It’s breast cancer awareness month, and we couldn’t be more stoked that there is a whole month dedicated to women taking the time to get back in touch with their bodies and, in particular, making sure that their melons are still as magic as ever.
We’ve teamed up with The No Bra Club this month to help you get in touch with yourself, and inform all the women out there the multiple reasons why it’s so important to really know your body.
So, your body. You’ve got one. And it’s a damn good, strong machine. The amount of stress and strain (and too many drinks) we put in to our bodies on a weekly (or daily, no judgement here) basis, it’s really a testament to how powerful we truly are that we can take it, wake up, work our damn asses off and do it all again every day. So, congrats to start with. We gotta be grateful for what we got.
Sometimes though, there’s too much stress, too many toxins, an overload of inflammation and they can lead to some not-so-sugar-and-spice nasties that can be easily overlooked. The odd little (and in some cases, really tiny) lumps in a hard to reach (or never touched) place can grow in to something we would rather not think about.
And here’s why this month is so important. It’s a reminder! That our bodies are precious. They birth new life, they sustain our own hectic lives daily, they seem to go on and on and on. We have to appreciate our little powerhouses. And part of doing that is taking the time (only 15 minutes – no excuses) to really feel ourselves. Touch is such an important element of our personal relationships, and it should be an important element of the ultimate personal relationship – with ourselves! Feel yourself, get in to the nooks and crannies, build an intimate map of your body, one that you can visit again and again – and you will know straight away when there is a lump or a bump that just shouldn’t be there. And when you get in to a habit of knowing your body, you will find that foreign entity sooner rather than later.
It’s important to get to know our whole bodies, for obvious reasons. And this month is a little nudge to our hands for our breasts (as if we needed one). Here’s how to check them out properly (taken from https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam)
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the centre, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot.
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
Don’t panic if you think you feel a lump in your breast. Most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts all the time, and most breast lumps turn out to be benign and not dangerous. There are a number of possible causes of benign breast lumps, including normal hormonal changes, or an injury. However, be sure to get it checked out with your GP if you’re unsure or worried. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
And in other news, prevention is better than a cure. Which is where Dollar Hippy Club & The No Bra Club really shine. We’re advocates for self loving, and that includes letting your melons roam free (as nature intended). There’s two schools of thought on the impact of wearing bras on your breasts, but you know that we have always been on the side of Mama Nature (we swear she knows best) – and there is still a lot of research to suggest that there is a strong connection between bra wearing and the restriction of the lymph nodes (our toxin flushers) around the breasts as a result. This restriction could lead to accumulated toxins – which can manifest in the body as cancer. Not only that, but the increase in temperature found through wearing bras (which are naturally made to hang out from the body – thus with airflow and a lower temp) can alter hormone function and raise that risk.
Free flowing draining throughout your lymphatic system in your whole body is one of the most important things we can work on for our health. And it’s stimulated by movement, and massage – we can’t recommend enough our traditional Jade Gua Sha which can be used across your body (as well as your face) for lymphatic draining, blood circulation and muscle tension. Read a little bit more about that here. Another notable form of massage is dry brushing (you know we can’t get enough of it – read why here). And if you can’t get your paws on either of those bad boys, you’ve got the perfect massage tool in your little hands already. Literally, your hands. Our fingers are some of the best instruments for invigorating our lymph nodes and encouraging toxin expulsion as a result. Not only that, but using our hands means we really get to know our bodies and have first point of contact for any niggles that aren’t meant to be there. Not to mention, the healing power of human touch and self love that using our hands really gets us back in, well, touch with.
Which brings us to why we made our Magic Melons breast oil in collaboration with The No Bra Club – to give your fingers the perfect (and most nourishing) silky slip to massage yourself with. Full of Kalahari Melon & Watermelon seed oils (fitting) as well as plant based silicon to soothe, smooth and truly strengthen your skin, from the outside in. With a gentle loving reminder that what we put on our skin goes straight in to our bodies and our bloodstream. In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are both giving away a free sample of the Magic Melons oil with every sale throughout the rest of October across The No Bra Club AND Dollar Hippy Club online stores.
Much love to you and your melons.
Love, Dollar Hippy Club & The No Bra Club xxx