Click on the image to visit the RLD website, where you can read more about Sally's technique and research.

There's also a 'Find A Therapist' page where you'll find me listed alongside other Approved RLD Practitioners - all of us have successfully submitted case studies detailing our use of the RLD method with clients.

RLD can be given on the hands or the feet, either as a shorter standalone treatment or incorporated into a longer session. It's a gentle technique that clients find pleasantly calming.

It's designed to mirror the techniques and effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD) through the reflexes of the feet or hands, aiming to create an effect in the body's lymphatic system.

As MLD is used for conditions other than lymphoedema, so RLD may also be useful for similar conditions, including:

  • Aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • ME


Precautions - RLD may be unsuitable if you have an acute inflammatory infection (e.g. cellulitis), deep vein thrombosis, unstable heart condition or kidney failure.

Remove - footwear & socks or rings & wrist jewellery, as for foot or hand reflexology.

An award-winning technique created originally to support cancer patients with lymphoedema, but potentially helpful for many other lymphatic (immune) system conditions.

RLD was developed by Sally Kay, originally to help breast cancer patients suffering lymphoedema (tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage) as a consequence of their treatment. Lymphoedema can cause swollen, heavy, painful limbs and exacerbate the physical, emotional and psychological difficulties faced by cancer patients. Two research studies using the technique have shown very encouraging results, with statistically significant reductions in the overall volume of affected limbs as well as really positive responses to their experience from study participants.

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