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Feeling Anxious Before Surgery? Learn from my mistakes!

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How to Reduce Anxiety Before Surgery in San Diego
By Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT (CAMTC #70128) "Basal Cell Carcinoma" 
Those three words spoken by my dermatologist as she shined a bright light and peered at my right cheek felt like loose sand being stolen from under my feet by an undertow. 
"I'll take a biopsy to make sure"
Carcinoma, I thought dully. Carcinoma. Both my parent's had died from cancer, so I knew what the word meant. 
I had skin cancer. 
The next ten minutes: scraping of the pimple that had never healed on my cheek, then an explanation of how I would book surgery that went over my head. I asked if it would be written on a sheet of paper - "I'm just not thinking clearly right now." My Derm smiled, "Yes." 
I didn't know that that sheet was just the beginning of the paper trail that cancer created. Even a simple skin cancer, the 'no big deal,' the 'we get hundreds of cases a month' it's just surgery type of …

Chair Massage for Charity in Rancho Penasquitos!

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Rancho Penasquitos Massage Therapist Offers Free Chair Massage in Exchange for Donations to San Diego Nonprofits




Kathleen Lisson, a Board Certified Massage Therapist with a mobile massage practice based in Rancho Penasquitos, raised funds for local charities by giving complementary chair massages at the Rancho Penasquitos Farmers’ Market.
Lisson will be at the Rancho Penasquitos Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm, and a different San Diego charity will be featured each week.
Past donations include $65 to the Rancho Family YMCA.
Her business, Solace Massage and Mindfulness, provides lymphatic massage for clients after plastic, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. For more information, contact Kathleen Lisson at SolaceSanDiego.com

Why get Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage after surgery?

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Should I Try Lymphatic Massage after Surgery?
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT (CAMTC #70128)

Exams. Surgery. Medications.  You've been through enough already.
Would you rather spend another hour at a medical office or enjoy the expertise of a CLT and the caring hands of a massage therapist in the comfort of your own home? 
No white lab coats. No machines.
Just a warm smile and a well-trained, compassionate set of hands using a European technique for effectively reducing swelling, introduced in the South of France and perfected in Germany.  Our goal: reduce swelling and tightness after surgery and get you back to living your life again and spending quality time with your family.
Hello, I am Kathleen, a 42 year old meditation teacher and Board Certified massage therapist living in San Diego. I specialize in manual lymphatic drainage, a type of massage that works with the power of your lymphatic system to reduce the effects of post-surgical swelling ( plastic and orthopedic surgery ) a…

What is the 61 Point Meditation?

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What is the 61 point Meditation?
By Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT



I discovered an excellent version of the 61 point relaxation meditation by Karina Ayn Mirsky of http://www.sanghayoga.com/ on Insight Timer recently and it has become my preferred way to fall asleep at night.
If you have Insight Timer, I recommend you check it out! It is relaxing and research has found positive effects for those with stress disorders.

The study titled ‘Effect of '61-points relaxation technique' on stress parameters in premenstrual syndrome’ found that the practice is “effective in providing relief from PMS and may be a useful adjuvant to medical therapy of PMS and other stress disorders.” Read more about the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18831354

Reducing Anxiety and Worrying - my top three tips

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How a Meditation Teacher Combats Anxiety and Worrying
Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT


I remember the night I found out my life was changing. I had finished my workday in a career I loved with a supportive family of coworkers and was watching an episode of Longmire on Netflix. My husband received the phone call he had been waiting for and, after hanging up, walked downstairs to tell me the news:
"I got the job"
We would be moving, away from my friends and 15 year career in public service, away from snowy winters and trips to New York City and visiting family in Boston. We were moving to San Diego, and a new career for me as a massage therapist. 
I absolutely love the beaches and warm winters, but for me they came with an almost daily anxiety about succeeding in my new career and life. Can I start over and make a difference in only a few decades?
I combat my tendency to worry in three ways: meditation, listmaking and relying on friends.
For me, worrying starts as soon as I wake up. …

IPSB-trained Massage Therapists in San Diego

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IPSB-trained Massage Therapists in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT


I learned massage and also had the pleasure of teaching meditation at IPSB college in San Diego, which was one of the oldest massage colleges in the United States. If you have ever had an IPSB massage, you knew it. The touch was deeper and more connected to both your body and your soul.

Unfortunately, IPSB closed in 2016, but there are a few practicing massage therapists who still use the old ways to massage their clients. Here are a list of IPSB-trained massage therapists practicing in San Diego. IPSB grads, please consider referring to your fellow classmates to ensure they get the 'Enter, Center and Connect' IPSB experience from their massage!

Wendy Bennett - Therapeutic Massage by Wendy 619-772-2202 tmbywendy.com

Jasmine Cherry - 442-242-5851 cherry.jasmine16@gmail.com

Sandy Cole - 858-750-0041http://www.essentialbodytherapy.com/

Carly Delso-Saavedra -http://www.carlymassage.com/

Debbie Derr - dsquaredbodyw…

Posted on Medium: Supplements and Teas: What is 'safe' and 'healthy' to take before plastic surgery

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Supplements and teas: What is ‘safe’ and ‘healthy’ to take before Plastic Surgery


by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT
I recently posted an article offering tips from several Board Certified plastic surgeons on what NOT to take before plastic and cosmetic surgery. Read the article here:  https://medium.com/@Kathleenlisson/dont-be-fooled-by-these-myths-what-is-safe-and-healthy-to-do-before-plastic-surgery-20b07a8b904b#.gyo9gxjl6

About Kathleen Lisson As a Board Certified massage therapist with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I help women and men in the San Diego area reduce the tight, full, heavy feeling that comes with swelling after facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and other plastic surgery operations. I make housecalls! To schedule a treatment, please visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

Plastic Surgery Research Tip - Book Review of 'The Essential Cosmetic Surgery Companion' by Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

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Plastic Surgery Book Review: 'The Essential Cosmetic Surgery Companion' by Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT



Board Certified Massage Therapist Kathleen Lisson reviews the book 'The Essential Cosmetic Surgery Companion' by Robert Kotler, MD, FACS. The biggest value in this book is the extensive lists of questions Dr. Kolter recommends that potential plastic surgery clients ask cosmetic surgeons during the initial consultation.

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozawHVO3W1U





As a Board Certified massage therapist, with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I help women and men in the San Diego area reduce the tight, full, heavy feeling that comes with swelling after facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and other plastic surgery operations. To schedule a treatment, please visit http://www.solacesandiego.com
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Best Tips on How to Recover from Plastic Surgery
By Kathleen Lisson CMT, CLT
Here are links to my top advice on healing and recovering after plastic surgery in San Diego.


Research on using Essential Oils for Surgery RecoveryThere's a lot of advice on the Internet about using essential oils. Let's look at what scientific research has found. http://solacesandiego.blogspot.com/2017/02/research-on-using-essential-oils-for.html

Plastic Surgery Recovery Shopping ListRead advice from ladies who have had plastic surgery on what should be on your shopping list to ensure a quick and comfortable recovery. http://solacesandiego.blogspot.com/2017/02/plastic-surgery-recovery-shopping-list.html

Should You Take Probiotics after Plastic Surgery?There is a lot of advice on probiotics on the internet. Let's look at what scientific research has found. http://solacesandiego.blogspot.com/2017/01/should-you-take-probiotics-after.html

Should You Try Meditation for Post-surgical Recovery?There is some …

Information on Diastasis Recti

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Information on Diastasis Recti
by Kathleen Lisson CMT, CLT RealSelf has a forum with Q&A, photos, videos, a forum and reviews from patients with Diastasis Recti. Check it out here: https://www.realself.com/diastasis-recti-repair

California Plastic Surgeon Dr Kamakshi Zeidler explains more about rectus muscle diastasis in this video: https://youtu.be/OUK4imT3yVw





About Kathleen Lisson
As a Board Certified massage therapist, with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I help women and men in the San Diego area reduce the tight, full, heavy feeling that comes with swelling after facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and other plastic surgery operations. To schedule a treatment, please visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

Research on using Essential Oils for Surgery Recovery

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Should You use Essential Oils for Surgery Recovery?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT
I first became interested in the power of essential oils for recovery from surgery when a tummy tuck and liposuction client from the San Diego area was infusing Lavender essential oil in her bedroom while I gave her a manual lymphatic drainage treatment. She told me that she felt the essential oils made her feel calm and her pain was decreased.
The 2014 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal article ‘Essential Oils for Complementary Treatment of Surgical Patients: State of the Art’ by Susanna Stea provides an overview of research on the effect of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula stoechas, Lavandula latifolia, Lavandula intermedia), orange (Citrus sinensis) and peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oils to reduce anxiety and pain and offers mixed evidence: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/726341/
Caution: Essential oils are not considered drugs in America, so compa…

Plastic Surgery Recovery Shopping List

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What to Buy for Plastic Surgery Recovery
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I had reconstructive surgery on my cheekbone after a skiing accident 8 years ago and I remember how completely unprepared I was to care for myself after I was discharged from the hospital. I did all the right things with my going-to-the-hospital bag, but I didn’t realize how completely out of it I would be in the days after the surgery. I was recovering alone in my apartment and ended up surviving on several bottles of Ensure. To this day I still won’t drink the stuff.
You can do better than I did! Here are some links to cosmetic surgery patients’ guides to preparing to recover after plastic surgery:
Supplies You Need After Tummy Tuck Surgery - https://www.realself.com/forum/supplies-after-tummy-tuck-surgery
Pre/post op stuff to buy and tips to prepare for your surgery/recovery! - https://www.realself.com/forum/pre-post-op-stuff-buy-and-tips-prepare-for-your-surgery-recovery-hope-helps
La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre’s …