When’s the last time you touched your breasts?
When you were soaping them up in the shower this morning?
When you were doing your manual breast exam?
Céline Remy thinks it should be more often than that.
She’s been practicing breast massage for over 15 years and teaching it to women around the world. It’s one of her favorite things to teach because of its amazing health benefits.
This year, she just launched an online breast massage course, so women everywhere can learn the routine in the privacy of their own homes at their own pace.
Feel a bit squeamish about the idea?
The routine is a quick and easy self-care practice that takes less than 10 minutes a day. In this week’s YBTV interview, you’ll find out just how easy and accessible it is.
You’ll be inspired by Céline’s vision for breast health, one that respects and honors us as women.
What You’ll Learn
It’s like coming back to your home through your breasts.”
So what exactly is breast massage, and why should we all be doing it?
The kind of breast massage Céline teaches is a series of simple movements and strokes that activates circulation and boosts lymphathic drainage.
You perform it yourself on your bare breasts, no massage oil needed. It takes 6 to 10 minutes. Ideal times to do it are in the morning just after a shower or in the evening after work.
The purpose of the massage is to boost health, vitality, and body awareness. Think of it like brushing your teeth, something you do every day to take care of your body and nurture yourself.
“The breast massage is so dear to my heart,” Céline says. “It is a practice that I have been doing for myself for over 15 years, and it has really transformed my relationship with my body, with how I feel about myself, with how connected [I feel] to my orgasm and pleasure.”
Often we see our breasts as a potential source of problems—sagging, breast cancer—or assume they exist for the pleasure or benefit of someone else, such as men or feeding children.
But breast massage helps us reclaim this part of our bodies for ourselves.
“The breast massage allows you to develop a totally new relationship with your body,” Céline says, “but it also gives you a confidence.” Instead of waiting for men to give you pleasure, you can take charge of your own pleasure. You can learn what kind of touch feels best to you.
Céline suggests you treat the 10 minutes or so it takes to do the massage as self-care time. “I like to see it as a ritual,” she says, “and by ritual what I mean is something you do every single day with an intentional purpose.”
Because this is self-care time, you should create a space free from distractions. Shut the door, and let your partner know you’re taking some time for you.
Although it’s not something to feel embarrassed about, some women do feel awkward about it at first. It can help to shift your attention from the thoughts streaming through your head to the feelings streaming through your body.
Your focus should be on creating health, rather than (as in a manual breast exam) finding something wrong.
“When you do something with that intention, that’s what you start to cultivate,” Céline advises. “So the more you focus on this health, on this goodness, the more you start to feel it in your body as well.”
Céline challenges some of the traditional advice we’ve been given on breast health, such as the importance of wearing a bra.
“I love to challenge anyone who is watching today to take a week bra-free and just see how you feel,” she says.
Start with baby steps. Don’t wear a bra while you sleep. Take your bra off when you’re at home. Then try going bra-less during a walk in nature or an outing at a trusted friend’s home. You may have to reconsider what you wear, choosing opaque fabrics that have a bit more hold.
You may also wish to try thermography as a complement to regular breast health screenings.
“Thermography is a non-invasive way to detect if there are any anomalies within your breasts, even years before the mammograms could detect it,” Céline says. “Why aren’t we talking more about this? Because there’s no side effects, no pain, and there’s better detection.”
The more comfortable you get with your breasts, the more familiar you become with how they feel and how they change over the cycle of a month, the more you can take breast health into your own hands.
To learn how to perform a simple, easy breast massage, sign up for Céline’s online Breast Massage class.
To learn more about Céline, watch her other interview with YBTV on The Power of Pleasure.
Jump to Topics of Interest
3:35 Why Céline loves teaching breast massage
5:20 Overcoming the discomfort of self-touch through focusing on breast health
6:51 Health benefits of breast massage: circulation, elimination of toxins
8:44 Céline’s challenge: 1 bra-free week
11:48 How breast massage helps you develop confidence
13:16 How thermography can screen for breast abnormalities
16:06 How to talk about it with your partner
17:41 When/how often should you do a breast massage?
19:30 Take responsibility for your pleasure
About Céline Remy
Céline is a sexological bodyworker, sex and intimacy coach and educator based in California. Her mission in life to uplift and inspire humanity through the joys of sex and pleasure. With a background in ancient Taoist techniques, Thai yoga massage and Ayurveda, she has been practicing, refining and teaching the loving self-care ritual of breast massage to hundreds of satisfied women worldwide. Take Céline’s Breast Massage class.