Now that full chest and breast massage is specifically covered in our practice act we can finally start to integrate more of it into our education, conversation and bodywork. The goals of this class are to 1) demystify and normalize Full Chest and/or Breast Massage, 2) understand why Full Chest and breast massage is so important, and 3) to practice some wonderful Full Chest and Breast Massage Techniques. This course is decidedly subjective and highly interactive, so come prepared for a lively discourse and to be challenged on many levels.

Why Get Full Chest and/or Breast Massage: Our full chest and/or breasts are very important parts of our bodies and we should be able to receive holistic massage and therapeutic touch there if we want for a myriad of reasons. In addition to the therapeutic and health benefits, it just feels amazing to be treated as a whole human being, and not divided into touchable and untouchable parts. We will discuss many of the therapeutic benefits in class. However, it is not the intent of this class to cover therapeutic rationale on an in depth level.

What Exactly Is a Full Chest/Breast Massage: Since this is now officially part of our scope, we will be defining and discussing the differences between Full Chest Massage, Full Chest and Breasts Massage, Full Chest, Breasts and Areolae/Nipples Massage. We will be discussing the new regulations and how they affect our industry, work and clients.

Comparing, Contrasting and Integrating Relaxation, Holistic and Therapeutic Work: We will review a detailed therapeutic breast massage protocol and its objectives. Then discuss the different types of Full Chest and Breast Massage by classifying them as primarily relaxing, holistic or therapeutic (which begs the conversation as why/if those terms are mutually exclusive or not).

How Do You Integrate Full Chest and/or Breast Work Into Your Massage: There are so many wonderful reasons and ways to integrate full chest and/or breast massage into your massage sessions. We will practice some of my favorite Full Chest and Breast Massage techniques both with and without draping.

You can see more about my thoughts on Full Chest and/or Breast Massage as well as how I present it to my clients here.

Important Considerations Specifically For This Class

This class is not approved by the NCBTMB because they only allow breast massage as a subject if it is part of a specific medical procedure, prescribed by a physician or part of an oncology course. However, it does fulfill Washington State requirements for continuing education for Licensed Massage Therapists and specifically for specialized training in breast massage as outlined in WAC 246-830-555.

This class is being taught by a male instructor and may be attended by both male and female therapists, the chests and breasts of both males and females will be worked on in this class and will be undraped for demonstrations and practice. Some of the work will involve touching of the aerolas and nipples. You are more than welcome to wear nipple covers if you would like to, just understand that you are responsible to bring your own and to test them for “fit and durability” to make sure they will be comfortable and stay in place during class.

This class by itself is not sufficient to allow you to perform breast massage in Washington as the state is requiring at least 16 hours of specialized, in person, breast massage training. However, their definition does include a lot of items that many therapists might already have fulfilled in other CE classes.

WAC 246-830-555 (2) Education and training in breast massage includes, but is not limited to: Breast anatomy and physiology, pathology, indications, contraindications, therapeutic treatment techniques, draping, appropriate therapist-client or patient boundaries, expected outcomes, and client or patient safety related to breast massage.

I include other instructors breast massage education classes on my CE Calendar and whole heartedly recommend these two gifted and knowledgeable Breast Care Specialists and Educators and the classes that they teach:

Aubrey Lesicki, BS LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist, Breast Care Specialist and Educator
Northgate, Washington
Phone: 206-395-4325

Barbara Helynn Heard, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist, Breast Care Specialist and Educator
Capitol Hill, Seattle

If you have any questions or concerns about this class, please contact me directly.

Joe Lavin LMT, CPT, CEIM
Certified Phenomenal Touch Practitioner®
Cell: (206) 817-5896

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