We present a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) study of local hemodynamics in the breast and the brain (prefrontal cortex) of healthy volunteers in a protocol involving periodic perturbations to the systemic arterial blood pressure. These periodic perturbations were achieved by cyclic inflation (to a pressure of 200 mmHg) and deflation (at frequencies of 0.046, 0.056, 0.063, 0.071, and 0.083 Hz) of two pneumatic cuffs wrapped around the subject’s thighs. As a result of these systemic perturbations, the concentrations of deoxy- and oxyhemoglobin in tissue (D and O, respectively) oscillate at the set frequency. We found that the oscillations of D and O in breast tissue are in-phase at all frequencies considered, a result that we attribute to dominant contributions from blood volume oscillations. In contrast, D and O oscillations in brain tissue feature a frequency-dependent phase difference, which we attribute to significant contributions from cerebral blood flow oscillations. Frequency-resolved measurements of D and O oscillations are exploited by the technique of coherent hemodynamics spectroscopy for the assessment of cerebrovascular parameters and cerebral autoregulation. We show the relevant physiological information content of NIRS measurements of oscillatory hemodynamics, which have qualitatively distinct features in the healthy breast and healthy brain.