My name is Charmaine McKernan. I am an Australian Lymphology Association accredited Lymphoedema Therapist and a certified Oncology Massage Therapist. I am based at the Sleep and Wellness Centre in the Wairau Valley.
I initially trained as a remedial sports massage therapist (RMT Level 6) which I obtained at the London School of Sports Massage during my extended OE. I moved to focus on manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) as my speciality when I realised how beneficial MLD is for not only Lymphoedema and Lipoedema management but a raft of other health and wellness concerns including post surgery recovery.
I trained under the Dr Vodder school to complete my post graduate certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
I treat breast related pre-and-post operative care with a focus on self management. I have a special interest in leg lymphoedema (having leg lymphoedema myself), lipoedema, head and neck lymphoedema. I am trained in oncology safe massage that can be had any time during chemotherapy / radiation treatments.
I am a member of Massage New Zealand, I am listed on New Zealand Lymphoedema Therapists website, and have been accredited as a Lymphoedema Therapist by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA). I am also a registered Oncology Support Massage Therapist with the Oncology Massage Training, Australia.
While we know that lymphoedema is not curable, the good news is that there is so much research and changes going on in the lymphoedema world, we are living in exciting times.
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
– Dalai Lama