Why Bra’s Are Bad For You

Why bras are bad for youToday I am talking breasts! More specifically, why bra’s are bad for you

Prevalent on Twitter feeds today are tweets urging women to ditch their bras for #NoBraDay and looking at www.mirror.co.uk the newspaper asks whether this is really for a good cause or is it a hoax.

No Bra Day is meant to raise awareness of breast cancer awareness, or at least that is what we are told by Twitter. However, it appears to be more of a reason for pictures of bra-less women to appear on Twitter feed. It is unclear what the actual goal is by going without ones bra as there is nothing to mention how to raise funds or even how to examine your breasts. Excuse me for remaining sceptical.

Hold A Coke With Your Boobs Challenge

In June there was a hoax called #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge which duped women into posting pictures of themselves online. That didn’t raise any money for cancer research either I guess.

What has this to do with anything? Well, the subject of bras and breasts caught my attention for another reason.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

A large percentage of women at some time in their life find their breasts feel lumpy, and may find cysts. These can occur when a duct becomes blocked and fills with fluid. The area around the blocked duct forms scar tissue and results in the lumpy, granular feeling. This is known by several names such as fibrocystic breast condition, fibrocystic breast disease, and benign breast disease.

An easy solution that works for many women is simply – remove the bra. Wear less restrictive under-clothing. This can dramatically reduce the discomfort. To find out more click here.

Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

Bras can cause breast cancer!? You’re joking, right? Wrong…. There was a study of over 4000 women which found that women who do not wear bras have a reduced risk of breast cancer.  Read ‘Dressed To Kill: The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras’ Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. They found amongst many other fascinating facts that:

  • 75% of women who sleep in their bras develop breast cancer. I am amazed that women actually sleep in their bras?
  • 1 in 7 women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours a day developed breast cancer
  • 1 in 168 who did not wear a bra developed breast cancer
  • Within one month of ditching their bra, women with cysts, breast pain, or tenderness found their symptoms disappeared.

A 1991 article in the European Journal of Cancer found that “Premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users” check the link here:

We are sold the theory that breasts need to be supported, one reason being to help reduce backpain. In fact a French research project found that breasts gained no benefit from their weight being supported in a bra, and that there is evidence that NOT wearing a bra can help ease back pain.

Ditch the Wire

Okay, so perhaps going bra-less is a step too far for some, but there are some things we can do today:

  • Choose bras which are not underwired.
  • Remove the wires from your bras – no need to discard perfectly good underwear so long as it isn’t too restrictive.
  • Wear bras made of soft material and looser fitting. Tight bras impede lymph flow.
  • Go bra-less when you are at home, wear a comfy cami instead.
  • Don’t wear a bra to bed.

More reading on the subject:

http://fearlessparent.org/catch-good-ditch-bra/ a super blog called Ladies, Ditch the Bra for your Health by Louise Kuo Habakus and her follow up http://fearlessparent.org/ladies-ditch-bra-vol-2-fred-hutch-study-rebuttal/ is also well worth a read.

In the meantime, if you would like a consultation and a holistic full body MOT Bowen Therapy treatment, book an appointment with Choosewellbeing here.





Bowen Technique and Arthritis

Bowen Technique and ArthritisTomorrow, 12th October, is World Arthritis Day. This day was first observed 19 years ago by Arthritis Rheumatism Internation and it is now held worldwide with the aim to get awareness of this condition known about.  It is important that sufferers and carers know where to find help.

To find out what is happening and find out more information visit the World Arthritis Day website.   There is a knowledgebase of helpful details.

Arthritis can be so painful and debilitating as anyone who suffers will tell you.  Mostly you think of it as something that starts as you get older, but it can start at any age.  GP’s spend a lot of their time seeing patients with arthritic pain and are often prescribed with anti inflammatory drugs.

Bowen therapy has been found to help with the symptoms of arthritis and offers a more holistic approach.  Bowen can also help with low mood, and this can be something that goes hand in hand with arthritis.  It is such a gentle approach, and relaxes the whole body.  When we have pain in one area of our body, we tend to over-compensate by using other parts of our body, for instance if we are suffering from pain in our left knee, we will tend to favour our right side to try to relieve the pain.  In doing so we then cause an un-natural stress in our bodies, which then causes issues in other areas.

The way Bowen can help is by relaxing the fascia and thus relieving tension in the surrounding tissues allowing the body to return to a balanced state.  Bowen is a tool to help manage the pain of arthritis along with a good diet, gentle exercise, and treatment from your GP.

Because the Bowen moves are gentle and effective it is very suitable for people of all ages. No forceful manipulation is carried out.  If people are unable to lay on the therapy couch, treatments can be done sitting, and can be carried out through light clothing.

Generally after a Bowen treatment clients tell me that their whole body feels much looser, and that they feel extremely relaxed.  It is not unusual for people to even fall asleep during a treatment.

Bowen treats the whole body, so we are not treating the arthritis, but we are treating you, and you may well be surprised by the benefits that you feel from this amazing therapy.

Give Bowen a try, book an appointment today and find out how every body is better with Bowen.  Clinics in Daventry, Milton Keynes and Northampton.





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Bowen Therapy in Daventry

Bowen Therapy in daventryChoosewellbeing has just started at a super venue in Daventry, Northamptonshire, where we will be offering Bowen Therapy as well as Aromatherapy Massage and Reiki.  This completes the trio of clinics and we are very pleased to be able to offer these fantastic therapies in Daventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes.

The Daventry clinic is held at Indulgence Skin and Beauty Clinic based within Daventry Leisure Centre in a superb and relaxing venue with free parking just outside the door.

Indulgence Beauty, Daventry, is owned by Tracy Shepherd-Regan and she offers a range of beauty and non-surgical treatments.

Bowen Technique is an amazing therapy and I am so pleased to be able to offer this in Daventry at an affordable cost which enables you to focus on your wellbeing.  We all live stressful and busy lives and sometimes we just have no time to look after ourselves.  We often sit for many hours at desks or driving from A to B which is no good for our posture and our bodies suffer causing aches, pains and inbalances.

Bowen Therapy can help you rebalance your body and many people have found it helps them recover not only from musculoskeletal problems, but also from stress and tension.  Don’t take my word for it, read the many testimonials on the ECBS (European College of Bowen Studies Ltd) website.

If Bowen Technique is new to you, it is a remedial therapy which can be carried out through light clothing. Normally you would be laying on a therapy couch, but for people who find it hard to lay down the technique can be done sitting or even standing.  It is quite a gentle, holistic therapy and has a really good record of success.

The best way to get to understand it is to give it a try.  Appointments available now.  Please check out my website for details of how to book.

I look forward to seeing you soon.