Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lymphedema and Skin Care

Lymphedema Skin Care Tips 

by Kathleen Lisson

In this podcast I share tips for taking care of skin when you have a lymphedema diagnosis. Our skin is our body's first line of defense, and keeping skin moisturized is more than just self-care, it is a way to prevent infection. 

The podcast is here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsLN3URU

Jeannette Zucker from Memorial Slian-Kettering Cancer Center shares advice for skin care in this video:

Monday, September 18, 2017

How to Use Music to Balance the Immune System

Music Can Affect Our Attention and Emotions!

by Kathleen Lisson

In this podcast, I share information from Barry Goldstein's book 'The Secret Language of the Heart.'
The article link is here: https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/music-and-the-brain-affects-mood/

The podcast is here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsKg2k30

I cover more studies about the positive effects of music on the immune system in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How to Massage Scars with Lymphedema

Scars and Lymphedema

by Kathleen Lisson

It was about two weeks after my Mohs surgery for skin cancer on my face, and I was eager to start massaging my scar. I called around, but couldn't find a massage therapist that had the expertise to help me improve the look and function of the scar on my face. That's when I decided to get all the training I could in scar massage. I have since learned from three of the top scar massage therapists in the country, taking classes from Jamie Elswick, Nancy Keeney Smith and Jen Hartley.

I believe scar massage is an integral part of lymphatic drainage after surgery. Surgical scars are not just unsightly, they can also interrupt lymphatic flow. I provide an overview of the precautions and tips for scar massage in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy and go over more details in the podcast, I'll put the link below.

Simply put, wait for the scar to heal and lighten, then use gentle pressure and a cream or oil for a few minutes a day. Beyond that, find a therapist trained in scar massage for greater results.

The link to the podcast is here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsKy5jus

 In this video, Hand Surgeon Dr. Cassie Root demonstrates some techniques.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How can butterflies help me meditate?

Butterfly Meditation Tip

by Kathleen Lisson

I share my tip about using the grace and delicateness of the butterfly in our meditation practice as well as the deep truth of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.

Listen to the podcast here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsJCDLU8

Check out the grown ups version of a butterfly life cycle (they gloss over the metamorphosis bit in grade school!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I was looking for an accessible deep dive on the importance of sleep in my life and this book is it. Packed with easily understood research, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams gave me solid reasons to make changes in my life to ensure I get eight hours of sleep each and every night. Some of the research will hit home to students and parents of young children - sleep is critical for learning and our school and college cultures don't make it easy to prioritize sleep.

We need to look deeper than health articles on the internet and have access to real, solid science when making decisions about our health. Before this book sleeping was a 'should' for me, now it is a must. I highly recommend Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams for those who need a compelling collection of evidence in order to change their behavior. It certainly changed my mind.

More about author Matthew Walker in 'Meet the scientist who dreams of fixing your sleep' published in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/09/14/meet-the-scientist-who-dreams-of-fixing-your-sleep/?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.7769c129885b

and watch him here:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Keep Forgetting to Meditate? Here's Top Tips to Make Meditation a Habit

How to Make Meditation a Habit

by Kathleen Lisson

In this podcast, I share my top tips on how to make meditation a habit, not just something we do when we remember. 
Fill in the blanks - 

Time/Resources needed: 

Type of meditation:


For me, lately its been:

Time/Resources: 5 minutes after I wake up, for around 10 - 15 mins. in bed, with insight timer app.
Type: One of my bookmark meditations in Insight Timer
Reminder: I'm awake and remember I can't get on social media until 8 am, so I meditate. 

Need more info? I provide meditation toolkit in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy. 

More help:

If using the smartphone to meditate is too much of a temptation, check out David Kadavy's advice: https://medium.com/the-mission/you-dont-sleep-in-your-kitchen-so-don-t-meditate-with-your-smartphone-d501d2951c9e 

If you would like to REALLY figure out WHY you meditate, check out this partner exercise you can do with a supportive friend: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/08/why-we-dont-meditate/

No social media until 8 am? My tough-as-nails morning ritual: http://solacesandiego.blogspot.com/2017/07/put-trust-back-in-charge-my-anti.html

Listen to my top tips on my podcast here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsJ-s60A

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lymphedema Triggers - What Causes Lymphedema?

How Can I Prevent Lymphedema?

by Kathleen Lisson

The bad news is that there is no way to prevent lymphedema. Experts have collected stories from patients with lymphedema and we have a pretty good idea of the types of events that can bring on lymphedema - I call them "hold my beer" moments. To be sure, in some clients, lymphedema comes on with NO apparent cause, and some survivors can do these activities with no issues for years and then one day, it will cause swelling. 

Dana Farber Cancer Institute's lymphedema risk factors checklist: http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2014/02/how-to-prevent-and-manage-lymphedema/

The link to my podcast is here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsK6uugY

Lymphedema and Skin Care

Lymphedema Skin Care Tips  by Kathleen Lisson In this podcast I share tips for taking care of skin when you have a lymphedema d...