Holistic Breast Care
60 or 90 min - Breast Lymphatic Session
Breast health is a vital aspect of a woman's overall well-being. When it comes to nurturing our bodies and souls, it is crucial to take a holistic approach. Our breast health is impacted on an emotional, physical and environmental level. When we learn to understand our tissue and what our symptoms are saying we can then support better breast balance. One important aspect of breast health is understanding the lymphatic system and its role in breast health. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes that help remove toxins and waste from the body.
In the context of breast health, the lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining proper lymph flow and preventing conditions like breast cancer, breast pain, PMS discomfort, hormonal breast discomforts, lymphedema and fibrocystic breast imbalances. I am here to support educating you around your lymphatic system and breast tissue and holistic health.
In Ayurveda we view lymph as " The River Of Life " and on an emotional level our system of attachment.
Together we will learn your tissue and discuss concerns and breast imbalances. If you have a breast concern we can address the many options available to you from a natural and holistic lens and discuss when medical intervention is necessary.
Grounded in Ayurvedic wisdom, this session transforms into a canvas where I work with you to release stuck emotions, open pockets of lymphatic stagnation, and gracefully invite the physical "Stuck" to exit the body. The session is tailored to your unique needs and becomes an intricate dance between you and I.
I start each session with a pulse assessment that guides the way, determining what your body specifically requires. A symphony of healing sensations is created through custom heating or cooling oils, hot towels, and the guasha lymphatic technique with cupping. Ayurvedic techniques including moxibustion to move stuck lymph when needed. Together I we will explore and learn your tissue, understanding lumps, tenderness and bumps. I will educate you on what to look for regarding changes and advise on next steps if any needed for additional imagery or support.
Let's delve into the alterations of your cycle, heat, inflammation, tenderness, lumps, bumps, milk ducts, and the technique of self-examination. I am passionate about enlightening individuals regarding the role of our lymphatic system in breast health and well-being. I adopt an Ayurvedic, herbal, and Gerson-based strategy in addressing breast imbalances.
Throughout the session, we will engage in a lymphatic breast massage and a personal self-analysis. Together, we will review our findings. This session thoroughly explores the emotional connection between your lymphatic system and its impact on your breast health.
We will revisit common misconceptions and fears related to lymph movement, evaluating the basics of lymphatic system anatomy and physiology, herbs, oils, and manual manipulation techniques for lymph transfer. This encompasses the use of castor packs, guasha, massage, and exercises. Transmuting your apprehensions into self-empowerment concerning your breast health.
As the session concludes, I will give you recommendations for post-session care, serving as guideposts for integration and restoration. It's advised to approach this transformative experience with an open schedule, allowing time for rest and hydration. The session gently ends with dietary suggestions and herbal recommendations, crafting a holistic narrative for your journey that extends beyond the massage table.
SESSIONS OFFERED AT SLIDING SCALE
60min $125 - $150
90min $150 - $200
* Virgina studio rates.
NOW OFFERING AS AN ADD ON WOOD FIRED SAUNA AND COLD PLUNGE
Cancellation or reschedule with in 72hr no additional fees.
Cancellation or reschedule with in 24hrs will result in full session fee due.
COMMON BREAST IMBALANCES
Mastitis & Clogged Milk Duct
Mastitis is painful inflammation in one or both breasts. The inflamed area may be engorged (swollen), red, lumpy, unusually warm, or very firm when touched. When there is discomfort but no infection, these symptoms are usually referred to as plugged ducts. When an infection is present, it’s called mastitis.
Plugged ducts that occur for a variety of reasons.
Poor milk drainage due to an improper latch.
Interrupted feedings where baby doesn’t have time to fully drain the breast.
Long periods between feedings – Sometimes due to being away from baby, but also sometimes due to other circumstances like baby sleeping longer than usual.
Infection – Cracked or bleeding nipples can be a point of injury for bacteria to travel into the breast and cause infection.
Inflammation – Systemic inflammation due to an allergy or localized inflammation due to an injury may also play a role in the development of mastitis.
Common remedy for mastitis is the warm compress – Apply a washcloth dipped in hot water or herbal tea – chamomile, ginger, marshmallow root, slippery elm and burdock root are good options. Also in this category: A hot water bottle, tub soak or hot showers with massage.
Baby Not Latching or Prefers a Side for Feeding.
This is a variation of normal and doesn't mean something is wrong with you or your baby. If you and your care team have ruled out cleft pallet or tongue tie as a reason for not latching we can look at the breast and see what might be causing baby to not latch or prefer one sire to the other. Sometimes we can find a cyst right below the nipple which can impede milk flow or change the tase of milk on that breast. This can be supported with warm compresses, and massaging and working the brest tissue to support the release of the cyst contents through the nipple. Sometimes if a woman is experiencing true mastitits continuning massage may be overly painful, at that point I reccomnend the cabbage leaves treatment. This can turn into an infection so watching for infection symptoms is important.
Fibrocystic Breast Tissue and Breast Cysts
Fibrocystic breast tissue and breast cysts are common conditions that can cause discomfort and concern. Taking a natural and holistic approach to managing these conditions can help alleviate symptoms and promote breast health. Natural treatments for fibrocystic breast tissue include dietary modifications, herbal supplements, and stress reduction techniques. Breast cysts can be managed naturally through warm compresses, dietary changes, and the use of castor oil packs. As with any health concern, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best approach for your specific situation.
Breast Biopsy Support and Care
Let's talk before your biopsy, I offer breast care interventions and we can discuss a variety of options available to you prior to a biopsy. If you elect to undergo a breast biopsy this can be a stressful and emotional experience. It is important to provide adequate support and care during this time to promote healing and holistic well-being. Some strategies for breast biopsy support and care include practicing self-care activities, seeking emotional support from loved ones or support groups, and engaging in relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises. It is crucial to prioritize self-compassion and create a supportive environment that nurtures both the body and soul.
Post Operative Mastectomy Lymph Drainage & Support
If surgery is your choice, we can support pre-op and post op to move and nourish the lymph system over all and to reduce complications and improve recovery and healing time.
Holistic Approach to Lymphatic Breast Care
When it comes to nurturing our bodies and souls, a holistic approach to lymphatic breast care is crucial. Understanding the lymphatic system, recognizing the signs and symptoms of breast lymphedema, and exploring holistic treatment options can help promote overall well-being and manage lymphedema effectively. Incorporating practices such as breast lymphatic massage, exercise, natural remedies, and homeopathic treatments can provide relief and support for individuals with breast lymphedema.
Additionally, taking a holistic approach to managing fibrocystic breast tissue, breast cysts, and providing adequate support during breast biopsies can contribute to a balanced and empowered breast care journey.
What is Lymphedema and its Connection to Breast Health?
Lymphedema is a condition characterized by the accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissues, leading to swelling, pain and discomfort. It commonly affects individuals who have undergone breast cancer surgery or treatment, as the removal of lymph nodes or radiation therapy can disrupt the normal functioning of the lymphatic system. Breast lymphedema can have significant implications for a person's quality of life, affecting both their physical and emotional well-being.
Symptoms and Signs of Breast Lymphedema
Recognizing the symptoms and signs of breast lymphedema is essential for early detection and effective management. Some common indicators of breast lymphedema include swelling, heaviness, tightness or pain in the breast area, and changes in the texture or appearance of the skin. It is important to note that breast lymphedema can manifest differently in each individual.
Holistic Treatment Options for Lymphedema
When I'm working with clients with lymphedema, I find that adopting a holistic approach is incredibly advantageous. Holistic treatment becomes my focus, aiming to tackle the root causes of the condition and enhance overall well-being. I explore various holistic treatment options for breast lymphedema, incorporating lifestyle changes like sustaining a healthy diet and participating in regular exercise. Alongside these, I consider complementary therapies such as lymph drainage and massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and herbal remedy to bring relief and support the body's natural healing processes.
Breast Lymphatic Massage
Breast lymphatic massage is a gentle and non-invasive technique that can help manage lymphedema symptoms. It involves applying light pressure and rhythmic strokes to stimulate lymph flow and reduce swelling. Breast lymphatic massage can be performed by a trained therapist or learned for self-care. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any massage technique to ensure it is safe and suitable for your specific condition.
Exercises for Breast Lymphedema
Exercise plays a crucial role in managing breast lymphedema by promoting lymphatic flow and reducing swelling. Low-impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, and yoga, are particularly beneficial for individuals with lymphedema.
These exercises help improve circulation, strengthen the muscles, and enhance overall well-being. It is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise, always listening to your body and consulting with a healthcare professional for guidance.
Natural Remedies and Treatments for Lymphedema
In addition to conventional treatments, natural remedies and homeopathic treatments can provide relief and support for breast lymphedema. Some natural remedies include using herbal supplements, applying essential oils, and using lymphatic drainage techniques. Homeopathic treatments, tailored to the individual's specific symptoms, can also be beneficial in managing lymphedema. It is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a licensed homeopath to ensure safe and effective use of natural remedies and homeopathic treatments.