Episode 8 – Understanding Lymphedema and Lipedema

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Ep. 8 – Understanding Lymphedema and Lipedema: Expert Insights and Stress Reduction Tips with Kathleen Lisson, LMT, CLT 

Bonus – 5X5 Breathwork Exercise with Kathleen Lisson, LMT, CLT

Bonus – Calming Meditation for Clients with Lymphedema with Kathleen Lisson, LMT, CLT

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In this episode of Collaborative Connections, host Ericka Clinton is joined by guest Kathleen Lisson, a board-certified massage therapist, lymphedema therapist, health coach, and yoga instructor. Kathleen shares her insightful expertise on the impact of stress on chronic illness, focusing on guided meditation and stress reduction techniques for clients with lymphedema and cancer history. Together, they delve into the importance of treating the whole person, integrating massage therapy, and stress reduction practices for optimal care. Their conversation also touches on the distinctions between certified lymphedema therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, as well as addressing the differences between lymphedema and lipedema. With personal anecdotes and professional expertise, Kathleen Lisson and Ericka Clinton deliver an informative and inspiring discussion geared towards empowering healthcare providers in their support of clients with chronic illnesses. 

 Topics discussed: 

  • Importance of Stress Reduction for Clients with Chronic Illness 
  • Supporting Clients with Lymphedema 
  • Addressing the Impact of Cancer and Lymphedema 
  • Stress on the lymphatic system and wound healing 

 More About Kathleen Lisson, LMT, CLT 

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Kathleen Helen Lisson is board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She helps clients with lymphedema and lipedema as well as clients who have had plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery after cancer. She has spoken at the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, Fat Disorders Resource Society, International Society of Lymphology, MLD UK, National Lymphedema Network and Society for Oncology Massage conferences. Kathleen’s writing focuses on providing education resources for her clients with lymphedema and lipedema and her fellow Lymphedema Therapists. She is the author of Swollen, Bloated and Puffy, Lipedema Treatment Guide, Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook, Southern California Plastic Surgery Cookbook, Mindful Strategies for Adults with Adverse Childhood Experiences and Stress Reduction for Lymphedema. She is a coauthor of the Standard of Care for Lipedema in the United States, which was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and published in the journal Phlebology. While not working, Kathleen enjoys historical fiction, running and yoga. She lives with her husband Arun and their dog in San Diego, CA. 

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