~Maya Abdominal Therapy: The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™, (ATMAT) for the reproductive and digestive systems is an external, non-invasive, massage that repositions and decongests the abdominal organs to improve the positive flow of blood, lymph, oxygen, nerve and chi. The work is most well known for addressing female reproductive issues by addressing malposition of the uterus. But, the techniques are also very successful for men in addressing prostate health.
Abdominal massage for the reproductive and digestive system is a therapeutic treatment that has been known and practiced by healers for thousands of years throughout Latin America and many parts of Asia, but discarded by modern medicine in this century. The Arvigo Techniques represent an unbroken chain of knowledge handed down from generation to generation of midwives, healers and shamans. Following the current model of holistic healing, the Arvigo teachings follow the truth that the body has an inherent ability to be self- regulating, self- healing and self- regenerating.
The symptoms and imbalances below can be greatly alleviated through these techniques. I have personally seen improvement in my client’s lives and the lives of those my fellow Maya Abdominal Practitioners support.
- Digestive issues
- Reproductive/ Fertility Challenges
- Chronic low back, pelvic and hip pain and/or tightness,
- Emotional trauma
- Abdominal surgery (adhesions, scar tissue, inflammation)
- Uterine fibroids, polyps, endometriosis
- Irregular and painful menses (Dysmenorrhea)
- Absent menses (Amenorrhea)
- IVF/IUI preparation
- Organ prolapse, malpositioned uterus
- Trauma support (emotional and physical)
- Maintain positive flow of vital fluids (blood, lymph, oxygen and chi)
- Establish the “love through touch” connection in utero
- Ease Digestive distress
- Maintain proper uterine position, setting the stage for easy delivery
- Ease discomfort from stretching and straining ligaments
- Reduce chances of varicose veins
- Re establish integrity of the pelvic bowl (ligament strength, organ prolapse, pelvic pain, incontinence)
- Nourish a new connection with the beauty of your post baby belly
- Maintain balanced hormonal transition
- Reduce possible scar tissue build up and adhesions post c-section
- Ease digestive distress
- Learn simple belly massage for you and baby! (great for colic)
- Incomplete urination, urge to urinate frequently and painful urination
- Immobile sperm
- Impotence (ED)
What happens in a session? It depends on your individual needs. Abdominal massage and supportive therapeutic bodywork techniques of the entire body, will address structure and function for optimal healing. The first session includes learning self- care massage which is reviewed each session. Guided breath work, imagery and energy release may be incorporated to address emotional congestion. There is a strong spiritual/emotional component to this work and techniques are used to help promote release and a deep sense of safety.
Are there any side effects? Most clients experience embodiment, relaxation, opening and healing after one session. But, there can often be side effects due to the body going into a physical and emotional “detox” reaction- or healing crisis. Some clients experience nausea or soreness. Menses may become heavier or change for a few cycles. Urine may become strong and dark. You may have vivid dreams and intense emotions. We discuss all of this in the sessions. All of these reaction are normal, will pass and are considered a very good sign that a shift is taking place. Just observe and let your body do what it is designed to- heal.
Does abdominal massage hurt? The abdomen is sensitive and vulnerable which is why this work is so powerful. When there are muscular contractions of the organs, adhesions, scar tissue and emotional tension there can be some discomfort as the nervous system begins to unwind and adapt to the positive effects of the massage. Sessions only go as deep as the client’s body will allow. With time the belly will soften and open. The majority of clients report immediate feelings of connection and calmness after one session.
How many sessions do I need? True healing takes team work. The severity of your symptoms, how you incorporate self care and make necessary lifestyle changes will determine how quickly you transform. Typically we (my amazing ATMAT colleagues worldwide) see changes in 4 sessions and suggest that as a minimum.
Is it safe during pregnancy? YES! I love guiding expecting mamas through their journey into motherhood. Many clients work with me from week 1 and we simply incorporate “warm hands” on the belly with gentle relaxing massage throughout the body. Some clients prefer to wait until the 2nd trimester when they are feeling a bit more rooted with baby. I am here to answer all questions and work with your doctors, midwives and doulas.
What are the contraindications? I do not work during your menses (leave the girl alone). I do not work with the presence of ANY infection or fever in the body. No active hernias please. Presence of an IUD (however upper abdominal/digestive care can be done). Cancer. You must wait at least 6 weeks post abdominal surgery unless you have a doctor’s script for specific work.
No Uterus? This is always a fascinating topic to discuss with women. I call it “phantom Uterus”. I have seen enough women post hysterectomy to know that even though the Uterus is gone her presence and energy still remain and long for attention. Also, the probability of abdominal organ prolapse into the vacant space is likely and the sessions help lift, tone and remove congestion. I find this to be the same for post menopausal women. Even though the reproductive function has withered the presence and creative center has not.