Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Causes Abdominal Bloating?

Tips for Reducing Abdominal Bloating

by Kathleen Lisson

I provide a recap of the presentation on Functional Medicine I attended at Pacific Pearl La Jolla. Board-certified Family Physician with board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Dr. Mona Ezzat-Velinov shared tips on how to diagnose abdominal bloating when routine medical tests have found nothing wrong.

Listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Having Crazy Feelings During Meditation?

Why Am I So Emotional During Meditation? 

by Kathleen Lisson

I sometimes feel strong emotions when I am meditating. Sometimes I am the victim or the aggressor.
The good news? Emotions last for 90 seconds if we do not fuel them. I talk about emotions and feeling body sensations in meditation in this episode of the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast.

Listen to the podcast here:

Tara Brach speaks about emotions:

Tara Brach speaks about emotions in this video:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I am a pretty good judge - or am I?

Judgemental Thoughts During Meditation

by Kathleen Lisson

The last few years I have noticed that judgement has become a larger part of my life. Things I thought all Americans agreed upon are all of a sudden divisive issues and my Facebook acquaintances are posting their opinions, not just easily likeable photos of their families. 

Judgement is also present during my meditations. A voice inside my head tells me whether I like the meditation or whether it will be effective, whether it is "right" or "wrong." I share how I handle judgemental thoughts in this podcast.

Listen to the podcast here: 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Puffy face after a bad night's sleep? You're not alone!

Sleep and Puffy Eyes

by Kathleen Lisson

How did you sleep last night? It's written all over your face, isn't it? When I don't get enough sleep or eat too much salt, my eyes swell up because the skin is thinner around my eyes and swells up easily. I talk about different ways to reduce eye puffiness in the book, but those are just covering the symptoms. The important thing to do it to stop swelling at the source - poor sleep.

Listen to my podcast here:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Holistic Healing and Lymphedema?

Can You Treat Lymphedema Holistically?

by Kathleen Lisson

I love seeing all the positive comments and photos I see on Instagram from ladies who love my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy! I talk about one comment in today's podcast and urge you to pick the book back up and re-read the second half for plenty of ideas on how to balance your immune system naturally and holistically. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lymphedema and Isolation

Are you Feeling All Alone in Having Lymphedema?

by Kathleen Lisson

I came across a blog post that really stopped me in my tracks, Facebook poster Lymphie Strong mentioned that people with a lymphedema diagnosis often are not friends with anyone else with Lymphedema. I talk about it on my podcast and offer a solution - join a Lymphedema-focused Facebook group.

Listen to the podcast here:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Exercise Warmup for those with a Lymphedema Diagnosis

Exercise Warmup for those 

with a Lymphedema Diagnosis

by Kathleen Lisson

As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, I was excited to read an article on lymphedema in the ACE personal trainer magazine! Exercise is a great way to control lymphedema, but many personal trainers don't know enough about the condition to help their clients confidently. I mention some of the warmup exercises author Daniel J. Green recommends in the article 'LYMPHEDEMA: HELP YOUR CLIENTS MANAGE THIS COMMON SIDE EFFECT OF CANCER TREATMENTS' on my podcast. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Link to the ACE fitness article I mention here:

Here is a more in-depth explanation of exercise and lymphedema from Lymphatic Education and Research Network.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Swollen Legs and Puffy Ankles? It could be your desk!

Tips to reduce swelling in legs and ankles - 

Ergonomics and your Desk Chair

by Kathleen Lisson

I saw this twice in the past week so I'm sharing it with you - the concept that how and where you SIT can affect swelling in your legs and ankles. 

Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck have an excellent video that shows how the height of your chair can affect the lymphatic drainage of your legs - watch closely the part at the three minute mark where they use a stick to check if the hips are higher than the knees when sitting in an office chair. This also applies to chairs at home. 

As a short person, my feet can dangle when I'm sitting in chairs that are too large for my 5 foot 2 frame. If this happens to you, try Bob and Brad's tip of using a stool for your feet or look into whether a petite office chair is right for you. If you have lymphedema or swelling in your legs or ankles, a under desk set of pedals, elliptical or stepper machine can help move the joints and lymph.  

Listen to the podcast here:

Watch Bob and Brad's video here:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'm not sick like THOSE People!

Nobody Wants the Cancer Special

by Kathleen Lisson

My clients may need extra help, but they really just want to go to a 'normal' gym. Ladies with lymphedema after breast cancer detest having to wear ugly compression garments that make them look and feel old. I have a skin cancer history, but I won't wear those SPF 1 Zillion face covers, even though I had skin cancer on my face at 41.


We just want to be treated normally. We want to feel pretty and not be reminded of how sick we were or sick we still are. If we're having a good day, why throw our risk factors or diagnosis in our face?

My tip is to be aware of our feelings and try to honor our own needs while still getting the treatment we need. It's tricky, but better than skipping a workout or wearing a garment.

Listen to my podcast here:

Here's a video I made shortly after my surgery:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Too Busy for Cancer!

Too Busy for Cancer?

by Kathleen Lisson

I was deeply moved by a piece I read today about one woman's struggle to face cancer. I was guilty of much the same thing with my skin cancer diagnosis. I didn't tell anyone except close family I even had cancer and only went public about it after my surgery was complete. 

I just didn't want to have the conversations with other people. Maybe I really didn't want to have to have the conversation with myself. I just wanted to put it behind me. 

As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, I now help ladies who have been too busy to care for their lymphedema. They are angry that they weren't told about lymphedema and exasperated that they beat cancer but now have a life-long disease to deal with. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Read Elisabeth Finch's 'Redefining Brave' here:

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Increase Your Intuition

Tips for Increasing Intuition

by Kathleen Lisson

I am reading the book Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner and really connected with her chapter on using your intuition to promote healing. She offers several tips to improve intuition that I have also found useful, including meditation and journaling. I share more in this podcast.

Listen to the podcast here:

Learn more about the research in the book from Kelly Turner here:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tips for Taking a Quick Break at Work

How to Use Your Break Time Effectively at Work

by Kathleen Lisson

Do you take breaks at work?
Do they consist of going to the bathroom and checking social media on your phone? 
Do you feel refreshed and motivated after a break, or just more overwhelmed?

I share hacks for taking an effective break at work so you can return refreshed, not overwhelmed. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tips on Compression and Elevation after Plastic Surgery Facelift and Liposuction

Are Compression and Elevation Important 

After a Facelift or Liposuction in San Diego?

by Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson

Compression and elevation are important to help our lymphatic system to reduce swelling after plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and facelifts.

After a facelift, use two pillows to elevate the head or try a wedge, which also helps heartburn issues.
After liposuction, wear the garments recommended by your plastic surgeon to help reduce edema / swelling.

The link to the podcast is here:

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Dr. Teitelbaum's answer to how long to wear compression garments after liposuction:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Using RAIN mindfulness technique after an upsetting situation

How to Stop Being so Angry

by Kathleen Lisson

In this episode of the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast, I share how I didn't do so well in balancing myself after a stressful, annoying, upsetting situation.

Tara Brach is right, I do go into a trance after I experience an emotional situation especially if it is negative and affects my ego.

Listen to the podcast here:

Watch Tara Brach explain RAIN

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to switch between social media and real life - my 30 second hack

How to Re-Center Yourself - 30 second ritual

by Kathleen Lisson

Have you ever intended to stop looking at social media but found your hand automatically grabbing your phone to check one more site - just one more look at email, Facebook, Instagram or your texts? So do I. I have found that coming back into the 'real world' isn't automatic. I use this 30 second trick to plant myself into my surroundings. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Jordan Killebrew offers a slightly different technique -

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Figuring out how to get ourselves back into balance is a lifelong gift

Balance and Laughter

By Kathleen Lisson

On the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy Podcast, I share something a teacher mentioned recently - When we become out of balance and figure out how to rebalance ourselves, we learn a skill we can use for the rest of our lives. I also share some research on laughter and immunity, a subject which I also cover in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How to Reduce Anxiety before Surgery in San Diego, Del Mar, La Jolla

How to Reduce Anxiety before Surgery 

in San Diego, Del Mar, La Jolla 

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Are you anxious about an upcoming surgery?
Are you concerned about using pain medication after surgery?

There is a way to reduce your anxiety and your need for pain medication after your operation in San Diego, Del Mar or La Jolla. Earlier this year, I spent an amazing weekend learning from psychotherapist, researcher and Harvard Divinity School graduate Peggy Huddleston about how to share the proven techniques from her book Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster. 

Research conducted at Tufts University Medical Clinic, New England Baptist Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (A Harvard Medical School teaching hospital) shows that men and women following the protocol described in Huddleston's book had:

  • Less anxiety before surgery
  • Used less pain medication after surgery
  • Less irritability, insomnia, nightmares and loss of appetite after surgery

The entire protocol is explained in her book Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster and she offers a relaxation CD that makes the process very simple.

If you would like a more hands-on approach, I offer one hour group workshops free of charge at locations throughout San Diego, including:

Adams Avenue Integrative Health

If you would like to book a one-on-one private workshop, I can come to your home and guide you, step by step, through the process. This is an ideal choice if you need to be discreet about your upcoming surgery or would like to gather with several of your supporters and learn about the relaxation process as a group! The fee for the one hour private session in the comfort of your home is $125, and is part of my Back to Health Program for Plastic or Orthopedic Surgery Clients. Email for more information at

News coverage about the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster program:

How to heal from Orthopedic Surgery:

How to heal from Cardiac Surgery

The book is available on Amazon and the CD can be downloaded onto Kindle and mp3 players. More information is here:

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Power of Observation and Having a Health Care Mentor / Support Group

Accountability for Your Healthcare Goals

by Kathleen Lisson

In this podcast I share my A-ha moment when I realized how effective having someone who cares regularly 'check in' with you really is. It has helped my clients to figure out solutions and get back on track and achieve their healthcare goals. This is really important in living with lifelong conditions like lymphedema in San Diego. 

I also share my favorite Facebook groups for people with a Lymphedema diagnosis as well as how to search Instagram for fellow #lymphies with #lymphedema to make your Instagram feed into a friendly place full of support! 

Listen to the podcast here:

Bonus! Here is a Lymphedema Book Review:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tips for Before and After Plastic Surgery

Your Plastic Surgery Shopping List

by Kathleen Lisson

What supplements and teas to take and NOT take BEFORE Surgery: diet pills, blood thinners like asprin, Motrin or Advil, vitamin E, chromium, ginkgo, flaxseed, fish oil, echinacea, saw palmetto, feverfew, kava, St. John’s Wort and valerian.

What Supplements and Teas to Buy to Recover AFTER Surgery:  Vitamin A, C, E, Copper and a multivitamin with Zinc

Plastic Surgery Recovery Shopping list: bandages, laxatives and some surprises!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

How to Stop Constipation

Tips for Constipation

by Kathleen Lisson

I swear by my squatty potty, it helps me to poop better! Listen to my top tips on reducing constipation - I also use hot beverages and an essential oil massage to get things moving along in the morning. 

Listen to the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast here:

Check out Michelle Lyons' website:

Learn more from Michelle Lyons here:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Learning to Meditate is Like Falling in Love?

Simon Sinek's advice on love and exercise 

applied to meditation and lymphedema care

by Kathleen Lisson

How do we fall in love? All at once, like in the movies, or after one grand gesture? Or after days, weeks, months of tiny loving actions? 
Meditating is the same for me. I meditate in the morning and look in the mirror and nothing has changed. I could even meditate every day for a week and still yell at my husband thoughtlessly. But, after weeks and weeks of meditating, one day I discover I can see a thought coming and choose to respond to it versus react to it. I can stay with anxious thoughts instead of being caught up in them. Over the long haul, it works. 

Have you found that this is the same with your lymphedema? My clients who do MLD and pump and wear their garments regularly will feel a difference versus not caring for themselves. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Watch the Simon Sinek video here: 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What Plants Clean the Air Indoors Pollutants

List of Plants that Clean Indoor Air

by Kathleen Lisson

We've moved from one side of San Diego to the other, and are looking to add plants to our home. My husband has excellent taste in plants and has used some of these plants when we used to live in New York! He likes Mother-in-law's Tongue and English Ivy the best.

Listen to the podcast here:

Here is HGTV's list of indoor plants that clean the air:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What to Buy After Plastic Surgery to Help Recovery

Surgery Recovery Shopping List

by Kathleen Lisson

I share information about my personal post-surgery shopping list!
The podcast is here:

Check out my photo from a recent class: 

I shared my list with them:
My list for post-surgery bag (if you’re staying in a hotel) includes what you would normally pack, plus: 

Your favorite Lavender essential oil, rose essential oil, orange/lemon essential oil, geranium essential oil or frankincense essential oil and a diffuser
Maxi pads
 Pee pads
 Baby wipes
Slip on shoes (I brought my slippers to show)
 Foot stool
 First aid kit and bandages like the ones your surgeon will use.
 Large hand mirror
 Plastic mattress cover
 A great tip - you can use your ironing board as an extra table when you can’t bend down!
 I also reminded everyone to make sure their refrigerator is stocked with easy to prepare, easy to eat foods. I shared that a recent tummy tuck client introduced me to Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.
I shared my horror story after my facial reconstructive surgery and showed everyone a great resource, Dr. Buford’s Plastic Surgery nutrition book Eat, Drink, Heal: The Art and Science of Surgical Nutrition

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Reduce Anxiety Before Surgery

Tips on Reducing Anxiety Before Surgery in San Diego

by Kathleen Lisson

I share some tips I learned from Peggy Huddleston to help reduce anxiety before surgery!

The Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast is here:

Learn more aobut the program's effect on cardiac patients here:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dandelion Tea for Swelling

Reducing Swelling with Dandelion Tea

by Kathleen Lisson

I recently took Dandelion Tea after an acupuncture treatment and found that it made me pee. A lot! I share my experience and some precautions for using this type of tea. 

Listen to the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast here:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

How to Use AWE to Balance the Immune System

How I Use the Emotion of Awe 

to Balance my Immune System and Reduce Anxiety

by Kathleen Lisson

Do we use the word Awesome way too much, or can we step back and see the world with wonder? 

I speak about using Awe to balance my immune system, the podcast is here:

Listen to Dacher Keltner's talk about Awe on Youtube: 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Homemade Ice Cube Facial

How I Reduce Swelling with an Ice Cube Facial

by Kathleen Lisson

When its hot out and I go running after 8 am, I tend to sweat SO MUCH after I finish my run that it's hard to put makeup and even sunscreen on after I shower. I cool down my face and reduce swelling with my ice cube facial. 

Check out the podcast here:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bloating and Swelling: Tips for 'heavy legs' and information on PCOS

What is PCOS and How do I Help Heavy Legs?

by Kathleen Lisson

My favorite Brit Trinny Woodall shared her trick for relieving her 'heavy legs,' which I think she says to mean swlling in the ankles, on a recent video. I also share the signs of PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, an often undiagnosed condition that may be affecting a young woman in your life. 

The podcast is here:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Best Bedtime Ritual for Sleep

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep 

and Wake up Early in the Morning

by Kathleen Lisson

I share tips from the book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy on sleep hacks to get to bed earlier and fall asleep faster. I share how the Internet and social media have become a little bit of an addiction for me, triggering me to "scan the horizon" instead of settling in to sleep. 

My big question: Do I really have to check in on social media at 9:30 p.m.? 

The link to the podcast is here :

Other links:

The link to Insight Timer :

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Aromatherapy after Surgery

Which Essential Oils help after Surgery? 

by Kathleen Lisson

I talk about some of the information I share on which essential oils are best after surgery. Check out my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy for advice from doctors and anesthesiologists. 

The podcast is here:

Also: How to Recover from Plastic Surgery — Advice from San Diego Naturopathic Doctors article is here:

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:

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:

The podcast is here:

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:

 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:

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:

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: 

If you would like to REALLY figure out WHY you meditate, check out this partner exercise you can do with a supportive friend:

No social media until 8 am? My tough-as-nails morning ritual:

Listen to my top tips on my podcast here:

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:

The link to my podcast is here:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Reduce Bloating

Carb Belly? Top Tips to Reduce Abdominal Bloating

by Kathleen Lisson

I'm so excited to share these tips with you! Before I spoke to a physcial therapist, I thought the only way to get rid of my 'carb belly' 'carb baby' bloated tummy was to cut all bread out and only eat salmon over spinach salad. Salmon over spinach salad is still by flat belly secret weapon, but I'm so glad I learned about all the other ways I was sabotaging a flat tummy and causing bloating in my abdomen.

Listen to the podcast and try the tips yourself:

Monday, September 11, 2017

How to Improve Bladder Control and Stop Leaking

Top Bladder Control Tips! 

by Kathleen Lisson

I share some tips for bladder care and bladder control in my recent podcast. This is a great podcast to listen to if you need a daily liner in your underwear, if you 'leak' when sneezing, laughing or exercising, if you have had children or if you have high blood pressure. PLEASE share this podcast and blog post with other ladies, we just don't talk about this subject enough. 

Listen to the podcast here:

I share more bladder and bowel control tips in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy. It's hard for me to explain kegels in a podcast, so here is a great video by a pelvic floor physical therapist! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The link between Friendship and the Immune System

The Link between Friendship and the Immune System

by Kathleen Lisson

I mention the link between friendship and the immune system in this episode of the 'Swollen, Bloated and Puffy' podcast. This is especially important to me now as I have recently moved and I'm reconnecting with current friends and trying to make new friends at my new condo complex. Why are friends so important?

Basically, more real friend interaction = a balanced immune system.

I go into more depth about this interesting link in my book Swollen, Bloated and Puffy and share the research behind the findings. But does this really need to be a topic for adults? Yes, because after college and parenting, making friends outside of work is much harder. There just aren't that many opportunities for adult friendships. A recent NPR story profiles the importance of friendship in people aged 45 - 65. The NPR article is here:

I know it's tempting to like those Facebook and Instagram posts that say that true friends can stay in tune with one another and not be in regular contact, but it is the regular contact of friends that we most need in our lives!

Listen to my podcast here on Overcast:

Friday, September 8, 2017

What book to read for lymphedema?

Top Book for Lymphedema

Book Reviews for 

Swollen, Bloated and Puffy by Kathleen Lisson

Here are a few reviews for the lymphedema / lymphoedema book 

Swollen, Bloated and Puffy :

Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema Foundation 

"We often get overwhelmed with what we should or shouldn't be doing with our lymphatic system. Lymphedema education is a growing trend as the disease is taking the world by storm.

This book has great information about reducing swelling, balancing your lymphatic system, immune system and reducing stress which ALL OF THESE THINGS are not only important to lymphatic patients, but to everyone. Kathleen focuses on a holistic approach for lymphatic care. I personally use this approach in my everyday life.

Kathleen is a Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist."

Lymph Fashion Blog 

"Her guide is a precious jewel for those who are new to managing lymphatic conditions and a great reminder for seasoned veterans! I wish I’d been given this when first diagnosed as a starting point to enable me to learn more about Lymphoedema and how to manage it daily without impacting on my spare time.

Not only does Lisson fill the book with information about Lymphoedema and the lymphatic system, it is full of handy hints and tips to approach conditions from an holistic viewpoint. Better still, she supports this with science and medical research… yes, all noted in her bibliography- great for nerds like me!!

From reading this, I’ve gained so much insight in to what else I could be doing to aid my Lymphoedema"

Find Swollen, Bloated and Puffy on Amazon:

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lymphedema Book Review: Swollen, Bloated and Puffy

Book Review: Swollen, Bloated and Puffy

Lauren Toner of the Lymph Fashion Lymphoedema blog posted a book review of 'Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.'

Lauren writes, "her guide is a precious jewel for those who are new to managing lymphatic conditions and a great reminder for seasoned veterans! I wish I’d been given this when first diagnosed as a starting point to enable me to learn more about Lymphoedema and how to manage it daily without impacting on my spare time."

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

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 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 a massage click here:

I studied massage therapy for people living with cancer with Teri Polley-Michea, RN, MA, HHP in San Diego and have assisted her in teaching Touch, Caring and Cancer classes to family members of those with a cancer diagnosis. My hands on work included shifts providing massage to patients receiving chemotherapy in the Moores Cancer Center infusion center in La Jolla and providing full body massage to patients with cancer and a cancer history at the UCSD Cancer Center in Encinitas.

I recently finished my training in Complete Decongestive Therapy for lymphedema with Gunter Klose and Linda Roherty from Klose Training. Gunter received his initial Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) training in 1984 at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany.  In 1990, Guenter came to the United States to assist Dr. Robert Lerner in establishing the first CDT treatment center for lymphedema patients located in New York City. Guenter’s work was instrumental in establishing the field of lymphedema therapy and training in the United States. Linda was elected to the Lymphology Association of North America’s Board of Directors in 2000, acted as Vice President of LANA from 2002–2005, and has served as Secretary since 2010.

I am the author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy, available on Amazon.

I have also volunteered in the Moores Cancer Center Patient and Family Resources Center and provided free massage to underserved communities in San Diego with the Alternative Healing Network.

If you or a loved one has a lymphedema or cancer diagnosis or history and prefers to receive massage services in the comfort of their home, please consider using Solace Massage and Mindfulness.

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