Massage Your Breasts!

Massage your breasts, and your legs, and your belly, and your neck. Get to your head while you’re at it.

I recently learned about Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic practice of self-massage with herb-infused oils.

“Long strokes on the long bones, round circles on the joints!” my Ayurveda practitioner and friend Kristen Rae Stevens has taught me. She should have also added, round circles on your boobs!

I have just started studying Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, whose roots go back 5000 years, and the practice of abhyanga makes sense from both a personal and medical perspective.

Massage feels great. It’s expensive, so why not do it yourself. And if you really get in there – working carefully but deeply into the muscles and connective tissues with your fingers – you are stimulating the flow of lymph through your body, pushing it back to the heart, and releasing trapped scuzzy toxins that you breathe, swallow, and generate with negative thinking all day.

Too woo-woo? Massaging your own breasts is weird? Have that attitude, but breasts are not just fat. They are specialized organs for milk making, among other things, that hold a host of unique hormone receptors. They are sensitive to everything from stress to unfermented soy, which has estrogenic compounds, to coffee, which tends to cause them to be lumpier. Give them some love and work out the toxins. It can’t hurt!

For more check out my new favorite book, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch. She will give you the low down on your boobies.

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