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About Charmaine

My Background

Hi, welcome to my website. My name is Charmaine McKernan and I am a

  • Dr Vodder Certified Lymphoedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
  • Australasian Lymphology Association Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner
  • A Certified Oncology Massage Specialist
  • I am based at the Sleepdrops Sleep and Wellness Centre, conveniently located in the Wairau Valley.

    I also work as a relief Therapist at Dove House, Glendowie

    My Training Background

    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).

    What I Treat

    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. I am passionate about scar tissue release and fascia release and am currently training for my Bowen Therapy accreditation.

    I am trained in Oncology support massage, which is a relaxing and safe massage that can be had anytime during chemotherapy / radiation treatments. This is the treatment that I provide as relief Therapist at Dove House.

    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. I am registered with Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand to provide Lymphoedema Therapy.

    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