I’m writing this article in an attempt to help empower women in their bodies and educate our community about respecting and helping to fully care for a woman’s whole body. Statistics show that most women experience breast discomfort at some point in their lifetimes, and that the number of women that will report this pain to their primary care giver, or to anyone, is quite low…why? Perhaps because breasts don’t receive the proper attention as an important consideration in a woman’s overall care that they require. Breasts are often seen as a “taboo” topic, especially in our society where breasts are often sexualized rather than respected, which gives many women a decreased sense of confidence in voicing any concerns they may have about their breasts. I want to very gently remind you that your breasts matter, that you matter; every inch of your body matters and is deserving of care and attention.
Breasts are body tissues which are an incredibly important part of a woman’s anatomy. They feed and nurture life for our infants, have an extensive role in our lymphatic system and individualize our beautiful feminine bodies. When we look specifically at our breasts, they have a simple anatomical design and quite straightforward needs; however they are much too often neglected in the overall care of our bodies which can create pain, discomfort, lowered self-confidence and often fear.
Breasts don’t have muscles to facilitate movement; therefore they require aid to support ongoing circulation which helps to maintain tissue health and to prevent dis-ease and possible pain syndromes. Breasts are also susceptible to various changes including:
- The menstrual cycle
- The natural process of aging and associated changes
- Pregnancy (both during and after)
- Dietary changes
- Environmental stressors
These changes can often create discomfort through a woman’s entire lifespan.
Breasts can also undergo various surgeries, diagnostic procedures, trauma, as well as the diagnosis of both benign and malignant conditions. We can’t ignore the fact that breast cancer is also becoming more and more common for women in our society. It is vitally important for us to respect the needs of our breasts and to become more comfortable in caring for them and touching them in a healthy and therapeutic way. This can help women to recognize as well as to understand changes in their early stages.
What can you, as a women, do for yourself? It is important to take ownership of this very important part of you and to incorporate some daily self-care techniques into your regime, as well as gain education about:
- Drainage techniques
- Oils and creams to support your breast tissue
- Contrast showers and dry brushing
- Dietary support
- Yoga and stretching specifically for your breasts.
Your breasts are a part of your body, a life nourishing part, that are as deserving of care as every other part of you; it’s never too early or too late to establish healthy breast practices.
Tomorrow morning (March 10th) I’ll be speaking at the Women’s Health and Wellness Conference in Perth creating a safe space for women to come together to talk about breast health, later in April, on the 13th, I’ll be facilitating an afternoon workshop at our studio focusing on breast health and the interconnections with your whole body wellness. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Written by Amber Young ( Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor and Breast Health Educator)
Please note this workshop is sold out. We will be posting upcoming dates soon!
We want to thank all of you for your incredible gifts of donations, energy and time a few weeks back at our gentle yoga and gong relaxation class earlier this month. We held a special karma class for Hub Hospice, an amazing local organization that helps to support individuals with life threatening illness’s and the preparation for their death to be supported in their homes. Hub Hospice also provides support to the families and caregivers who assist in the care of their loved ones. Every life should be lived with dignity until the very last breath. So many of you came out to support this important cause and between community donations and our SEVA fund we raised $310 dollars for Hub Hospice. We want to extend a huge thank you to all of you in our community. The afternoon was especially powerful thanks to your openness. The photo’s attached to this post are from a special meditation we did in honor of those we’ve lost. These little hearts, combined with the hearts created at our Interval House fundraiser, will remain here wrapped in light and our prayers. If you would like to find out more about Hub Hospice you can find them at www.hubhospice.com
This past weekend we welcomed Anna Karuna Egan back to our space for a profound afternoon engaged in the exploration of meditation as self care. Anna also allowed us the opportunity to dive into Buddhist philosophy and lead us masterfully through some very beautiful practices. It was a truly sacred afternoon with a focus on opening the heart and nourishing ourselves in the simple awareness of our breath and our bodies. Anna reminded us of our impermanence in these beautiful human bodies, we are here for a brief time to experience the world in this form. Allow yourself the invitation to embrace your experience in all of it’s layers. Reach out to those who truly support you, breathe a little deeper, take time everyday for your practice – whatever practice resonates with your heart, explore and experience different ways of caring for yourself, and first and foremost be kind to yourself – it’s all a journey and an exploration – you deserve as much kindness and compassion as you so freely share with others. If you missed Anna’s workshop, she is offering this powerful afternoon in our space again in March. Contact the studio directly if you’d like to sign up for this second offering, space is limited and preregistration is necessary. She will be joining us Saturday, March 16th, from 2 – 5 pm, and the cost for the workshop is $55 (HST inclusive).
Somebody asked me about my vision, why I get up in the morning and do the work I do. My vision is a world where we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves and others, where things aren’t so complicated between our species, and where people are more comfortable and at ease in their bodies and their minds. If one person breathed a little deeper, found a moment of peace between their thoughts or moved with a little more comfort as a result of the work we do at the studio, then I know I have succeeded in this lifetime.
Yours in health and wellness, and my heart full of love
Due to the weather conditions, and our priority being your safety, we have decided to cancel the Mindful Movement and Relaxation Class this evening. If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call or send us a message. Next weeks class will be extra special, with a little more time in our final resting posture. Please take 15 or 20 minutes of your evening and dive into that beautiful experience of a simple deep breath. Remember Mindfulness is a practice that needs revisiting. Slowly we find we are more present and accepting – it becomes a way of being in the world underneath all of the distractions. For those of you who have been attending the sessions, practice your Check – In, explore the rhythm of your breath, physical sensations, take some time to mindfully scan through your whole body sending yourself some gratitude as you journey through. I look forward to seeing you at next weeks session. Yours in health and wellness, Amber