By encouraging easy breathing, releasing tension in the muscles and bones located in the chest, and encouraging healthy flow of blood and lymph, chest and breast massage can support overall physical wellness, as well as mental, emotional and spiritual well being. It is effective as part of treatment protocol for shoulder and neck injuries.
I offer my clients the option of integrating breast and chest massage into all the full body, wellness focused sessions I give.
Breast massage can
also effectively treat conditions such as scar
tissue, lymphedema and other cancer related issues, recovery from mastectomy, recovery from breast
breast augmentation procedures, problems with lactation, and swelling related to our cycles.
I treat some clients experiencing breast related maladies. I also sometimes refer clients to massage therapists who specifically focus their work on treating problem conditions occurring in and around the breasts. I typically refer clients to Aubrey Lesicki, LMP of Breast Remedy in Seattle and Hyla Dickinson, LMP who specializes in lymphadema treatment and with whom I share my office in Seattle.
I am one of the few massage therapists who offer to include therapeutic massage of the full chest and breasts within full body, wellness focused massages we give our clients. If you, like many people, are unfamiliar with this practice, read on....
I offer this special massage option to all my clients because having my own full chest and breasts included in full body massages has been deeply healing, relaxing and emotionally transformative for me in ways that I haven't experienced in massages that avoid or skip over my full chest.
I am in my 60s, and many of my clients are 50-90 years old. Many of us are getting less touch than we did when we were younger. Our need for compassionate touch is high, while our sex drives tend to be lower than they were in our younger years. Many of us no longer experience the high level of modesty around our breasts that was common when we were younger. These characteristics make the full body massage I do which includes our full chests and breasts particularly beneficial for my older clients.
The first time you receive massage from me I will explain to you before the massage begins what to expect during the session. I will tell you that I will massage your full body, potentially including all parts of the body other than the genitals.
I will tell you that you always have the right and the responsibility to direct me not to massage any part of your body which you prefer I avoid, and that I will, of course, comply with your direction.
In relation to massage of the chest & breasts, I will explain that you have the following options.
Description of the work: I will explain that if you choose the option of having your full chest and breasts massaged, I will gently yet firmly push through and around your breast tissue to apply pressure to the muscles deep to the breast tissue in order to release tension in your chest and ribcage and create ease for your breath. (See videos below.)
I will tell you that this process involves:
About the nipple: I will explain that while this massage does not include specific "nipple massage", my flat palm does apply strokes which pass over the full breast tissue and sometimes slide directly over the nipple. I will demonstrate this on my own fully clothed chest.
Supplemental consent form for both men and women: If you choose the option of having your full chest and breasts massaged within your full body massage session, I will ask you to sign a form which explains the process and gives me permission to massage your full chest and breasts.
Verbal consent will also be requested: If you are female and have consented to full chest and breast massage before the session begins, I will tell you that I will ask you again immediately before massaging your chest & breasts whether you would like your chest and breast massaged. I will tell you that I accept both "Yes" and "No" as equally valid answers.
Supporting public safety: This informed consent protocol is designed to support public safely by preventing incidents in which clients receive unwanted touch to their chests and breasts.
As you can
see from the two videos posted below, the full chest and
breast massage that I provide for both men and women follows the structure of
the ribcage, and often includes flat handed and/or forearm passes over the
center of the chest, or near the center of the chest.
The chest/breast portion of my full body massage session lasts 2-5 minutes within a 90 minute session, and usually comes near the end of the session. It is a small but important part of the full session.
The first video shows both male and female receivers of this massage, while the second video shows only a female receiver.
This two and a half minute video ↑ shows how I do full chest and breast massage. The receiver in the first half of the video is male and the receiver in the second half of the video is female.
This three and a half minute video ↑ shows how I do full chest and breast massage. The receiver in this video is female.