Giving our “girls” a loving lymphatic massage every day not only moves the lymph, it is healing in every way. Women find that this massage reduces breast pain, inflammation, lumps, cysts, and fibrocystic breast tissue, relieves PMS breast symptoms, and may reduce fear of complications. What a beautiful fun way to “get to know our girls.”
The lymphatic system’s primary function is to isolate infection and debris and transport it through filtration points called lymph nodes. Another crucial function of lymph tissue is generating and storing white blood cells, which fight infection. The lymphatic system supports every system in the body. We have twice as much lymph fluid in our body as blood.
Its vast network is made up of tiny vessels, nodes, and a spleen. Tiny lymph vessels pick up the vascular fluid, waste and all of the live infection. Lymph nodes act as filters strung along the lymph vessels like pearls that lie next to the blood vessels. The spleen is like a big lymph node. With the exception of filtering blood and eliminating worn-out red blood cells, its purpose is to bring lymphocytes in contact with the blood to ward off infections.
Think of the lymph like a river; a healthy river runs clear. If lymph fluid is blocked (due to illness, surgery, toxic overload, or lack of activity) lymph fluid backs up. If only one node is blocked, the fluid may take a detour, but extreme blockage can cause inflammation, joint pain, nausea, fatigue, cold and flu infections, headaches, cramping, arthritis, fibromyalgia, mental fuzziness, GI issues, depression, skin breakouts and lymphedema. Since our lymph fluid moves slowly without its own pump, inactivity can seriously restrict its flow. Muscle contraction, as in the diaphragm with deep breathing, and manual manipulation, as in massage, are the primary means for our lymph to circulate and drain from the body.
Fibrocystic Breasts, Lumps, Cysts, and Pain
Half of all women who go to doctors do so because they have some kind of pain in their breasts. Breast pain that comes and goes is usually caused by excess hormonal stimulation of the breast from too much estrogen, excessive caffeine, or chronic stress. It is not a risk for breast cancer! According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, the link between breast pain and breast cancer is very low – less than one percent. Often simply breathing from the diaphragm, which moves the lymph, will put more oxygen into all of your cells and cause you to feel more relaxed. As a result, the pain is likely to disappear.
Lymphatic Self Breast Massage Techniques
Dr. Christiane Northrup’s book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, offers a beautiful technique, which I have adapted and tweaked for the Lady Lymph self breast massage:
Start with the lymph glands in the neck and gently stroke down to the top of the collar bone.
Feel the hollow spot behind the collar bone and gently stretch the skin from the shoulder down toward the center of the body (at the bottom of the throat). This opens the lymph passages before they empty into the circulatory system.
Start with gentle massage strokes from the nipple away from the center, all around your breast.
Under your arm, gently stretch the skin straight up into the armpit. You may feel tenderness.
Gently pump 6-10 times until the tenderness disappears.
Support your breast with one hand and gently move your entire breast toward the armpit with a stretch and release action 6-10 times.
With one hand supporting your breast, gently move your breast towards the center of the body, again with a stretch and release action 6-10 times.
Focus on a flat palm on the top of your breast and gently massage upward as you stretch and release 6-10 times.
Press the nipple a few times as if you are beeping a horn. Love and laugh with this fun technique while you are moving the lymph around your breast.
Repeat each step 6-10 times with the other breast.
Another fun loving technique called Phluffing (Personal Hand Lymphatic Undulation Flow Facilitation) was conceived by Cheryl Chapman, RN, NBCTM, breast health advocate (www.cherylchapman.com). It is a safe, gentle massage applied to the breasts at least twice daily.
Step One: Simply bend at the waist and cup your hands under each breast. Gently move your hands up and down like you are fluffing a pillow, 10 times.
Step Two: Cup one hand under one breast, with the heel-side of your hand pressed horizontally against your ribs. Gently press the palm of your other hand flat against that same breast. Move your hands side-to-side, toward the armpit and back, about 10 times. Repeat with the other breast. A spontaneous phluffing technique is to lift the bra straps up and down. Then, place your hands flat over the nipple and “beep the horn.”
Either the self breast massage or phluffing assists the lymph system in relieving inflammation, and transporting toxins, viruses and bacteria, and other impurities to the lymph nodes and thorax for processing. Apply Healthy Girls Breast Oil for extra balance, detox, and immune protection.
Use a light touch, moving the skin instead of massaging the muscles. Enjoy the sensual natural touch. The more pleasure you feel, the more natural breast health you experience.
Breasts are composed of fat and connective tissue. Over time the ratio changes to more connective and dense tissue. Fibrocystic breast is not a disease. Aggravated often by overweight, stress, caffeine, chocolate, smoking, and poor diet, estrogen dominance with low progesterone is another factor for fibrocystic breasts, pain, and tenderness. Statistics say that 90 percent of breast lumps are benign. Benign breast lumps usually move around when pressed, are not painful, and quite common.
Breast cysts are fluid-filled and often a physician suggests numbing the outer skin with local anesthesia and then aspirating the fluid by placing a needle in cyst. This is a painful experience. Instead, women can learn to do a gentle self breast massage daily. Dr. Susan Love says most breast cancers have been in the breast 6-8 years before detected with mammography. It takes about two years before a blood supply is established to feed the tumor.
Research studies show restrictive clothing that presses on your lymph nodes – such as incorrectly fitted bras and underwires, tight girdles, panty hose, jeans, and skirts – can impede lymph flow and block lymphocytes (white blood cells) from destroying abnormal cells. Another study stated hormones tend to collect in breast tissue, and a lymphatic self breast massage is recommended.
Breasts change every two to five years, depending what is going on in our life cycle. The support of a good bra comes from under the breasts with a firm band, not the shoulders. An underwire bra cuts off the circulation of both blood and lymph fluid around the breast, chest wall, and surrounding tissue. It may be detrimental to heart health as well, because it acts as an antenna to receive EMFs. Never, never ever wear your cell phone in your bra! Try to go bra-free for at least 12 hours a day, and don’t sleep in one. If this is uncomfortable for you, consider buying a stretchy camisole.
When you understand the lymphatic system and learn to improve your immune system with the additional benefits of using quality essential oils such as in Healthy Girls Breast Oil, you are proactive in keeping your body healthy. Are you ready to connect with your inner consciousness, take responsibility for your breast health, and create infinite possibilities for your health and happiness?
Research Studies Support Lymphatic Self Breast Massage
Healthy Girls® Breast Oil formulation, when applied with a loving self lymphatic breast massage, helps to stimulate the immune system, soften breast tissue, decrease pain and tenderness, while nurturing and protecting breast tissue.
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