Lymphatic Breast Massage
Lymph Drainage Massage
We are grateful to Daya Fisch, MS, CMT, for allowing us to post her free 5 minute video here to introduce you to her techniques for lymph drainage massage. Daya has an MS in Holistic Nutrition, and within her massage practice she specializes and teaches lymphatic breast massage nationally. This technique mimics the lymphatic system in the body and is used to keep the lymphatic fluid moving throughout your breasts. With Daya’s 1-hour DVD, “Creating Breast Health,” you can learn these valuable massage techniques so you can practice them at home. To learn more, scroll down to the bottom of the page for purchase information and a link to our store.
To specifically effect 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.
We will use a pumping movement where we move the breast using some light pressure and then release the breast gently, allowing it to return to it’s 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.
Below are simple steps to use for lymphatic breast massage. (Use these instructions with the illustration below.)
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.
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.
Holding your breast stable, pump the upper inner quadrant of your breast up toward your neck. Do this five times.
You can do the pumping more than the recommended number of times if you like.
We apologize that it may be difficult to explain these movements verbally without showing you movements.
Please note that the lymphatic system has a one way valve so you cannot pump it backward by mistake and cause harm.
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.
- 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.
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