From an energy standpoint, our breasts are the center of our deepest emotions and represent love. However, many women (and men) avoid touching breast tissue, whether it's fear of finding a lump, or because nobody taught us how to take care of them - but breast health is important.
One of the best ways to clear your body of toxins is through lymphatic massage. For men and women both, routine lymphatic drainage can go a long way toward maintaining healthy breast tissue, and overall immune system health.
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Your lymphatic system comprises a network of organs, vessels and numerous lymph nodes situated throughout your body, including the breasts.
Swollen lymph nodes are a sign that something is wrong somewhere in your body. It could be anything from a mild infection or something more serious such as an immune disorder, and sometimes cancer.
Some swollen lymph nodes return to normal when the underlying condition, such as a minor infection, resolves. However, see your doctor if you have concerns about your swollen lymph nodes.
Massaging your lymph nodes so they drain can not only help build your immune system, but also stimulate removal of metabolic waste and reduce post-operative pain.
What is a Lymphatic Massage?
Lymphatic Breast Massage is different than simply massaging your breast because you will specifically move the breast in a way that helps lymph fluid flow properly inside the body.
The touch for lymphatic massage is not heavy, but gentle and feather-like. It's the same weight you would use as if you were petting a cat. Loving, tender touch for your breasts is more important than any technique.
How to Give a Lymphatic Self-Massage
The lymph nodes lining the front of the neck and deep within the armpits are important areas where the lymphatic system of your whole upper body area meets and drains into the rest of your circulatory system. We begin at the clavicle to open up the lymphatic drainage, which we will later direct fluid to from the breasts.
- Starting at your clavicle, with palms facing you and fingers pointing up, gently press the pads of the fingers of both hands for three seconds into the area just above the collarbones, on both sides. Lift your hands and move them down just about a half inch and again, gently press for three counts. Work your way down from the collarbone to the top of the breasts.
- Next, to drain the breast lymph, starting either on the right or the left side, place your same side hand at the side of your breast. Glide your hand in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction all around your breast, gently brushing your skin from all areas of your breast toward your armpit, 6-10 times. Repeat on the other side.
- Next, place your hand into your opposite armpit, gently pulling your armpit upwards with all fingers, then gently pressing your fingers into the hollow in your armpit, with the heel of your palm resting on the side of your breast. Gently squeeze, again with the lightness of petting a cat, and release 6-10 times at your own, comfortable pace; this creates a 'pumping' action that pushes lymphatic fluid along. Repeat on the other side.
- Next, gently cup under your entire breast, in whichever hand is most comfortable and gently push upward then gently release, each 6-10 times. If your breasts are large, this may take more than one hand position.
- Next, from outside of your breast, with the same side hand, gently push your breast toward your sternum and release, at a comfortable pace. Do this 6-10 times each side.
Whether you're recovering from illness or want a preventative routine,
lymphatic massage is an excellent way to improve breast health.
Include it in your wellness regimen
and your breasts will return that love to you from a beaming heart.
If possible, set aside a time and quiet space dedicated to your self-healing. Use Bird of the Soul Essential Oil Mist or diffuse some Bird of the Soul oil in your room to enhance your healing experience.
You can also watch this video for a simple, weekly breast-self-love practice from a breast health expert.
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is also the theme for CYE and Body & Brain Yoga & Taichi's October Healthier Together campaign: "Breast Cancer Awareness: Release Old Stress, Create New Life." Body & Brain centers around the U.S. will be offering one week of free yoga classes to breast cancer patients and survivors all throughout the month. Call or visit your nearest Body & Brain center for more information.
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