I recently took a course on Breast Massage and I am so excited to share this information with you! It opened my eyes to a part of myself that I…WE have been programmed to ignore…. OUR BREASTS! That’s right, the “girls”! Our focus of them have been of what other people think of them, as opposed to what we are doing to take care of them. We put them into tight, wired, lacey enclosures and call it a day…a long day, until you get home and take that bra off and throw it aside. Sweet relief! Am I wrong? Well ladies, it’s time, let’s talk…
Importance of Breast Health
Taking the time to self-examine ourselves is important! When it comes to early detection of breast cancer, it is imperative that we know what our breasts FEEL like and LOOK like; at any age. *According to the Canadian Cancer Society “on average, 70 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day”. We cannot continue to ignore or be complacent with the health of our breasts anymore. We need to continue to remove the taboo.
In regards to our overall well-being, what if we did some preventative work? How you might ask? Well, some studies have shown that due to the constriction of our bras we unknowingly affect our Lymph System. Our lymph system is our bodies “garbage disposal”. It works hard at eliminating toxins/wastes and regulating our immune system. When this system is compromised (i.e. by a repetitive, long term pressure that decreases lymph flow) we might see or feel symptoms such as, tenderness of the breasts/armpits and increase in temperature/swelling in this region. Lymph congestion can be uncomfortable and painful. Some studies have also claimed that there is a link between the impingement of our lymph system and breast cancer cell development. There is a great article at www.wellnessmama.com that can link you to more in depth reading on these studies.
Benefits of Breast Massage
Everyone can achieve wonderful results from this form of massage therapy. This work is very beneficial for cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy/lumpectomy, women who have had breast reductions and those who have had breast implants. Techniques are utilized to:
- increase lymphatic flow
- increase circulation
- increase relaxation
- increase an overall sense of well-being
- decrease muscle tension
- decrease pain and discomfort
- decrease stress
- removes toxins from fatty cells in the breast tissue
- decrease scar tissue from incisions
I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I had no idea what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was overly comfortable with what the weekend had in store for me. But because I knew what I wanted to do with this work, and the women I wanted to ultimately help, I mustered my courage and walked into class. I was fortunate to be surrounded by some amazing, caring therapists that made me feel safe and comfortable. They held a peaceful and loving space for me where I knew all was going to be OK. What I wasn’t expecting was the aftermath of my first Breast Massage treatment. I felt lighter! I didn’t realize how much ‘weight’ or ‘energy’ I was holding in this area of my body. The soreness I was experiencing earlier in the day was gone. I felt great with increased energy and couldn’t wait to share my experience and new knowledge.
I want to express my gratitude to those who have come to see me for this service thus far. I strive to create a safe and loving space for my clients that seek this very important work.
In the spirit of healing,
Kara Daniels RMT, BSW
Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
*Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/breast-cancer/the-breasts/?region=on#ixzz4RNMhdqe2