An Effective, Pro active Way to Breast Health and Wellness through Breast Massage Therapy
Breast Massage therapy is an effective ‘wellness’ treatment for breasts, as breasts particularly need good circulation and tissue mobilization for optimum health. Poor circulation can produce various uncomfortable symptoms. Breast scarring (surgically and traumatically induced), which is more common than we often realize, can cause painful syndromes and obstruct blood and lymph flow.
Some believe there may be a correlation between chronic poor breast drainage and susceptibility toimage malignancy. Breast Massage therapy techniques and hydrotherapy may in fact turn out to be some of the most effective modalities for addressing such problems and promoting breast health.
Many women need more help becoming comfortable with breast self-examination than they receive in their doctors’ offices. Some have traumatic histories and need assistance achieving a sense of normalcy about their breasts and the types of touch involved in seeing to their care.
As well, a skilled palpator may be more successful in picking up early-stage breast tissue changes needing medical follow-up than a client would herself. Given the time spent, the regular treatment intervals, the privacy of the circumstances, and the trained empathy and physical skill of the practitioner, massage therapists really have something to offer.”
From “Breast Massage Deserves Attention” by Debra Curties, RMT in Massage & Bodywork Magazine, June/July 2001
Breast Massage therapy in
Pregnancy, Nursing and Weaning
Breast Massage therapy can be a wonderful addition to prenatal care and a source of support while nursing and weaning. The benefits of breast massage therapy in the childbearing years include:
Why Might a Woman Seek Lymphatic Breast Massage?
Breast Massage Therapy Procedures
As a specific treatment, breast massage therapy includes the back, neck and abdomen and is a 45 minute session. Breast massage therapy may also be included as part of any 75 minute or 105 minute massage, bodywork session.
Breast Massage therapy is never automatically included in any massage therapy session.
Do All Massage Therapists Offer Breast Massage Therapy?
No. Many massage therapists have not received the specialized training or simply are not comfortable with providing breast massage. Although not as common as other techniques, breast massage therapy is now offered by a growing number of massage therapists. However, Lymphatic Breast Massage therapy has been practiced in other cultures for centuries and in the United States by a limited number of therapists for decades.
In the U.S., interest in breast massage therapy grew dramatically after Debra Curties, a Registered Massage Therapist in Canada and past president of the American Massage Therapy Association Council of schools wrote the book Breast Massage in 1999. Debra understood the health benefits of breast massage and made a mission of educating the massage therapy and medical communities about this work. You might expect Lymphatic Breast Massage therapy to be more readily at clinical and medically oriented massage practices but today even some day spas, including Elizabeth Arden Red Door Door Spas, are now offering some type of breast massage therapy.