Treasure Chest Breast Massage Oil
The art of breast massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is an important aspect of self-care, wellness, and healing.
We’re exposed to many daily environmental pollutants, in our foods (via pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers), the air we breathe, our water supply, medications and vaccines, household cleaning products, beauty and personal care products, plastics, and more. These toxins tend to accumulate in our bodies in fatty tissue (mainly what our breasts are made up of), which could explain why breast cancer is sadly so prevalent today.
Breast massage is an essential tool to have in your holistic arsenal, as it supports and heals breast tissue, preventing toxic build-up and helping to clear toxins from the breasts. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), breast massage increases circulation and the healthy flow of blood and “qi”, or energy, through the body. This stimulation can serve to break up stagnation and to keep the breasts healthy. In Western medicine, breast massage is acknowledged as helping to promote lymphatic flow and drainage.
Breast massage is also thought to help open the heart. As we devote loving energy and attention to ourselves through the act of self massage, our hearts often feel full and revitalized, giving balance to the naturally giving nature of women. This act of self-love is innately soothing and healing, and encourages the body to emit anti-aging hormones such as prolactin, oxytocin, and estrogen. Furthermore, it helps us to be in touch our bodies, so that we will more readily notice changes and if anything is off. There are also many acupressure points around the breasts, so massaging them can stimulate other organs including the kidney, spleen, stomach, and liver.
As an additional bonus, regular breast massage promotes perky, full breasts and prevents sagging as it tightens and tones the tendons and muscles of the breasts.
This 2oz almond oil-based breast oil will give you relief and heal you by draining your lymphatic system of toxins, relieving pain, easing depression by increasing oxytocin, unclogging milk ducts, stimulating new cell production and strengthening breast tissue.
A breast massage is best performed with your top half fully undressed, so that your skin can absorb and reap the benefits of the oil you use, and so that you can connect with your body. Find a private, warm, and quiet space in your home. Give yourself a few minutes to relax and find your breath. You want this to be a slow, calm, and enjoyable process.
Post-bath or shower is a wonderful time to do the massage, or you can warm your breast with a hot towel. Using your oil of choice (see below for recommendations), begin by gently massaging the oil into your skin to cover the entire surface of your breast, the skin under and above your breast, your neck, and your underarms. Begin outwards at your neck and underarm, moving inwards toward your breast to stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow.
Turning your head to the left and starting on the right side of your neck, use one or two fingers to slowly and gently stroke downwards, beginning at the space in front of the ear. Follow the same movement in the space behind the ears. Move down along your neck in short, sweeping movements, toward your collarbones. Repeat on the other side.
Moving along the top sides of the collarbones, use the same sweeping movements until you get to your shoulders, then move down to your armpits. Beginning with your right armpit, use the pointer and middle finger of your left hand to massage the hollowed area in a downward movement, toward the heart. Follow with 10 circular, clockwise motions along the same area, and repeat on the other side.
With your left palm faced open toward you, move it underneath your right underarm, with all four fingers in your armpit and your thumb resting toward your shoulder, and keeping your right arm by your side. Begin to do a gentle inwards and upwards pumping motion. You’ll likely feel some tenderness, which is related to congested lymph nodes. Continue pumping with more pressure, but not to the point of pain or serious discomfort. Start with about 10 pumps. The tenderness should diminish after a few minutes, as the lymphatic system clears. Repeat on the other side.
Moving back toward your breast, spread your hands along the top area of your breast, just beneath the collarbones. Gently apply pressure downwards, moving your hands to cover the right breast, with the left hand on top and the right-hand cupping from the bottom. Grasping the breast, use the same gentle pumping motion, moving your breast first toward your armpit then downwards toward your sternum, and back. After 10 pumps, do a similar motion but this time, move your breast upwards toward your collarbone and then back to its original place. Repeat this 10 times. Holding the breast, in the same way, now push it back toward the chest, slightly compressing the breast against the body. Repeat 10 times, and then repeat the whole sequence with the other breast.
Now, placing the right hand on the right breast and the left hand on the left breast, massage the area, moving from the outermost area in opposite circular motions (e.g. right side clockwise, and left side counter-clockwise). Move inwards toward the nipple. Begin the same sequence again, but move along the breast in the opposite circular motion as before, once again ending at the nipple.
Finish the massage by focusing on the areola and the nipple. Go slowly and gently and feel what works best for you during this step. Begin by placing your whole hand over the breast, focusing on the nipple and moving the hand in a circular motion. Once you feel comfortable, massage the areola in a circular rotation with your pointer, middle, and ring finger, then move toward the nipple. Use the thumb and pointer fingers to gently pull and kneed the nipple and areola between your fingers, and then use all 4 fingers and thumb in a pulling movement, stroking the areas from all sides. This is the most fragile and gentle area of the breasts, so listen to your body and take your time to ease into it and feel comfortable.