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How do I use Dry Brushing?

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How do I use Dry Brushing?by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

As a San Diego Board Certified Massage Therapist, I perform dry brushing treatments on clients. In this video, I share information about dry brushing.

Links mentioned in the video include information from the Cleveland Clinic and University of Maryland Medical Center on dry brushing:


The Cleveland Clinic recommends dry brushing to promote lymph flow and drainage Read more here: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/01/the-truth-about-dry-brushing-and-what-it-does-for-you/
The New York Times reports Dr. Tina S. Alster, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center finds that dry brushing helps the lymphatic system "work better." Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/fashion/16Skin.html


 The University of Maryland Medical Center includes dry brushing on it's extensive list of ways to reduce fluid retention. Read more here: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/edema



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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Learn more about Manual Lymphatic Drainage, the relaxing massage treatment that moves lymphatic fluid in the body. As a Board Certified Massage Therapist in San Diego, I provide Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage to San Diego area residents in the comfort of their home. To book a treatment, visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

Can Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage help reduce swelling after a facelift?

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Can Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage help reduce swelling after a facelift?
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

As a Board Certified Massage Therapist in San Diego with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I provide MLD treatments to patients with a facelift after their plastic surgery. In this informative video, I share two studies about reducing swelling after a facelift:

Face Lift Postoperative Recovery
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12140694

Facelift and Patterns of Lymphatic Drainage
http://asj.oxfordjournals.org/content/32/1/39

Learn about how manual lymphatic drainage can help reduce swelling after a facelift:



To book a manual lymphatic drainage treatment with me at your home in the San Diego area, visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

Medium: 7 Things Your Massage Therapist Wishes You Knew

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Medium: 7 Things Your Massage Therapist Wishes You Knew
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT


Getting a massage in San Diego? I cover the top 7 things that massage therapists wish you knew over at Medium.

Click here to read more: https://medium.com/@Kathleenlisson/7-things-your-massage-therapist-wishes-you-knew-931943f8ef1b#.ehp5l1x4g

Manual Lymphatic Drainage helped me get back to running after my ankle sprain

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage helped me get back to running after my ankle sprain
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I recently shared my experience rehabbing my running injury with a writer from Prevention Magazine. I share my story, which was published in the November 2016 issue of Prevention Magazine, in this video.



I was so impressed with manual lymphatic drainage, I took advanced training to learn how to give the treatment and now offer manual lymphatic drainage to San Diego, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, La Mesa, Santee and La Jolla residents in the comfort of their homes. Learn more here: http://www.solacesandiego.com

Book Review - Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery by Dr. Arthur W. Perry, M.D., F.A.C.S. with a foreword by Dr. Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

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Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery Book Review
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

In San Diego, we have access to plastic surgeons right in our own backyard and cosmetic surgeons from Tijuana to Beverly Hills are both only a short drive away. How can we choose the best surgeon for liposuction, tummy tuck or a facelift?
Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery is a classic among cosmetic surgery books for prospective patients, appearing in the Library Journal’s top 23 health books for 2007.Dr. Perry gives clear, logical, no-nonsense advice for how to choose a surgeon as well as overviews of the history and current practice of several different types of surgeries including liposuction, abdominoplasty / tummy tuck, and facelifts. Reading chapter two, The Cosmetic Surgery Consultation got me hooked into reading the entire book because of Dr. Perry’s clear advice on choosing a plastic surgeon and what to look for during the initial consultation.
I highly recommend this book for San Diego residents j…

How to Keep New Year's Exercise Resolutions - Fire Your Inner Critical Coach

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Prepare for 2017 By Firing Our Inner Critical Coach

by Kathleen Lisson
As a half marathon runner, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and RRCA Certified Running Coach in San Diego, I have seen the effects of positive and negative coaching on athletes. But what about the coaching we don't see - the voice inside each of our heads as we run?

“You’re fat.” “You’re not good enough.” “If you don’t work out until it hurts up every day, you will lose your edge and someone will come along and beat you.”

These are some words from an athlete’s inner critical coach. Each of us have a voice inside our head, perhaps an echo from a parent or a high school coach, that sets the tone for our workouts.

“That workout was hard, and I made it through all the tough miles.” “My workouts were solid and I’m ready to increase my weight/distance next week!” “I feel sick today, I’ll take care of myself and focus on eating healthy so I can get back to a full workout in a few days.”

These are familiar phrases from a…

Will having Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery help swelling?

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic injury and surgery in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, LMT

"Does MLD improve patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes for patients with orthopedic injuries?" This is the question posed by the study 'The Effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Patients with Orthopedic Injuries' authored by Tricia Majewski-Schrage and Kelli Snyder and published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation in 2016. The authors conducted a literature search for level 2 evidence or higher on the topic of MLD techniques effectively decreasing edema (swelling) and pain, increasing range of motion (ROM) and improving a patient's return to activities of daily living after orthopedic surgery.



Research has found that Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery can:

Decrease edema (swelling)Decrease painDecrease limb volumeIncrease range of motion (ROM) Improve a patient's return to activities of daily living 

Though every well-ed…

Does Dry Brushing Work?

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Dry Brushing for Lymphatic System
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Dry brushing is the ritual of brushing the skin on the body with a specific type of brush in order to improve the skin and lymphatic system. Does it work and what are some tips to have the best results?
I first encountered dry brushing in massage school. We were told to buy dry brushes and practice dry brushing daily for a week. I saw improvement in the softness of my skin. Now that I have advanced training in manual lymphatic drainage, I am interested in the benefits of dry brushing for both the skin and lymph drainage. 
What is the science behind dry brushing? 
The Cleveland Clinic recommends dry brushing to promote lymph flow and drainage Read more here: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/01/the-truth-about-dry-brushing-and-what-it-does-for-you/
The New York Times reports Dr. Tina S. Alster, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center finds that dry brushing helps the lymphatic system &qu…

My experience with Manual Lymphatic Drainage after surgery in San Diego

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Where to get post-surgery MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage lymph massage in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT



In this video I share my experience with receiving manual lymphatic drainage after surgery on my face and after an ankle sprain a few years ago. I saw the benefits of this type of lymph massage that reduces swelling after surgery that I took advanced massage training to be able to give it to other men and women in San Diego after orthopedic or plastic surgery!

Watch the video here:

Should I Start a Gratitude Journal?

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Why Start a Gratitude Journal?


by Kathleen Lisson

The past few years of my life have been life-changing for me. I turned 40, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, quit my job, moved cross country and changed careers. In the beginning of massage school I wanted to specialize in elite athletes. Around the time I was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 41, I realized my true calling is to help men and women with a cancer diagnosis, scars and/or lymphedema. At each of those crossroads, I found myself thinking 'who am I now and where am I headed?'

The answer to that question from that small voice inside of me has meant everything. I have discovered that I am more than just a reaction to what life is throwing at me. How I think about my situation can make a big difference!

Psychologist Shawn Achor "found there are ways that you can train your brain to be able to become more positive. In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain, allowing your…

How to Vacation in San Diego with Lymphedema

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How to Vacation in San Diego with LymphedemaManual Lymphatic Drainage Massage in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT (CAMTC #70128)





Traveling to San Diego on vacation? Here are some traveling tips for men and women with lymphedema. 


Robin from the blog 'Life With Lymphedema' shares her travel tips for men and women with lymphedema in the post 'Traveling with Lymphedema.' Read her tips here: https://lifewithlymphedema.com/2015/06/16/traveling-with-lymphedemaIn the National Lymphedema Network article 'Tips For Travel And Aircraft Flight,' Judith Casley-Smith, Ph.D. shares over a dozen tips for minimizing the effects of traveling by plane on limbs with lymphedema. Read her tips here: http://www.lymphnet.org/resources/tips-for-travel-and-aircraft-flight

San Diego has so many opportunities to be active, from swimming in the ocean to walking or cycling raround Balboa Park. I can help men and women with lymphedema enjoy San Diego and reduce the negative effects that a …

How to get the most out of travel experiences - Meditate

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How to Learn from Travel Experiences

by Kathleen Lisson

The first time I traveled to India to visit my future husband's family, I knew it would take a few months before I would fully integrate the experience into my life. Being exposed to such a wide variety of foreign experiences takes time to sink in. I experienced the same feeling a few years later when I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and experienced an African Safari. I could share photos and funny stories, but the true, deep meaning of these experiences didn't blossom until I spent time in stillness by myself and allowed my body to unravel its own understanding of what it had experienced. Travel writer Pico Iyer offers similar advice in the inspiring TED talk 'The Art of Stillness.'

Do you give yourself stillness after you travel, or jump right back into your day-to-day life?




Kathleen Lisson is a certified Meditation Teacher and Labyrinth Facilitator and teaches Meditation and Mindfulness at IPSB college in Sa…

How to Meditate with Anxiety

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How to Meditate with Anxiety
by Kathleen Lisson

I am a certified Meditation Teacher and teach Meditation and Mindfulness at IPSB college in San Diego, but I didn't always meditate. I began practicing meditation during a period of high anxiety in my life. I had just sprained my ankle, forcing me to cancel running a half marathon race which I had been training for for the past three months. I had moved cross-country that past summer for my husband’s job, which meant a career change and I was due to start massage school in a few weeks.

As I sat on the meditation cushion those first few times, I heard all my anxieties surfacing in the quiet of my mind. My sarcastic inner voice reminded me that if I wanted to sit around and be reminded of how disappointed and scared I was, I could do it with a glass of wine instead of paying hundreds of dollars to a meditation instructor. But I didn’t quit.  Soon I became more experienced at meditation. I was able to recognize those anxious thoughts befo…

How to adjust your car seat to stop low back pain

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Low back pain? Make sure your car seat is adjusted properly!
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT


As a massage therapist in San Diego, I see many clients who complain of low back pain.

I use a combination of myfascial release, deep tissue and trigger point work on their low back, sacroiliac joint, quadratus lumborum, gluteal and hamstring muscles to decrease their chronic pain and increase their range of motion.

During the massage I ask them about how they use their back. Here are just a few common triggers for pain in the low back area:

Standing more on one foot than the otherSitting with a wallet in the back pocketCarrying a heavy bagPoor driving posture
I cannot walk out to clients' cars to look at their driver's seat, but this video can help you to make a few simple adjustments to your car seat that may reduce your back pain. Learn from Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck in their video 'How To Adjust Car Seat for Back Pain-ALSO Secret Car Feature REVEAL' here http…

Advice: I Can't Stop Thinking When I Meditate!

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Advice: I Can't Stop Thinking When I Meditate!


by Kathleen Lisson

As a meditation teacher in San Diego, I have found that many beginning meditators become discouraged after their first few meditation experiences. They believe that they cannot meditate because they simply can't stop thinking. Many of us approach meditation with the same 'get it done' attitude that we do with other "must-do" parts of our lives, like going to the gym, cleaning the whole house or getting to work in rush hour traffic.

In a TED Talk titled 'A simple way to break a bad habit,' psychiatrist Judson Brewer explains positive and negative reinforcement. He shares how he learned not to "force" himself not to think during meditation using the reward based learning process and curiousity.

After listening to Brewer's talk, I invite you to try to meditate again, this time using curiousity instead of 'forcing' - let me know your experience in the comments below!




Ka…

Safe Relaxing Massage for Men and Women with Cancer and Lymphedema in San Diego

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Safe, Relaxing Massage for Men and Women  with Cancer and Lymphedema in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT
(CAMTC #70128)



Do you already know the relaxing, pain relieving effect that massage has on your body but concerned that a cancer or lymphedema diagnosis means that you can't enjoy the benefits of massage anymore?

Are you overwhelmed with traveling to medical appointment after medical appointment and wish you could have the benefits of a massage in the comfort of your home, on your schedule? An in home massage means that you can take a relaxing bath in your own bathtub or go to sleep in your own bed, right after your massage.

Hello, my name is Kathleen Lisson. I am a Board Certified Massage Therapist with oncology massage training and a Certified Lymphatic Therapist in San Diego. I provide massage to men and women with a metastatic cancer diagnosis, a cancer diagnosis, a cancer history or a lymphedema diagnosis in the comfort of their homes in the San Diego area. To book …

Best Tip for Exercise Recovery

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How to Recover from a Hard Workout
by Kathleen Lisson

Have you ever done a hard workout and felt like you just couldn't recover in time for your next run? Scientists have found that it could be because of what you are doing AFTER your workout as much as during your workout. Brad Stulberg writes in the Outside article 'Recovery Is All in Your Head' that a meta-analysis titled 'Psychosocial Factors and Sport Injuries: Meta-analyses for Prediction and Prevention' finds that "athletes are most likely to sustain physical injuries during times when psychological and/or social stress is high."

This makes sense because our bodies are recovering and rebuilding from our workouts in the hours after we shower and leave the gym or running trail. Adding stress forces our bodies to choose between dealing with stressful situations or healing and building muscle.

How can endurance athletes increase recovery after a hard workout?
I use activities like taking a nap, medita…

Nutrition Classes for Breast Cancer in San Diego

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Nutrition Classes for Patients with a Breast Cancer diagnosis in San Diego, CA

by Kathleen Lisson


There are a wide variety of nutrition classes for those with a cancer diagnosis, including breast cancer, in the San Diego area. Here are a list of classes:

Cancer Nutrition Resources in San Diego
Scripps Healthy Living Classes - Those who attend will "learn what foods and exercises protect against many lifestyle-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease."
https://www.scripps.org/events/healthy-living-classes-chula-vista-english-october-18-2016

Sharp Chula Vista Nutrition Class for Breast Cancer Patients - Those who attend will find a class that "has been designed to address common diet- and nutrition-related questions and concerns that are unique to patients with breast cancer. The most current diet and physical activity guidelines and strategies for making positive changes in these areas will also be discussed." 
http://www.sharp.com/health-clas…

Should I still meditate if I cannot stop thinking?

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How to Use Meditation for Frustration, Anxiety and Stress
by Kathleen Lisson



Have you ever said something you instantly regret when you're feeling stressed?

Have you ever read the same paragraph over and over and not 'got it' because you feel frustrated about something that happened earlier in the day?

Have you ever 'blanked out' for a test you have studied before because of anxiety?

A regular meditation practice can help with these situations, especially when seated meditation is full of thoughts. In this fun 13 minute talk, San Diego based Warriors at Ease and Mindful Schools curriculum trained meditation teacher Kathleen Lisson shares the role of the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and hippocampus in stressful situations and how meditation can help us think straight and improve test anxiety.





Stage 0 Lymphedema in San Diego

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Heavy Arm after Cancer Surgery - What is Stage 0 Lymphedema?
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CMLDT

The National Lymphedema Network states that people with stage zero lymphedema in an arm or leg can feel sensations of heaviness or fatigue in their limb, even when there is no difference in the size of their affected arm and unaffected arm. I have also heard that in stage zero lymphedema, people will feel like their rings and shoes feel tighter than usual, even though their arm doesn't look different.

Find out more about State 0 Lymphedema from the National Lymphedema Network here: http://www.lymphnet.org/overview/what-is-lymphedema/signs-and-symptoms/stage-0

These symptoms may be connected to lymphedema. It's a good idea to mention them to your primary physician. Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage may help to reduce the feelings of heaviness and fatigue in arms and legs with stage 0 lymphedema.

Advice for those with secondary lymphedema in San Diego
The National Lymphedema Network offe…

Five Fast Tension Tamers for Busy People

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Five Fast Tension Tamers for Busy People

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT


Want to fit relaxation into your busy schedule? Here are five ways you can relax during the day, no matter how busy your schedule is.

If you have five minutes - try a body scan. Sitting or lying down, find a comfortable position and gently focus on different parts of your body in this relaxing technique. Start by feeling your toes for two breaths, then feel each different body part, switching every second inhale. Breathe and feel the feet, ankles, lower legs and knees. Continue to focus on how your body feels from the inside of your thighs, hips, lower back, abdomen, upper back, shoulders, chest, arms, hands and fingers. Finish your body scan by feeling inside your neck, jaw, face, ears and scalp, each for two breaths. Finally, focus on your entire body breathing peacefully for a few breaths. This can be done at night in bed or when you are a passenger in a car.

If you can spare two minutes, twice a day, Dr. Andrew Weil re…

Have you tried ‘everything’ and still can’t get to sleep?

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Have you tried ‘everything’ and still can’t get to sleep?

by Kathleen Lisson
Does your room have blackout curtains, a humidifier and the finest bed linens on a comfortable mattress and you still can’t get to sleep at night? The answer may be in your pre-bedtime rituals.

Why Is Sleep Important?

As a San Diego meditation teacher, I know that our number one way to detoxify from the stress of the day is through a good night’s sleep. Meditation can also release stress, but sleep is key to robust health.

How do Insomniacs Try to Go To Sleep?

A Detroit-based study of sleep hygiene among insomniacs found that drinking alcohol, smoking near bedtime and taking naps during the day were common practices in those with insomnia. Read the study, ‘Sleep Hygiene Practices in a Population-Based Sample of Insomniacs,’ published in the Journal of Sleep, here: http://www.journalsleep.org/articles/280509.pdf

My biggest battle is limiting contact with electronics within a half hour of my bedtime. Looking at just…