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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, rehabilit…

Should You Take Probiotics after Plastic Surgery?

How to Recover from Cosmetic Surgery - Should You Take Probiotics after Plastic Surgery?

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 Pati…

Should You Try Meditation for Post-surgical Recovery?

Can Meditation Help Recovery After Surgery?

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. Find out more here:

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 medita…

Do you really "need" a tummy tuck?

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

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 surg…

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 girl…

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 relax…

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 -
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 -
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 dra…