BREAST MASSAGEGetting to know your breasts
Breast massage is meant to be a practice of self-love, first of all, and if it’s done correctly, it can help with stress relief, improving circulation, and releasing pain and breast tenderness. “Self-massage can center your mind, care for your body, and bring an overall sense of well-being.” (mbghealth, 2020)
Many times when you hear “breast massage”, you might always think of breast self-exams for lumps or intimacy, right? For me, I love massages in general. It helps me relax especially after a busy or stressful week. Truth is, breast massage is the only one massage that I perform on myself and actually really enjoy it! So in addition to your face mask, mani pedi and head-to-toe exfoliation, you’ll want to add your breasts to that selfcare routine checklist.
There are a few things to ensure before you begin a breast massage. For starters, you’ll definitely need oil (you can purchase our all-natural blend🌿 Breast Oil here). To warm the oil, rub it first between your palms. Remember, this is supposed to be a soothing and relaxing, so choose somewhere you feel comfortable and don’t skimp on the oil.
Bring your four fingers just under the armpit. Apply pressure from the armpit point as you draw your hand inwards to the center of the body.
Massage 15 to 20 times.
Position hand to the side of the breast following the contour of the breast with thumb pointing outward and the other fingers pointing downwards, and gently push the breast toward the other side of your body. Massage 15 – 20 times.
You can do one breast or both breasts at the same time. Find your rythm.
Use one hand to cup the breast and the other four fingers of your hand to apply gentle pressure in a circular motion. You should start close to the nipple and move toward the outside of the breast. Massage to cover the entire breast.
Repeat on the other breast.
Note: The best technique is adding gradual pressure, to your comfort. If you encounter or tenderness, lighten your touch to your satisfaction.
If you feel any pain during the massage or are concerned about any negative side effects, it’s always best to consult with your doctor. But overall, the entire experience should be relaxing and pleasant.
As far as the frequency of the massage, it’s truly up to you. Traditional ayurvedic practice suggests doing it daily, but once a week is more realistic for today’s culture. And hey, if you find yourself doing it two to three times a week, good on you. I massage twice daily, after every morning and evening shower. Massaging is one thing but knowing that the breasts are tended to and being pampered, is another level of pleasure.
Breast massage may not be common on the menu at many local wellness centre or part of your typical full-body massage, but there are a few that offers breast massages. You can check out the local wellness spa near you and call ahead to ask if they offer breast massages.
Yours truly, Iva ❤️