Lymphatic care for the breasts & chest

Lymphatic breast massage is a nurturing way to enhance breast wellness and did you know that a session can be done over the sheets or directly on the skin?

We hold a great deal of physical tension, emotional stress and personal history in our breasts, but we often overlook the fact that our breasts are body tissues with ordinary tissue needs. Lymphatic breast massage is a health care option that is rarely discussed or considered for our breast concerns, although most women at some point during their lifespan will have an issue with tenderness or congestion.

Re-establishing flow in our lymphatic system and breasts promotes tissue health and relieves uncomfortable symptoms. Out lymphatic system is part of our body’s basic waste disposal process helping us to rid our body of natural bodily waste products.

Benefits of Lymphatic Breast Massage:

  • Relieve pain and discomfort;
  • Decrease congestion and swelling;
  • Alleviate adhesions;
  • Increases pliability of scar tissue (biopsy, augmentation, reduction, lift, mastectomy);
  • Eases PMS and menopausal symptoms;
  • Help with fibrocystic breast congestion;
  • Relief from engorgement during pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning;
  • Increases the ability of our shoulders and neck muscles to release;
  • Improves posture;
  • Assistance with monitoring breast changes;
  • Helps with trauma from injury i.e. seat belt, sports injuries;
  • Helps foster positive body self-image, acceptance of one’s breasts and femininity;
  • Desire to include breasts in a truly “full body” massage;
  • Release emotional stress.

What to Expect from the Lymphatic Breast Care and Breast Massage

We will discuss your goals, comfort levels, draping options and specific techniques so that you feel informed to choose a treatment plan that suits your personal needs.

You can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to any component of the plan at any time and make requests for adjustments as you become aware of your needs.

Lymphatic breast massage can be integrated into a regular 60-minute manual therapy session. Typically, 10-15 minutes is spent doing lymphatic breast massage during a 60-minute session.

At the conclusion of your session, you will be offered suggestions to further support your breast health. This may include:

  • A breast self-massage routine;
  • Lifestyle recommendations;
  • Hydrotherapy home care;
  • A referral to naturopathic doctors, counsellors or acupuncturist.

Sheryl is creating a Breast Massage workshop for alumni and other qualified practitioners at Vancouver School of Healing Arts in July. Please contact Sheryl for more information.

By |2018-04-24T17:08:05+00:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Therapies|Tags: , , , |

About the Author:

Sheryl-Dawn Watson is a Registered Massage Therapist from Alberta and was a massage instructor at MacEwan University for 14 years. Sheryl has blended her mainstream medical massage knowledge with holistic energy medicine and shamanic practices. Sheryl's focus is pelvic health and wellness (for women and men).


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