Sally Kay

Reflexology practitioner, author, tutor & researcher

Professional Profile:

Sally Kay is a multi-award winning reflexology practitioner, researcher, educator and author who has developed Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD), from first principles and through extensive clinical practice. This ground-braking, innovative approach to reflexology has attracted, national & international awards and widespread recognition.

Areas of Expertise:

Reflexology is a relaxing, non-invasive complementary therapy, not an alternative one.

It dates back thousands of years, historically practiced in ancient Chinese, Egyptian & Roman cultures to stay well. In the west we are more inclined to turn to it through ill-health and desperation, when things go wrong.

Reflexology is based on the theory that different organs and systems of the body are mapped on specific reflex areas of the feet (and hands). Typically, these reflexes are worked by the reflexologist with the aim to cause an effect in the body, in a relaxing therapeutic experience.

It can be used alongside conventional medicine through each stage of life, including supporting couples with infertility at pre-conception, right through life, up to and including palliative care. 

Reflexology Lymph Drainage RLD was first developed in 2010 while working in cancer care clinics, supporting patients at each step of the disease, from diagnosis, through their treatment to discharge or, end of life care. Clinics were busy, typically seeing 20 – 30 patients a week, and sessions were time limited. Here, I was looking for innovative ways to adapt the reflexology to best help individuals.

This led to a problem specific, adaptive reflexology, and it proved to be extremely effective. Amongst other things, many of the patients were suffering with breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) following their surgery and treatment. I have an advanced massage qualification, but was not qualified to practice Manual Lymph Drainage massage (MLD) But I understood it. So I adapted the reflexology to focus on the lymphatic reflex areas of the feet to reflect the principles of MLD.

Patients who received this could feel physiological sensations in the body, similar to their MLD experiences. Something was definitely happening! Clothing and jewellery became visibly loser, range of movement increased, and the results appeared to be cumulative and sustainable from one week to the next.

From my clinical experience I knew RLD was working and with the ability to measure these tangible results, I took a few small steps towards research.

This approach has delivered consistent, phenomenal results and the facts and figures underline the impact my method of RLD has when these techniques are applied. There is such a positive ripple effect on quality of life when the swelling diminishes and lost self-confidence returns. To many people it is the gift of hope in a previously hopeless situation.

Bridging the gap between reflexology practice and proving its worth is notoriously difficult. I hope that my initial RLD research may form the cornerstone of future studies which will contribute to the understanding and integration of reflexology.

The statistically significant results of the RLD research (reference here), has gained recognition for this unique reflexology protocol worldwide, in the reflexology community and more recently in the lymphoedema community,

Winner of 2019 National Lymphedema Network (USA) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Lymphology.

In the last decade I have taught RLD to reflexologists worldwide, they, in turn are successfully using the techniques to help their clients, and not just those with secondary lymphoedema. RLD is expanding to help clients with a wide and varied range of presenting conditions. 

Modern day attitudes to health and wellbeing mean that we never stop learning whilst keeping an open mind to other therapies and innovations. Being a reflexologist is not a competition. Sharing and collaboration is, I believe the most effective way forward. After all it’s only 80 years since the Vodders first began to explore and develop MLD. 

Sally Kay

Reflexology practitioner, author, tutor & researcher

Professional Profile:

Sally Kay is a multi-award winning reflexology practitioner, researcher, educator and author who has developed Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD), from first principles and through extensive clinical practice. This ground-braking, innovative approach to reflexology has attracted, national & international awards and widespread recognition.

Areas of Expertise:

Reflexology is a relaxing, non-invasive complementary therapy, not an alternative one.

It dates back thousands of years, historically practiced in ancient Chinese, Egyptian & Roman cultures to stay well. In the west we are more inclined to turn to it through ill-health and desperation, when things go wrong.

Reflexology is based on the theory that different organs and systems of the body are mapped on specific reflex areas of the feet (and hands). Typically, these reflexes are worked by the reflexologist with the aim to cause an effect in the body, in a relaxing therapeutic experience.

It can be used alongside conventional medicine through each stage of life, including supporting couples with infertility at pre-conception, right through life, up to and including palliative care. 

Reflexology Lymph Drainage RLD was first developed in 2010 while working in cancer care clinics, supporting patients at each step of the disease, from diagnosis, through their treatment to discharge or, end of life care. Clinics were busy, typically seeing 20 – 30 patients a week, and sessions were time limited. Here, I was looking for innovative ways to adapt the reflexology to best help individuals.

This led to a problem specific, adaptive reflexology, and it proved to be extremely effective. Amongst other things, many of the patients were suffering with breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) following their surgery and treatment. I have an advanced massage qualification, but was not qualified to practice Manual Lymph Drainage massage (MLD) But I understood it. So I adapted the reflexology to focus on the lymphatic reflex areas of the feet to reflect the principles of MLD.

Patients who received this could feel physiological sensations in the body, similar to their MLD experiences. Something was definitely happening! Clothing and jewellery became visibly loser, range of movement increased, and the results appeared to be cumulative and sustainable from one week to the next.

From my clinical experience I knew RLD was working and with the ability to measure these tangible results, I took a few small steps towards research.

This approach has delivered consistent, phenomenal results and the facts and figures underline the impact my method of RLD has when these techniques are applied. There is such a positive ripple effect on quality of life when the swelling diminishes and lost self-confidence returns. To many people it is the gift of hope in a previously hopeless situation.

Bridging the gap between reflexology practice and proving its worth is notoriously difficult. I hope that my initial RLD research may form the cornerstone of future studies which will contribute to the understanding and integration of reflexology.

The statistically significant results of the RLD research (reference here), has gained recognition for this unique reflexology protocol worldwide, in the reflexology community and more recently in the lymphoedema community,

Winner of 2019 National Lymphedema Network (USA) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Lymphology.

In the last decade I have taught RLD to reflexologists worldwide, they, in turn are successfully using the techniques to help their clients, and not just those with secondary lymphoedema. RLD is expanding to help clients with a wide and varied range of presenting conditions. 

Modern day attitudes to health and wellbeing mean that we never stop learning whilst keeping an open mind to other therapies and innovations. Being a reflexologist is not a competition. Sharing and collaboration is, I believe the most effective way forward. After all it’s only 80 years since the Vodders first began to explore and develop MLD. 

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