• Full Chest & Breast Massage 2 Days 16 hrs CEU - $395January 14-15, 2022 Boston, MA
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Full Chest and Breast Massage
Course Description A two day course (originally developed by Barbara Helynn Heard, LMT) on incorporating full chest & breast massage into your work.
In this class students will learn massage of the ribcage, chest and breasts to support healthy breathing and general stress relief within full body wellness massage. Students also learn how this massage can benefit clients living with breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastectomy, fibrocystic breast tissue, and other non-cancerous breast conditions.
The chest and breast massage taught in this class is intended to be easily integrated into a holistic, full body session to relieve tension, stress and pain, and to increase our clients’ ease of movement in both the upper and lower body. This work consistently helps clients feel and connect with their whole body in a wonderful way that many have not previously experienced.
Emphasis is placed on making our touch safe, pleasant, sexually neutral, and effective for both female and male clients. In many of the techniques taught, pressure is directed to the muscles and ribs located deep to the mammary glands which are within breast tissue. Students will learn massage techniques which are done with the chest draped and other techniques which are done bare chested/breasted for both men and women. More than half the class is devoted to hands on massage practice. The balance of the time is spent participating in discussion of the issues specific to breast massage listed below. This course meets Washington State training requirements for specialized training in breast massage (WAC 246-830-555).
Course training includes:
indications & contraindications
therapeutic treatment techniques
appropriate therapist-client or patient boundaries
client/ patient safety related to breast massage
breast anatomy and physiology
SPECIAL CLASSROOM POLICIES FOR THIS CLASS
By registering, Attendees agree to the following policies:
Attendee must be a licensed massage therapist in any US State with an official massage licensing board, or a healthcare professional with breast massage in their scope of practice. If a massage therapist practices in a state without massage licensing, permission from the instructor is required.
Attendee must be present for all class hours, including all lecture and technique demonstrations.
Attendee understands that full chest and breast areas on both women and men* will be treated within this class, and that the full chest and breast will be undraped for much of the treatment.
Attendee understands that the nipples and areolas will be touched during some of the treatment sequences as a general part of the breast. Specific nipple/areola treatment is not included in this course.
Attendee agrees to both give and receive all techniques with fellow students, both male and female*. Friends or work associates taking the course together understand all students are expected to rotate "trades" with other students during practice times rather than only work with the same student(s) throughout the course.
Attendee agrees to adhere to professional standards and ethics both during the course, as well as when working with the public in a clinical/office setting.
In order to receive their Course Completion Certificate, all registering students agree to the these policies for this course. Any student who does not adhere to the course rules will be immediately asked to leave the course and will receive neither course credit nor tuition refund.
Most of the classes are open gender. Typically they will be either all female or 1-2 males. This has been a ratio that has worked well. For those interested in a single gender course - I do offer them as well as private and semi private classes.
* Note: I am willing to privately schedule breast and chest massage classes for 2-8 therapists. These classes can be either females only or co-ed. Contact me for more information.
Course Description A half day introduction to Full Chest & Breast Massage
This hands-on course is designed to introduce participants to full chest and breast massage and the possibilities of incorporating it into your work. In this class students will learn massage of the ribcage and chest over the drape to support healthy breathing and general stress relief within full body wellness massage. Students also learn how this massage can benefit clients living with breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastectomy, fibrocystic breast tissue, and other non-cancerous breast conditions. As well there is an emphasis on the importance of communication with your clients.
The chest and breast massage taught in this class is intended to raise awareness and help spread the idea of normalized non sexual touch and client choice. During the intro class, all exercises and work are done through the sheet or with a T shirt. There is no direct contact with the breast, as there would be in the full course. At the Instructors discretion, and with class approval and a volunteer, a full demonstration may take place at the end of the class.
Emphasis is placed on making our touch safe, pleasant, sexually neutral, and effective for both female and male clients.. More than half the class is devoted to hands on massage practice. The balance of the time is spent participating in discussion of the issues specific to breast massage and the importance of communication.
Learning Objectives This course is intended to make a proper and brief introduction into the principles and techniques of Full Chest & Breast Massage. It It is intended to spark the curiosity for those who might wish to pursue additional training in the form of the 2 day course.
This is a valid question. There is no single best answer but here is my view and some thoughts........ First the woman who created this course is a friend of mine. I have trained with her, learned from her and have been inspired by her passions. Her goal for this work, one with which I share is to normalize this part of the body, remove the sexual stigma and make it natural and accepted everywhere. So in one sense in what better way to begin to accept this way of thinking would be across gender. The second reason is that I am qualified, and have been teaching and incorporating this practice into my work for a long time. Many of my clients appreciate the opportunity to have this choice for themselves. Alot of what we learn in this course is about communication and mindset. It is not a course laden with specific technique.
That being said, I recognize that there will still be a number of female therapists who would be most comfortable in a same gender environment. If you can handle just the teacher, I am happy to offer same gender courses along with open courses. In my experience, very few men sign up for these classes, usually only 1 or 2, and every time it has been a positive experience. If you are a woman therapist looking for a female instructor, I do my best to make suggestions.