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Elke Liebe Lymphedema & Massage Therapist

Cancer Network Group Service


10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.


Classical Massage
The anti-stress treatment: working from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, this is total relaxation. In our modern, stressful time, we seem to be living too much inside our heads and lose the vital connection to our physical self. Massage therapy complements your exercise regime and puts you back in touch with your body. Let us use the power of touch to help you overcome those tensions that keep you from fulfilling your full potential. Treat yourself to some luxurious pampering.


Deep Tissue Massage
This personalised therapy is specifically designed to work with your areas of discomfort, going deeper into the muscle tissue to break up muscle-fibre adhesions to help reduce tension. If appropriate we can use acupuncture needles to release trigger points in the muscles (DryNeedling). We have found that massage not only shortens your recovery time after injury, it can also relieve those aches and pains arising from occupational or recreational overuse. We can help you identify your particular issues and focus on restoring your health. However, there are guidelines to consider.


Hot Stone Therapy
This unforgettable experience calls on the help of Mother Nature. Smooth river rocks of varying sizes are heated in water, lubricated with essential oils and incorporated into your massage. The heat within the stones helps penetrate deeper into your muscle tissue, inducing deep relaxation. As the stones glide over the muscles, tensions melt away. The stones are applied up and down the body, front and back, lingering longer at each area during the therapy, penetrating a little deeper with each application and each new set of fresh hot stones. Penetrating heat radiates into muscles to provide stress reduction, deep relaxation and relief from physical pain - a wonderful alternative or addition to a deep tissue massage.

Where applicable, ice cold stones may be used in alternating hot/cold treatment.


CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique, whereby therapists gently mobilise and release the Craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissue of the head (cranium), the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area) and the pelvis. It focuses on the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced on a constant basis in structures within the brain. CranioSacral Therapy is often accompanied by SomatoEmotional Release.

The movement of spinal fluid within and around the central nervous system is believed to create a vital body rhythm, equally important to health and wellbeing as the beating of the heart or the breath.

CranioSacral Therapy helps to boost general wellbeing, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and enhance the functioning of all the body's organs via the nervous system. It is a non-intrusive therapy that works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit. For a treatment, clients usually lay on a massage table and the therapist works through light clothing. It is a very gentle and profoundly relaxing procedure that lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

Your CranioSacral therapists may combine other therapies in a CranioSacral Balancing session, such as Myofascial release or Polarity Therapy. These therapies enhance the healing session and effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy for treating some disorders. CranioSacral Therapy can treat a wide range of conditions and can be used to treat all age groups including babies and young children.

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger  following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the CranioSacral system - comprising the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the CranioSacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopaedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction


Lymphedema Therapy
Chronic peripheral lymphedema, an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues, is a very common and serious condition with significant consequences for the patient.

One of the main reasons for the development of lymphedema is surgical interventions in combination with lymph node dissections, such as mastectomy or lumpectomy due to breast cancer.

Since lymphedema is a progressive condition, treatment should begin as early as possible. The goal of the treatment is to remove the excess lymphatic loads of water and protein and to restore the disturbed equilibrium in the interstitial tissues of the affected area.

Treatment of Lymphedema with Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy

Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP), done successfully in Europe for decades, is a non-invasive therapy with long lasting results. CDP is superior to all other approaches to treat lymphedema (pumps, medication, surgery) and designed to reduce and to maintain the reduction of the swollen extremity.

At the end of the 19th century, Alexander von Winiwarter, Professor of Surgery, described the basic steps of this therapy for swollen limbs with special massage, compression, and elevation. The technique was improved in the 1930s by Vodder, a physical therapist from Denmark, who successfully treated lymphedema.

In the 1980s Prof. Michael Foeldi, M.D. considerably improved this therapy by developing a technique called Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy, which even in advanced stages of lymphedema shows remarkable results.

CDP is done in two phases. The first phase, intensive phase, lasts between two and four weeks (in extreme cases longer); treatments are done twice a day, five days a week. The goal of this phase is to decongest the swollen extremity to a normal or near normal size. Simultaneously the patient is instructed in techniques designed to maintain and even improve the condition after the intensive phase of the therapy.

The first phase is immediately followed by phase two, the maintenance and improvement phase which the patient continues at home.

For the safety of the patients and to achieve good results it is absolutely mandatory that the therapist is thoroughly trained in all components of CDP. Only certified MLD/ CDP therapists have a complete understanding of the pathophysiology of lymphedema and its treatment.

CDP Consists of Four Basic Steps:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Compression Therapy
  • Meticulous Skin and Nail Care
  • Remedial Exercises

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique which improves the activity of intact lymph vessels by mild mechanical stimuli, the goal of this treatment is to move excess lymphatic loads of water and protein into areas with still sufficient lymphatics.

This is a very light special skin technique which is directed toward stimulating the activity of the lymphangions, designed to empty and decompress the obstructed lymph vessels. MLD allows the natural pattern of existing vessels located under the skin and areas where the lymph system and venous system join to assume the function of transporting lymph fluid. The hands of the therapist are used to soften fibrotic lakes which can accumulate under the skin. The areas located away from the limb are always treated first. MLD techniques are very specific and involve pressures and release of pressures along with strokes.

Since the elastic fibres of the skin are destroyed during the course of lymphedema it is mandatory to apply sufficient compression to the affected area in order to prevent re-accumulation of fluid. Compression in phase one is achieved by short-stretch bandages applied after each treatment. It consists of 4 layers of material that protect lymphatics, offer gradient compression, and soften the skin. Bandaging does not permit the treatment areas to refill with fluid.

After the extremity is decongested the patient is fitted with a sufficient compression garment that needs to be worn during the daytime. At night the patient applies mild compression using bandages.

Before treatment can be started, the skin has to be free of infections or fungal infections. During treatment a low-pH lotion is applied to maintain the moisture of the skin.

Remedial exercises performed by the patient wearing the compression bandage or garment aid the lymphokinetic effects of the joint and muscle pumps. Muscle activation with the bandages in place provides resistance. When resistance is met, increased lymph flow and reduction is the result.

The Bandaging is Bulky and will not Accommodate Tight Fitting Clothing:

  • Patients being treated for arm lymphedema are asked to bring a short sleeved garment for exercises. If you do not wish to wear the short sleeved garment out of our facility, clothing with loose fitting arm sleeves is required.
  • Patients being treated for leg lymphedema will need shorts or loose fitting pants for exercise therapy. When leaving our facility, a skirt could be worn if desired.
  • Leg patients will need very large sneakers, sandals, or something comparable.

Service Areas

Supportive health

  • Lymphedema
  • Physiotherapy

Exercise and relaxation

  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Rehabilitation

Cancer Types

Bowel, Breast, Childhood cancers, Leukaemia & Blood, Lung, Prostate, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Others


10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Tue – Sat 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

For scheduled appointments, please ring the doorbell under the "Life Balance Bodywork" sign and wait in the parking area where our therapist will meet you.

How to access this service

Please call (09) 407 4673

Contact Details

Postal Address

210 Rangitane Road
Kerikeri 0294

This page was last updated at 1:42PM on April 1, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Elke Liebe Lymphedema & Massage Therapist.