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Breast Massage Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

By Beverly Smith A recent study* of 4,700 women found that women who wore bras had an increased chance of acquiring breast cancer. It is very possible that the constant pressure that the bra puts on the breast is limiting the flow of toxins that need to be released, resulting in the increased cancer rate. Any more than a gentle amount of pressure can flatten the lymphatic vessel and stop the toxic flow from the breast. · Those who wore a bra all day-long (defined in the study as any period more than 12 hours) had statistically 21 times greater risk of breast cancer than those who only wore a bra for only part of the day (defined in the study as any period up to 12 hours). Women who wore their bras all day and night (essentially 24 hours per day) had a 5 times greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who wore it all day-long. Singer, Sydney Ross. Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, Garden City Park, NY: Avery Pub. Group, 1995.

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The study conjectured that wearing a bra may constrict the flow of lymph fluid in the breast, which then causes the higher risk of breast cancer. Lymph fluid is the natural watery fluid which surrounds and bathes cells in body tissues. Lymph fluid carries disease-fighting cells and helps remove accumulated toxins, some of which may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). The impaired flow of lymph fluid is thought to allow toxins to build up, thus causing breast tissue cells to be exposed to higher concentrations of cancer-causing toxins for longer periods of time. The study suggested that women wear their bras for fewer hours, thus giving their breasts time to "recover" and also not wearing bras that feel constrictive or tight.

(Breasthealthproject.com) http://www.breasthealthproject.com/lymphatic-breast-massage.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq5ComJWr3Q LYMPHATIC BREAST MASSAGE: To specifically affect lymph in massage, it is necessary to pump in a specific direction, at a specific pace. This mimics the natural action of the lymphatic system. Lymphatic Breast Massage is easy to learn. It is different than just massaging your breast because you will specifically move the breast in a way that mimics how lymph moves in the body. Using a pumping movement with light pressure then release the breast gently, allowing it to return to its normal position. Each move and return counts as one pump. Using the lymphatic breast massage model, the most important idea is to keep the lymphatic fluid moving in this area. Next page...

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Below are simple steps to use for lymphatic breast massage.

1. Put your hand in your armpit and push inward and upward. Go deep into the armpit. Pump upward and release. Do this ten to twenty times.

2. Grab your entire breast and move it upward toward the armpit. If your breasts are large, this may take more than one hand position. Do this ten times. 3. Grab your breast and pump directly inward toward the chest wall. Repeat five times. 4. Holding your breast stable pump the upper inner quadrant of your breast up toward your neck.

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You can do the pumping more than the recommended number of times if you like. Please note that the lymphatic system has a one way valve so you cannot pump it backward by mistake and cause harm.

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Remember, when working on your breast tissue: Focus on creating movement. Don't worry too much about proper direction. This pumping action is different than massage.

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As you move the breast in the initial direction, use some pressure. Then release and let the breast return to its normal position. It becomes a pumping action. On the move up, use pressure and then release to allow the breast back. This mimics and enhances the natural movement of the lymph system. · · ·

discomfort from pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning. Breast massage also contributes to improved skin tone while promoting relaxation and balancing your energy. Breast massage helps to increase the circulation in your breasts and decreases the symptoms of PMS, menopause and menstrual cramps. Therapeutic breast massage can also lessen discomforts associated with breast cancer treatments, help relieve postsurgical symptoms, and reduce discomfort from pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning. Breast massage also contributes to improved skin tone while promoting relaxation and balancing your energy. With regular massage, you will help diminish benign breast cysts while helping to flush lymph nodes and stimulating your glandular system. The breasts are soft tissue and do not have muscles to help them move. Breasts can be effectively self-massaged or massaged by a professional massage therapist. Gentle hands-on techniques, with breast either uncovered or lightly draped, will help enhance circulation and drainage. Other benefits: Thicker hair, stronger nails, healthier skin, increase sex drive, better periods, helps menopause, etc.

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Breast Massage therapy has been proven to assist in promoting healthy breast tissue · · Reduce fibroids and cysts Relieves the pain and discomfort associated with PMS or from compression from bras, relieving the pain and tension from stress in the muscles of the chest wall Assists in healthy tissue regeneration and scar reduction following surgery, and as a logical proactive step against cancer and other diseases. Breast massage might be more than a relaxing pleasurable experience; it may also be very good for your health. Breast massage helps to increase the circulation in your breasts and decreases the symptoms of PMS, menopause and menstrual cramps. Therapeutic breast massage can also lessen discomforts associated with breast cancer treatments, help relieve postsurgical symptoms, and reduce · ·

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Qigong Acupressure Points

In Eastern Medical theory, there are channels often referred to as meridians that move energy or Chi through the body. When the Chi is flowing freely through the body, we are healthy. It is when Chi slows down or flows poorly, the potential exists for disease to develop. (Please realize this is an overly simplified explanation.) From this Eastern perspective, the disease process can be disrupted before disease actually manifests in the body. This is a very different idea than the ideas with which many of us were raised. According to eastern theory, we can learn to help keep our own meridians moving and flowing. We can do this through movement exercises we can also do it through massaging or holding certain spots on our bodies along these channels/meridians where the energy/chi flows. Imagine that we can give ourselves energy "tune ups" and keep chi moving though our breasts and chest area! You may have to feel around to find the spots. No two bodies are exactly alike. The trick to finding them is that they are sore or tender. Once you locate them, you don't have to rub hard and hurt yourself. It is better to massage them gently. If they are sore, rub them gently for a few minutes every day for a week. At first, try finding and massaging the points on only one side to see how different it feels after these points are stimulated. Look at the diagram below and notice how many points run through the chest. Try to find these points on your own body. They may be sore! Start along the breast bone in between each rib. Go from the top of the breast bone, near the collarbone all the way down between your breasts (1 ­ 5). Poke around to find tender spots. Massage them gently or simply hold them for fifteen seconds. Then, move all the way down to the bottom of the breast. See how there is one point in each corner of the breast and a point right underneath the nipple at the bottom of the breast (6-8). Feel around to find those points. Are they sore? If you have trouble finding the one in the middle (7), try moving just a bit under the breast, there may be a ridge underneath the breast. Try feeling just above that ridge. On the outside of the breast, under the arm there is another spot (9). To find it put your thumb on the edge of the breast tissue, directly across from the nipple. In the upper outer quadrant of the chest, there are two points (10 ­11). If you have tight shoulders, those points are probably sore.

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Try stimulating these points on a regular basis. Some people like to do this in the shower and combine these points with lymphatic breast massage. You will notice that there are more points on the diagram than the ones we recommend. Feel free to try more points, some of them may be helpful to you. There is a magic point in the very middle of your chest, on the breast bone. It would be directly across from the nipple (or where my nipples were...when I was eighteen!) Hold that point, take a deep breathe and feel your heart open. Breathe love into your heart and breathe love out into the world. Do this as often as you like, overdosing on this point is more fun than sniffing glue and much less toxic!

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