Common Questions about

Maya Abdominal Therapy

What is Maya Abdominal Therapy?

Maya Abdominal Therapy utilizes a combination of modalities that incorporates a non-invasive, external, massage technique (mayan massage), steams and soaks, and the use of tinctures and castor oil packs . The massage helps guide the internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well being. The  massage technique works by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of chi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology. Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. This massage is effective for both men and women.

How does it work for women?

This external massage focuses on  gently lifting and guiding 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 mal-positioned. If the uterus is mal-positioned, women can experience a multitude of symptoms

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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 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
  • 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 Maya Uterine Massage through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.

When is the uterine massage not performed?

  • During menstrual bleeding
  • During the first 6 weeks after a c-section
  • For a woman using an IUD for birth control
  • If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
  • Hiatal Hernia – gentle touch only

Does MAT support fertility?

    Treatments generally consist of massage, diet and lifestyle modifications and herbal therapies to enhance fertility.
Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved hemo-dynamics and 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 MAT help?

    Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Therapy 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 MAM 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 MAT 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), Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn’s Disease and more.
Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be “twisted or kinked” leading to blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. Maya Abdominal Therapy 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.

Will MAT help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?

    Scar tissue and facial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. Maya Abdominal Massage helps to break down the scar tissue and adhesion from past or present surgeries. A few sessions combined with castor oil packs, diet and self care are often used depending on the restriction for optimal success. MAM is contraindicated immediately following abdominal surgery, allow 4-6 weeks or at the consent of your physician

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

Please go to www.arvigotherapy.com for more information about this healing art.

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