Yesterday was a full clinic day which is really what this article is all about. Five clients who are all very different, each with their own reason for coming for reflexology. Despite their individual presenting concerns, RLD was the perfect therapeutic solution for each.
Client 1, has been having RLD for 4.5 years to help with the management of breast cancer related lymphoedema of the arm. In this time her swelling has reduced from 29.9% to average 4.5% - 5.5%. Read about her experience in the case-studies and testimonials chapter of the book.
Client 3, comes for reflexology intermittently, it had been a few months since her last session. When she arrived she was so tense, feet and legs rigid and difficult to work on. Usually she has a more generaI reflexology, so I hadn't planned on RLD. I always start reflexology & RLD with the diaphragm and spinal cord reflexes, but it was difficult despite my best efforts. So I decided to try working the cervical lymph nodes reflex from the RLD sequence. This is always sedative & soporific for the client. It is how I believe we stimulate the parasympathetic nervous response through the vagus nerve reflex. (Page 106, Chapter 6, Section 3 - See photo).
With this, she let go instantly, so I carried on with the RLD sequence. At the end she said that was the most relaxed she's ever felt during any reflexology.
Client 5, was new to reflexology, had liposuction at the beginning if the week and was in a lot of pain from the procedure. The consultant advised some post-op MLD and while searching for a practitioner found the RLD website and rang for more information. I explained that what I do is not MLD, discussed the research results and we both agreed its was worth trying as there's a lack of MLD therapists in the area. Without mentioning what might happen during the session, all the usual sensations were present, tingling, flow, slight-almost pins & needles etc.
I believe in 'less-is-more' when it comes to trying to explain our work to clients. It was a remarkable session for both of us.
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