Breast + Yoni Care

 

 

The yoni

·      What:

o   Vulva

o   Vagina

o   Bladder + urethra + kidneys

o   Cervix

o   Uterus / womb

·      Problems that can arise here:

o   Std’s + sti’s

o   Yeast infections

o   Uti’s + kidney infections

o   HPV

o   Incontinence

o   Pain during intercourse

o   Menstrual irregularities

o   Menstrual pain

o   PMS

             

The breasts

·      What

o   Breasts

o   Nipple

o   Areola

·      Problems that can arise here:

o   Breast lumps

o   Breast cancer

o   Body image issues

 

Self care as preventative care

Y O N I  C A R E

 

p r e v e n t i n g  std's + sti's

This one is simple but can be hard to follow. Honor your body and womb by using protection with new partners. Exercise the courage in asking questions. “do you have any sexually transmitted diseases or infections?” “when was your last STD screening?” “do you have unprotected sex?” Speak up even if your voice shakes.

These are all hard questions to ask, but they are a part of what makes us ready to have sex. These conversations can sometimes even delineate who we decide to have sex with. Notice how your partner responds to the discussion. Notice how their response makes you feel. Safe? Unsafe? Ultimately, if we can’t talk about sex we shouldn’t be having it.

Aside from using protection aim to get tested every so often in relation to your current relationship to sex. If you are in a monogamous relationship, get tested every 6-12 months. If you are in non-monogamous relationships, get tested every 3 months.

Carry protection with you at all times. Find a brand you like and be consistent.

Using protection and having these conversations are a part of us exercising healthy boundaries, both physically and energetically. This is also how we practice speaking up and using our voice.

 

u t i ' s  +  k i d n e y  i n f e c t i o n s

Women are more at risk for developing infections of the urinary system (kidney’s, bladder, urinary tract) simply due to our anatomy. Because of this it is important that we practice regular self-care to this part of our body. By being diligent in preventing infections of the lower urinary tract (our urethra) we can successfully prevent infections from ascending to upper urinary tract infections (bladder and kidneys).

w i s e  p r a c t i c e

wipe front to back

cranberry / d-mannose supplement

pee after sex

drink lots of fluids

 

y e a s t  i n f e c t i o n s

Avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics if possible

Nurturing a healthy + diverse flora

Avoiding chemicals + douching

Dietary considerations

 

B R E A S T  C A R E

 

b r e a s t  m a s s a g e

Breast massage is a lovely way to reconnect to this innately feminine part of your body. This practice will rekindle a sense of unconditional love for your body and breasts, serving as a reminder that your breasts are your own and for your own pleasure.

Culturally we have disowned this part of our body. We have learned that our breasts are for the pleasure of a man and not our own. This couldn’t be more un-true. Our breasts are made for our pleasure and are essential to the healthy growth, development, and attachment of our children (if you choose / can have children and breastfeed).

We have been given one standard of beauty for this innately diverse part of a women’s body. Breasts, areola, and nipples come in al different shapes, sizes, and colors and they are all beautiful. Breast massage is a great way to reclaim your breasts as your own and to see them as innately beautiful and unique. This practice serves as a reminder that our breasts are source of nourishment and pleasure. As a place of innate goodness and beauty.

Breast massage will also make you more physically aware of your breasts. How they change in response to your monthly cycle and how they respond to your weight. Knowing your breasts with this level of intimacy is empowering and exciting.

By engaging in regular breast massage, we are promoting blood flow to this part of our body as well as assisting in the flow of lymphatic fluid to help remove toxins from the area. In this way, breast massage is a vital part of our breast health. Through massage we keep this area free of toxic buildup and promote the flow of revitalizing blood to the area. Through this we lower our risk of breast cancer and can also catch lumps early.

t h e  p r a c t i c e . . .

      Find a comfortable place to sit or kneel ideally in a warm environment. Completely undress the top part of your body, getting any hair, jewelry, or clothing out of the way. Pick out your oil. I typically use shea butter, coconut oil, or handmade herbal oil. I would highly caution against using any lotions or products that have large amounts of toxic chemicals in them. The simpler the better.

Ultimately, let your body and intuition guide this practice. Tune into what your body is asking of you at this time. Move slowly and tune into your breath. Send loving energy to your breasts and imagine them sending back to you what you’re your giving them right now. Let them nourish you as you nourish them.

When doing the massage you’ll want to include your armpits and entire breast. Start by focusing on one breast at a time and eventually see how it feels to squeeze and massage both breasts at the same time. Rub in circular motions. Play with your nipples if you feel like it.

Nurture and stay with the sensations that arise. Grief, pleasure, turn-on, and joy are all possibilities you may feel. Touch yourself. Cry. Grieve. Laugh. Smile. Be with your body and ride these waves of experience.

s p r i n g + s u m m e r

Do this outdoors in the sun if possible. Sit on your porch or in your backyard. Or go to a private area in nature where you know you wont be disturbed.

Use lighter oils in the warmer seasons such as coconut oil or almond oil.

a u t u m n + w i n t e r

Create a warm environment in your bathroom, bedroom, or living room with a space heater nearby. Sit on or with a heating pad to add extra warmth.

Wear warm socks on your feet.

Use more warming oils such as Shea butter or sesame oil.

 

g o i n g  b r a l e s s

 

s t r e n t h e n i n g  y o u r  s h o u l d e r  g i r d l e