treatments it’s possible to experience what some call energy phenomenon in the body which can be most simply explained as nerve impulses in the tissues felt as light pulsing, tingling or twitches.  Other effects like getting the giggles or feeling tearful are not unusual, but it's all down to the individual and is completely natural.

 

After treatment, especially RLD, it's not uncommon to experience an increase in elimination (going to the toilet, sinus drainage, sweating etc), but this is a temporary effect and one seen in many holistic therapies that stimulate the body as a whole.

 

How many sessions should I have?

It's very individual and this can be discussed with me during your sessions.

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