The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage


Abdominal massage not something most people associate with going to get a massage. Here is one of the few modalities that address position and wellness of the pelvic and abdominal organs. The work is best known for the correction of the prolapsed, fallen, or tilted uterus and for the prevention and treatment of benign prostate enlargement in men, and for relief of many common disorders. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage TM is founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external noninvasive manipulation that releases myofascial adhesion and helps repositions internal organs that have shifted. Adhesions and mispositioning restricts the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi. Based on over thirty years of training and experience in massage, naprapathy, herbology, and spiritual healing, Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed these techniques which now bear her name. This modality incorporates a holistic approach to wellness which includes 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 wellness. 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.," He would say “If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she”. Midwives and healers of Central America agree that most female troubles are caused by the wandering womb. Don Elijio passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. Rosita also studied with Hortence Robinson, a 73 year old herbal midwife of Belize who has been delivering babies since she was 13.

How does it work for women?

This external massage gently lifts and guides the uterus into its optimal position in the lower pelvis. The uterus is held in position by over 10 ligaments. Ligaments, when stressed or strained cause the uterus to become mispositioned. If the uterus is mispositioned, women experience a multitude of ailments.

What could cause a displaced uterus?

High Impact exercise, a pounding running stride, horseback riding, etc

Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, car accidents, etc.

Pelvic ligaments that have weakened due to overstretching during pregnancy and birth

Lifting & carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth

Past surgeries

Weak pelvic floor muscles

Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum

Emotional armoring from abuse at any time in life

What are the symptoms of a displaced uterus?-

Painful or irregular periods; painful or irregular ovulation

Dark or brown blood at the onset and at the end of menstruation

Headache or migraine with period

Varicose veins of the legs and/or tired, weak or numb legs

Low backache; back pain with period

More serious imbalances including: Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids and Uterine Polyps

PMS/ depression

Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence

Recurrent vaginal infections

Chronic miscarriages

Difficulty getting pregnant/Infertility

Painful intercourse

Chronic constipation

Difficult menopause

How quickly should I expect a change?

Depending on the severity of the problem, 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. 3 sessions are usually the minimum. Women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of well-being when self-care is performed regularly.

Is uterine massage recommended for all women?

Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from uterine massage through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.

Uterine massage is not performed: 1) during menstrual bleeding; 2) within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a c-section; 3) for a woman using an IUD for birth control; 4) if cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy for this condition; 5) during the first trimester of pregnancy; or 6) hiatal hernia -gentle touch only.

How is this massage helpful for men?

The massage is done the same way for men. The prostate is a glandular organ that rests behind the bladder it has no ligaments to speak of for support. The prostate gland can become congested resulting in early stages of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), impotence (depending on the cause), decrease sperm count, etc. By applying the massage to the abdomen, it supports healthy organ function and relieves congestion.

Does uterine massage support fertility?

It has been estimated that approx 30 % of woman who have been unsuccessful in conceiving eventually conceive after a succession of MAM treatments. Treatments generally consist of massage, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal therapies to enhance fertility. Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved homeostasis to support and enhance fertility. When including the partner in the process, we find fertility is increased! After all, men need this work as much as women do.

I've had a hysterectomy -how does uterine massage help?

Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly as well. The technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of the lymph, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis. By using uterine massage techniques on a regular basis, scar tissue will be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs are benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.

How does arvigo abdominal massage help with digestion?

Many anxieties and emotions through life are stored in our body's tissues and organs.A very common place is in the organs of the digestive system. Those so called "butterflies in your stomach" can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gasto Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's and more.

Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be "twisted or kinked" leading the blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. Maya Abdominal Massage helps to break down facial adhesions, scar tissue and removes any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

What is "self-care" and why does it help?

Each client is instructed in performing the abdominal massage for themselves. By doing self-care massage daily for 2 -3 minutes of daily massage, it provides the individual with the ability to improve their symptoms while working with their practitioner.

John J Rosario a Graduate of Dovestar Institute. He has been practicing bodywork for 25 +Yrs. Massachusetts State Licensed Massage Therapist. Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Member of Maya Abdominal Massage Association (MAMA),and Biological Medicine Consultant. Massage modalities include relaxation, deep tissue, myofascial, sports, structural alignment, proper posture, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Reiki, Shaman, Tong Ren, Quantum Energy practitioner and Integrative NutritionHealth Coach trainedthrough the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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