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The Benefits of Breast Massage

The Benefits of Breast Massage

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s feature shares how massage can improve the quality of breast health.

Image result for breast healthBreast massage is an effective means to maintain health of the breasts. According to the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines, breast massage is the act of slowly kneading and stroking the breasts, using varying amounts of mild to moderate pressure in gentle lifting and compressive movements. It can be done as self-massage or with help from a partner or therapist. While the primary purpose is to clear the lymphatic system of toxins that can disrupt health, breast massage also has cosmetic and therapeutic uses.

Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of breast massage:

Therapeutic Benefits

Breast massage is also beneficial for breast pain. Whether the pain is caused by surgery, pregnancy, milk production, mastitis, cysts, or an unknown cause, a soft, gentle massage can be therapeutic and soothing. According to the AyurvedicCure.com, “Simply rubbing an area can have a demonstrable analgesic effect.” Massage eases soreness in the tissues, reduces pain and swelling in the breasts, and relaxes tightness or tension in the ligaments. Breast massage is particularly useful in soothing the pain associated with breast scarring from infection or surgery .

Health Benefits

There are also health benefits associated with using breast massage as a dependable means of flushing out toxins from the body’s lymphatic system. Toxic buildup from poor circulation is believed to increase the risk of cancer. Stimulating drainage of the breasts’ lymphatic and blood circulation eliminates harmful waste products and allows nutrient-rich blood to flow to the breast tissue.

Prevention Benefits

As nice as it is to have a healthy, attractive bust line, there are more serious issues to consider than appearance. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there were 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,170 deaths from breast cancer in 2009., with these numbers increasing each year. It is important to become familiar with the shape and feel of normal breast tissue in order to detect any abnormalities that may develop over time. Early detection could be life-saving!

Appearance Benefits

Massage is useful in maintaining breast shape and to prevent sagging. According to the AyurvedicCure.com, breast massage stimulates circulation, which is necessary for keeping breast tissue healthy. Massage also helps break up benign cysts, strengthens the muscle tissue of the chest, builds resiliency in the ligaments and firms the skin. With regular massage, the breasts will remain firmer for longer and less likely to sag. The result is a more attractive bust line.

Regular breast massage, together with monthly self-exams, is a good way to check the breasts for changes or irregularities. With breast cancer being one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, it is crucial to take care of this important aspect of health.

Every woman who visits us for therapeutic massage during the month of October may receive a complimentary lesson in self-massage for breast health!

Massage Therapy for Breastfeeding Success

Massage Therapy for Breastfeeding Success

In acknowledgement of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, we offer information and support with massage therapy for breast health in nursing mothers.

Image result for breastfeedingBreastfeeding is by far the best, most natural and most nutritious way to feed your baby. But getting started with breastfeeding can be a little intimidating and even painful at first. Knowing how to prepare the breasts both prior to delivery and in the early days of nursing will prevent or reduce painful cracked nipples and breast engorgement.

Benefits of Breast Massage

Breast health for nursing mothers ideally should begin during pregnancy. Preparing the nipples helps prevent tenderness and cracking after the new mother begins nursing her infant, making the experience more successful and comfortable for both mother and baby.

Massaging the breasts enhances blood circulation and helps prepare abundant milk production for the newborn. Clear milk ducts allow the milk to flow more freely, generates more milk production and reduces the risk of engorgement (clogged milk ducts) and is especially useful for the prevention of mastitis (painful breast inflammation).

Breast tissue contains a complex network of lymph and blood vessels. Unlike other areas of the body, the breasts lack sources of external compression, such as muscles or a strong overlying frontal structure, to promote the flow of blood and lymph. As a result, these fluids can stagnate, causing blocked milk ducts, engorgement, mastitis and low milk production.

Gentle massage techniques can be used to aid fluid circulation. Massage therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for breasts, as they need good circulation and tissue mobilization for optimum health. Breast massage just before feeding increases the fat content, making the milk more nutritious for the baby. It also stimulates letdown and eases expression of milk, allowing easier nursing for the baby and more comfort for the mother.

Breast massage tones the underlying muscles and ligaments that support the breast, to minimize sagging, stretch marks and scarring.

Simple Breast Self-Massage Routine

1. Thoroughly wash hands before each massage.

Image result for breast self-massage2. Use a natural lubricant for massage, without any petroleum products or chemical additives such as fragrance and color. There are several lotions specifically formulated to safe breast massage. Coconut or olive oil is also a natural and safe choice.

3. Apply oil or lotion into one hand and then rub hands together to distribute the oil on both hands.

4. Gently pump (squeeze) each armpit to stimulate the lymph glands and assist efficient blood flow into the breasts. Heavy pressure could damage the sensitive glandular tissue, so use a gentle but firm touch. It should be comfortable, not painful.

5. Gently massage each breast with your fingertips or palms, alternating hands using a combined squeezing and stroking motion, from the outer perimeter towards the nipple.

6. Gently squeeze and stroke each nipple with the fingertips for 2-5 minutes.

7. Cleanse the nipples after each breast massage, before nursing the baby.

More Tips

In the newborn phase, while beginning with breastfeeding, massage should be done prior to each feeding. Once mother and baby are accustomed to nursing, frequency can be reduced to once a day. A good time for daily breast massage is while bathing.

In addition to breast massage, general body massage by a Licensed Massage Therapist is also recommended during and after pregnancy, for an easier delivery and to help speed recovery from childbirth. It also alleviates fatigue and sleep deprivation. Studies have shown that a one-hour full-body massage gives the physiological equivalent of 3 hours sleep for the body and brain.

Body massage relieves backaches and leg cramps caused by pregnancy and delivery. It also helps relieve the shoulder, upper back and arm pain that occurs while the mother’s body adjusts to new positions and postures of carrying and nursing a baby. Massage can help alleviate the anxiety and stress of adapting to the huge lifestyle changes of having a new baby, as well as help prevent postpartum depression. And finally, Infant Massage helps parents bond with their baby, ease the discomforts of colic and promote healthy sleep.

At Pacific Massage Services, we offer treatments and teaching of breast massage and Infant Massage. Our Gift Certificates make a perfect baby shower or new baby gift! It is our honor and privilege to help make breastfeeding the most successful and comfortable it can be for both mother and baby! We invite you to call us for more info or to schedule a session: 808.885.4459.

Breast Massage Saves Lives!

Breast Massage Saves Lives!

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s feature shares how massage can improve the quality of breast health.

Breast massage is an effective means to maintain health of the breasts. According to the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines, breast massage is the act of slowly kneading and stroking the breasts, using varying amounts of mild to moderate pressure in gentle lifting and compressive movements. It can be done as self-massage or with help from a partner or therapist. While the primary purpose is to clear the lymphatic system of toxins that can disrupt health, breast massage also has cosmetic and therapeutic uses.

Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of breast massage:

Appearance Benefits

Massage is useful in maintaining breast shape and to prevent sagging. According to the AyurvedicCure.com, breast massage stimulates circulation, which is necessary for keeping breast tissue healthy. Massage also helps break up benign cysts, strengthens the muscle tissue of the chest, builds resiliency in the ligaments and firms the skin. With regular massage, the breasts will remain firmer for longer and less likely to sag. The result is a more attractive bust line.

Therapeutic Benefits

Breast massage is also beneficial for breast pain. Whether the pain is caused by surgery, pregnancy, milk production, mastitis, cysts, or an unknown cause, a soft, gentle massage can be therapeutic and soothing. According to the AyurvedicCure.com, “Simply rubbing an area can have a demonstrable analgesic effect.” Massage eases soreness in the tissues, reduces pain and swelling in the breasts, and relaxes tightness or tension in the ligaments. Breast massage is particularly useful in soothing the pain associated with breast scarring from infection or surgery .

Health Benefits

There are also health benefits associated with using breast massage as a dependable means of flushing out toxins from the body’s lymphatic system. Toxic buildup from poor circulation is believed to increase the risk of cancer. Stimulating drainage of the breasts’ lymphatic and blood circulation eliminates harmful waste products and allows nutrient-rich blood to flow to the breast tissue.

Prevention Benefits

As nice as it is to have a healthy, attractive bust line, there are more serious issues to consider than appearance. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there were 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,170 deaths from breast cancer in 2009, with these numbers increasing each year. Self-massage and breast massage performed by a professional are both key components in early detection of any lumps or irregularities in a woman’s breast tissue. It is important to become familiar with the shape and feel of normal breast tissue to detect any abnormalities that may develop over time. Early detection could be life-saving!

Regular breast massage, together with monthly self-exams, is a good way to check the breasts for changes or irregularities. With breast cancer being one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, it is crucial to take care of this important aspect of health.