Sunday, October 28, 2012

Breast Massage for Greater Breast Health and Cancer Prevention by Moving the Lymph

Gentle therapeutic breast massage and lymphatic breast care are ideal for maintaining healthy breasts, reducing pain, swelling and other breast problems. Research shows that Regular massage can help prevent and detect breast cancer. According to Susun S. Weed, author of "Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way," breast massage helps to prevent breast cancer by improving the immune system and moving lymph fluids through lymph nodes under the arms.
Research indicates that our lifestyle choices create and support our breast health as they do overall health and wellness. Food and supplements, exercise, eliminating exposure to toxins, eliminating smoking, wearing well fitted non-underwire bras, reducing stress and balancing hormones are a great start. What isn't discussed in prevention and general health is breast massage and maintaining healthy breast lymph.
The lymphatic system is part your immune system.
The lymph (blood plasma and white blood cells) circulates through the body tissues transporting debris and toxins from tissue to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes then enable the body to rid itself of these toxins.
Since breast tissue is well-supplied with lymphatics but lack sources of external compression (such as muscles or strong overlying fascia) to promote the natural lymphatic drainage found in most other body tissues, fluid has a tendency to accumulate in the breast. The light-touch specific approach of Lymph Drainage Therapy provides an ideal solution to fluid stagnation.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an appropriate and practical gentle, light-touch, non-invasive breast massage technique that can be used by trained therapist for specific conditions and indications relating to breast care.
Lymphatic Breast Massage can help:
Mentrual Cycles:
Breast pain (mastodynia, mastalgia or mammalgia)
Swollen breasts
Breast Feeding or Pregnancy:
Sore nipples (transient or chronic)
Inflammation or infection: mastedeneitis, mastitis, yeast infection, infected Montgomery gland, etc
Milk stasis: plugged duct, filled duct, plugged nipple pore
Bruise, wound (nipples aereola, breast), fissures, ulceration, hemorrhages
Dermatitis: eczema, psoriasis
Stretch marks
Fibrocycstic Breast/ Non-malignant Lump:
Many nonmalignant lumps may resolve quickly with Lymph Drainage Therapy
Pre/Post Surgical Lymphatic Drainage and Cosmetic Applications
Breast implant problems, post mastectomy, post lumpectomy, post tram flap, post lat flap, post breast reduction
Improvement in local venolymphatic circulation, removal of toxins, tissue reoxygenation, regeneration of skin tissue, skin tonification, and mastoptosis (breast sagging)
Scars (acute and chronic)
Other Applications Related to Breast Health:
Decrease hot flashes
Fibrocystic Breasts
Swollen lymph nodes
Early breast cancer detection
Self care drainage techniques given by your therapist (self massage, dry body brushing, change in type of bra worn)
Thermography has detected metabolic changes within the breast tissue or lymphatic congestion
What to Expect from Breast Massage:
Your Lymphatic Drainage therapist has an accurate knowledge of the specific anatomy, physiology and related hand techniques involved so the practitioner can attune to the precise rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow. Heavy pressure will NOT be applied to breast tissue. Deep pressure may not only hurt (the client) but may destroy the few suspensory ligaments (Cooper's ligament) and elastic fibers which prevent sagging (mastoptosis).
Whatever lymph territory the therapist is working on, the lymph will be sent to the group of lymph nodes responsible for draining of that area. In the case of the breast, most of the lymphatics (over 90%) drain to the armpit lymph nodes. Lymphatics will usually always be softly stimulated in the neck, armpits (axillas), abdomen, breast mammary tissue, retromammary space (behind the breast), groin, and ribcage when receiving a breast massage session.
Our therapists respect and honor your trust at all times. Proper draping is always provided for our client's comfort and security during breast massage. In fact, we use a specialized modality of lymphatic drainage massage that does not require physical touch. Instead we use a tool that helps to massage and move lymph fluid in both the superficial and deeper lymphatic system. This allows us to offer a pain free, pressure free, hands free breast massage. Unless there are scars on the breast that require work, with a clients permission, we may work more directly on the breast.
Clients are required to sign a release form given our therapists permission to conduct breast work.
Clients may always stop a massage for any reason at any time during the treatment process and this request will be honored with no questions asked.
Healthy Being Wellness Center and Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Melissa Gallagher, offer Lymphatic Facial Drainage Massage to our clients in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Largo, Seminole and all three counties in our are: Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco.
A session is 60min in length and is $70. Call our office to book your appointment today: 727-502-3464

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