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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…