Bra's, Breast Cancer and the Bowen Technique
A very good friend of mine sent me some information that she found regarding breast cancer. She is a gifted Bowen Therapist and treated me while I was undergoing my treatment.
Research was done on the bra wearing behaviours of a group of 5000 woman. The findings were published in the book 'Dressed to Kill' by Singer and Grismaijer (Avery Press 1995)
The findings suggest that:
Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer, about the same breastcancer rate for men.
Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed had a 1 out of 7 risk.
Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 152 risk.
The overall difference between 24 hour wearing and not at all was a 125-fold difference.
There is also a very common condition called fibrocystic breast disease, which is often a precursor of breast cancer. This painful condition can be cured simply by not wearing a bra.
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is an extremely important system in the body. There are numerous lymphatic nodes around the breasts and in the underarms. These lymph nodes are responsible for the elimination of a lot of the toxic waste in our bodies. The lymph is moved through our bodies mostly by the contractions of skeletal muscles and the expansion and contraction of the lungs. Our movement is what causes our lymph to move.
So it becomes obvious that free flowing movement is vital for good breast health. This movement is vital for stimulating the lympthatic flow around the breast area. This means that women who exercise have lower risk, probably due to better lymphatic circulation.
Bowen therapy helps to stimulate the circulation in the body. There are some light non-invasive moves specific to the breast area that can be easily shown and taught to both men and women to stimulate lymphatic flow and oxygenation in the area.
Use of these alongside regular treatments from a qualified Bowen practitioner will enhance the body's ability to keep lymph moving as it should. Bowen can also reduce the effects of stress on the body so you may well notice your skin clearing and your sleep improving. These are just some of the benefits of Bowen.
Obviously there are women who need support, but please be choosy in what kind of bra you wear. Underwire bras, even though physically flattering are the worst offenders. There is even evidence to suggest the metal used attracts EMF's (electomagnetic frequencies) to this area of the body which may also contribute further problems.
Society's fascination with breasts and cleavage is purely conditioned and fashionable. With knowledge of how our bodies function comes a new way of looking at our physique which is beautiful and alluring in its natural state.
You can contact Cherry Aniello at Greenwich Bowen on:
Tel: 0208 3312772 or 07977 440574
If not in Cherry's area, you can also find a local bowen therapist in the directory
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