Review for How can compression reduce swelling and fibrosis

Review for How can compression reduce swelling and fibrosis



Due to the ongoing need for social distancing, all in-person classes have been postponed. You can still earn NCBTMB CEU for online classes! 
Marketing (does not qualify for CEU in NY)
FREE CLASS (No CEU offered) How to Use Tik Tok for Massage Therapists: 
Marketing Your Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage Practice

Massage Classes: 

Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage  (4 CEU hours from NCBTMB Approved Provider, demonstration videos of fibrosis massage included)

How can compression reduce swelling and fibrosis? (NO CEUs offered, NO Massage demo videos, this one is just about compression)

Is Helping Plastic Surgery Clients Really for Me? 

Lipedema Awareness for Massage Therapists

Find more free online classes here:

Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage



This course syllabus covers all topics in the course. Please seek clarification from Kathleen Lisson should you not understand any portion of it.


COURSE TITLE/NUMBER:    Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage



9921 Carmel Mountain Rd. #300 San Diego, CA 92129 USA


PREREQUISITES:  Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist


Plastic Surgery Recovery Class



After the Cut, Nicole Psomas

Cooling for Lymphedema, Jean Yzer

Deep Tissue Sculpting : A Technical and Artistic Manual for Therapeutic Body

Work Practitioners, Carole Osborne-Sheets

Foldi’s Textbook of Lymphology, M. Foldi & E. Foldi

Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage, M.Foldi

Kinesio Taping, Kenzo Kase

Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook, Kathleen Lisson



INSTRUCTOR:Handout Material

STUDENTS: Writing paper, Pencils/Pens, Books

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage class will familiarize students with applications of massage and bodywork therapy for specific needs of the post-plastic surgery client.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of plastic surgery procedures as well as massage modalities and client self-care techniques that can help patient recovery.

LEARNING OUTCOME: Students will demonstrate familiarity with popular plastic surgery procedures, including their side effects and how massage can benefit client recovery.


Course Objectives:

Describe popular plastic and orthopedic surgery operations

Discuss symptoms and experiences of patients after plastic surgery

List and describe the stages of wound healing

List and describe which modalities are most effective at different stages of wound healing

Describe modalities and client self-care actions that can reduce swelling and other side effects of surgery

Explain contraindications to post-surgery massage

Discuss continuing education options with the class

Select resources that you can pass on to your clients



Written quiz



Attendance, participation in discussion and a quiz are used to assess student knowledge and skills


Class Participation –

-Interaction with Instructor and others.

-Follows instructor’s instructions during the sessions.

-Remains attentive, alert and awake during lectures.

-Actively participates in discussions.


In class assignments –

-Each student must complete a quiz.



Pass / Fail. A passing grade is based on quiz score.



Students are encouraged to read and watch the pre-course work before class begins.



All electronic devices must be turned off during class unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. You may need to have your phone on during class in case of an emergency. In most instances however, all cell phones must be turned off. The use of electronic devices in class is permitted in certain instances including the use of a laptop, iPad or cell phone for note taking purposes.


No part of the class may be reproduced, transmitted or published in any form or by any means, electronic, recording, photocopying or otherwise without permission of the instructor.


Registration deadlines


Payment must be made in full within one (1) week prior to the workshop start date.


Cancellation policies


Kathleen Lisson reserves the right to cancel a workshop up to 2 weeks prior to the date. Please do not book airline tickets until you have confirmed with Kathleen Lisson that your workshop is being held. Kathleen Lisson will not be held responsible for airline ticket penalties, interruptions of travel or hotel expenses. Please ensure that Kathleen Lisson has your correct email address and phone number. Please contact Kathleen Lisson at 619-880-6538 if your contact information has changed.


Refund policy

Tuition is fully refundable up to 15 days prior to start of workshop.  Partial (50%) tuition is refundable if cancelled before one (1) week prior to workshop; NO refund if cancelled after one (1) week prior to start of workshop.  If you are just making a deposit and not paying in full, the deposit is subject to the Cancellation/Refund Policy. Please make refund requests in writing to: Kathleen Lisson 9921 Carmel Mountain Rd. #300 San Diego, CA 92129.  No refunds will be issued for books or other supplies purchased for the class.




First Hour


Introduction and Course Objectives


Writing and Discussion:


  • What are YOUR course objectives? Write them down on the feedback form

  • What are your current Knowledge, Skills and Attitude about this type of massage therapy?

  • What questions will your clients ask you during their sessions? (How do you already connect with a client and engage them in their healing process?)


Lay of the Land


Who am I?


What is Plastic Surgery?




  • Plastic and orthopedic operations I would like to learn more about.




  • Where are clients getting messages about plastic surgery and recovery options? – RealSelf, Social Media, Coaches/Concierges, traditional Media, TV shows and books, friends and celebrities, advertisements

  • Cognitive Dissonance

  • Black glove videos


  • What is the most important outcome of liposuction?


  • What are your impressions of plastic surgery and why do you want to help these clients?


We will use your prior knowledge and build on your experience to help these clients


We will work with real-life problems I have seen in my clients

  1. Revision Liposuction with no foam or garment assigned by surgeon

  2. Lumps and unevenness after fat harvesting for breast reconstruction surgery

  3. Limited ROM after abdominoplasty, arm liposuction and 360 liposuction

  4. Lumps and bumps after liposuction (from 3 weeks out to years after surgery)


Can you perform post-surgery massage?

How is it different from body contouring?


Is it in your scope of practice?

Are you trained?




What are the benefits of applying:


Pressure (positive and negative)




Heat / Cold




  • Discuss ‘sample’ client – one student gives a synopsis of a patient journey they have heard of (friend, story online).

  • Include: Operation performed, difficulties in recovery, how it was resolved.

  • Important point – we will also hear these emotions from our client. How should we respond?


Reducing swelling


What is swelling?



What does swelling look like? What does it feel like? Where does it come from?


How can we treat swelling?


Grandparents’ Wisdom









What do you do to treat swelling?




What does a swelling only session look like?


Reducing Bruising


Second Hour


Reducing Lumps, Bumps and Fibrosis



Have you seen lumps, bumps and fibrosis in clients?

How can we treat lumps, bumps, fibrosis?


Key Idea – Use several of these techniques at once


Key Idea – Positive /Negative Pressure, Friction


Key Idea: Heating &/or Cooling


Key Idea: Add ROM Exercise to Treatment


Key Idea: Compression Massage Machines


Key idea: Vibration


Key Idea – Compression

Key Idea – Measure Progress

Zones of Adherence


But does it really work?



Have you used positive/negative pressure, friction, vibration, ROM exercises, heating/cooling, massage machines on clients?

What other techniques might work?

Untested ideas – wood therapy, bamboo massage?


Fibrosis session


Third Hour


Reducing pain and increasing ROM



How can you reduce pain / increase ROM?


Wound and Scar Healing


How can we optimise the patient’s self care? Reinforce surgeon’s recommendations.


What types of massage are best for different stages?


What about Seroma, eschar, necrosis?



How can you support client’s wound healing?


Supporting Exercise



How can you support activity after surgery?


Self-care and Holistic Healing


Presurgical Anxiety



How can you support client emotionally after surgery? Is this something you want to do as a massage therapist? Do you have experience with Motivational Interviewing?


Guiding Compression



Similarities / differences with compression for lymphedema?


Positioning and Draping



What are your positioning tips?