Lymphatic Drainage using Reflexology on the Feet

I have been using the well established Reflexology Lymph Drainage technique for 6 years now. This technique isolates the reflexes of the lymphatic system using gentle circling and sweeping techniques with the intention of moving fluid in the body.

During September I have been treating a client with unilateral secondary lymphoedema in the arm, wrist and hand. We took some basic measurements in the distal (lower) arm before and after the sessions each week.

The graph below presents the results over the 4 week period. As you can see, the percentage difference in millilitres of excess fluid volume in the swollen arm compared to the unaffected arm reduces significantly after the first session, then continues to adjust then plateau after the 4th session.

Over the 4 weeks my client also noticed an improved range of motion in the wrist, and more normal sensations with the skin on the back of hand; reduced tightness and more elasticity.

My client has enjoyed the sessions so much, finding them deeply and surprisingly relaxing, and has booked another course which begins in a few weeks time.

If you are interested in trying this technique with me, or know someone who suffers with secondary lymphoedema, please get in touch for an initial chat. I offer 4 weekly sessions at a discounted price of £120.

Charity Fundraiser for Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Last week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week. During this week I co-ran a fundraising event with a local Preston-based charity Support and Education for Eating Disorders (S.E.E.D). S.E.E.D is dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders in Lancashire by providing information, resources, education, training and support for everyone affected by eating disorders and/or working with eating disorders. S.E.E.D acknowledges that the symptoms of eating disorders are an expression of deeper emotional need; they believe that people suffering can get better; that there is help available and this help should be freely accessible.

The event was a shopping evening held at Howick House in Penwortham. We started off with drinks and nibbles, and then got started.

I donated a reflexology voucher worth £35 as one of the raffle prizes, so began with a short talk on what reflexology is, how it works and some of the benefits it can have on general wellbeing.

I then moved onto Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic, showcasing the natural and organic approach, and the ethical credentials of the company. We had a bit of fun with a “smell test”, guessing the scents of different essential oils, and learning about their health benefits.

S.E.E.D’s very own Shelley Perry enjoyed a mini facial, a demonstration of the key facial products and their benefits for the skin. Shelley was very relaxed afterwards! We then tried various different products, many of which are my favourites such as the Wild Rose Body Elixir, Firming Body Cream and the Melissa Hand Polish.

Afterwards everyone relaxed with the brochures and placed enough orders for me to donate £65 of my profits to the charity, and along with the other monies raised through the raffle and refreshments, a total of £165 was raised on the night. What a great result and everyone had such an enjoyable evening!

If you are a local charity and would like to hold a similar event with me please get in touch. Watch out for another shopping evening with S.E.E.D this summer.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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