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Kathleen Helen Lisson

Kathleen Helen Lisson uses her lymphedema therapy, yoga, mindfulness and health coaching skills to help people recover from surgery and

optimize self-care in the midst of chronic illness.


She holds a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy, is board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

She is also an ACE certified health coach  and a MMI certified meditation teacher.

She has spoken at the American Venous and Lymphatic Society (AVLS),

Fat Disorders Resource Society (FDRS), International Society of Lymphology (ISL), MLD UK,

National Lymphedema Network (NLN)

and Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) conferences.


She is a NCBTMB approved continuing education provider and the author of Mindful Strategies for Adult Clients with Adverse Childhood Experiences  Swollen, Bloated and Puffy, Lipedema Treatment Guide,

Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook

and Southern California Plastic Surgery Cookbook

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Kathleen Helen Lisson



Owner / Solace Massage and Mindfulness 

April 2016 - PRESENT,  San Diego, CA

  • Provide massage therapy, including manual lymphatic drainage, to clients recovering from surgery, cancer,  or with chronic illness

  • Member, Affiliate Network of Center for Advanced Lymphedema Treatment and Surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC

(LE&RN Comprehensive Center of Excellence)


Labyrinth facilitator / Healthy Touch SD

September 2021 - Present, San Diego, CA

  • Facilitate labyrinth walks at monthly toning & chanting circle


Primary Instructor / IPSB       

 June - December 2016, San Diego, CA

  • Taught massage therapists techniques for building  meditation skills and sharing mindfulness practices with clients. 

  • Guest Lecturer in the Massage for Special Populations Class

Registration / Certifications: 

ACE Certified Health Coach #W56361

ACE Certified Personal Trainer #T195602

CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist #70128

Klose Certified Lymphedema Therapist 

McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher

NCBTMB Board Certification Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork #44847385

Stanford Medicine Certified Empowered Relief Provider

Education :

Bachelor of Science, Massage Therapy

    Siena Heights University, 2017


Labyrinth Facilitator Training / Veriditas 2016, San Francisco, CA

Exercise Science Certificate / University of California, San Diego Ext.

2016,  San Diego, CA

Silent Meditation Retreats:

Power of Presence: A Women’s Meditation Retreat, 2015

Spirit Rock Meditation Center


Mindful-Way Mindfulness Silent Meditation Retreat, 2016 & 2019

co-sponsored by UMASS Center for Mindfulness

Joshua Tree Retreat Center


Ongoing Education: 

Managing Life with Lymphedema, 1 hr., June 2023

Lipedema is Caused by Subclinical Compartment Syndrome, 1 hr. LymphaPress, June 2023

Developing a Supportive Culture for LGBTQ Survivors of Abuse and Violence 2 hrs. San Diego Domestic Violence Council, May 2023

Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Continuing Education Course, 1 hr., Tactile Medical, May 2023

Genital lymphedema: New Perspectives From Diagnosis to its Management, 

1 hr. Thuasne, May 2023

Update on Lymphedema Surgery: 2023, 1 hr. LE&RN, May 2023

Lymphedema Seminars, 8 hrs. May 2023

Power Lymphatics Symposium, 12 hrs, April 2023

Oncology Massage Healing Summit, 10 hrs., S4OM, April 2023

Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, 1 hr. IAEDP-SD , March 2023

7 keys to therapeutic practice, 1.5 hrs. How Yoga Heals, February 2023

The Use of Hand Gestures, Mudras, in Yoga Therapy with Joseph Le Page, 1.5 hrs. How Yoga Heals, February 2023

Multi Style Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hrs. Yogamu, Feb. 2023

Managing Lymphedema Through Lymphatic Yoga, 1 hr. LE&RN, January 2023

Mastering Transitions 1 hr. Angela Govaert, January 2023

Yoga Expo 8 hrs. The Yoga Expo, January 2023

Inclusive Chair Yoga for Educators, 1 hr. Breath for Change Oct. 2022

The Stories Behind the Poses 12 hrs. School of Indian Wisdom Sept. 2022

Radical Teaching Conference, Embodied Philosophy, Sept. 2022 

Historical Trauma in the Midwestern States, 1 hr. PACES Connection, Sept. 2022 

Tiny Habits for Better Sleep 1 hr. Tiny Habits Academy, Aug. 2022

Book Club Facilitator Training, 2 hrs., Children's Trust Fund Alliance, July 2022

The Energy that Heals: Exploring the Evidence for Biofield Therapies on Patient Outcomes, 1 hr. UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, July 2022

Telling the Story of Racism in American Health Care, 1 hr. USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, June 2022

3rd Annual USC Multidisciplinary Approach to Lymphedema and Related Disorders Symposium, 8 hrs.

Office of Continuing Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of USC,  June 2022

LGBTQIA 101: How to Support Service Recipients, 2 hrs., The Health Federation of Philadelphia, June 2022

Mindfulness & Compassion Global Summit, 21 hrs. June 2022

Motivational Interviewing, 1.5 hrs. The Health Federation of Philadelphia, May 2022

Organizing for Resilient Communities, 1 hr PACES Connection, May 2022

Dimensions of Gender, 1.5 hrs. Caltrin, May 2022

Introduction to PACES Science, 1 hr. PACES Connection, May 2022

Community Resiliency Model Workshop 2 hrs. Trauma Resource Institute, April 2022

Native American FRCs: Strengthening Families and Honoring Traditions, 1 hr. National Family Support Network,  April 2022

Trauma-Informed Care 101, 1 hr. Caltrin, April 2022 

Nonviolent Communication: Positive Relationships Build Resilience. 1 hr. The Relationship Foundation April 2022

Mindfulness Tools for Wellbeing, 1 hr, Health Federation of Philadelphia, April 2022

Helping Parents Move Beyond Their Own ACEs, 1.25 hrs. Caltrin, April 2022

Culture Creates Community: The Power of Art to Heal Trauma, 1.5 hrs. EastHub, March 2022

Radicalisation, extremism and substance use, 1 hr. SUAB, March 2022

Strengthening Social-Emotional Wellbeing for Youth in Care, 1 hr. The Dibble Institute, March 2022

Unequal Health Systems: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to American Health, 1 hr. USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Feb. 2022

Introduction to ACEs, using trauma informed approaches and fostering resilience - Level 1,

4.5  hours. ETSU Ballad Health Strong Brain Institute, Feb. 2022

Trauma-Informed Training, 5 hrs. Warren Coalition Feb. 2022

Healing Healthcare: A Global Mindfulness Summit 3 hrs. Mindful Healing Healthcare, Feb. 2022

Poverty ­informed Approach to Breaking Barriers, 2 hrs. Caltrin, Jan 2022

Strengthening Families' Protective Factors: Focus on Parental Resilience 1.5 hrs. Caltrin, Jan 2022

Infodemic Management 101. 4 hrs. WHO. Dec. 2021

The neuroscience of empathic listening 1 hr. The Relationship Foundation, December 2021

Cultural Humility: Working in and with Tribal Communities, 6 hrs., Caltrin, Dec. 2021

First Do No Harm: Foundational Competencies for Working Skillfully with Meditation-Related Challenges, 20 hrs. Cheetah House. Dec. 2021

Racism, Anti-Racism, and the Social Ecology., 1.5 hr. Center for the Study of Social Policy, Dec. 2021

Embodied Trauma-Informed Care, 1 hr. Forward-Facing Institute, December 2021

Childhood Exposure to Trauma: Tribal Communities 4 hrs. Caltrin, December 2021

Recognizing, Responding to and Healing Trauma in Faith-Based Communities 1 hr. November 2021

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care: Definitions and Application, 1 hr. Aspen Institute November 2021

Psychological First Aid Training 3 hrs. Santa Barbara Response Network Nov. 2021

The Community Resiliency Model: An Introduction 1 hr. ACES Aware Ventura County Nov. 2021

Addressing ACEs and Toxic Stress, 1 hr. Futures WIthout Violence, November, 2021

Overdose Prevention Program, 1/2 hr. A New Path, Nov. 2021

Recovery Ally Training, 3 hrs. VCU Rams in Recovery, November 2021 

NEAR Science: Beyond ACEs, 1 hr., Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, October 2021

Secondary Trauma Training 2 hrs. Warren Coalition, September 2021

Becoming ACEs Aware in California 2 hrs., Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, August 2021

Science of Behavior Change & Habits, 1 hr, ObVus, July 2021

Double Despair: Compassionate and Competent Treatment for Co-occurring Eating Disorders and the Unresolved Trauma of Abuse,

1.5hr, IAEDP,  June 2021

Mind, Body, and the Matrix, 1 hr, LympaPress, June 2021

Motivational Interviewing in Brief Consultations, 1 hr. BMJ, April 2021

Aromatherapy & Integrative Therapies for Lymphedema and Lipedema, 1 hr. Juzo, February 2021

Health Behavior Change: From Evidence to Action, 16 hrs, Yale, January 2021

Advanced Skills for Teaching Adult Learners, AMTA Schools Summit, 1 hr. February 2020

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education, 21 hrs. University of Michigan, July 2019

Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities, Warriors at Ease 13 hrs. August 2016

Mindful Educator Essentials, Mindful Schools, 16 hrs.  July 2016 

The Mystical Path: Understanding & Integrating Peak Experiences, 6 hrs.  Veriditas, February 2016

Trauma Informed Yoga, 16 hrs. UpRising Yoga, March 2015

Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge (mPEAK) 8 Week course & 3 day Intensive, 30 hrs.,

UCSD Center for Mindfulness, January 2015

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle /

24 hrs., University of Virginia, October 2015

Mindful Awareness Practices I / 12 hrs., UCLA Semel Mindful Awareness Research Center October 2015

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