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PS: The link for my video has changed, since the other web site has been redone recently.
I have not reset the link yet.
Thank you both for your "green lights" and even "hit the gas!" in this case.
Carol, luckily I am in Europe so issues of potential liability/legal clarity are really not at play. Bill, thanks for the _fantastic_ list of resources on your website and for the scientific info above. That's a great study to back up the urgent need for this work (and to pull those bras off!). Is the source to that study among your links, I'd love to read more about it (like who, when, where).
By the way, I have taken breast massage classes and regularly offer them to my clients; so I am confident with my technique - just wanted to check in whether any "new findings" have emerged (or might have been missed) since my training. Besides, I promised I'd do more research, to give this client who is understandably worried about her breast health, a greater peace of mind - so I have to keep my word, right!
Love and light,
Thank you! I have also fixed the video link on the site. The technique I was mentioning in my other comment section is mine, and I have only seen one other person using it, a nurse practitioner from Lancaster, PA. The techniques on my web site are for the person that wants to do self breast massage.
Eeris Kallil CMT said:great website Bill!
and very valuable info! Bill Curry said:PS: The link for my video has changed, since the other web site has been redone recently.
I have not reset the link yet.
Thanks so much for all the additional info, Bill; I didn't get the emails that these were posted for some reason...
Well, I popped in on the forum, today, because I could use some urgent advice:
24 hrs after the above mentioned breast massage (1st post), the client's left breast became swollen and very warm. Now, 48+ hrs, she is still in similar discomfort, didn't sleep the night because of the pain in breast, underarm and upper arm, and was running a low fever all day. The right breast is fine. She specified today that the left breast has several cysts, including one that is 50mm diameter (~2 in.) and she _feels_ as if all the smaller ones dumped into the large one and that's what the swelling is about. She took some anti-inflammatory meds but is allergic to them and reacted with a rash. While she is aware that she fully agreed to the massage, she now believes to have made a mistake, in _her_ particular case. When we talked, she agreed she would increase fluid intake, though because she really dislikes water, she will drink chamomile tea and wait it out a few more days and then see her breast doctor if nothing changes. She also agreed that this might be part of a healing process rather than the indication of something gone very wrong...but she is quite upset about all of this.
This is the first time I've come across such a reaction! Though I am not so surprised it comes from the client with the most anxiety about her breast health...
Thank you all for your replies! (this time, I wandered off into "busyland" :-)
Bill, I also would like to extend my belated condolences to you and your girlfriend.
My client (though I have a feeling I might not be seeing her again anytime soon) :-( told me the swelling has "gone down" and she is set to see her doctor early next week. I asked her to keep me posted, though, again, I have this feeling from our conversation that she might not. I've called her 3 times since the incident, always inviting her to keep communicating with me, and don't want to push it anymore.
As Bill suggests, I did have her guide me and dialogue about pressure and sensation throughout the breast massage, I certainly did not try to "pop" or "drain" anything beyond what palpation and small circular strokes naturally cause... I also preceded with the arm movements, along with a very light axillary work...so. So be it. One more learning experience... and I have certainly not let this stop me from advocating and offering breast massage to my other female clients, who just love it!