Chest massage (optional)
Chest massage is a great way to help relax the tissue in the chest and promote healing. This work gives us better access to the muscles for breathing and our chest. This can promote better lymphatic movement, increased breathing and circulation, improved posture, and reduction in back pain.
I am one of the few therapist in Seattle who offer chest massage with a treatment focus.
At the start of your treatment we will go over what draping you would like during our session and you are free to change your mind mid session as well:
Partial Chest: This work is done with breast draped. Focus is on muscle attachments at the sternum and on the ribs. Soft breast tissue is mostly, though not totally avoided. Nipple and areolas are avoided. This is usually done through a drape or with a V-Drape Performed.
Undraped Full Chest: This is done undraped and includes the full chest and breasts. Flat palm or forearm will glide over nipples and areolae within full breast massage strokes.
Chest Uncovered throughout session at my(client) request: If client request due to their comfort or ease of work this area can be exposed throughout the session in a safe environment.
What are some benefits of chest massage?
Relieve stress and pain
Increase ease of movement in both lower and upper body
Supports ease of breathing
Supports healthy posture
Help mobilize scar tissue
Treat neck, rib, and shoulder injuries
support healthy circulation of blood and lypmh supporting the immune system.
How is chest massage performed at your office?
We start by going over your health history and draping protocols for chest work. If you are interested in receiving this bodywork we will discuss what to expect during the session and what kind of draping your are comfortable with. This work can be done undrapped or drapped. During the session before we start the breast massage portion I will re-confirm that you are still interested and comfortable. You are able to stop at any moment if you feel uncomfortable. Communication is very important to me and I want to make sure we work within your boundaries at all time.
Is it required to uncover my breast during the session?
Breast massage can be done with a breast drape or without it. Working through a drape is possible but limits what we can accomplish. Undrapped allows hands on work which allows us to glide over the tissue. This also allows for techniques like swedish massage and cupping around the breast tissue to allow a much more thorough release of the muscle tissue. This work is meant to match your comfort zone and you are able to change your mind at any time.