Comprehensive Breast Therapy
The breasts, and chest regardless of male or female is a less worked area by therapists in regards to comprehensive work. My teacher Susan R. Stockton LMT, CNMT, RBT educated me on a variety of breast-specific therapies many moons ago. While I have not gone through her certification for Restorative Breast Therapy. I have developed my own style of bodywork based on clinical practice over the last 11 years. The feedback from clients has been remarkable especially for stubborn shoulder, upper back tension patterns, intercostal, and breathing challenges. The anterior fascial line is significantly impacted, and with the slow methodical style that I deliver, this seems to be a missing factor for many clients to restore greater heights of tissue-freedom.
- Improved Lymphatic Health
- Improved Quality of Breath
- Improved Range of Motion In The Shoulder Girdle
- Improved Relaxation Response (likely from increased Oxytocin *see study below)
- Improved Posture (reducing forward head posture and overall anterior-addicted posturing)
- For Clients w/ Breast Implants Possibly Improved Life Span of Implants [self-care, suggested care]
- For Clients w/ Post-Surgical Mastectomy Improved Tissue Health Reducing Fascial Adhesions
Normalizing Breast Therapy
- By Specific Request & Consent: The additional intake form below will have an area if you want any part of your chest included in your manual therapy or massage. If you decide yes, we will make sure that we are both very clear on what parts of your chest you want included, and what kind of bodywork/massage you want in this area.
- Not Always About the Breasts: When working on, and around the breast tissue it's not always primarily about the breasts. That is why it is referred as Comprehensive Breast/Chest Mobilization, by working on this tissue it allows the practitioner to do some detailed work on the upper thorax, pectoral muscles, intercostal, and shoulders.
- Non-Erotic: The breast tissue, much like the psoas, iliacus, sacral ligaments, etc. is just another part of tissue on the body that makes up the human form. By working on the chest and/or breasts it should feel like an integrated part of your entire manual therapy or therapeutic massage session. This work is not offered to eroticize or sexualize you, your body, or your massage experience. One of the most common remarks I get from clients who decide to have this work done, most often for the first time, is how freeing it feels to the shoulder, and upper back tissue.
- Modest Work: Most sessions are fully draped, unless the client clearly states they want undraped work done for ease of continuity of bodywork. There is no need to be undraped while receiving comprehensive breast mobilization bodywork. Some practitioners regularly glide over nipples, Brandon does not offer this unless clearly stated as you will see by the intake form, you customize how you wish to receive the breast/chest work.
- Breast Fascial Lifting Techniques: These techniques are full-gripped breast tissue bodywork, so the entire breast tissue will be worked, lifted, mobilized very slowly & methodically. Usually one hand is under the sheets/or towel, gripping the under and lateral portion of the breast tissue moving towards the center, while the other hand moves inferior to fully grip and lift the breast tissue, while moving the tissue in all directions. This can have an element of discomfort as you improve breast tissue health through soft-tissue mobilization techniques.
- Augmented Breast Tissue: These clients are some of the best served to receive regular breast massage/comprehensive breast therapy. This helps prevent capsular contracture, and other issues with fascial adhesions developing due to surgical scars, or lack of breast mobilization with foreign material the breasts. Massaging breast implanted tissue is one of the ways to get the most out of this surgery and extend the health of the surrounding tissue.
- Post-Surgical Breast Tissue: These clients are also at the top tier for receiving regular work, to keep lymph tissue healthy, and overall freedom of motion in the intercostal tissue.
Boise Fascia Insights
Rehab is an important part of good posture and compensation. Today our rehab treatments focus on muscles, which looks at certain areas of the body. There is a growing body of knowledge that say we need to look further than single muscles for effective rehab. Fascial lines help us look understand that the site of the postural compensation might not be the cause.
Some Massage Science
- Qualitatively reduces pain in subjects with fibromyalgia 1
- Neck and shoulder pain reduced with myofascial trigger-point release therapy 2
- Relief in menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea with self-applied abdominal massage 3
- Reduces DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness from exercise), and reduces swelling by 30% of baseline 4
- Improve motor and selected nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease with neuromuscular therapy 5
- Significantly reduce symptoms of tension headaches with regular therapeutic massage 6
- Improve ROM (range of motion) of hip flexion with even just a short duration of soft-tissue mobilization 7
- Reduces blood pressure in those with stress-related blood pressure increases 8
- Improve grip strength in those experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 9
- Massage increases oxytocin and reduces adrenocorticotropin hormone in humans 10
- [Oxytocin, a mediator of anti-stress, well-being, social interaction, growth and healing] 11
- Releases of oxytocin and prolactin during breast massage and suckling in puerperal women 12 * breast specific
This is to assist with self-care doing myofascial release for breast health. This is an example of the type of work you would receive utilizing this therapy. This can be done for general self-care and more comprehensively by a therapist skilled in breast work.
Showing the various massage techniques that can be used post operatively from breast augmentation surgery with silicone or saline implants. These massage techniques cover conditions such as; massage for capsular contracture.
Medial to Lateral
Medial to lateral opening of the breast tissue is for lymph and enhanced breath quality.
Great for cervical pain and one of the keys to addressing Upper Crossed Syndrome.
Inferior refers to downward compression of breast tissue to release the pec tissue.