Maya Abdominal Therapy
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which offer external non-invasive mobilisation techniques to reposition internal organs that have shifted, thereby restricting the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and “ch’ulel” (the Mayan term for energy – same as chi and prana).
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.
Dr. Arvigo learned about the Mayan approach to healing 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 centre is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she,” he would say. 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 and Rosita continued her study with Hortence Robinson, a 73-year-old herbal midwife of Belize who had been delivering babies since she was 13.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage™ address the position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs, and can be used for the treatment of prostate problems in men, and for relief of many common digestive disorders. But the techniques are perhaps best known for the treatment of many women’s health issues, and particularly by correction of a prolapsed or tilted uterus, and a resulting ease of many of the associated symptoms.
Where exactly is the uterus?
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the centre 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 foetus 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.
A tilted uterus can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections – just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. A prolapse of the uterus, the vagina or rectum can range from mild to severe displacement, and symptoms can range a slight feeling of pressure down below, to a visible protuberance between the legs. Continence of both urine and the bowels can be interfered with, as well as sexual activity.
The Maya Abdominal Therapy techniques can help to ease the organs back into the proper place, and allow homeostasis, the natural balance of the body, to be restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order.
What to expect from a treatment
In the first place you will be asked to fill out a form detailing your history of digestive and pelvic organ health. The therapist will go through all the information you have provided to ensure that your individual needs are met during the course of the treatment.
The actual treatment will consist of a selection of massage techniques to the upper and lower abdomen, the low back and sacral areas, with mobilisation of the pelvis and hips, and techniques to improve the lymphatic flow. Client’s will generally receive information and instruction on easy-to-learn massage techniques they can do for themselves to support their abdominal and pelvic health.
Are the techniques recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from the Arvigo Techniques through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.
Direct application over the uterus is not performed:
• During 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
• If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
• During the first trimester of pregnancy
Practitioners of this Maya Therapy include Physiotherapists, massage therapists, midwives and doulas. Physiotherapists who specialise in Women’s Health are particularly well placed to support the abdominal massage with assessment of the musculoskeletal system and particular attention to the pelvic floor muscles.
As with any therapy, a one-on-one consultation is very important to assess your individual needs, and give appropriate advice and exercises. Incorrectly performed pelvic floor and even Pilate’s exercises can aggravate the symptoms of prolapse.
Louise James is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Advanced Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM who has a special interest in Women’s Health and regularly runs holistic pelvic health workshops and pelvic floor exercise classes. Her next workshop is in Standon, Herts in January 2012 –
see www.holisticpelvichealth.co.uk for details.
Also see www.arvigotherapy.com for more information
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We would like to thank Louise James for her input into the article and for her boundless energy in helping women.
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