Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Best Massage Therapists in San Diego

Top Massage Therapists in San Diego

As a Board Certified massage therapist in San Diego, I use Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage to reduce that tight, heavy feeling after plastic and cosmetic surgery. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is one of many types of massage available in San Diego. I have focused my time and training on reducing swelling in clients, so when a client or friends wants a type of massage I have less experience in, I refer them to a fellow massage therapist. 

Here are some of my fellow Board Certified massage therapists:

Chiropractic and Medical Massage

Dr. Peggy Chin of MOTIVE Health & Sports Chiropractic is a massage therapist and Chiropractor, utilizing Active Release Technique for soft tissue and overuse injuries to complement her practice.  She works with weekend warriors who participate in activities such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Crossfit, Running, Cycling, and Triathlons.  Her focus is sport-based, helping individuals who are looking for injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance training.  Her work number is 858-880-7830, email is peggy@motivehealthsd.com and website is http://www.motivehealthsd.com

Robert Davis offers Orthopedic Medical Massage and Core Energetics. His website is http://www.corenergy.info

Johanna Karlsson is the Founder and CEO of Urban Light Sanctuary and offers chiropractic and medical massage. Her website is: 


Linda Anne Kahn is an Internationally certified Lymphedema therapist and specializes in the treatment of Lipedema, lyme disease and, auto-immune diseases. She co-authored a book 'Nutrition Guide for Lymphedema and Lipedema' and lectures at all the major lymphedema conferences on Lipedema as well as at Fat Disorder conferences.  Her clinic is in La Jolla and her website is:

Kathleen Lisson is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Board Certified Massage Therapist and provides manual lymphatic drainage to clients after liposuction for lipedema. She has a studio in Pacific Beach and her website is SolaceSanDiego.com. The Lipedema Treatment Guide website is LipedemaTreatmentGuide.com

ROLFING / Structural Integration

Corrie Anderson is a board certified massage therapist from Del Mar. She specializes in the MELT Method, Structural Integration and Postural Analysis. Her website is at: http://corri5.wixsite.com/mindful-movement

Stress Reduction from Deep Tissue to CranioSacral Therapy

Jeannie Cherubini is a massage therapist and esthetician and holds a bachelors degree in nutrition.  She provides Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, shiatsu, reflexology, cranial sacral
and Reiki in the comfort of her client's homes. Her cell phone 239-272-7697.

Carolee Ferguson offers several specialities, including Swedish/Circulatory Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Integrative Massage, Sports Massage, Thai Session, Reflexology Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, Raindrop Therapy, Lomi Lomi Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Reiki, Baby/Infant Massage and Zen Shiatsu. Her website is http://holistichealing.net/holistichealing/Welcome.html

Shari Fischel operates Scripps Ranch Massage, a massage therapy practice that focuses on holistic massage for women. As a Certified Massage Therapist, she specializes in neck and low back pain management, myofacial release, therapeutic and deep tissue work, as well as sports and pregnancy massage. As a professional, she believes the role of massage therapy is to provide a natural healthcare experience that promotes health and wellness for the body both physically and mentally. She has been practicing therapeutic massage and bodywork for 17 years.Her website is www.scrippsranchmassage.com and her email is shari@scrippsranchmassage.com

Gloria Gonzalez offers bodywork specializing in craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation to heal accumulated stress. Her email is gloria@eightelementswest.com phone: 858-336-5364 and website:  http://www.eightelementswest.com/visceral-manipulation/.  

Pia Romano has experience with many modalities including Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Healing, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Oncology Massage and Geriatric Massage. She is well versed in helping people with physical/mental/emotional issues they want to overcome from sports injuries and accidents to emotional traumas current or past. Her contact information is 858-635-1200 and her email is psromano24@gmail.com

Jordan Smith specializes in therapeutic deep tissue massage and can be reached at (858)722-8186.

Anna Stone offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Bamboo Fusion, and Table Thai. Her website is at http://lestonebodywork.amtamembers.com

Janice Thompson's primary focus is relaxation and elongation of tight muscles. She performs Swedish massage, deep tissue, reflexology and CranioSacral Therapy.  Her office is in Poway and she offers mobile massage in nearby neighborhoods. Her website is PowayMassage.com & phone is 619-997-7612. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Should You Take Probiotics after Plastic Surgery?

How to Recover from Cosmetic Surgery -

Should You Take Probiotics after Plastic Surgery?

Recover from Plastic Surgery Tips

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I have been eating yogurt with live active cultures for years, but the first time I had a doctor recommend probiotics to me was here in San Diego for my recent trip to India. I digested the spicy foreign food much better than I had during previous trips to visit my in-laws (my husband is from India) so I was excited to find out whether probiotics could be useful in recovering from plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures like facelifts or tummy tucks.  

I had heard the common sense explanation that ‘antibiotics destroy intenstinal bacteria and probiotics help repopulate your gut flora,’ but surprisingly, it was hard for me to find solid scientific evidence for adding probiotics to a post-surgery diet. I found one study that is targeted to trauma nurses taking care of patients in the hospital.  

In the January 2017 Journal of Trauma Nursing article ‘Probiotics for Trauma Patients: Should We Be Taking a Precautionary Approach?’ Heather A. Vitko provides a balanced overview of the use of probiotics in hospitals. Research has found that probiotics decreases rates of infection and antibiotic-associated diarrhea, but Vitko cautions that probiotics are only regulated as supplements. According to Vitko, the most common probiotics used in research are Lactobacillus and Saccharomyces boulardii.

If you have seen medical evidence for using probiotics after plastic surgery, please let me know in the comments!

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Should You Try Meditation for Post-surgical Recovery?

Can Meditation Help Recovery After Surgery?

Tips for Recovering from Sugery - Meditation

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Meditation, mindfulness, visualization and the relaxation response have been increasingly accepted in recent years as powerful stress-reduction tools.

In the Holistic Nursing Practice (2000) article ‘Relaxation training as a holistic nursing intervention,’ Jan DeMarco-Sinatra, Coordinator of the New England Heart and Longevity Center in Manchester, Connecticut, shares information on the positive effects of relaxation training and provides details on four techniques for inducing the relaxation response.

A Wall Street Journal article titled ‘Can Meditation Help Pain After Surgery?’ covers Mt. Sinai hospital’s efforts to reduce post-surgical pain with meditation.

California Pacific Medical Center / Sutter Health and The Institute for Health and Healing offers a free guided meditation for their patients to use

Here is a wonderful video on the positive effects of meditation and visualization before surgery:

Read Peggy Huddleston's book here:

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do you really "need" a tummy tuck?

If you are thin, do you really "need" a tummy tuck?

lymphatic massage after tummy tuck
Should you get Tummy Tuck Surgery in San Diego, CA?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT

I was at a Christmas party last year with my husband and the usual topic of conversation came up - "What do you do for a living?" When I told the beautiful slim blonde mother asking the question that I give manual lymphatic drainage massages to women in San Diego after plastic surgery procedures like facelifts, tummy tucks and mommy makeovers, her face flashed a look of knowing.

She knew why a woman would have a tummy tuck after having children. She knew what exercise could reduce and what all the ab workouts in the world could not fix.

With properly tailored clothing, spanx and running outfits that strategically cover the tummy area, many women are hiding the effects of having their children (especially twins and triplets) from the world. The only person who knows is the one looking in the mirror.

I thought of this conversation again today when I saw a tweet by plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman  @DrJonPerlman about this woman's question on Real Self - "Is there a recommended minimum weight requirement for tummy tuck?" Her photo says it all - a woman who is slim, who works out, but still has loose skin and stretch marks in the abdomen area. Her photo and story are here: https://www.realself.com/question/temecula-ca-recommended-minimum-weight-requirement-tummy-tuck#4168730

I was glad to read that several plastic surgeons said she was, in fact, a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
There was no judgement, no "you look great to everyone else, ignore how you feel when you look in the mirror at yourself?" With more and more people, from celebrities to social media 'friends,' opening up about their successful experiences with plastic surgery, it's easier to gather tips, referrals and support from experts and loved ones and make the best decision for your body, mind and spirit.

Why I Love Manual Lymphatic Drainage

My clients are the happiest people in San Diego. They have beautiful families and the infectious newfound confidence that comes with investing in themselves, using plastic surgery to make their bodies match the person inside. I see, over and over again, that my clients are really pleased with their results because they took time researching plastic surgeons and chose the best. They are excited to get back to their lives, but feel heavy and tight. Yes, this is totally normal and will go down with time, but they want to feel better faster with Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage.

Manual lymphatic drainage or lymphatic massage helps after surgery to reduce the feelings of swelling - tightness and heaviness - and bring relaxation and stress relief. Visit SolaceSanDiego.com to book your manual lymphatic drainage massage appointment.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Plastic Surgery Book Review: The Essential Cosmetic Surgery Companion

How Should I Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

The book The Essential Cosmetic Surgery Companion by Robert Kotler, MD, FACS is an excellent resource for patients just beginning to do their research on which doctor should perform their plastic surgery. Dr. Kotler advises that clients choose a 'superspecialist,' a physician with advanced training that limits his or her practice to only cosmetic surgery (versus reconstruction or birth defects).

What do I ask on the phone or in the consultation with a plastic surgeon?

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. With this book in hand, potential clients can gather the information they need to screen which doctors to meet with for a consultation as well as which doctor to choose for the procedure itself.   

In this video, Dr. Kotler talks about how to choose a cosmetic surgeon:

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery also put together a list of questions to ask a plastic surgeon here: http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/5-essential-questions-for-cosmetic-surgery-consult/ 

Find Dr. Kotler's Book Here:

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Two Girlfriends Get Real About Cosmetic Surgery: A woman-to-woman guide to today's most popular cosmetic procedures

Should I Have a Tummy Tuck, Facelift or Liposuction?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I recently read a very well-known book about plastic surgery titled ‘Two Girlfriends Get Real About Cosmetic Surgery: A woman-to-woman guide to today's most popular cosmetic procedures.’
The “girlfriends” are Charlee Ganny, a plastic surgery client and Susan J. Collini, who has experience managing a plastic surgery practice. The book, published in 2000, provides overviews of plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, tummy tucks, and facelifts. What is there to learn from a book that was published over 16 years ago? Though plastic surgery is becoming more accepted, especially in the San Diego area, the authors’ experience of deciding if surgery is right for them and dealing with the reactions of friends and family members feels like it could have been written in 2017. Read this book to learn from their perspective, especially if you are a mother considering a tummy tuck or mommy makeover.

The girlfriends provide advice on liposuction, tummy tuck and facelift procedures both before surgery and for recovery after surgery. Of course, every patient should follow their plastic surgeon’s advice to the letter. The girlfriends and the ladies they interviewed for the book share what they learned the hard way and Collini shares what she has learned from the recovery experiences of the hundreds of patients she has interacted with at her husband’s clinic.

I recommend this book for women who are just beginning to consider if plastic surgery procedure like a facelift, tummy tuck or liposuction is right for them.

To book a post-plastic surgery Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment in the comfort of your own home, visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Quick Neck Exercises to Increase Lymphatic Flow in the Face

Neck Exercises to Increase Lymphatic Flow in the Face

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

As a Board Certified Massage Therapist practicing in San Diego, I see men and women who are looking to reduce that tight feeling that is caused by swelling after plastic surgery - but people who have not had facial plastic surgery can still help their lymphatic system with a manual lymphatic drainage treatment or self-MLD. I recommend the following exercises for improving lymphatic flow in the neck and face. Please consult with your doctor if you have had neck problems or before beginning any new exercise program.

 I recommend the following exercises for improving lymphatic flow in the neck and face:

Ear to Shoulder - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, bend the head to the side, exhaling and stretching your neck so that your ear is as close to the shoulder as comfortable. Inhale and return head to an upright postion and repeat on the other side. 

Look to the Side - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, inhale while turning the head to the side, being careful to keep the chin from tipping upward. Exhale and turn the head all the way to the other side, then inhale to return the head to center. 

Look Up and Down - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, inhale while looking up toward the ceiling. Open the mouth a little to make the position more comfortable, then exhale and look down toward the ground. Inhale and return the head to center.  

All of the lymphatic fluid in the face drains into the neck. Having proper lymphatic flow in the neck is essential for a healthy lymphatic system in the face, and these simple exercises done a few times a day can stimulate lymphatic flow in the neck. 

Shoosh Lettick Crotzer has a complete full body 'lymphatic flow' gentle exercise video here: 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

What do Board Certified Plastic Surgeons think of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage after Plastic Surgery?

What do Board Certified Plastic Surgeons think of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage after Plastic Surgery - Brazilian Butt Lift, Facelift and Tummy Tuck?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

RealSelf is a online resource that compiled advice from dozens of plastic surgeons across the United States on a variety of questions that concern clients.

Here are a variety of opinions from plastic surgeons around the country about Manual Lymphatic Drainage after a Brazilian Butt Lift - https://www.realself.com/question/brazilian-butt-lift-massages
Most believe that it is beneficial in the liposuction treated areas, but not on the butt area itself.

Here is a link to plastic surgeons discussing Manual Lymphatic Drainage effectiveness after a facelift - https://www.realself.com/question/denmark-sc-lymh-drainage-massage-exact-word-english-after-fl
I appreciate that there is a variety of opinions, and some plastic surgeons do find it to be an effective treatment.

Finally, information on manual lymphatic drainage after a tummy tuck - https://www.realself.com/question/germantown-tn-benefits-lymphatic-drainage-massage-after-tummy-tuck
Many of the doctors appreciate the effectiveness of MLD after abdominoplasty / tummy tuck.

To book a manual lymphatic drainage treatment in the comfort of your San Diego are home, please visit http://www.solacesandiego.com

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