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THE SPURGEON METHOD™
The Spurgeon Method™ Breast Massage offers life changing pain relief and healing for patients who are recovering from Breast Cancer, Mastectomy, Lumpectomy and other painful Breast Surgeries. Through Therapeutic Massage, I can work to relieve your pain, improve your range of motion and help you overcome the physical and mental obstacles to feeling like yourself again.
This Method is NCBTMB approved.
Breast Massage, The Spurgeon Method™, is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). This massage technique by Sally Spurgeon, a breast cancer survivor, is designed specifically for women who have undergone breast cancer treatment. It focuses on loosening scar tissue, releasing tension, and encouraging drainage and swelling reduction.
The technique applies light strokes to mimic the pumping action of lymphatic vessels and encourages lymph flow. When healthy movement of the lymphatic fluid becomes restricted, whether from compromised health, surgeries, restrictive clothing such as bras, or even tense posture, toxins can accumulate and potentially lead to disease.
Exercise is effective at pumping lymph fluid around every part of the body, except the breasts, where the flow is often restricted.
Breast massage clears the Lymphatic Channels and can facilitate the release of toxins in the breast. In addition, by clearing fluid that is stuck in the tissue, pain can be 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 mastectomy, 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
Breast Massage Therapy helps maintain healthy breast tissue by encouraging a healthy lymphatic flow to the breasts. While the Lymphatic System is usually aided by movement or exercise, breasts do not get this same benefit as they’re often restricted under bras and other tight clothing. The massage adds movement into this part of the body to help lymphatic flow and flush toxins out of the body.
MANUEL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
The Lymphatic System is responsible for keeping our body’s tissues clean and healthy and for producing the cells that kill off bacteria, viruses & cancer cells in our body, - our immune system -
The lymphatic fluid that flows through our body to do this work is moved in three ways;
This fascial membrane is continuous throughout our bodies, and compression or congestion in one area affects the whole, causing aches, pains and swelling.
Exercise is vitally important in moving this fluid. When we exercise, our muscles move, our breathing rate increases, and the lymph fluid is pumped around all body parts – except the breast!
The increase in flow to the breast is minimal as the breast tissue has no muscle. It lies atop the pectoral muscle in the chest. Add to that the fact that most women constantly restrict this area with a bra and it is easy to understand why breasts become painful and problematic.
Manual manipulation is the only effective way to ensure fluid movement throughout the breast tissue.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, performed before breast massage, ensures that the lymph fluid from the breast has a pathway in which to drain.