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Sauganash Wellness Center
6160 N. Cicero Ave., Ste. 214
Chicago, IL 60646
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Breast Health Massage

Post surgical and breast health therapy from a certified professional

Breast Wellness for Health and Wellbeing

Breast Massage can help you maintain the health of your breasts, increase relaxation and create a general sense of well being. The gentle technique can help improve circulation and health, as well as provide a sense of holism in your regular treatments.

Post Surgical and Breast Health Therapy

At Sauganash Wellness Center, we use a protocol to restore function in post-surgical breast tissue after cancer surgeries. Designed and tested by internationally renown massage therapist Susan Chapell, RMT, these treatments can result in benefits that can include increase in range of motion, decrease in pain, and education on self care for your tissue. As yet, no official studies have been completed to prove or disapprove the theory that massage has an impact on metastasized cancer cells.

Our breasts hold their shape via delicate ligaments that act as support yet encourage movement at the same time. Unlike other body parts of our bodies, our breasts don’t have muscle pumps to assist the movement of fluid through them. They are comprised of glands, ducts, and adipose tissue (fat) and are designed for movement. Congested or constricted breasts normally have obstacles impending this natural drainage and circulation process. Indications that massage would be beneficial include:

  • Maintenance of breast health
  • Breast pain or tenderness, fibrocystic breast disease and life cycle changes
  • Feeling of constriction in the chest caused by muscle tightness
  • Improve the mechanics of breathing

Breast massage can be helpful during or post-cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation:

  • Induce relaxation and a sense of wholeness
  • Enhance your relationship to your body

The treatments can also address any post-surgical changes/symptoms, such as:

  • Edema/lymph edema, including premenstrual congestion or swelling of breast
  • Assistance with breast monitoring
  • Upper back and shoulder pain

Things that can impede the optimal drainage of your breast:

  • Congestion
  • Musculoskeletal imbalances, specifically in the chest muscles or fascia
  • Postural changes
  • Tight clothing including bras
  • Radiation, chemotherapy, removal of lymph nodes
  • Scar tissue: surgical or functional

What to Expect on Your First Visit

When you come in you will fill out a confidential health history form. Your therapist will ask you questions about any treatments you are going through and that you have completed. Open communication is the key. You are invited to express your concerns and questions at any time.

What Your Therapist Won’t Do

  • Massage directly over an undiagnosed lump or directly over tumors
  • Change the treatment plan without discussing it with you
  • Work too deeply or outside your comfort level


About Massage Therapist Partner Rachel M. Shaffer, LMT
Rachel Shaffer is a licensed and certified massage therapist who has been in practice since 2000. With her innate desire to help people live a pain-free and healthy life, Rachel has become an expert in deep tissue, cranial sacral therapy, sports massage and post mastectomy work. She also excels at prenatal and geriatric therapy.

Call 773-283-4470 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

post-masectomy breast massage

"Two years ago I had breast cancer treatment
including chemotherapy, a double mastectomy,
lymph node removal on the cancerous side (right)
and radiation. Rachel began working on me once
a week and within the first two treatments I noticed
an improvement in the swelling and with
the range of motion of my shoulder. I could not
be happier with my results and my experience at
Sauganash Wellness Center and with
Rachel Shaffer."
—Stacey M., Chicago, IL


Call 773-283-4470
for your appointment.

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