The Chopra Center, the premier provider of experiences, education, teacher trainings and products that improve the health and well-being of body, mind and spirit, has launched the ayurvedic breast massage treatment, one of the most effective and nourishing ways to maintain healthy breast tissue and musculature before potential issues arise, and a way to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually after life-changing disease such as breast cancer. Located at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA and founded in 1996 by Deepak Chopra, MD and David Simon, MD, The Chopra Center is the only wellness center in the nation to offer this holistic treatment on a large scale and to provide extensive training for each female massage therapist. Utilizing the Spurgeon-Shulte Method combined with traditional ayurvedic technique and Marma therapy, the ayurvedic breast massage helps to flush toxins through the lymphatic system, reduce pain, improve range of motion and increase the flow of Prana/life energy.
“We are really excited to offer this innovative new treatment that we believe will change the conversation around breast health, which is a vital component on the path to total wellbeing,” said Jennifer Johnson, director of spa at The Chopra Center and the creator of this comprehensive ayurvedic breast massage. “Our ayurvedic breast massage combines movement, breath and manual manipulation to provide lymphatic circulation to this part of the female body that wouldn’t otherwise receive the lymphatic benefits of exercise.”
Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old healing wisdom tradition from India, teaches that in order to maintain a state of balance, the whole person must be addressed, but in many healing practices the breast area is often overlooked. The ayurvedic breast massage is beneficial for all women – healthy women, women who have been diagnosed with or are survivors of breast cancer, women who have fibrocystic breasts and women who are recovering from breast augmentation or reduction, cardiac abnormalities or chest pain.
In order to perform this specialized therapy, the female massage therapists undergo additional extensive training of more than 125 hours in oncology and breast massage. Therapists provide a customized healing touch based on medical history, personal preference and mind-body type as well as a level of coverage that feels comfortable for the client, working with them through the massage. About ten percent of the massage includes touching the actual breasts and the nipples are never touched.
When healthy movement of the lymphatic fluid becomes restricted—whether from compromised health, surgeries, restrictive clothing like bras, or even tense posture—toxins can accumulate and lead to disease. Exercise is effective at pumping lymph fluid around every part of the body, except the breast, where the flow is often restricted by workout clothing. Breast massage clears the lymphatic channels and ensures any toxins in the breast have a pathway to leave the body. In addition, by clearing up the lymphatic channels, pain is reduced in the breast as well as the entire body.
Breast massage includes muscle release techniques to open up the shoulders and chest. In those who have had breast surgeries such as augmentation or reduction, this can restore range of motion that has been often severely restricted. This is also extremely beneficial for anyone who regularly sits at a desk, drives a vehicle or works at a computer.
In ayurveda, Prana is the vital energy that gives life to all beings. When the flow of Prana is restricted, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, unhappiness, or illness. Breast massage provides the vital function of opening up the flow of Prana in the chest, gently removing energetic blocks around the heart that might otherwise remain unaddressed.
For more information, visit www.chopra.com/ayurvedic-spa/treatments.