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Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

We specialize in lymphatic massage drainage for pre and post op surgeries, Lymphedema, oncology, auto-immune, and detoxification.

Help your body heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edema. We provide lymphatic massage therapy throughout San Diego County with locations in La Jolla, Del Mar, and Carlsbad.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Removes metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissue.

Through its gentle rhythmical precise hand movement, alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to brain.

Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress.

Supports and enhances the action of the immune system.

Helps the body to heal-more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edema.


Removes metabolic waste


Remove excess water


Remove Toxins


Removes Bacteria


What We Do

Lymphatic Massages

Kokua Bodywork Lymphatic Therapies are customized so that each client will receive the best modality for their needs. We provide medical lymphatic massages as well as Brazillian Lymphatic Detox massages.

Bodywork Therapies

Kokua Bodywork Therapies are customized, so that each massage therapy client will enjoy the best massage modality for their needs.

Nutrition & Diet

Kokua Bodywork is dedicated to having you feel and look your best. Beauty from the inside out. Our treatments and Body Sculpting sessions are designed to enhance your natural beauty.

Beauty & Body Sculpting

Kokua Bodywork is dedicated to having you feel and look your best. Beauty from the inside out. Our treatments and Body Sculpting sessions are designed to enhance your natural beauty.

Holistic Health

Develop intuitive and sustainable habits that will nourish your body, reduce stress, and renew vitality.

Theresa M.

I highly recommend Yvonne!!! I was referred to her after a workout injury and Yvonne was so knowledgeable and caring ! I have always felt like I’m in good hands with her and now I call her at the first sign of pain to prevent further damage! I have and will continue to recommend her to friends and family !

Chelsea W.

I just underwent a major surgery and I honestly don’t think I could’ve recovered from my surgery without Yvonne, both mentally and physically. She is extremely gifted at her profession as well as an amazing human being. She’s educated at her craft, thoughtful, considerate, and listens so that she meets your exact needs and helps you throughout your journey of recovery. I can’t give her enough praise. She’s a professional healer that expands her craft consistently so she can help as many people as possible. I couldn’t recommend her enough!


Happy Clients

Alexandra del C.

I love that Yvonne is so knowledgeable about the anatomy and communicates exactly which part of the muscle system is receiving the most care during the massage. Yvonne listens to what area after surgery is causing the most swelling, which she quickly identifies. Her lymphatic massage brings relief and healing. Working with Yvonne has made my healing journey so much better!! Since getting massages from her, I am more informed on what I have to do to facilitate the healing process. I highly recommend her healing hands, knowledge, and passion for what she does! Yvonne is a wonderful person!! ❤️ – Alexandra


What Causes Lymphedema?

Surgery, Trauma, Radiation, Lymph Node Removal, Chronic venous problems and heredity. Because early treatment is crucial, it is imperative that individuals in high risk situations understand the symptoms and implications of lymphedema.

What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg and/or trunk. Kokua Bodywork specializes in management of lymph disorders.

The first signs of lymphedema are: Heaviness, Aching, Burning, Stiffness, Tight clothing or jewelry.

What Is Destress Massage?

A Swedish Massage to relieve stress and promote an overall feeling of relaxation, helping you breathe, increasing circulation and alleviating tension.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage is deep and customized to the pressure and areas you will most benefit from, releasing adhesions, creating space in the body, and releasing muscular tension and restrictions.

Mobility Massage
A massage inspired by Ashley Black and her invention of the Fascia Blasting tools. The Client will spend 30 minutes in an infrared Sauna Blanket so the tissues are heated followed by an hour of massage using the Fascia Blasting Tools. Excellent for mobility and circulation as well as detoxing.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Massage
This massage is light on pressure promoting the movement of lymph fluid. It has a soothing and analgesic effect to those experiencing discomfort or pain. An excellent massage for those unable to exercise regularly or that have just overcome an illness.
Vacuum Cupping Detox Therapy
A Cupping therapy designed to break up solid bloat, remove cellular debris and waist, and remove toxins. Improves lymphatic drainage and circulation. Re-energizes and Detoxifies the body.
Lomilomi Massage
Hawaiian Lomilomi is “….the loving touch, A connection of the heart, hand, and soul with the source of life.”– Auntie Margaret Machado.

A massage experience that is transformative, embracing, and nurturing.

Skin Tightening
Plasma Skin tightening also known as Fibroblast Skin tightening is the only cosmetic treatment to use electrical arcing to eliminate excess skin. It’s a successful non-surgical beauty treatment. Excellent for wrinkle reduction, eye lifts, tummy tightening, and neck tightening. It takes one treatment and the recovery time is seven to ten days.
Results last between two and four years depending lifestyle and environmental factors.

Schedule Your Treatment Today!

Inspired by the desire to keep you feeling youthful and beautiful.


Yvonne Martin - Kukua Bodywork

Yvonne Martin

Yvonne has a passion for health and wellness. She began her journey over twenty years ago as a CHEK nutrition and lifestyle coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor where she taught Bodypump, Pilates, and sculpt classes at Elite Fitness spa in Carlsbad Ca. Her mission was to train and inspire clients to meet their lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness goals.

As her family needed her more at home, Yvonne made a choice to take a break from training and teaching to devote her time to her family including her two young daughters and stepson. Meanwhile, she continued to further her education and studied different types of bodywork modalities and functional nutrition.

As her children grew older, Yvonne began working with Tamara Renee Wellness formerly known as Bodylab as a massage therapist, body sculptor, post op lymphatic therapy therapist, and personalized DNA Diet and Fitness coach. Yvonne’s mission was always the same “To empower, educate, and motivate clients to achieve optimal health and wellness through practical nutrition, lifestyle coaching, and bodywork modalities.

Working with all different types of clients over the years, Yvonne realized the importance of the lymphatic system for oncology and post- surgery clients. She now is trained as a Lymphedema therapist and works with a variety of medical conditions. She also knows the importance of keeping detox pathways open and how critical the lymphatic system is to maintain optimal wellness and healing.

Yvonne understands the obstacles of stress and what an over scheduled life can do to wellness, vitality, and fitness goals as she has faced many of these obstacles herself. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practioner she believes running diagnostic tests is imperative to overcome Metabolic Chaos and getting to the root of obstacles by supporting all systems of the body. She offers massage and lymphatic drainage therapy that support and help with the healing of these systems

Yvonne chose the name Kokua because it means help and community. Everything she has learned over the past twenty years she wants to share and inspire her clients and community with.