A 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. To actively engage the lymph in massage, it is necessary to pump in a specific direction, at a specific pace, mimicking the natural action of the lymphatic system.
We will use a pumping movement where we move the breast gently using some light pressure and release actions, 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.
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.Grab your breast and pump directly inward toward the chest wall. Do this five times.
3. Holding your breast stable, pump the upper inner quadrant of your breast up toward your neck. Do this five times.
4. You can do the pumping more than the recommended number of times if you like.
Remember, when working on your breast tissue: -Focus on creating movement. -Don’t worry too much about proper direction. -This pumping action is different from a massage. -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.
Please note that the lymphatic system has a one way valve so you cannot pump it backward by mistake and cause harm.
Massage technique and illustrations by Breast Health Project.
Breast Massage #2: The self love ritual
What is self-love? ... Self-love means having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness. Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. Self-love means not settling for less than you deserve. This is exactly how we envision the self love mission for all BOOBS.
A breast massage is a beautiful ritual to get in touch with your sensuality, to fall in love with your breasts and to keep them beautiful and firm for a lifetime. A breast massage enhances the blood circulation and brings the lymphatic flow in motion, detoxifies and reduces possible breast pain before menstruation.
The massage also stimulates Oxytocin release, our stress-reducing love hormone!
Start by cupping one hand just above your opposite breast so that your fingertips go into your armpit and your thumb is on the front of your chest. You’re basically cupping your pectoral muscle with your whole hand. Gently squeeze this area in a rhythmic pumping motion.
Gradually move your hand down onto the top part of your breast. Using this same pumping motion, work around the outside, under, and then inner part of your breast, around the nipple, and back toward the armpit. Your direction of pressure is to push fluid from your breasts toward your armpits. Want to change things up a little bit? You can alternate the squeezing or pumping with some gentle fingertip circles, again with the intention of moving fluid toward your armpit You can also experiment with a faster or slower pace and firmer or softer grip. The point is, it should feel nice. This isn’t just a robotic activity to move fluid, it’s a way of connecting with your body.
We recommend spending five to ten minutes of quality time per breast, three to four times a week and remember to go braless for a while after you finish.
Breast Massage #3: The Breast Check
While lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use small circular motions. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.
Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.