Many women can benefit from breast massage. There are lots of reasons to receive it. Two of the most common reasons to get massage are breast pain and wanting to include your breasts as a normal part of your body. Women can receive breast massage at most any time including when pregnant and after a mastectomy.
Indications for breast massage
- Pain or discomfort in your breast
- Congestion, edema, and lymphedema
- Following diagnostic procedures and recent surgeries – symptomatic relief and promotion of good quality scarring
- Poor quality scarring from previous trauma
- Discomforts of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning
- Wanting to focus good energy on your breasts – not just worrying if they can give you cancer and doing breast exams
- Tight muscles under your breasts
- Wanting an integrated anterior body massage
- Wanting to normalize your breast tissue – it is a good part of your body
How breasts are massaged
- Most women need time to decide whether or not to have breast massage. If you discuss it with your therapist at one visit, usually the massage will not be done until a future treatment.
- Communication and trust are important. If you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, talk with them and wait until you feel more comfortable or find another therapist to do the breast massage.
- Aereolas and nipples are not touched
- Draping - you can be fully draped, have one breast undraped, both breasts undraped, or your anterior body undraped from your hip bones on up.
- Breasts themselves do not have muscles, so the massage is light.
- Breasts do have lots of lymph vessels which respond well to very light and lifting techniques.
- Chest muscles cover the whole area under the breasts, and may be treated
Contraindications – reasons to think before massaging breasts, or not to massage now:
- Breast massage will not be done without your consent
- You may withdraw your consent at any time
- Client and therapist cannot communicate well
- Lactational mastitis or any current, active infection
- Specific on-site work on any undiagnosed lump
- Specific on-site work on any abscess