Feeling Anxious Before Surgery? Learn from my mistakes!

How to Reduce Anxiety Before Surgery in San Diego
By Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT (CAMTC #70128) "Basal Cell Carcinoma" 
Those three words spoken by my dermatologist as she shined a bright light and peered at my right cheek felt like loose sand being stolen from under my feet by an undertow. 
"I'll take a biopsy to make sure"
Carcinoma, I thought dully. Carcinoma. Both my parent's had died from cancer, so I knew what the word meant. 
I had skin cancer. 
The next ten minutes: scraping of the pimple that had never healed on my cheek, then an explanation of how I would book surgery that went over my head. I asked if it would be written on a sheet of paper - "I'm just not thinking clearly right now." My Derm smiled, "Yes." 
I didn't know that that sheet was just the beginning of the paper trail that cancer created. Even a simple skin cancer, the 'no big deal,' the 'we get hundreds of cases a month' it's just surgery type of …

Chair Massage for Charity in Rancho Penasquitos!

Rancho Penasquitos Massage Therapist Offers Free Chair Massage in Exchange for Donations to San Diego Nonprofits

Kathleen Lisson, a Board Certified Massage Therapist with a mobile massage practice based in Rancho Penasquitos, raised funds for local charities by giving complementary chair massages at the Rancho Penasquitos Farmers’ Market.
Lisson will be at the Rancho Penasquitos Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm, and a different San Diego charity will be featured each week.
Past donations include $65 to the Rancho Family YMCA.
Her business, Solace Massage and Mindfulness, provides lymphatic massage for clients after plastic, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. For more information, contact Kathleen Lisson at

Why get Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage after surgery?

Should I Try Lymphatic Massage after Surgery?
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT (CAMTC #70128)

Exams. Surgery. Medications.  You've been through enough already.
Would you rather spend another hour at a medical office or enjoy the expertise of a CLT and the caring hands of a massage therapist in the comfort of your own home? 
No white lab coats. No machines.
Just a warm smile and a well-trained, compassionate set of hands using a European technique for effectively reducing swelling, introduced in the South of France and perfected in Germany.  Our goal: reduce swelling and tightness after surgery and get you back to living your life again and spending quality time with your family.
Hello, I am Kathleen, a 42 year old meditation teacher and Board Certified massage therapist living in San Diego. I specialize in manual lymphatic drainage, a type of massage that works with the power of your lymphatic system to reduce the effects of post-surgical swelling ( plastic and orthopedic surgery ) a…

What is the 61 Point Meditation?

What is the 61 point Meditation?
By Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I discovered an excellent version of the 61 point relaxation meditation by Karina Ayn Mirsky of on Insight Timer recently and it has become my preferred way to fall asleep at night.
If you have Insight Timer, I recommend you check it out! It is relaxing and research has found positive effects for those with stress disorders.

The study titled ‘Effect of '61-points relaxation technique' on stress parameters in premenstrual syndrome’ found that the practice is “effective in providing relief from PMS and may be a useful adjuvant to medical therapy of PMS and other stress disorders.” Read more about the study here:

Reducing Anxiety and Worrying - my top three tips

How a Meditation Teacher Combats Anxiety and Worrying
Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I remember the night I found out my life was changing. I had finished my workday in a career I loved with a supportive family of coworkers and was watching an episode of Longmire on Netflix. My husband received the phone call he had been waiting for and, after hanging up, walked downstairs to tell me the news:
"I got the job"
We would be moving, away from my friends and 15 year career in public service, away from snowy winters and trips to New York City and visiting family in Boston. We were moving to San Diego, and a new career for me as a massage therapist. 
I absolutely love the beaches and warm winters, but for me they came with an almost daily anxiety about succeeding in my new career and life. Can I start over and make a difference in only a few decades?
I combat my tendency to worry in three ways: meditation, listmaking and relying on friends.
For me, worrying starts as soon as I wake up. …

IPSB-trained Massage Therapists in San Diego

IPSB-trained Massage Therapists in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I learned massage and also had the pleasure of teaching meditation at IPSB college in San Diego, which was one of the oldest massage colleges in the United States. If you have ever had an IPSB massage, you knew it. The touch was deeper and more connected to both your body and your soul.

Unfortunately, IPSB closed in 2016, but there are a few practicing massage therapists who still use the old ways to massage their clients. Here are a list of IPSB-trained massage therapists practicing in San Diego. IPSB grads, please consider referring to your fellow classmates to ensure they get the 'Enter, Center and Connect' IPSB experience from their massage!

Wendy Bennett - Therapeutic Massage by Wendy 619-772-2202

Jasmine Cherry - 442-242-5851

Sandy Cole - 858-750-0041

Carly Delso-Saavedra -

Debbie Derr - dsquaredbodyw…

Posted on Medium: Supplements and Teas: What is 'safe' and 'healthy' to take before plastic surgery

Supplements and teas: What is ‘safe’ and ‘healthy’ to take before Plastic Surgery

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT
I recently posted an article offering tips from several Board Certified plastic surgeons on what NOT to take before plastic and cosmetic surgery. Read the article 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. I make housecalls! To schedule a treatment, please visit