Breast massage triggers the release of oxytocin and helps create a feeling of wellbeing and induces relaxation the body and mind.
It can also help to reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and the occurrence of cysts. Post surgical scars are soften with massage.
Many women claim that after regular massage they notice an increase in self-confidence and an enhanced relationship with their body. It helps maintain the health of the breasts and can relieve constriction in the chest caused by muscle tightness.
It can improve the mechanics of breathing. Breast massage can also ease prenatal and postnatal discomfort or encourage lactation.
Breast massage is a wonderful way of getting to know the breasts and how they change throughout the monthly cycle and over time.
- Never massage over undiagnosed lumps or tumors. – Please do not panic if you do find an abnormality in your tissue, Take note of your observations and consult your doctor. Statistics show that 80% of breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous).
- Consult your doctor before massaging over recently radiated sites as the radiated areas are fragile.
- If you have had lymph nodes removed in your armpit please massage the tissue towards the side of your chest which still has lymph nodes or massage in the direction moving downwards towards your abdomen. This will help the fluid drain in watersheds that will decrease the edema instead of resulting in further congestion.
- If you have mastitis or active cancer, please consult your doctor before incorporating self-breast massage into your routine.