Registered Massage Therapy for Breast & Chest Surgery Rehabilitation
In the South Okanagan
What People are Saying
Recommended by Surgeons
"Her massage treatments have really helped with my pain and my healing. She is calm, thoughtful, and an excellent listener. I am so happy that my surgeon suggested that I see Eryn." - E.C.
Very Attuned to My Needs
"I highly recommend Eryn as she has been very attuned to my specific and changing needs on my recovery journey and has customized her massages accordingly." - L.H.
Thrilled for the Support
"I’m thrilled I could get support from Eryn as part of my healing journey and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to everyone. Thanks so much Eryn!" - M.T-L.
Hands-on help for people undergoing:
Breast cancer surgeries
Trans/non-binary top surgery
Elective breast surgeries
I have an advanced practice skill set with which to serve your rehabilitation leading up to (pre-hab) and after (re-hab) your surgery.
Getting mindful massage therapy can make a world of difference to your healing journey, where instead of feeling like the process is happening TO you, it instead becomes something happening WITH you, that you are participating in with agency and autonomy.
Having a person there who can help empower your healing can help enormously in feelings of comfort, ease and make the transition to your new body much easier.
Some reasons people seek massage therapy for breasts and chests:
Pre-surgery preparation (aka prehab):
Preparing for your surgery can lessen the chances of having complications due to your body rejecting the surgery. Prehab helps your body & mind be on board with what's happening, cultivating the experience of being a participant in your healing journey, rather than being at the mercy of it.
Here are some of the things we can help with:
- "Loosening" chest muscles to accommodate implants or expanders more easily
- Improving circulation so sluggish blood can flow more effectively, nourishing all the tissues it touches
- Clearing debris from your lymph nodes through improving lymphatic flow
- Preparing your body/mind to receive the surgery, so you are an active empowered participant
- Answering questions about the different types of surgery you can choose from, and pros/cons of each so you can make an informed decision
Post-surgical Side Effects (aka rehab):
Starting massage therapy as early as possible helps reduce many of the side effects quickly and with less effort. You can speed your recovery significantly, as well as stave off future complications.
Here are some ways it can help:
- Reducing and eliminating common side effects such as pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, tightness and restricted range of motion
- Helping your new expanders to sit more comfortably, so they don't feel like "raw potatoes" painfully clamped to your chest
- Softening, stretching and mobilizing stubborn scar tissue so it returns to skin tone more quickly and does not impede your movement or appearance
- Restore confidence you can move and "do life" without tearing your surgical sites
- Help your new body feel like yours, rather than having a stranger sitting in your body
- Preventing complications from arising in the first place
We always want to do everything we can to eliminate complications arising, but should they happen, next best thing is to reduce the effects and quickly and completely as possible.
Here are some ways massage therapy can help:
- Softening and mobilizing capsular contracture, so your breasts sit more symmetrically on your chest and are able to move up and down, rather than feeling completely stuck, rigid and painful
- Reduce and eliminate chording (axillary web syndrome) in underarm, arm, breast, abdomen
- Overcome "Iron Bra" and Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS) so you no longer feel like you have a metal band wrapped around your torso or are in chronic pain
- Lymphedema prevention techniques so you can reduce lymphatic congestion and fluid build-up in arms, hands, chest, neck, abdomen, legs
- Improve postural adaptations like an inwardly curved chest and hunched shoulders
- Chronic headaches from stress, nerve pain, tension and postural compensations
- Movement restrictions in arms, shoulders, neck, chest, back and trunk
Healthy Breast Massage:
- Practicing preventative care so your breast health stays in optimal condition
- Menstrual cycle discomfort can be greatly reduced by clearing sluggish circulation and reducing inflammation
- Mastitis or blocked milk ducts during the breastfeeding years