CLASSES FOR THERAPISTS
Hello, my name is Kathleen Lisson.
Are you a licensed/certified massage therapist with an interest in helping clients recover from plastic surgery, including BBL, facelift, liposuction, mommy makeover and tummy tuck?
Welcome to the online home of my Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage classes. I offer NCBTMB CE for massage therapists looking to improve their skills.
ALL classes are intermediate level (with the exception of Helping Clients After Plastic Surgery - Is It Right For Me?). I do NOT teach pushing fluid out of incisions, using cavitation/ultrasound machines, manual lymphatic drainage, or IASTM. I show you how to use hands on massage skills you already have to help clients after plastic surgery (lumps, bumps, hardness and fibrosis).
All classes are online and I do NOT offer a 'certification' in any skills.
Most classes are eligible for CE units for massage therapists from NCBTMB. Please let me know if you are from New York when you request your CE certificate. I do NOT report CE to any broker. Please request a certificate after you pass the quiz and I will email one to you so that you can self-report your Continuing Education.
I am a working massage therapist with a full schedule of clients, so my classes are fully online. If you want to attend a more comprehensive in-person class, here are some options:
Advanced MLD, Management of Post Plastic Surgery Procedures (ACOLS) 28 hours, in person, $1,100 https://www.acols.com/courses/management-of-post-plastic-surgery-procedures.php
Carolyn Hubert-Black's Postop Certification Class 5 days, in person, $2,500 https://7853b2aa-af60-4976-9bb7-08cf0a7e6bea.now.site/home
Cosmetic Surgery Therapy Certification course (Norton) 48 hours, in person, $3,500 (coupon code NICOLE-2302-6) https://www.nortonschool.com/cosmetic-surgery-therapy-certification-course.html
Facial Cosmetic Surgery Post-op (Norton), 16 hours, in person, $1,190
Let’s look at my online CE classes:
How I got plastic surgeons to refer their clients to me and use social media to attract new clients https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/tips-and-tricks-for-owning-a-profitable-plastic-surgery-recovery-massage-business
Intake Skills for the
Plastic Surgery Client
We all learned how to perform an intake in massage school. What’s different now that we are helping clients after plastic surgery?
We need to know our clients, why they had surgery, how to keep them safe before, during and after their session, and what recovery looks like for them in order to effectively help them with massage therapy.
Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage (4 CE hours) - https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/plastic-surgery-recovery-massage
Please have previous training in manual lymphatic drainage BEFORE taking this class.
I am asked for referrals to local therapists all the time. Qualified therapists who complete the Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage may be added to my therapist list. Check out the Postop Massage Therapist list here: https://solacesandiego.wixsite.com/mysite/post/postop-massage-therapy-directory
Help reduce your client's swelling while keeping them safe with the research-based information you learn in the Massage after Tummy Tuck class.
This class is for trained
Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapists only.
Lymphatic and Fibrosis Massage Cupping after Liposuction
A class for experienced lymphatic massage therapists who enjoy cupping and would like to add cupping to their sessions with clients recovering from liposuction.
We will look at different types of cupping and how to incorporate them in a massage session on a client recovering from liposuction.
This class qualifies for 2 CE units from NCBTMB
Learn about treating clients after breast reconstruction, skin cancer and lymphedema surgery - https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/massage-after-reconstructive-surgery
Read Swollen, Bloated and Puffy https://amzn.to/32vUUnh
Learn how to add gentle, painless myofascial strokes to your post-liposuction massage to reduce client sensations of tightness and pain.
Trying to figure out if this is the niche for you? Do you currently only do post liposuction clients and want to expand into other types of plastic surgery? https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/is-helping-plastic-surgery-clients-recover-really-for-me
Read Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook to find answers to the top client questions https://amzn.to/32l7DZU
Massage after Facelift
Great resource for lymphatic massage therapists who want to learn how to help clients reduce swelling and fibrosis after facelift, necklift and chin / neck liposuction.
Passing this class qualifies you for
2 CEU credits from NCBTMB.
The biggest contributor to swelling and fibrosis - incorrect compression. Learn about compression (no CEU) - https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/compression-techniques-for-reducing-swelling-and-fibrosis
FREE self-care CE
for Massage Therapists
Would you like to be more present with your clients?
Learn mindfulness techniques to use at work.
Pass the quiz and recieve 1 CE of self-care
from NCBTMB Approved Provider. Learn more:
Learn about treating clients with lipedema - https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/lipedema-awareness-for-massage-therapists
Read the Lipedema Treatment Guide https://amzn.to/30bqBPF
Liposuction Postoperative Protocols for Lipedema
I have put together a resource for my fellow therapists featuring postoperative instructions from surgeons who perform liposuction on patients with lipedema.
This resource is not medical professionals only. Please do NOT access this resource if you are not a medical professional or working with clients with a lipedema disgnosis after plastic surgery is out of your scope of practice.
FREE CLASS - Using Tik Tok to get clients and build trust - https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-tik-tok-in-less-than-15-minutes-per-day
If you are here, you've heard of me and my work. Maybe you've seen my posts on a Facebook group for lymphatic massage therapists. Maybe you follow my YouTube channel or see me on Instagram or Tik Tok. Maybe you've read my book Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook. You know I love to share tips and tricks to help people recover from plastic surgery.
Now I want to help my fellow massage therapists.
I’ve put my entire business model online.
I can, because making YOU more money and more clients won't hurt MY business at all.
There are people getting plastic surgery in every city and state in America (and everywhere else). Even if you don't have a plastic surgeon in your town.
I broke my approach to plastic surgery recovery into three parts.
How to build trust, get a steady stream of clients calling YOU, get surgeon referrals and get clients to book visit 1 and 2 is covered in my MARKETING class. Take this class now so you’ll have time to build a collection of social media content and be ready to go this summer.
How to get clients to rebook visit 3,4,5,6? That’s usually because a combination of fibrosis massage and compression tools is getting them results faster than the other ladies in their plastic surgery FB groups are getting. Learn my top tricks in the COMPRESSION class.
But this Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage class is my MOST IMPORTANT CLASS.
In Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage, you'll learn how to use the lymphatic massage skills you already have to help clients recover after liposuction.
You definitely need to take this class if you already have formal training in MLD ( not just from watching videos online) are seeing some success with using MLD for your liposuction clients but want to take your knowledge and practice to the next level by adding fibrosis massage skills to your toolbox.
What is fibrosis massage? No, it’s not just massaging harder, it’s massaging smarter and using tools like vibration and negative compression to reduce fibrosis WITHOUT sacrificing your thumbs and wrists and without your client having to take a pain pill (my clients fall asleep in the middle of their fibrosis sessions).
And no, it's not just 'using a machine' on someone with swelling. We know that just ends up in frustrated clients in 'swell hell,' angry that they wasted their $$ and worried about their fibrosis.
You’ll learn how to explain why you are doing different types of massage at different stages of wound healing until it comes so naturally that new clients will believe you’ve been explaining it for years (and trust you enough to rebook).
Is the boom in plastic surgery just a fad?
Look at the Plastic Surgery FB groups. Women around the country are planning to have liposuction, tummy tucks and more. The pandemic has INCREASED interest in cosmetic surgery.
Will YOU be the one to help them recover?
I woke up the other day to a text message on my phone. The lady said, “may I ask you a few questions as I had surgery 8 weeks ago but I’m so stuck and lost.”
I get similar messages on my Instagram account “Hi, quick question...”
They want to know - what to have on hand to make recovery easier after plastic surgery
They want to know - what questions to ask their plastic surgeon to have the best possible recovery
They want to know - what to eat before and after surgery to help wound healing, reduce inflammation and stop swelling
They want to know - how to keep their fat alive after their BBL (besides sitting on a BBL pillow)
They want to know - how to self-massage their lumps and bumps after liposuction
They want to know - how to workout safely after plastic surgery to make their waist look smaller and butt look bigger after surgery (all the free workouts on YouTube are focused on weight loss)
They want to know - what they can do at home to reduce swelling, reduce fibrosis and recover faster after plastic surgery
Not everyone can come to my studio for a lymphatic massage, but there is good news! I have put links to all my answers to the most common concerns in one place.
Tips if you won't have surgery for a few years and are at the beginning of your search.
FREE Class: What to buy before plastic surgery https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/plastic-surgery-recovery-shopping-list
Shortcut to the shopping list with Amazon links: https://kit.co/KathleenLisson/liposuction-plastic-surgery-recovery-box
What questions to ask your plastic surgeon
Have more questions? Read Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook
Are you feeling anxious before surgery?
Would you like to get to sleep faster?
Need some reassurance that you are healing well after surgery?
Try this series of FREE guided meditations that will help you reduce stress and anxiety before and after plastic surgery.
After my reconstructive surgery, I absolutely had no idea which foods could have helped me reduce inflammation and bring my body back into balance.
If what I ate was a big part of recovering from surgery, someone would have told me, right?
The good news is that there is solid research on nutritional needs before and after surgery. Scientists know what nutrients your body needs to heal. I share that research in the Southern California Plastic Surgery Cookbook - the class.
FREE Article: What should you eat BEFORE surgery to make sure you keep as much fat as possible after your BBL. https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/blog/214550/bbl-diet
Food and supplement grocery list - https://kit.co/KathleenLisson/liposuction-grocery-list
Self-massage techniques on the arms, legs and abdomen that you can use in between your regular lymphatic massage visits.
How to workout safely after plastic surgery to make your waist look smaller and butt look bigger WITHOUT losing fat https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/six-minute-faja-workout
List of workout gear - https://kit.co/KathleenLisson/exercise-after-liposuction-and-bbl-kit
Find tips for reducing swelling and fibrosis and recovering faster after plastic surgery in the Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook. Available here in paperback and kindle https://amzn.to/3fGl5vf
What to eat and drink before and after plastic surgery to heal faster.
Now available in paperback on Amazon. Click here: https://amzn.to/2PP0GbR
Praise from Clients:
"Kathleen is knowledgeable, informative, supportive and an overall cool person. She's an author who gave me insights to swelling, healing and post-operative care. She is gracious and giving with her knowledge, informing you of what's happening with your body at all different stages of recovery, providing different tips and tricks to mitigate pain and promote healing along the way.
I've finished maybe 8 treatments (give or take) and she was the MVP in my recovery. Her support made me at ease with the constant changes I was enduring and was a helpful aid in trusting the process of recovery. During each visit she listened and informed me on the stage of healing I was experiencing and what to expect or looks out for based on her experiences.
I got the impression that she has an incredibly diverse client-base and her non-judgmental character and open mind enforced how that could easily be true. She caters specifically to your needs and provided a comfortable, relaxing and safe space that is also happens to be conveniently located not far from the closest freeway.
I appreciated that she provided educated feedback and walked away feeling confident in her informed reassurance. As much as her kindness, supportive and funny nature is well worth the 5 five stars alone, I also achieved incredible results after each visit. My swelling noticeably went down each time, leading to less pain and resulted in better results, more quickly."
Tiara G. healing from liposuction and brazilian butt lift in San Diego
Your instructor, Kathleen Lisson CMT, CLT
My 'official bio' below shows what I have done since I became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and opened my massage business to focus on helping people recover from plastic surgery, but I want to focus first on what brought me to where I am today.
A Childhood Experience of Care
My passion for helping people recover from surgery really started when I was 9 years old. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and I saw how difficult her recovery was.
I saw the people who helped her through the process. Doctors, nurses and family friends. I didn’t fully understand what was happening as a child, and I am so grateful for them as an adult.
A Career Change
Both of my parents passed away from cancer, so when I decided to make a career change at midlife. I chose massage therapy and took extra training to specialize in oncology massage. I used massage to help people going through cancer treatment and with a cancer history. Helping people after surgery at a difficult time in their life.
Training as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) was the next step, where I learned about how to reduce swelling and fibrosis. Proper compression is a must in treating lymphedema, and CLT’s learn many tricks to use compression to help reduce swelling and fibrosis.
An Interesting Discovery
I noticed that many cancer reconstruction operations are quite similar to plastic surgery procedures. For instance, doctors use liposuction to harvest fat for breast reconstruction and the DIEP flap leaves a scar similar to a tummy tuck.
I tried using the same skills that had worked for reducing swelling and fibrosis and increasing range of motion after oncological surgery on my clients who had plastic surgery - and they work!
Now, I want to share what I have learned with my fellow massage therapists.
The Official Stuff
OK, now for the 3rd person 'official' biography:
Kathleen Lisson is board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She owns Solace Massage and Mindfulness, has taught classes at IPSB Massage College in San Diego and is the author of Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook. She is a NCBTMB Approved Provider.
Kathleen holds a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy, and is an NHI (Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy) Certified Master Aromatherapist, an MMI (McLean Meditation Institute) Certified Meditation Teacher and an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She is certified to present Peggy Huddleston’s “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” workshop.
She was a speaker at the 2018 and 2019 Fat Disorders Resource Society conferences, a keynote speaker at the 2019 MLD UK conference and completed the Lymphedema Therapy Advanced and Review class at the Földi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany.
Praise from Therapists
What do lymphatic massage therapists think of the classes I offer?
“I must say since I’ve been in business I’m very Picky about where/ who I obtain information from, simply because there’s many people who pass on misleading information.
However, I spent 1 week of reading up on your company and what you were all about as well as listening to your content on Instagram, instantly I knew you were just what I needed.
Your course made me feel as if I was in a classroom setting receiving step-by-step in-depth information … Your curriculum was amazing. My overall experience was the Bomb!!!
Thanks. I’ll purchase another one next week for sure.
How can compression reduce swelling and fibrosis?
How to get clients to rebook visit 3,4,5,8? That’s usually because a combination of fibrosis massage and compression tools is getting them results faster than the other ladies in their plastic surgery FB groups are getting. Learn my top tricks in the compression class.
Tips on helping clients use compression and faja to control swelling and fibrosis after liposuction, tummy tuck and BBL. https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/compression-techniques-for-reducing-swelling-and-fibrosis
Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage
Class for Massage Therapists interested in learning more about how to care for clients after liposuction, facelift, tummy tuck and brazilian butt lift.
How to use the lymphatic massage skills you already have to help clients recover after liposuction is in my Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage Class. You definitely need to take this class if you already have formal training in MLD ( not just from watching videos online) are seeing some success with using MLD for your liposuction clients but want to take your knowledge and practice to the next level with fibrosis massage. https://plasticsurgeryrecoverymassage.teachable.com/p/plastic-surgery-recovery-massage
Marketing your plastic surgery recovery massage practice