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One of the things that my great friend Angela (who I’m now sharing a clinic with) and I have wanted to do for a long time is create a collaborative practice where clients receive care from a number of therapists to help them realise their full potential quicker. It is very rare that one therapist can attend to all the needs of a client – we are just too multi-demential as clients for that to work effectively.


Lisa and Angela's cards

Lisa and Angela’s cards

Lisa and Angela, door sign

Lisa and Angela, door sign

We had tried to do this in our last practice … four of us set up together and for various reasons (mostly administrative) two were not able to continue past a few months. But we still referred clients to them in their new practices.

We also tried to do this in our main clinics (we both worked in two), setting up a network of therapists to refer to – homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, you name it. And of course we referred to each other.

Angela sent an email out to all the health practitioners in our building and another building opposite that has a new practice and we have held a couple meetings so far. The first was to introduce ourselves, our passions and our therapies.

After the first meeting we decided a good idea would be to meet every six weeks or so to discuss a particular condition and how each of us would think about treating it if a client presented with it.

Well, I’m not shy. I put forward the first topic – lipoedema. As you know, I’m on a bit of a mission to educate the world (I’m thinking big) about this condition and I thought this was a really good place to start.

At the meeting we had a couple homeopaths, a couple naturopaths/herbalists, a kinesiologist, a dietician and myself. I thought that was a good broad base of knowledge and experience.

Discussion was spirited of course, which was fantastic. The dietician had come prepared with printed information on lipoedema, but it wasn’t a condition she had worked with so she was interested to hear what we had to say.

There was talk of which organs might be involved, what hormones, what vitamins were deficient, what remedies might be used. There was nothing in the homeopathic listing of conditions – the closest they could get was elephantiasis, not any where near but at least it was dealing with abnormal swelling in the legs. It was exciting seeing everyone giving their opinions and what they would look at. But still, we were no closer to finding out what common cause there might be – each of my clients present with totally different co-morbidities so it is hard to say what comes first, the lipoedema or for example, the fibromyalgia, or the celiac disease (just two picked at random).

Angela and I left the meeting quite excited – we had decided on a plan of action. We are going to run a study of our own to try and find a common link.

So. When my lippy ladies come in, if of course it coincides with Angela having a slot in her schedule, Angela will come into the session and test them using kinesiology, focussing on a few basic questions:

1. Are their neurotransmitters strong?
2. Which organs
3. Which hormones
4. Which cranial bones
5. Which homeopathic remedies
6. A general “other”
7. Priority for treatment

These may seem like odd questions, but kinesiology can be very specific, so by asking yes/no questions, Angela can find out which of the above are an issue.

I’ll try and give you a real example – my first client after the meeting was more than happy to be our first guinea pig. Her neurotransmitters were strong; her pancreas was weak; the hormone insulin came up; her sphenoid (a cranial bone) needed to be balanced; and two homeopathics (the homeopath next door brought six over for us to test straight away, based on how homeopathy would treat the condition) tested positive – thyroidinum 4 and pituitary ant 6; and because of all of the above, Angela did a “pre-diabetic” test which was positive. She then tested for my treatment that session what was the priority – MLD or balancing the sphenoid bone? And some craniosacral therapy to balance the sphenoid was what I needed to do first.

I’m sure our questions will evolve as we do more, but it was a place to start given the discussion we had that day with the other therapists. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could find some sort of link which can help women get diagnosed earlier or even, heaven forbid, find some sort of way to turn off the gene expression for lipoedema! Nothing wrong in thinking big right!

We’re going to be discussing autism in our next get-together. I bet that will be another full-on discussion.


IVF is something I’ve not had a lot to do with.  Ever.  I’ve been very lucky, falling pregnant and carrying my babies to full term without any major complications.  I cannot imagine the roller coaster ride that is IVF and haven’t considered it too deeply before now.

I had a call last week from B, who has been on multiple rounds of IVF in the last year with a couple successful implants and two miscarriages.  How do you cope with that?  In B’s case, with calm determination and lots and lots of research into anything and everything, anything at all that may help.


Now I know, as does any lymphatic drainage therapist, that lymphatic drainage has a direct effect on the hormones.  I had a real learning curve last week though.  B’s pregnancy hormone level was at 8, two months after her last miscarriage and D & C and it needs to be zero before the next round of IVF can start.  She called me at about 6 pm on Tuesday and her blood test to check her levels was scheduled for Monday (that’s today by the way) and her research had pointed out that lymphatic drainage would be helpful to reduce her pregnancy hormone levels.  I have not heard such a direct claim before but I was certainly willing to try and see what happened.

We had a treatment on Thursday.  After the treatment B was totally relaxed but asked if she could do some exercise, even though she was so zoned out she didn’t really feel like it.  I advised against anything more strenuous than a gentle walk and sent her off with instructions to drink lots of water and expect lots of trips to the bathroom.  On Saturday she came in for her follow up and reported that when she got home she made some dinner and sat down to relax but found that the nodes in her neck had blown up and she had a really bad sore throat that kept her awake that night.  And she went to the bathroom about twenty times between the time of treatment and the next morning! In the morning her throat was much better and after some light yoga she felt fighting fit again.

On Friday she had her regular appointment with her acupuncturist who reported that her chi was the highest he’d ever seen it!

B asked whether she should continue with lymphatic drainage if the implantation was successful – while there are contraindications about deep abdominal lymphatic work during pregnancy, MLD is usually considered safe during pregnancy.  However, because of B’s high risk of miscarriage I advised against it, certainly during the first trimester.  We can revisit the idea later and I’d probably insist on clearance from her medical team before I did any.  Just to be on the safe side I said I wouldn’t massage even while she waited to see if this round was successful.

B has promised to let me know how the tests went – haven’t heard yet, can’t wait.  If her levels are still detectable and they are unable to do this round of IVF then she will come back for a few more sessions before the next round.  Watch this space!