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Swollen, Bloated and Puffy

Swollen, Bloated and Puffy

By Kathleen Lisson
Tips on reducing swelling after lymphedema or orthopedic, oncology and plastic surgery in San Diego and balancing our immune system with Board Certified Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson. #plasticsurgery #lymphedema #sandiego
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Lymphedema Awareness Day 2019
Tips for caring for your compression garment!
March 07, 2019
Episode 131
Lessons from the Foldi Clinic
June 29, 2018
Melanoma awareness #skincancer
I talk about melanoma and urge you to use SPF!
February 17, 2018
Surprise lymphedema treatments
I talk about whole body vibration, rebounding on trampoline and whether to try one treatment at a time or not... lymphedema treatment options.
January 24, 2018
Liar fatso klutz wuss lipedema
Liar fatso klutz wuss, all clues to lipedema? I was inspired by Sandra Halls presentation at Lipedema Alberta!
January 11, 2018
Medicine isn’t perfect
I share what i have come to learn about medicine.
January 04, 2018
Exercise tips lymphedema
Exercise tips for lipedema and lipedema- don\u2019t strain and focus on low impact if you have lipedema.
January 03, 2018
Traveling w lymphedema tips
Tips on traveling w lymphedema and experiencing awe.
December 28, 2017
The truth about fat shaming!
I speak more about what i am learning from the great book The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos.
December 21, 2017
Obesity is a myth!
I share how the book The Obesity Myth changes my views on healthy weight.
December 21, 2017
Self compassion for lipedema
I share information about a self compassion meditation intervention for lymphedema and lipedema. Find the meditations at
December 15, 2017
Lymphedema lipedema travel tip
Travel tips for lipedema and lymphedema.
December 14, 2017
Hydration tips for lymphedema
We are having Santa Ana which brings warm dry temps.
December 13, 2017
Lymphedema after injury
I share two cases where lymphedema was a result of an injury.
December 12, 2017
Meditation in morning tip
I share with a good laugh, why i find time to meditate first thing in the morning!!!
December 11, 2017
Meditation during busy days
I share my practice of simple awareness of breath on my busy days.
December 10, 2017
Lymphedema treatment in USA
I compare lymphedema and lipedema treatment in America versus in Germany.
November 30, 2017
Plastic surgery care in Europe
I share an interesting conversation i had with a client recently - Lymphatic massage is more widely used after plastic surgery in Europe and South America.
November 29, 2017
Referring to specialist
I share my thoughts on being able to say \u2018I don\u2019t know\u2019 as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in San Diego.
November 27, 2017
How to talk ‘Cancer cures’
I share an article on how to have a conversation with a relative who believes in alternative therapy for cancer.
November 23, 2017
Use your pool for compression
I share a tip I gave to a liposuction client recently \u2013 spend some time in the pool to get natural water compression!
November 21, 2017
Highly sensitive & releasing
I share my feelings after listening to Catherine Seo discuss Releasing for those with lymphedema or lipedema and Lourdes Viado podcast episode 63 discussing Highly Sensitive People & the need for self care. Link to the podcast is on the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy Facebook page.
November 20, 2017
Signs of lung cancer
I share signs of lung cancer
November 18, 2017
Building lymphedema community
My day spent spreading lymphedema awareness and taking care of a client!
November 16, 2017
Veterans Day lessons from dad!
I share lessons learned from my father on Veterans Day weekend.
November 13, 2017
Why choose licensed therapist?
It may seem obvious to some, but a hard choice for others. There are unlicensed, untrained therapists offering services without malpractice insurance or experience. Is it ok to save money and use an uncertified therapist for massage or after plastic surgery?
November 12, 2017
New moms influence healthcare
I talk about my experience watching a millennial new mom handle labor and delivery, taking charge of her healthcare.
November 10, 2017
Customer service in San Diego
I share some good customer service stories and my own standards for my clients.
November 08, 2017
Liposuction tips
Tips on getting Lymphatic massage to reduce swelling after liposuction in San Diego.
November 07, 2017
Stack the deck! Use resources
I talk about the concept of Stacking the Deck - using resources to overcome disease and become well.
November 05, 2017
Lasers for fibrotic tissue
I share information learned at the Lymphedema Seminar about treating fibrotic tissue with a laser
November 05, 2017
Lymphedema seminar recap day 1
Recap of Dr Eva Sevick presentation - what the heavy feeling in lymphedema actually is, NIRFLI, what pumps lymph, what goes wrong in Lymphatic when one has venous disease, autoimmune diseases & MLD.
November 04, 2017
Fibromyalgia treatments
Fibromyalgia treatments - meditation, Qi Gong, diet, stress reduction, Lymphatic massage.
November 02, 2017
Spreading lymphedema awareness
I share a story of meeting a lady who was a victim of female genital mutilation.
November 01, 2017
Lymphedema resource website
I share information about
October 31, 2017
Meditation can reduce triggers
I speak about the idea that meditation and qi gong practice can reduce the pattern of triggering and reaction in our lives.
October 29, 2017
Yes lymphedema is painful
I share Lymphie Strong\u2019s blog post about the reality of lymphedema and pain.
October 29, 2017
Qi gong for lymphedema
I talk about using qi gong movements to help lymphedema.
October 28, 2017
Essential oils for Lymphatic
I mention several Lymphatic system friendly essential oils that you can mix with lotion when hydrating your skin! Aromatherapy for lymphedema
October 26, 2017
Skincare w lymphedema
A reminder to moisturize and take care of our skin as we turn to the heater for warmth this fall and winter. Great tip for those with lymphedema
October 26, 2017
Lymphedema meditation tips
Tips on how to meditate comfortably if you have lymphedema, lipedema, Lymphatic disorder, autoimmune, fibromyalgia, chronic illness.
October 25, 2017
Lymphedema risk factors
Review of Monica Hubert\u2019s Oncology Times article titled \u2018Early referral, education keys to helping patients effectively manage lymphedema\u2019
October 24, 2017
Lymphatic massage reimbursed
I share how clients have used their Health Savings Account to have Lymphatic massage reimbursed after plastic surgery, lymphedema and autoimmune diseases.
October 22, 2017
Insurance for lymphedema
Insurance coverage tips for different aspects of lymphedema care.
October 22, 2017 drug info
I talk about a resource for easy to understand info about chemotherapy drugs.
October 20, 2017
Essential oils for headaches
I share tips on which essential oils to use when you have one of several different types of headache.
October 18, 2017
Making room for contentment
I share an ancestors story from Old Paths and Legends of New England, the purpose of founding Dedham, MA. Can we have a similar purpose, to outlaw divisiveness & judgement from a part of our life?
October 18, 2017
Meditation double check
Meditation double check - are you getting the benefits of meditation if you don\u2019t do it regularly, and some solutions for not being able to sit still and meditate.
October 17, 2017
Lymphedema? Gather resources!
I have been seeing stories of people (including me) who didn\u2019t know where to turn because of lack of knowing where to get trusted help &advice. Please gather resources before you need them!
October 15, 2017
How to talk to your doc & CLT
Tips for talking to your oncologist in Cure Today article \u2018Improve Communication with your Oncologist,\u2019 I adapted it to apply to Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well! Thx to author Martha Carlson.
October 15, 2017
Post surgery lymphatic massage
I share a protocol from New Zealand - when to get Lymphatic massage after surgery - many thanks to Carolyn Hoffman of
October 14, 2017
Signs of breast cancer
Breast cancer awareness is more than checking for lumps once a month. I share other potential signs of breast cancer. San Diego Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson
October 13, 2017
How it feels 2 have lymphedema
I share information from an infographic from Oxford Lymphedema Practice on how it feels to have lymphedema.
October 11, 2017
Lymphatic massage fibromyalgia
I encourage listeners to do their research to see if Lymphatic massage is for them. Study: effectiveness of different styles of massage therapy in fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
October 10, 2017
Don’t Ignore Pelvic pain
Links to lymphedema mavens and this article are on the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy Facebook page. I talk about top pelvic pain symptoms that we cannot ignore. San Diego Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
October 09, 2017
Why I love my work.
I share my personal story of how I became a certified lymphedema therapist.
October 08, 2017
Success vs self improvement
I share a @niklasgoeke article about success (being rich) vs taking the time needed for self improvement. Can we define our own success as work life balance without really feeling like a failure?
October 07, 2017
Lymphatic massage for saliva
I share my experience treating clients who have a lack of saliva. Sjogren and parotid gland swelling are the issue. Saliva returns during Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage and for a period after.
October 06, 2017
Qigong for meditation
I share the idea that movement practices like qigong and yoga may help meditators who are finding it difficult to sit still during meditation.
October 05, 2017
Lymphedema - real experiences
Listen to words for ladies with lymphedema on what the condition feels like. Hearing the stories from others makes us feel less alone. #lymphedema #lymphoedema
October 05, 2017
Aromatherapy for grief trauma
My tip for using essential oils for balancing during grief and trauma - use a blend to reduce linking negative memories to the smell of individual essential oils. San Diego lymphedema therapist.
October 03, 2017
Inner critic animus superego
I share what my inner critic looks like (I drew her) and talk about seeing the truth of the critic, using affirmations to smother the superego and how meditation lets me notice her in daily life.
October 02, 2017
Pleasure v. Happiness
Pleasure and happiness are two different emotions and run on dopamine vs. serotonin. Pleasure cannot bring long term happiness, I share how that insight has changed the way I think!
October 01, 2017
Crazy emotions w/ meditation?
I share what happened to me in my morning meditation and offer some insights on what might be happening when we have strong emotions during meditation.
September 30, 2017
Abdominal bloating solution
I recap a recent presentation I attended at Pacific Pearl La Jolla on Functional Medicine and provide tips for getting to the root cause of abdominal bloating when doc can't find anything 'wrong'
September 29, 2017
Meditation tip : judgement
I had judgmental thoughts in today's meditation. I sarcastically said that I can judge other people because I'm a meditation teacher. Being nonjudgmental is my goal in life, meditation helps.
September 28, 2017
Link btw sleep & swelling
I talk about the link between lack of sleep and swelling in the body and face. I also mention my number one weakness when it comes to keeping my bedtime.
September 28, 2017
Holistic resources lymphedema
I share a comment about my book I saw on Instagram regarding treating lymphedema from a holistic perspective.
September 27, 2017
Support w/ lymphedema
The importance of having support when you have a lymphedema diagnosis.
September 26, 2017
Lymphedema exercise warmups
Exercise warm up for those w/ lymphedema in the arm / leg. article:
September 24, 2017
Tip for swollen legs & ankles
Bob and Brad show how to measure if your chair is causing low back pain or cutting off circulation. Do this test yourself with a yardstick and watch their video here
September 23, 2017
How to choose medical products
I'm not sick like 'those people.' How to honor our own need to be healthy as we navigate treatment for cancer and lymphedema and other illness.
September 22, 2017
Too busy for cancer?
I talk about the Elisabeth Finch article Redefining Brave and how I hid my cancer diagnosis from my friends.
September 21, 2017
Improving your intuition
Improving your intuition with Mindfulness techniques.
September 21, 2017
Intuition hacks
Tips on how to improve intuition from Radical Remission by Kelly Turner. Meditation and journaling.
September 20, 2017
How to take a break at work
Tips on taking a restful break at work and my own experience being addicted to working. Tamim Alnuweiri article at 10 Soothing Ways to De-stress at Your Desk
September 19, 2017
Compression and elevation gopd
My tips on compression garments and elevation after a facelift.
September 19, 2017
30 sec centering ritual
My 30 second centering hack - switch from digital to real world by seeing four things, hearing three things, feeling two things and smelling one thing.
September 18, 2017
RAIN for upsetting situations
How I use the RAIN technique to rebalance myself after an upsetting encounter.
September 16, 2017
Do you have health care mentor
I explore idea of using the power of accountability and observation to reach personal health care goals w/ #lymphedema in #sandiego I also share my favorite Facebook groups & how to use Instagram!
September 15, 2017
Balance & laughter!
The tools we learn to use to pull ourselves back into balance become skills we rely on for the rest of our lives. Also, the importance of laughter. Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson.
September 14, 2017
Do more of what works.
Simple advice, but hard to take. Figure out what works for you and do more of it!
September 13, 2017
Creating habits w/o results
I share some wisdom from Simon Sinek - leadership, love and exercise are all daily actions without immediate visible results. Self care can be the same, but we still need to keep doing it!
September 12, 2017
Music to balance immune system
Music can affect emotion, learning, memory and attention. Information from The Secret Language of the Heart by Barry Goldstein in
September 11, 2017
New lymphedema video review
Exercise, sleeping, face masks and other tips for head neck and upper extremity lymphedema! To watch the video, search for 'Lymphedema: how to treat swollen arms and puffy faces' on YouTube.
September 10, 2017
Reduce stress after cancer!
Are you that go -to guy or gal everyone can depend upon? A giver? Important research shows you need to say no and reduce chronic stress if you have a cancer history!
September 09, 2017
Friendship & our immune system
I mention the link between friendship forgiveness and our immune system citing a few studies along the way to hopefully convince you to spend more time with friends this fall.
September 08, 2017
How I form habits - meditstion
My tips and examples of forming habits. figure out what you need, how long you'll meditate and what will remind you to meditate.
September 06, 2017
Create a meditation habit
Tips for making meditation a habit in San Diego from the author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
September 06, 2017
Things cancer teaches us!
I share lessons from cancer survivor Barbara Tako.
September 03, 2017
'Hold my beer' #lymphedema tip
Don't overexert yourself or do something excessive if you are at risk for lymphedema after cancer diagnosis and treatment.
August 31, 2017
Yelp review & gratitude
I share a recent Yelp review and thank everyone!
August 29, 2017
Gratitude episode
I share my gratitude for being able to provide care for #lymphedema clients in San Diego #sandiego
August 28, 2017
Day 2 of orthopedic swelling
My major takeaways from day 2 of Klose Orthopedic Swelling Solutions class!
August 27, 2017
Reduce swelling after surgery!
My top takeaways from day 1 of the Klose Orthopedic Swelling Solutions class - reduce swelling after injury with manual lymphatic drainage in San Diego!
August 26, 2017
Habit forming tips!
Riff on Seth Godin blog post emphasizing importance of forming habits, not just gathering information. San Diego Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson, author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy
August 24, 2017
Scar massage tips #sandiego
Tips on how and when to start scar massage after mastectomy or #plasticsurgery in San Diego #sandiego by Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
August 23, 2017
Skin care tips after cancer
Skin care tips after cancer when at risk for lymphedema. Great list from NLN link is on the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy Facebook page. San Diego Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson .
August 22, 2017
Meditation Tips for stress
Meditation tips - how to find a meditation you like and what to do when you can't meditate - San Diego Certified Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
August 21, 2017
How to Reduce bloating
Tips for eating and drinking to reduce abdominal bloating. San Diego Certified Lymphatic Therapist Kathleen Lisson author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
August 20, 2017
Butterfly metaphor
I explore the metaphor of the butterfly in periods of change and meditation.
August 18, 2017
Dandelion tea for swelling
My experience using dandelion tea for liver support - also good for reducing swelling #lymphedema #sandiego Lymphedema Therapist Kathleen Lisson author of Swollen Bloated and Puffy.
August 18, 2017
Bladder & self-care tips
I share some tips on bladder health and get real about the need for self-care during high stress times. San Diego lymphedema therapist Kathleen Lisson author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
August 16, 2017
Signs of lymphedema
I share insights from Radical Remission by Kelly Turner and offer list of signs you may have lymphedema. San Diego lymphedema therapist Kathleen Lisson, author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy.
August 15, 2017
Bedtime ritual & meditation
I share my bedtime ritual and offer tips on how to use Insight Timer to meditate in San Diego. #sleep #mindfulness #sandiego
August 14, 2017
Heavy legs & PCOS
Reducing swelling in ankles and the cause of weight gain, crazy periods & facial hair! I share Trinny Woodall's tip for heavy legs and a Popsugar article on PCOS symptoms. #sandiego
August 14, 2017
My homemade ice facial recipe
My homemade ice cube facial recipe for facial swelling and redness after exercise - chamomile, lemon, cucumber #sandiego
August 13, 2017
After cancer & bladder tip
In this episode of the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast, my thoughts on living after cancer and a bladder health exercise that's NOT a kegel! Great for ladies with lymphedema and anyone who leaks.
August 12, 2017
Constipation tip & testimonial
Tips on adding fiber to your diet and training yourself to poop & a touching testimonial from a client relieving swelling after trauma in San Diego #sandiego
August 11, 2017
Feeling awe & flaky skin tip
Feeling awe - an immune system balance and a tip for removing flaky skin with lymphedema. Swollen, Bloated and Puffy is available on Amazon.
August 10, 2017
Aromatherapy & breathing
Which essential oils to use (more info is in the book) after surgery & for swelling and the link between anxiety, swelling and breath. #lymphedema #sandiego
August 08, 2017
Prevent falls & Tony Robbins
Slip and Fall prevention tips for lower extremity lymphedema and I share Tony Robbins' tip three biohacks - light, cryotherapy and ... a Lymphatic pump?
August 08, 2017
Cancer book & arthritis tip
Book review of Radical Remission (Kelly Turner) and tip for arthritis swelling - use a paraffin wax machine!
August 06, 2017
Forest bathing & yin yoga
Explore how forest bathing helps balance immune system & how Yin yoga helps reduce swelling with lymphedema in San Diego.
August 04, 2017
Breathing & Doc's office tips
Tips for visiting your doctor and two fun ways to increase lymphatic flow by breathing - there are bubbles involved!
August 04, 2017
Support groups & vibration tip
Learn from my mistake and be open to accepting help and prayers before surgery and tips on using vibration to reduce swelling from lymphedema in San Diego.
August 02, 2017
Bloating: water & endo belly
Belly bloating: I share tips on hydrating and keeping electrolyte balance in the body and share information about endometriosis and period pain.
August 01, 2017
Immune boost : sleep & music
Take the SATED sleep quiz and learn how music can balance immune system and lower stress after #plasticsurgery & lymphedema in San Diego #sandiego
July 31, 2017
Exercises for Lymphedema
Exercises that help reduce swelling after surgery and for Lymphedema - pool, tai chi, yoga. San Diego certified lymphedema therapist Kathleen Lisson.
July 30, 2017
What more can I do? #cancer
My deep question since my diagnosis - what more can I do to prevent cancer? #sandiego #cancer #lymphedema
July 29, 2017
Leukemia and lymphatic massage
People with Leukemia diagnosis in San Diego can receive Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Contraindications during chemotherapy and benefits. Remember: massage cannot cure cancer. #sandiego
July 28, 2017
Hot weather swelling tips
Simple tips and raising awareness that our bodies swell more during hot weather in #sandiego and after #plasticsurgery and with #lymphedema plus my silly self reminder that it's HOT!
July 27, 2017
Walking after surgery tips
Tips for starting walking outside after surgery in San Diego - I share one great walk and why I like it for rehabilitation after surgery. #plasticsurgery #sandiego
July 26, 2017
Plants that clean indoor air
A list of plants that clean indoor air from top pollutants in San Diego. #sandiego
July 25, 2017
Tips for constipation
Morning Tips for reducing constipation : squatting potty, pooping sounds, hot drinks, exercise, massage w/ essential oils in San Diego. #sandiego #plasticsurgery
July 23, 2017
Cleanse & lymphatic massage
My opinion on when to book a Lymphatic massage if you're doing a several day detox or cleanse in San Diego #sandiego
July 22, 2017
Surgery recovery shopping list
My shopping list for recovering from plastic surgery in San Diego - facelift, tummy tuck, liposuction for lipedema or lymphedema operations. #plasticsurgery Author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy
July 21, 2017
Anxiety? 2min breath technique
Balance immune system with 2 min breath technique featured in page 81 of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy book for reducing swelling in San Diego after Orthopedic, Cancer, Plastic Surgery or Lymphedema.
July 20, 2017
Reduce anxiety before surgery
Tips for reducing anxiety before surgery in San Diego. Free workshop based on Peggy Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster book. #plasticsurgery #sandiego
July 19, 2017
Massage as a goal, not treat!
Things your massage therapist wishes you knew!
July 18, 2017