What is Esoteric Breast Massage?
Esoteric Breast Massage (referred to as the EBM) is a modality practised only by women, for women. The EBM is there to help women reconnect to their body, to be more aware of their body and to feel the depth of gentleness that they are capable of. An EBM is a very gentle and delicate massage that specifically centres around the lymphatic part of the breast, which is on the sides from the armpits down.
Today, many women lack true care and connection with their bodies, and as a result, with their breasts. Many women are not as aware as they could be with their own bodies. Some are too scared to check for signs like lumps or breast tissue changes that may indicate that they should get a check-up or a breast examination. An EBM supports women to become more aware of their body, and thus more aware of what they are actually feeling in their body and their breasts, such as swelling, lumps or pain, etc.
The EBM also highlights to women the need to care for and nurture themselves, as many women are used to putting others first, which can leave them exhausted and their bodies depleted. As a result of having an EBM many, many women have been inspired to truly nurture and honour themselves. In addition, women are encouraged and inspired to take more responsibility for their own overall health, wellbeing and breast care and have more regular breast examinations, rather than wait until there is something significantly wrong before they see a GP.
What does an EBM session actually involve?
The first session is an explanation or consultation session. This means that no massage takes place. During such discussions an EBM is explained in detail along with how it relates to the overall Esoteric Women’s Health program. This program makes available to the woman additional specialised women’s health treatments and support. There are women’s presentations and developmental discussion groups, all of which are voluntary and never a mandatory part of her healing program. Consent is obtained for treatments and a history is taken including the woman’s menstrual, gynaecological and reproductive details along with major life events, other conditions and her current state of wellbeing.
Warmth is central to the treatment, in providing a healing environment in which the woman is able to more easily feel she can surrender to herself away from the ‘doing and busy-ness’ of life. The treatment room is heated, the client is given a warmed, disposable towel to place over her breasts once she has removed her top and bra and makes her way to the treatment table where a larger warmed towel is placed over her. She remains covered at all times except when a specific part of her upper body is being massaged.