Most women may find lying on their chest quite uncomfortable. With a breast recess massage table, this is no longer an issue. This advanced feature does not only benefit clients, but the massage therapist as well. Therapists are now able to get in deeper without applying as much pressure as if their client was on a regular massage table. This is because when clients lay on this table, it makes an opening in the upper back, allowing the muscles to shorten. Therapists are now able to access deeper layers without applying as much pressure and can conserve energy for more clients.
Increase client comfort:
The Breast Recesses (BRs) were developed as part of our prenatal table because pregnant clients’ breast tissue is very sensitive. We discovered it wasn’t just expectant moms who needed accommodation, but that most every female client will appreciate compression-free positioning. In addition to the relief for the breast tissue, BRs reduce the lordotic curve in the lumbar spine, thereby relieving pressure on the low back.
Facilitate the relaxation response:
When therapists are working the muscles of the upper back (with client in a prone position), breast tissue is compressed. This often leads to “guarding” or “holding” on the part of the client. Healing is facilitated when the client can “let go” and move from the sympathetic state to the parasympathetic, engaging the “relaxation response.”
Shorten musculature for deeper access:
When lying in the prone position on a flat table, clients’ breasts and pecs elevate the torso, the shoulders rotate anteriorally and the scapulae move laterally. This causes the rhomboid and trapezius muscles to be pulled more taut. In contrast, the BRs allow clients to “sink” into the table, inviting the shoulders to come back and the muscles of the upper back to shorten. These shortened muscles are more pliable and deeper layers are more accessible.