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About Charmaine

My Background

My name is Charmaine McKernan. I am a Dr Vodder accredited Lymphoedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, an Australasian Lymphology Association Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner and a certified Oncology Massage Therapist. I am based at the Sleep and Wellness Centre, conveniently located 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 chronic issues and pre-and-post surgical 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), Head and Neck lymphoedema management, Lipoedema awareness and self management and am passionate about scar tissue release.

I am trained in oncology safe massage, which is a relaxing and safe massage that can be had anytime during chemotherapy / radiation treatments.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of Massage New Zealand, I am listed on New Zealand Lymphoedema Therapists website, and have been an Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA). I am also a registered Oncology Support Massage Therapist with the Oncology Massage Training, Australia.

McLoughlin Approved Practitioner

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

Relax, Release, Restore