Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Ashleigh Norris of the Soulful Sprout

Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Ashleigh Norris 

of The Soulful Sprout 



by Kathleen Lisson

I recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of a wonderful holistic nutritionist, Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner and cancer survivor Ashleigh Norris! After my skin cancer diagnosis and with a few years of treating clients with a lymphedema diagnosis under my belt, I wanted to know more about proper nutrition for cancer survivors and those with an autoimmune disorder. It's got to be more detailed than just eat less and exercise more!


Q: Many people in health care seem to think that if a condition can be controlled by medication, there shouldn't be too much time spent in searching for the WHYs. Why is it happening, WHAT else can we do to heal ourselves. Did you see that with your thyroid issues?

Ashleigh: I, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way when it came to medications and thinking that they were a viable solution to helping my body recover from thyroid disease. My symptoms were lessened but our body knows when something is deeply wrong, and it will be persistent in "showing you" until you address the root problem. When it come sto thyroid disease often the root of the problem is nutritional deficiencies, stress or digestive issues.

Q: How did your diet change after your cancer diagnosis?

Ashleigh: My diet changed considerably after my cancer diagnosis as I started to see a Nutritionist at that time who had informed me about the dangers of consuming soy, dairy, gluten and grains since I was dealing with an autoimmune condition too. I had little knowledge about cancer diets but understood that I had to change the "acidic" and "toxic" terrain that my body was. This means more alkalinizing veggies, juices, green vegetables, clean sources of fish and meat and healthy fats. I also started taking supplements that would support my body along with herbs that would support detoxification and elimination.

Q: Should we be following a different diet during cancer treatment and after we are finished with treatment?

Ashleigh: Diets do vary depending on the types of cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and post-surgery. It is best to worth with a Nutritionist or Naturopath who is trained as a Cancer Care Practitioner every step of the way to support your body through optimal healing or to seek alternatives.

Q: Have you seen any cases of lymphedema and/or lipedema? Do you have any advice for ladies struggling with these conditions? 

Ashleigh: Yes I have and my biggest piece of advice is CONSISTENCY. Things I often recommend include:

-exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling, yoga poses like Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall (link: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/legs-up-the-wall-pose)

-lymphatic massage (link: http://www.uhn.ca/PatientsFamilies/Health_Information/Health_Topics/Documents/How_to_Do_Self_Lymphatic_Massage_Lower_Body.pdf)

-dry brushing

-detoxifying the body (supported by health practitioner)

-Eliminate all unhealthy foods. These include processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and unhealthy oils (coconut and ghee are the most healthy).

-Eat as many organic fruits and vegetables as possible.

The diet should include fermented foods like kimchi and saurkraut and probiotics. Probiotics help keep friendly bacteria in the intestines thriving, support the immune system, and aid in toxin removal.
-lymphatic herbs such as cleavers, devil's claw, calendula and astragalus

-rebounding exercises (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRaMoZuufT0) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mODSv8Iatt4)

-meditation or restorative yoga to name a few.


If this interview has a million other questions racing through your mind, you can find out more about Ashleigh at her blog!

Read Holistic Nutritionist Ashleigh Norris' blog The Soulful Sprout here: https://www.thesoulfulsprout.com/

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Labyrinth for Self - Discovery

Why Walk the Labyrinth?


by Kathleen Lisson

Walking a labyrinth may help you connect with your innermost self. Watch this TEDx video featuring fellow Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Kristin Keyes video for more information:



Find a labyrinth near you with the Labyrinth Locator: https://labyrinthlocator.com/locate-a-labyrinth

Monday, November 13, 2017

Seven Ways to Ease Your Stress - Advice from Massage Therapists

How to Reduce Stress - Advice from Massage Therapists


by Kathleen Lisson


I was pleased to be featured in another Massage Magazine story! I share my advice in the article '7 Effective Ways to Ease Your Stress.'

Read it here: https://www.massagemag.com/7-ways-to-relieve-stress-87459/

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Top Lymphedema Video on Youtube

Best Lymphedema Video on YouTube 


by Kathleen Lisson

I had the pleasure of speaking with Peggy of Portraits by Peggy, one of the best lymphedema video producers (in my opinion) on YouTube. Peggy is a photographer and helps models, actors and entrepreneurs in San Diego and Los Angeles. She also has lower extremity lymphedema in her leg which was NOT caused by primary lymphedema or removing lymph nodes or radiation after a cancer diagnosis.

This is one of the reasons I think her videos are the best on YouTube - they are hopefully increasing awareness that sometimes lymphedema can happen without cancer treatment or genetics to blame. It took Peggy YEARS to get a proper diagnosis.

Watch the video here:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hey Alexa, book a lymphatic massage in San Diego

Hey Alexa, book a lymphatic massage
Hey Siri, where can I get a lymphatic massage in San Diego
OK Google, lymphatic massage therapist near me




Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

The wave of the future will be using our electronic devices to help us find health and wellness resources like a lymphatic massage therapy therapist. I am a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and the majority of my clients find me and my website, SolaceSanDiego.com after searching and asking for recommendations for a top lymphatic massage therapist in San Diego.

Why should you book a lymphatic drainage massage with me?  


Your time is valuable:



  • No waiting in a crowded waiting room - your appointment starts and ends on time, whether you visit my Pacific Beach studio with free parking or I come to your home in San Diego.

Your health is valuable:

  • I am a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and a Society for Oncology Massage Preferred Provider. 
  • I have advanced training in Head and Neck lymphedema.
  • My lymphedema training helps me to effectively tailor lymphatic massage to reduce swelling after plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, abdominoplasty, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelifts and revision facelifts. 

You want results:


Here is a testimonial from a happy client - "highly recommend Kathleen. I have seen her twice so far and have greatly benefited. She is very knowledgeable, soft-spoken and soothing. Her technique has helped me along in my recovery greatly, I definitely plan of referring her to any loved one."



Rebeca B. from Santee, recovering from abdominoplasty and liposuction October 2016. 


For more information, please visit my website at SolaceSanDiego.com 
or call for an appointment: 619-880-6538.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lymphedema - Cancer Treatment's Dirty Little Secret

Breast Friends Radio Network Podcast 

on Lymphedema: Cancer Treatment's Dirty Little Secret


by Kathleen Lisson

I was honored to be a guest on a podcast focused on women with a breast cancer history. I shared information on lymphedema, including, risks, what you can do before surgery, how to reduce the likelihood you will get lymphedema, how to seek treatment and some fun ways to treat lymphedema.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103246/lymphedema-cancer-treatments-dirty-little-secret

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gather resources before you need them!

Lymphedema Resources


by Kathleen Lisson


In this podcast, I talk about needing to gather resources BEFORE you need them. I learned this the hard way when I moved across San Diego and 'lost' all the nearby resources I had come to depend upon. My tip - find new support before you need it! 

Listen to the podcast here: https://overcast.fm/+JlsL2rYwo

A new website listing resources for those newly diagnosed with lymphedema / lymphoedema: https://lymphedema101.blogspot.com/

Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Ashleigh Norris of the Soulful Sprout

Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Ashleigh Norris  of The Soulful Sprout  by Kathleen Lisson I recently had the opportunity t...