I had the pleasure of teaching massage therapy for 10 years here in Southern California… When I first began my own therapy training the general attitude about “breast massage” was pretty comfortable. Most of the students, myself included were comfortable receiving healing touch with a trustworthy therapist. It seemed to me that over the years I saw more and more hesitancy; new teachers would come in and couldn’t be comfortable with it themselves, therefore wouldn’t teach it. In some massage cultures it’s a given to receive a full upper body treatment. I’ve had many, where they don’t even ask! I don’t exactly agree with that, I do however believe healing touch is ever so necessary in an area that houses so much emotion, lymphatic tissue and so closely connected to our heart center. If you find yourself recoiling from the idea of a self-massage or a healing touch from a trusted therapist you may want to ask yourself a few questions…
How do you feel about your breasts?
What might you be “holding” in your breasts?
Can you, or how do you allow yourself to be nourished?
…What answers might your breasts give you?
The Best Breast Treatment Includes…
- A focused massage on breasts, chest, arms, neck and head.
- 4oz jar of Banyan Botanicals Breast Care Balm
- Nourishing Oatstraw herbal infusion tea
- Self-care massage instructions and hand-out
- Hand-out on breast healthy foods, herbs, supplements and some interesting breast lore.
- Breast mediation and journal inquiries to help reconnect and embody your breasts more fully!
Plan on an hour and a half from start to finish for $130. Benefits…
- Improve lymphatic circulation around breast tissue
- Connect with this truly feminine aspect of your body of receiving and giving
- Embody the breasts = opening the heart
- Learn great techniques for breast self-massage
- Improve sensitivity and sensuality
- Improve tone and tissue
- Helps give a natural lift
Every Breast Has a Story… Fashions and cultures change… frequently. Today our over sexualized culture seems to fixate on the breasts as objects for others pleasure. To be measured up by a constant barrage of images. Most women I talk to feel they are either too small, too big, wrong shape, etc. I think almost every girl with access to TV, movies or internet has to compare her perfectly natural body to those bodies that have been deemed “perfect” by an industry that seeks to gain profits by their insecurities. And DON’T get me started on the damages I feel happening from our children’s and young adults exposure to porn and hyper-sexualized media! Yes, I’m getting political… and to bring this personal I will share with you a story…
My Grandmother was a strong and resilient woman. She grew up in a Baptist / Evangelical family as the oldest of 13. She picked cotton as a little girl from humble beginnings in the rural south. She taught herself to read from the newspaper that insulated the walls of their home. Her body was never her own, as she was told and taught from others, in various situations. Fast forward to the late 60’s where she now lived and worked with my father in Hawaii, where she opts for a breast enhancing surgery. Back then they used all kinds of toxic stuffing, her post-op instructions were to do self-massage daily. She just couldn’t do it, she couldn’t touch her own breasts (I know, conflicting…but don’t we all have some conflicting feelings about our bodies??) The implants ruptured and the poison spread throughout her whole upper body, chest and lymphatic areas. This resulted in a double complete mastectomy. She was always a supporter of my healing work and in fact the one who encouraged me to go to massage school. She was my first “client” and I was lucky to be able to massage her regularly til the end. I was the only one she let touch her chest, as she was incredibly sensitive to the lightest touch. I would incorporate prayer and energy work when even the weight of my fingers was too much. I knew her healing would be healing for me and my daughter as well. And although I did not experience the abuse, trauma, pain and conflicting ideas she did, as my Grandmother it is in my very DNA. Today I celebrate my breasts! Even though my own story starts with some bashful shyness, it is still evolving and still being written. I love the movements happening today that support the modern western breastfeeding woman, the “free the nipple campaign” and more. Our bodies are our own, our pleasure is ours and we are perfectly designed… all sizes, all shapes.
By Susun Weed
Deep within you, whether you are aware of it or not, is your primal need for breast. It is a part of you; it was born with you. It has been with you for millions of years.
When you emerged into the world of air, hunger came with you. And linked to that hunger was the remedy for hunger, already known to you. You had, at birth, the still to guide yourself to it by touch, by smell, by warmth, by sweetness. You had, and still have, internal, ancient coding to find the breast and suck…
The breast is bliss. The breast is enlightenment. The breast is the emblem of our most sacred aspirations…
Has anyone ever told you that your breasts are holy and sacred and moving with the energy of life? Has anyone ever told you that your breasts are a source of power? Has anyone ever given you permission to love your breasts, touch your breasts, adore your breasts? Has anyone ever encouraged you to honor your breasts and all women’s breasts as life, as the support of life?
excerpt from “Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way” Susun Weed 1996