Saturday, September 12, 2020

 I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and lymphatic massage therapist. I help people reduce swelling after plastic surgery procedures including abdominoplasty, brazilian butt lift and liposuction. One of the biggest ‘rules’ I see clients following is the belief that they have to do crunches to develop their core. Trouble is, people should not put weight on their butt in the first months after a brazilian butt lift, which means they are putting off exercise for longer than they should. The good news is that the core is more than just the rectus abdominis! There are plenty of core strength exercises that can be performed, including planks, side bends, standing bicycle crunches and standing twists that work all the muscles of the core. 

 

Pre-surgery workout video: https://youtu.be/aDRoncQw6Rc







My post-liposuction, tummy tuck and BBL workouts are here: https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/six-minute-faja-workout

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Get Better Sleep Before and After Plastic Surgery with Guided Meditation

 Get Better Sleep Before and After Plastic Surgery with Guided Meditation





I am a MMI Certified Meditation Teacher and a lymphatic massage therapist. My clients experience anxiety and sleeplessness before their plastic surgery because they are worried about their upcoming procedure. I provide them with a free guided body scan meditation to help them sleep. 


Hubbling et al. (2014) found that in subjects with chronic insomnia, "the body scan was identified as an effective tool to enable falling asleep faster" and "eliminate the “chatter” or mind-racing that previously impeded falling asleep at night."


Why is this important? Su & Wang (2018) state that “sleep disturbances frequently occur in patients after surgery, and its occurrence is harmful for postoperative recovery” and that “development of sleep disturbances produces harmful effects on postoperative patients ... increased sensitivity to pain ... and poorer recovery.”



Read the study ‘How mindfulness changed my sleep: focus groups with chronic insomnia patients’ here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3927626/


Read the study ‘Improve postoperative sleep: what can we do?’ here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5768217/


Guided Meditation before Surgery https://youtu.be/r_TAnv_grkI





Listen to all the Free Guided Meditations for before and after plastic surgery here: https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/guided-meditations 


Monday, August 17, 2020

The OFFICIAL Liposuction BBL Round One and Done recipe for success

 The OFFICIAL Round One and Done recipe for success.


Hello, my name is Kathleen Lisson. I help people after plastic surgery operations including iposuction, lipo 360, body sculpting, tummy tuck, mommy makeover and brazilian butt lift to reduce swelling and fibrosis with lymphatic massage and fibrosis massage.

The vast majority of my clients are NOT going to have a round two. The have ONE chance to make the most of their Lipo 360 and BBL.

Here is the advice I give them.

Step 1 - Prepare your body for surgery
Reduce Stress: guided meditations that will help you reduce stress and anxiety before and after plastic surgery.


Step 2 - Recover ASAP after surgery (reducing swelling faster will help with loose skin):

Lymphatic massages from an experienced professional.
Make sure your compression garment isn't bunching or giving you faja burn.


All the advice your surgeon didn't have time to tell you are in the Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook. Available in paperback and kindle https://amzn.to/3fGl5vf
Make sure your compression garment fits correctly and use foam https://youtu.be/h4HR5_OlPe0
How to workout safely after plastic surgery to make your waist look smaller and butt look bigger WITHOUT losing fat https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/six-minute-faja-workout

Friday, May 1, 2020

Packing for Plastic Surgery Overseas



If you miss it, here are two resources:

My choices for your plastic surgery recovery shopping list - help after liposuction, brazilian butt lift, tummy tuck and facelift. Help reducing swelling and fibrosis!
https://kit.co/KathleenLisson

Free online class I share with my lymphatic massage clients with a prinatble shopping list:
https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/plastic-surgery-recovery-shopping-list

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Lipedema Massage - Meet the Therapists!

Massage therapists — have you ever had a client with lipedema? How can you help them? What type of massage modality should you use? Let’s meet a few massage therapists in the United States that help clients with a lipedema diagnosis.
signs and symptoms of lipedema
Massage Therapist Kelly Konicki
What brought you to massage therapy?
Massage is what helped me heal after my doctor gave me pain pills and said best of luck to you when I was injured in a car accident more than 2 decades ago. A friend of the family suggested massage and within a month my massage therapist helped me become completely pain free. Needless to say, she had my attention. I became fascinated by how someone could lay hands on me and take my pain away when my doctor had no idea what to do for me. That opened my eyes regarding what holistic care could do for my body.
How did you first get interested in helping people with lipedema?
Last year my friend told me she had lipedema. She was frustrated, angry, and in despair. I had no idea what it was, so I started doing some research so I could understand what she was dealing with and how I could support her journey. The more I read the more I realized… “that’s me”.
Around that same time I had my first client come to me talking about having lipedema and the pain she was in. I’ve since started working with a few women who have the condition.
I’m working to start a support/resource group in my area to help people find locals who can assist them through their personal journeys.
What massage class did you find most valuable when treating clients with lipedema? What did you find most valuable in each training class?
Lymphatic drainage has been the most helpful in helping reducing fluid retention in the legs.
There’s two schools of thought in my opinion. First, focusing on lymphatic drainage to help reduce swelling from a sluggish lymphatic system. Second, simply wanting to feel normal again and having a moment where it’s not about the condition.
What I’d like to see is consideration of both in a class. How to incorporate treatment for lipedema/lymphatic system and care for the person beyond the genetic condition. We all have aches and pains that need to be addressed, yet lymphatic drainage is such a light touch modality many times clients feel they have to choose one thing over another. I don’t know what that technique looks like just yet, but I’d love to come up with something that can serve a dual purpose if possible.
What problems have you run into massaging clients with lipedema?
Lipedema clients straddle two worlds… one where some want a relaxation and/or deep tissue massage yet also want lymphatic drainage in the same session. As you know, that’s often two sides to the same coin since the lymphatic system is shallow in the body. Clients don’t always see an immediate change with a lymphatic drainage massage that they wonder why they’re doing it at all.
What are the necessary supplies/tools/items do you need to set your room up for a client with lipedema?
I treat all my clients the same in that I use aromatherapy, warm towels, etc. to heighten their massage experience. Does warm compression help with the session, perhaps only with a sense of feeling pampered. But, if it helps the client center themselves, it’s worth it.
I also use kinesio tape to hold open lymphatic channels in between sessions to encourage proper drainage.
Massage Therapist Sherri Scott
What brought you to massage therapy?
I always was drawn to all sorts of natural therapies. I squandered my opportunity to become a nurse when I was younger and to me this was a way to nurture and help people.
How did you first get interested in helping people with lipedema?
I learned about lipedema when I went for certification for manual lymphatic drainage. There is where I first heard the term and to my surprise, I realized I have lipedema! It answered so many questions for me and I wanted to share the information with other women who had this condition and never heard of it. I sought out more information and found a group on facebook dedicated to lipedema. I also made my own awareness facebook page, Lipedema The Misunderstood Fat.
What massage class did you find most valuable when treating clients with lipedema?
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Academy of Lymphatic Studies
  • Vacuum Cupping/Medicupping- Anita Shannon
What did you find most valuable in each training class?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage-I believe it’s the foundation of knowing how to approach the body with the intention of affecting the lymphatic system.
Vacuum Cupping-Medicupping-this modality helps loosen adhesions, fibrotic tissue, promote lymph drainage and can help reduce pain and inflammation when used properly.
What problems have you run into massaging clients with lipedema?
I don’t think I necessarily have any problems massaging clients with lipedema, it’s just
that some clients have very low tolerance to pressure and others are able to take a little more.
What are the necessary supplies/tools/items do you need to set your room up for a client with lipedema?
I enjoy using vacuum cupping. With a Medicupping machine, I’m able to adjust the suction to very light enabling me to mimic lymphatic drainage that is normally done with hands. I make sure to have enough pillow and bolsters for comfort on the table. I also have KT tape because once in a while I’ll use it to help with edema. Most of my clients don’t use compression.
Massage Therapist Kathleen Lisson
What brought you to massage therapy?
Like most therapists, I needed a career change and was drawn to massage after it helped me to prepare for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. During my first semester, I learned about Oncology Massage and wanted to complete that training as soon as possible. They actually let me complete the classroom part before I was certified as a massage therapist in California, and I completed the hands on work at Moores Cancer Center in San Diego as soon as I became certified.
How did you first get interested in helping people with lipedema?
I had learned about lipedema in my Klose Training Certified Lymphedema Therapist class. I had a client call for MLD after her liposuction for lipedema, and I realized how little information there was online about lipedema when I was doing research to prepare for her appointment.
What massage class did you find most valuable when treating clients with lipedema? What did you find most valuable in each training class?
The Klose 45 hour lymphatic drainage class was most valuable. I also use a combination of Swedish, hot stones and massage cupping during my full body massage sessions. People with lipedema get sore necks and backs just like everyone else.
What problems have you run into massaging clients with lipedema?
During massage, I have to use much less pressure after lipedema liposuction than I would on the leg of a person with no lipedema who had liposuction. The client’s swelling persists for a longer period of time.
What are the necessary supplies/tools/items do you need to set your room up for a client with lipedema?
I use all my normal tools — hot stones, massage cupping, jojoba oil. It’s important to see a person with lipedema as a whole body, mind and spirit, not just a set of legs to ‘fix’ with massage. I use a Lounge Doctor bolster to enhance drainage of the legs. I lower my hydraulic table as low as I can so they can get on the table comfortably. I also have armless Hercules chairs rated to hold 1000 pounds in the waiting room and my treatment room. These chairs are also very post-BBL friendly because they don’t have arms!
Kathleen Lisson is the author of Lipedema Treatment Guide and an online class on lipedema massage for massage therapists. Learn more about ‘Lipedema Awareness for Massage Therapists’ here: https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/lipedema-awareness-for-massage-therapists

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for Lipedema in San Diego - Testimonial


Lynette is from just north of San Diego and has a lipedema diagnosis. It was a pleasure meeting Lynette and helping her to reduce swelling in her face and body. 

Here is her testimonial:

"I have never had such a good MLD, been peeing ever since! l even had to get out of the pod CVAC today to pee! wow, your a 'REAL' MLD therapist, and an Author as well, WOW!"

- Lynette from San Clemente, who has lipedema.


If you would like to book a lymphatic massage to reduce swelling related to lipedema, visit SolaceSanDiego.com


Treatment lipoedema
Lipedema Treatment Guide

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Lipedema Treatment Guide click here: http://a.co/d/1wek2W3

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