In the process of studying breast massage across many cultures, have learned much about gender, intimacy, caring touch and sexuality. I have been able to reprogram my American attitude that breasts are only for sexual attraction and men can’t control their attraction around bare breasts.
Is all massage just palliative care? What started this inquiry is my disillusionment with evidence-based medicine. I have recently viewed many posts citing “massage myths”. These center around whether massage has any influence on "toxins" (let's call them cellular metabolites and have a different conversation) or if drinking water is helpful after massage (only if you don't already drink enough water, so probably YES).
There is a dearth of education available on breast massage and I have had to create some of the work as I go. While working hands-on with a client, I am gathering dozens of pieces of data. How does this tissue feel? What is its story? Where does it relate to other areas of tension? Is it medically safe for me to work here? Does the client feel emotionally safe with me treating her breast tissue?
U-W Palliative Care Center of Excellence is one of the few major university programs that is still lacking a complementary and alternative medicine program as an integrated part of their end of life and cancer care centers. This was the first year the conference invited alternative medicine practitioners to participate.