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Therapeutic Breast Massage

Breast massage can be a contentious issue amongst therapists. Some promote that there potential health benefits through lymphatic drainage; others are less enthusiastic about any advantages of performing breast massage. Some are concerned about the personal nature of any Sydney massage that involves touching of breast tissue; others are more relaxed.

However, it must be mentioned that professional associations have policies regarding breast massage. For example, the Australian Association of Massage Therapists offers a policy development document on this issue at http://membership.aamt.com.au/lib/Journals/Summer06/AAMTbreast.pdf.
Within this document they state:

Massage therapists must recognise, accept and respect the right of every individual client to choose whether they wish to decline breast massage …..
Even when agreement with the client for the breasts to be included in a treatment is granted, it is entirely inappropriate and completely unnecessary to provide disproportionately prolonged massage to the area and that that the client is free to revoke that consent during the massage.

AAMT suggest that massage of the breast tissue is currently practiced in modalities of Manual Lymph Drainage, Lymphodema, Lomi Lomi and post surgical breast augmentation and when specifically prescribed by a Medical Practitioner. During a standard remedial or relaxation massage then there is no reason for the breasts to be massaged and the ATMS policy is that mammary glands should not be massaged and only professional techniques should be applied to surrounding tissues.

This last point can cause a little confusion from massage recipients though. For example, the pectoral muscle groups are often indicated when people have tension in their neck and shoulders. Tightness in the upper back muscles is often the result of excessively hypertonic pectoral muscles bringing the shoulders forward. Therapists may often feel that lengthening these muscles of the upper chest is important for improved posture yet to access these muscles then the therapist needs to work close to breast tissue.

Massage for the pectoral musclesThe picture to the right on this page of this page demonstrates a therapist performing a remedial massage technique on the pectoral region. It is easy to image that, on women with a larger bust, performing such a stroke for the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles would be extremely difficult without touching breast tissue.

But this stroke would not be applying massage to the breast itself.

  
Therapists do need to be mindful of such strokes, explaining why they need to work in this area and soliciting permission from the client before commencing. The client also has the right to request the therapist stop should they ever become uncomfortable about the nature of the touch. Some therapists may ask the client to hold their breast to provide a physical barrier between the therapist’s hand and the breast.

As mentioned above breast massage in Sydney is not permitted within a remedial or relaxation massage. I have included the technique (with client permission) during Lomi Lomi massage. Within a traditional Lomi Lomi massage then including massage to the breasts is considered to be a normal part of the routine and whilst there is obviously no muscles within breast tissue, there are claims that it can reduce pain and stress in the chest.

Sports Massage Does Work!

In recent years there seems to be have a move towards more evidence based practise for a range of practitioners. This is not a bad thing for the massage industry as many of the more spurious claims that are made can be challenged and dismissed. However, one of the problems that massage faces is that there is a dearth of quality research available.

There are a number of reasons why this is the case which include a lack of money when compared with the amount of funds available for pharmaceutical trials and also a fundamental problem with much of the research in the natural therapies domain in that designing standard treatment protocols is extremely difficult when most therapists’ practice is based on tailoring a treatment to an individual client’s needs at the time.

A 2012 study into the benefits of sports massage has attempted to redress the issue of quality massage research with findings that are encouraging for the industry.

Sports massage SydneyAfter a water skiing injury a researcher at McMaster University, Canada, Mark Tarnopolsky, found that massage therapy provided a significant amount of pain relief and he decided that he wanted to understand the underlying mechanism whereby massage aided his recovery.

Along with some colleagues, Tarnolpolsky decided to investigate why massage can reduce pain and the results (for massage therapists and for sports people) were encouraging (1).

For the study, 11 males were exercised to such an extent that they were affected by exercise-induced muscle damage after working out on an upright bicycle. One of their legs was then massaged for 10 minutes. The researchers took muscle biopsy samples from the participants’ vastus lateralis muscles at various times:
– at baseline
– immediately after the massage
– after 2.5 hours of recovery.

The results were extremely encouraging. There is strong support for the hypothesis that exercise can activate the genes which are associated with repair and inflammation and it was no surprise that the researchers observed there was significantly more indicators of cell repair and also inflammation in the biopsy samples post-exercise when compared with the pre-exercise measurements.

However, there was a clear distinction between the study participants’ legs that had been massaged and had not been.

They found that the legs which had received the 10 minutes of sports massage had:
– reduced the amount of exercise induced muscle inflammation by diminishing the activity of a protein, NF-kB
– increased by about 30% a gene that helps muscle cells build mitochondria, PGC-1
– modified levels of other proteins with similar roles in the body.

  
Although this is only one study and the massage protocol may not be relevant for all sports people, it does provide evidence supporting the use of massage therapy to reduce pain and encourage muscle repair. Further work would need to be carried out to assess the optimum pressure, length of massage and the commencement time after exercise.

But there are few who would argue that getting a massage to reduce pain from sport is a preferable alternative to anti-inflammatory medications.

(1) J. D. Crane, D. I Ogborn et al “Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signalling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage”. Science Translational Medicine 4, 119ra13 (2012).

By Richard Lane

Mobile Massage Questions

We have been operating our Sydney mobile massage business now since 2005 and so it is fair to say we have a reasonable understanding of the questions that people ask. This article will talk about a few of the more common questions that we get asked.

Do you bring your own massage table or will you massage me on the bed?

We will bring a massage table – we won’t be massaging you on your bed or the floor.

What do I need to provide?

Nothing other than a suitable space to work in. We will bring the massage table, towels and oils. Some therapists may bring a music player but if you particularly want music then it might be an idea to organise this in advance.
We do not bring candles but if you wish to create a relaxing ambiance and environment for the massage then feel free to light some candles.

My apartment/house is small – how much space do I need?

From our point of view the more room the better but don’t let this be a reason not to consider booking a home massage. We have yet to come across a space that we are not able to work in.

My house is not suitable for mobile massage (for example, I share with other people)- do you operate out of a clinic?

No – sorry we only provide mobile massage services. We do not provide clinic massage services.

I’m concerned about letting strangers in my home – how can I trust you?

This is very much a personal decision and we respect your right to be mindful of who you let into your home. All we can say is that we are professional therapists and as such we are registered with professional associations. Should you wish you can check our credentials with the relevant organisations.

I’ve had unsatisfactory massages from other people in the past. How can I be confident that you will be different?

We are mindful that when we arrange a therapist to visit you that we need to be confident that the therapist we send will be suitable for you. If we do not believe that we have a therapist suitable for you at the time you want then we will not just send someone for the sake of an appointment.
We back this up with our guarantee – if you are not happy with the massage that you have received then just let us know and we will gladly refund you. You do not even have to explain why you were not satisfied

Sydney mobile massage questions

What areas do you cover?

We provide mobile massage to the Inner west of Sydney. For the suburbs we may visit then please check out www.innerwestmassage.com.au/suburbs.php

Can I choose a particular therapist (or a particular gender)?

Yes subject to availability and some geographical constraints. If you live on the fringe of the area we cover then some therapists may not be available.

However, one restriction is that female therapists are only available for female callers. Men who wish to receive a massage from a female therapist will need to get a female who knows them to call on their behalf.

What happens when you arrive and how do I prepare for the massage?

When we arrive, we take a couple of minutes to set up the table during which time we will ask you to complete a questionnaire so that we can understand your requirements for the massage and any health problems you may have (or had in the past) that may impact on the massage. We will take a few minutes to discuss particular issues so that we have a clear understanding about what you want from the massage and what are your expectations.

At this time we will leave the room whilst you get undressed.

We are invariably asked what you need to wear for the massage. The answer is as little as you are comfortable with. If you are comfortable wearing nothing (if for example you have just got out of the shower) then that is fine. If you feel that you would be more comfortable wearing underwear then again that is perfectable ok with us. If you are not sure then it is probable better to wear underwear. You can always choose to disrobe completely for subsequent appointments as you feel comfortable with your therapist.

Many people like to have a robe handy to change into after the massage, particularly as many people like to have a shower straight after the massage to make sure that any excess oil is removed. (As an aside, this is a great advantage of having a mobile massage compared with going to a clinic where you have to put your clothes directly on over oiled skin).

How do I book a massage?

There are two ways to book depending on your preference:
(1) Most people phone 0421 410057 to make initial enquiry and/or a booking.

(2) Some therapists are available for online bookings (for real time bookings).
Click here for more information.


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