FHT Expert Adviser and 2012 Excellence in Practice Award winner Sally Kay, was a guest speaker at the International Council for Reflexologists (ICR) Silver Jubilee conference in Sheffield. The event was attended by more than 150 delegates from 20 different countries.
Sally gave a presentation about Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) – from the early stages of developing this treatment, through to the methodology and findings of the most recent, up-to-date research. Welsh Cancer Charity, Tenovus, kindly funded the latest RLD study, awarding £12,363 to Cardiff Me tropolitan University. News about the publication of this study can be found here.
RLD is a reflexology technique that isolates and systematically stimulates the lymphatic reflexes of the feet, using a problem specific sequence. The treatment
is adapted according to the site of secondary lymphoedema, focusing on the reflexes to encourage the excess lymph away from the damaged area towards
the nearest uncompromised lymphatic drainage area. RLD can also be used when treating clients with other conditions. Read an article about RLD in International Therapist, Issue 104, April 2013
A gala dinner was held at the Grand Ballroom of Sheffield City Hall, during which Sally was presented with the 2015 ICR International Research Award, for the research and development of Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD).
Other ICR Silver Jubilee guest speakers included: Father Joseph, Taiwan; Hamish Edgar, Scotland; Professor Nicola Robinson & L Eriksen, UK and Denmark; Henrik Hellberg, Holland; Vera Krijn, USA; Spiros Dimitrakoulas,
Greece; Lynne Booth, UK; Marie Muller, France, and Peter Lund Frandsen, Denmark.
The next ICR conference will be in Taiwan in 2017.
Since the ICR conference, Sally has been asked to be a guest speaker at the 2016 Reflexology Association of America (RAoA), conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sally says: ‘It was a real honour to be part of the ICR conference. Interesting speakers and delegates from around the world shared theories, techniques
and experiences. There were workshops and treatment swaps. I felt truly inspired by the event – it was outstanding.’