I am passionate about healing the deep chasms in our society around fertility. I fully believe that if we, as women, can return to tuning into our wombs and our bodies as our first guide and voice, we will make profound and transformational decisions that can heal the collective pains we are experiencing at this time- passed down to us from generations and stories before.
As a Shamanic Practitioner specializing in holistic women’s health I have witnessed hundreds of pathologies and wounds related to the womb and fertility. The womb extends from your body into the psyche and energetic container of your life. I never look at one piece nor have I seen any incident and disease in the body as isolated.
This is a deep journey that you embodied yourself as a woman at this rich time in history for. Therefore, you have the strength and medicine to enter this journey…
You cannot heal your body, follow your heart and sing your soul if you are disconnected from your womb. No matter which phase you are in life, your womb is the compass that will guide you back home to yourself and a life of fertility.
As women we hold the stories, dreams and mysteries of life in our womb space.
The womb herself is an archetype and if she feels lost to you- or has been physically lost from within you- she is always waiting to be embodied to ally you in a more potent and fertile life of self-honor and deep inherited wisdom.
To embody your womb space, you must get to know her, hear her and help her heal. This is not a path that you can walk alone but only you can enter…
Womb Speak Sessions are a blend of Shamanic Healing, Maya Abdominal Massage and Embodiment Breath Work-
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~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 and fertility issues by addressing malposition of the uterus. 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 witnessed profound healing in my life and the live’s of my clients and their families. Healing extends beyond just us…
- 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)
Men (Currently only working with female systems).
- 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/womb massage and supportive healing 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 and shamanic healing will be incorporated as I am called to address emotional patterns and traumas. Prayer and intention sets a safe and sacred container for your healing.
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.