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New client Lymphoedema_Lipoedema package now available

In this swiftly changing time we are all having to adapt to doing what we used to do face-to-face online instead.  This can be confronting to begin with but it can be done.  Even for a manual therapy like lymphatic drainage.

Lisa is offering an online package for new clients.  The sessions will cover a range of therapies to work with the physical, emotional and mental body.  This integrated approach is even more necessary now in this time of isolation.

The package will include five appointments – once a week for four weeks, with a fifth appointment two weeks later for any follow-up questions/requirements.

What you can expect:

  • In the first appointment a detailed history will be taken (you will be emailed a client information sheet beforehand). We will then discuss your particular needs with regard to compression and exercise, self-lymphatic drainage, pumps, possible surgical options, referrals to other practitioners if necessary.
  • The next three appointments will cover guided self-clearance, or the instruction of a loved one/carer in how to deliver a modified lymphatic treatment.
  • Two weeks later we will have a review to ensure you are comfortable with all aspects of your treatment at home and your garments.
  • At each of the appointments we will also use different techniques to help reduce anxiety and stress in whatever form they show up for you.
  • We will discuss how to reduce the toxic load in your home due to cleaning chemicals, personal care products and the effect of electromagnetic radiation.

At the end of six weeks you will:

  • Understand how to clear your lymphatics effectively.
  • Gain control of your condition using your daily self-care routines.
  • Have a low-tox home environment.
  • Have more control over your reactions to stress and anxiety.

This results in an overall reduction in the amount of inflammation in the body.  Less inflammation means less pain, fewer symptoms, more energy and the ability to achieve more. You will feel empowered to live your fullest possible life.

Investment: $550 if paid upfront or a weekly payment of $100 over six weeks.

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I’ve been really busy this week, taking delivery of a painting and some new, recycled, furniture.

I’ve also cleaned from top to bottom using low-tox cleaning products. Once I finished the physical cleaning I cleared the whole clinic energetically using sage, sound and diffusing Thieve’s Oil and intention.

It’s all feeling pretty amazing now.  What do you think?

I’m getting all my admin and cleaning done so I can focus on growing the next stage of my work – online consulting.  Here’s what I’m offering:

  • Online consult to discuss your Lymphoedma or Lipoedema needs – compression, pumps, self-massage, surgical options. I can guide you through a treatment that you do yourself during the session or I can show a loved one/carer how to do it for you
  • Online consult to talk about ways to reduce your stress/anxiety in this crazy time we are in.  We’ll do some breath work, visualisation, mindfulness practices and tapping techniques
  • Online consult to take you through your home looking at your cleaning products, skin/hair care products and make up to see how we can replace them with less toxic options.  You’re stuck at home with time on your hands, why not use it to make your home a more healthy environment
  • Or, we can combine all or some of the offers above into one session

Be safe everyone and I hope to see you in the flesh soon.

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I was at a Lipoedema group lunch last week and got chatting with the ladies and the discussion came around to how difficult it is sometimes for Stage 1 Lippy Ladies to see themselves in the photos and literature online.  There really is very little out there for the early stages.  So I interviewed Aimee, one of the women who was there, about what’s it’s like for her being a Stage 1.  Thank you for sharing your story Aimee.

Watch the interview here

 

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I figured it was time I “came out”.  The truth is, I don’t just work on the physical body.  I’ve always been a little different to most people and I have kept that side of me separate from my work for all these years.  Or so I thought.

I’d always thought that if I said to my lymphatic clients that actually, I was working with them on an energetic level as well physically they would think I was nuts and never come back.  Then I had it pointed out to me (gently) that if I thought my clients didn’t realise it on some level I was deluding myself.  You see, my clinic probably looks a little different to most.

I like crystals.  There, I said it and now it’s in the public domain!  And I have lots of things  that might look a little different scattered around.  And I use energy sprays and sound and cards.  Who did I think I was kidding?

But make no mistake, I am very much working on the physical body and using my Vodder training to treat the many different conditions I see in the clinic … Lymphoedema, Lipoedema, autoimmune conditions, general oedema, pain, surgical swelling.  It is not an either/or situation.

Here are a few photos to show you what I mean.

And a link to a quick listen of my crystal pyramid, one of my favourite tools.

This is just an introduction, a coming out of sorts.  I’m going to write a few more blogs about what some sessions with me look like so you can get more of an idea.

I feel very strongly that we need to be treating the whole person, not just the symptoms we are presented with.  I’m sure most therapists feel this way as well, I’m just not sure how many are able to use all their different techniques freely.

Let’s start a dialogue – got questions?

 

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Did you know that there is an online event going on right now, called The Lipoedema Worldwide Summit 2016, organised by The Lipoedema Project & Lymphatic Research & Education Network (LE&RN).  It’s free to register and listen to all the talks and you have the opportunity to buy all of the talks at the end of the Summit if you would like continued access.  Well worth checking out for all the latest information and theories about Lipoedema.

 

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I wish I had taken some notes is all I can say, but I was so mesmerised by Dr Ramin Shayan of the University of Melbourne, Australia that I just sat and listened.  So I’ll have to rely on what impacted me most to pass onto you.

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Dr Ramin Shayan

First of all I have to mention Dr Shayan’s humility – he addressed the Plenary Session of the Conference on the last day and started out by saying how much more we all knew than him and he was in awe of being in a room of so many therapists with so much knowledge. Well, you could hear a pin drop – we’re used to being ignored in the medical world so having a surgeon commend us was a big thing.  He added that he’s usually stuck as the last speaker at medical conferences after many delegates had already left and those who were still there were almost asleep. Turns out that lymphoedema/lipoedema is ignored no matter what level of medical training you have.  Isn’t that a really sad indication of our healthcare system?

Dr Shayan talked about the surgery he is doing with lymphoedema and lipoedema, in particular lympho-venous stenosis – attaching a lymphatic capillary to a vein to bypass the damaged area.  They are having excellent success with this procedure.

He also specialises in liposuction and debulking for lymphoedema and lipoedema so if you are considering surgical treatment, I can full recommend him as a caring, knowledgeable surgeon who understands the lymphatic system to a microscopic detail.

Dr Shayan was also present at the second Lipoedema Conference held last weekend  in Melbourne and was interviewed by The Project for their package on lipoedema which aired this week on Channel 10.  Watch it here.

 

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I’ve just returned from the 11th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference, held in Darwin from 26-28 May, 2016.  These conferences are filled with information on the latest research which is always interesting and a bit mind-boggling at times.  I was very excited that this year there was a real focus on Lipoedema, a condition I am passionate about.  I’ll try and set out as much useable information as I can from two speakers in particular – Dr Ramin Shayan from the University of Melbourne, Australia and Associate Professor Karen Herbst from the University of Arizona, USA.  In this post I’ll focus on Dr Herbst.

Firstly, according to Dr Herbst, a few of the symptoms of lipoedema (for more information click here):

  • fatty enlargement of limbs (firstly legs, arms can develop later)
  • pain
  • predominantly women affected, if men then they have low testosterone or liver disease
  • bilateral and symmetric
  • sluggish lymph
  • can have pitting oedema
  • vascular fragility and bruising
  • varicose veins
  • persistent enlargement of limb even after elevation
  • calorie restriction doesn’t affect size of limbs
  • swelling increases with heat
  • disproportion between upper and lower body
  • feet not involved in early stages
  • hyper mobility
  • low tissue resistance
  • hypothermia of skin

There are different stages:

  • Stage 1 – skin still smooth but texture feels different
  • Stage 2 – skin is lumpy and nodular
  • Stage 3 – lymphoedema is also present

Nodules can be felt in all stages and the good news is that not everyone progresses through all stages.

There are different types:

  • Type 1 – buttocks and hips
  • Type 2 – waist to knees
  • Type 3 – waist to ankles
  • Type 4 – arms only
  • Type 5 – lower extremity only

The abdomen is involved as well as the area above the pubic area.

OK.  So here’s the helpful information, now that you have an idea of what’s involved symptom wise.

  • healthy, anti-inflammatory diet (high fat, high protein and low processed carbohydrates)
  • movement (whatever doesn’t cause a flare up of symptoms, water based activities seem to work best)
  • manual lymphatic drainage (find a practitioner here)
  • bandaging (if lymphoedema or fibrosis is also present)
  • compression (20-30 mmHg)
  • pumps (if you react well to manual lymphatic drainage generally, make sure there is an abdominal piece)
  • medications – work with your GP

Dr Herbst has found that amphetamines are helpful (these are more available in the US, basically diet pills).  You would need to consult with your doctor to find out more.

She also recommends Butcher’s Broom as it helps to increase lymphatic pumping and helps prevent venous insufficiency.

Here are the BIG yet surprisingly simple things you can do for yourself:

  • intermittent fasting. This helps get natural amphetamines into the body. She recommends a 20 hour fast – water and herbal teas during the day and normal dinner.  For more information she recommended the regimen by Dr Jason Fung.  There is a book available but I can only find the Kindle edition at the moment
  • selenium – it inhibits inflammation and decreases oedema. Her recommendation is to get that from eating three Brazil nuts a day! You couldn’t get much easier than that.  She suggests starting with one nut and increasing to three
  • lemon – half a lemon squeezed into water daily
  • avoid MSG

Dr Herbst recommended the book Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide – I could only find a Kindle edition on Amazon but you may find it in your bookstore.

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I can’t tell you how impressed, excited and amazed I am with the wonderful ladies of the Lipoedema Australia Support Society (LASS).  They have once again crossed boundaries and have been featured on The Project on Channel 10.  The Project went to the second LASS conference last weekend and filmed there as well but didn’t feature that footage in the package, but they did interview Dr Ramin Shayan of the University of Melbourne, Australia.  He is the group leader of the Lymphatic and Regenerative Surgery Group at the O’Brien Institute and his focus is surgery for lymphatic conditions, including Lipoedema.

I will be working on a post about Lipoedema news at the Asia Pacific Conference I attended a week and a half ago, including information from Dr Shayan’s presentations and will hopefully have that ready later today.

Here’s the link.  Have tissues handy!

 

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I’m just back from a week in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia having attended the 2016 Asia Pacific Lymphology Conference.  I’ve made a very short video giving a few highlights for you to view  here.  I’ll be working on a few blog posts over the coming weeks to talk about what I learnt at the Conference.  I’m still processing all the information – my brain hurts!

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Those amazing ladies of LASS are at it again.  This time they have managed to get a segment on the TV show “Today Tonight” – watch it here.  As well as a piece in the Bendigo Advertiser – read it here.  And yet another article in “That’s Life” magazine, couldn’t find a link to that one but have a photo grab …

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They are a non-stop rollercoaster working to bring awareness of lipoedema to the general public.  They have had so many new members join, particularly since the Today Tonight segment and they are thrilled to be able to reach so many.

LASS has decided to become a charity so that they can do more to help women with the condition and raise even more awareness.  But as they are not funded in any way, they can’t afford the legal fees to set the charity up.  So they have set up a crowdfunding page on Chuffed.com to try and raise funds to achieve this.  Please, please, if you can donate to this amazing group of women so they can help others.  Click here to be taken to their donation page.

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