Christiane Northrup says, “Our task as women is to learn, minute by minute, to respect ourselves and our bodies. Whether our breasts are small or large, perky or droopy, whether we have implants or lumps, or have had a mastectomy, all of “the girls” are wonderful – and a source of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others.”
We agree! A regular breast care practice helps us to develop a loving bond with our breasts and to manage our breast health deliberately.
Our breasts are a part of our life-journey as women, and caring for them in a loving and tender way deepens our relationship to them and bolsters their health and vitality. In addition to supporting you in creating a loving relationship with our breasts, Breast Balm firms and invigorates breast tissue, moisturizes and softens the skin, and gently cleanses your lymph system.
Our breasts undergo cyclic changes each month, and will be tender or lumpy at different times in a cycle. Regularly massaging Breast Balm into our breasts enhances our awareness of changes that are natural and normal, and will sharpen her ability to discern differences and irregularities that require closer examination by a professional.
“The nerves from the breasts are connected to all the major organs and glands of the body.”
–From Healing Love through the Toa – Cultivating Female Sexual Energy
by Mantak Chia
Many of us will be challenged in some way by compromises to our breast health. Whether it’s simply a diminished “consciousness,” cystic breasts, or treatment associated with breast cancer treatment, we benefit from practicing a language of love with our breasts.
When it comes to hands-on breastcare, Dr Northrup suggests that when you touch your breasts, to “do so with respect and caring.”
Be grateful they are part of your body, she says. And don’t approach your monthly exam with “a search-and-destroy mentality.”
Always place special attention in the area under the armpit where all the lymph nodes reside. “Massaging this area will assist in ridding your body of toxins, while increasing blood flow and life energy!” says Northrup.
“Every cell in the breasts and other organs is bathed in lymph. Lymph carries nutrients and immune cells throughout the body and filters waste products through the lymph nodes, where they can be detoxified. Stimulating lymph circulation through regular massage of the breast and chest wall area can help maintain healthy breast tissue.”
-Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Once you begin to perform breast self-massages regularly, you’ll begin to notice the subtle changes, and through this process you’ll get to know your breasts better. A daily grooming practice puts you in charge of your health and wellness, and on to a path to better breast health.
Breast massage (Adina Rivers)
In addition to massage, a hydrotherapy practice, which was practiced by the Greeks, and uses the power of water to detoxify and strengthen your body and immune system. Science also found that this system strengthens increases the blood circulation to your skin, which stimulation the production of skin proteins and collagen which makes your breasts firmer and more perky.
How it works: Step into the shower and let warm water cover your body for about 3 minutes. Next switch the shower to the coldest temp you can handle Repeat this action 3x and always end the therapy in cold water. The key to the effectiveness of this method is the alternation of hot and cold water. This is what stimulates the immune, circulator and digestive system.
Hydrotherapy (Adina Rivers)
Also, minimize the time you wear your bra every day! “The lymph channels around your breasts and in your armpits need to flow freely, says Dr. Northrup, “and tight bras shut off this lymph flow, making it much harder for your body to detoxify breast tissue.”
In ancient traditions the breasts of a woman were seen as sacred and a physical extension of our heart.
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- Sweat it out. Regular exercise is medicine for your breasts. It helps detoxify your body and also helps decrease the amount of estrogen that affects your breasts. Women who exercise regularly have a 30 percent decreased risk for breast cancer.
- Eat a low-glycemic diet. High blood sugar, which occurs when you eat a high-glycemic diet instead, results in high insulin levels. A high-glycemic diet is a well-documented risk factor for breast disease.
- Many holistically oriented healthcare practitioners utilize hormone profiles (which can be done by Genova Diagnostics) that measure how well you are metabolizing estrogen—and into what kind of end products. Some metabolites of estrogen are harmful to breast tissue and some aren’t.
- Supplement! Take a comprehensive multivitamin/mineral supplement that is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, E, B-complex, D, beta-carotene is a must. (This means at least four pills per day.) Antioxidants help the cells in your breasts fight cellular inflammation, which can be a precursor to breast cancer. Get plenty of vitamin D. Studies show that women with optimal levels of vitamin D have a lower risk of breast cancer. Your vitamin D level should be at least 40 ng/ml. If it’s not, talk with your doctor and come up with the best strategy for raising your levels of this important nutrient. Be prepared to take up to 50,000 IUs per week until your levels are high enough and then 1,000–5,000 IUs per day after that.
Finally, give yourself the gift of forgiveness. Imagine that your Higher Power, or spiritual self, is standing right in front of you. And she is the very embodiment of love and compassion. She reaches out, touches your head, and says, “I now forgive you for all the times you ate too much ice cream, got angry with your children, or didn’t clean up. I forgive you for not keeping a promise to yourself or someone else. I forgive you for being human and for not being able to make everyone happy. I forgive you for ever doubting your worth. I forgive you for having needs and for needing other people to love you. I forgive you for trying to hide your pain behind a brave and stoic face.” This forgiveness extends to what you have or haven’t done for your health in the past. If you wish you had done things differently, that’s OK! Every day is a new day, and the perfect day to start practicing prevention.
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