Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy

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The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage, which is an external non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs, thus restoring flow of blood, lymph, nerve, and Qi.

Based on over thirty years of training and experience in massage, naprapathy, herbology, and spiritual healing, Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed these techniques that now bear her name. This modality incorporates a holistic approach to wellness including massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing. Dr. Arvigo believes that with any natural healing technique, these areas must be simultaneously addressed to promote optimal health.  Dr. Arvigo learned these techniques from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America with whom she apprenticed for ten years. Don Elijio believed that a woman’s center is her uterus, “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she.”  Don Elijio passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. Please visit Dr. Arvigo’s website for more information and to find a practitioner in your area.  www.arvigotherapy.com

Benefits for Women

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side. When reproductive organs shift, they can restrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve communication. By gently repositioning the womb to her rightful home,  natural balance is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients restored to help tone tissue and balance hormones. This is essential for healthy menstruation, pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cesarean delivery and hysterectomy are diminished when addressed by uterine massage. In addition, many digestion challenges such as IBS, indigestion, constipation, heartburn, and even urinary and bladder problems can be helped.  By using the techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage, the upper abdomen is  given a deep, thorough massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the digestive and eliminative organs with their vital blood supply. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature.

Maya Abdominal Massage can help with:

  • Displaced or prolapsed uterus and or bladder
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful or irregular periods; painful or irregular ovulation
  • PMS symptoms, depression with menses
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding including dark or brown blood at the onset and at the end of menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids or polyps
  • Frequent urination, bladder infections, incontinence, yeast infections
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies
  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms
  • Fertility challenges
  • Enhances Pregnancy, aids in labor and delivery
  • Reconnect with your feminine spirit and core energy
  • Digestive Disorders – IBS, GERD, Crohn’s, Chronic Constipation, Indigestion, Heartburn, Gastritis
  • Low backache
  • Varicose veins of the legs and/or tired, weak or numb legs
  • Restricted breathing due to tension
  • Emotional armoring due to sexual trauma
Maya Abdominal Therapy is an amazing model of basic prenatal care! Align and massage the womb, connect with baby, prepare for labor/birth, effectively treat pregnancy heartburn, ligament pain, low back or hip discomfort, treat sacral or coccyx pain, sciatica, edema….Experience Maya Abdominal Therapy at any time throughout your pregnancy from week 14 until labor and birth.  Then, at 6-12 weeks after delivery, return for Maya Massage as postpartum care.  Also see Holistic Pelvic Care for your postpartum health and vibrancy.

What could cause a displaced uterus?

  • Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, car accidents, etc
  • Pelvic ligaments that have weakened due to overstretching during pregnancy and birth
  • High Impact exercise, running on cement surfaces, high impact aerobics, etc
  • Lifting & carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth
  • Time and gravity
  • Past surgeries
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum
  • Emotional armoring from abuse at anytime in life

What to expect in a session:

  • Comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health care needs.
  • Abdominal massage focused on aligning reproductive and abdominal organs
  • Gentle Acupuncture may be used in your session if desired, tailored to meet your individual health and wellness needs.
  • Evaluation and application of structural alignment of spine with attention to the sacrum, lumbar and thoracic spine.
  • Learn Empowering Self-Care to enhance your professional treatment session. You are instructed in performing the abdominal massage for yourself. By doing self care massage daily for 5-7  minutes, you have the ability to improve your symptoms while working with your practitioner.
  • Recommendations and education about complementary modalities including herbal remedies, castor oil packs, yoni steams (bajos), spiritual bathing, Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) for conception or birth control,  lifestyle and nutritional recommendations, and much more.
  • Reconnect with your core and creativity
  • Treat your Body-Mind-Heart-Spirit as a Whole

How quickly should I expect a change?
Depending on the severity of the issue, it may take as little as one session and as long as many months for the uterine position to be corrected and for the ligaments to gain enough strength and elasticity for it to stay in place. Typically three (3) sessions are the minimum. Women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of well being when self-care is performed regularly.

Contraindications: When Uterine Massage is not performed:

  • During active menstrual bleeding
  • Within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a C-section
  • For a woman using an IUD for birth control (digestive massage is fine)
  • If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
  • During the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Hiatal Hernia – gentle massage only