I was completely skeptical of pasties until one of my bra-free co-conspirators told me her story. She was playing with bra-free fashion and repeatedly blinded by the headlight issue. Not just for dancers anymore, pasties can be your nipples breast friends on a chilly day. It is my fervent hope that pasties are going to help me be bra-free during the steamy summer, when multiple layers are not an option.
This article was inspired when one of my clients told me that she was unsure about going bra-free, because her bra felt like a protective armor. She felt more secure putting this coverage on before going out of her house and into the world. I was intrigued as to where this feeling came from, because I definitely experienced some feelings of vulnerability when I first started going completely bra-free.
In the last practice we discussed the lymph circulation in the breasts and chest. This is the superficial, or skin level, lymph circulation. It is most strongly affected by natural movements and massage. The deeper lymph circulation is below the ribs. Lymph flow is promoted by the contractions of the core muscles and the diaphragm.
I am not here to try to convince you. I want to give you some ideas that inspire you to experiment with your current breast health habits. I have looked for research for and against bra wearing and there is no possibility for “double blind control studies” when it comes to clothing. In the United States, it is more and more difficult to find women who have never worn bras who could meet the criteria of a true control group for such studies. I prefer experimenting for myself. My first experiment was with underwires…
We may have a gut feeling, or heart feeling, that it is time to make a change for our health. Sometimes we also need strong reasons to put that feeling into action. I find it is easier to have the mental body on my side when making a life change. So I turn to Dr. Google to convince myself. But when researching a new topic, it can be confusing. Often there is too much information and it is conflicting. Who do we trust? How do we decipher who has done their homework and has our best interests at heart?
As we have been building our new healthy breast practice, one of my goals has been to give you the tools to start - and keep - moving forward until this practice becomes a habit. One of the ways I have found to keep practices moving forward is to know what is my Why. Why is this important to me? Why does it matter? I think of the line from “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer:
"It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.”
When this Challenge falls away on Valentine’s Day, what will sustain your practice?
Yesterday we told our breasts and chest we love them. Hopefully you introduced yourself in the group and maybe told your Breast Friends’ story, or posted what your breasts or chest said back to you. It’s really helpful to take advantage of community support to start new healthy habits. It’s great to have positive peer pressure! I know I have been reaching out to my friends and family while creating this Bra-Free Challenge for you. In the process of putting this challenge together, I hit a major roadblock….
Thank you so much for joining the Love Your Breast Friends Bra-Free Challenge!
Starting February 4th, there will be 11 daily posts through Valentine's Day. These messages will include bra-free fashion tips, links to books, research articles or videos about breast health and how bras are NOT always helpful. I will also share my personal story with my challenge getting out of my bra and how I sometimes still struggle with this new healthy breast practice.