Maya Abdominal Massage

The uterus is the woman’s centre. If her uterus is not in proper position she will be physically, emotionally and spiritually out of balance

Don Elijio Panti

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage (ATMAM) are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external non invasive massage using only hands to repositions internal abdominal and pelvic organs that have shifted and as a result restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulses and energy (qi)

The technique works by relieving congestion and blockages that improve the flow of qi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems, thereby preventing the symptoms to progress to chronic disease. Organ function is improved by the release of physical and also emotional congestion from the abdomen.

The work is best known for correcting a prolapsed or tipped uterus. As with any other natural healing, Arvigo Techniques support the body’s inherent healing ability to self regulate and self-heal, referred to as homeostasis or balance.

These techniques are offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first

This being said, our practitioners report that many common health care symptoms are alleviated by these techniques. Organ functions are supported and enhanced.

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What are the causes of a displaced uterus?

  • Repeated pregnancies close together with difficult deliveries.
  • Bad professional care during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum
  • Lifting and carrying heavy burdens before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth.
  • Carrying young children on the hip for prolonged periods of time.
  • Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, a severe blow or car accidents.
  • Pelvic ligaments that have weakened due to overstretching during pregnancy and birth.
  • A career in high impact dancing, aerobics, sports or exercise
  • Running on cement surfaces.
  • Wearing high heeled shoes for long periods of time.
  • Chronic constipation
  • Aging and the pull of gravity on ligaments.
  • Past abdominal surgeries
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum
  • Emotional armoring from rape, sexual abuse, or incest at anytime in your life.

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How does this technique 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, which when stressed or strained cause the uterus to become mal-positioned. If the uterus is mal-positioned, women experience a multitude of symptoms.

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What are the symptoms of a displaced uterus?

  • Menstrual symptoms: Painful periods late, early or irregular periods; dark thick blood at the onset or end of menstruation; excessive bleeding and clots during menses, headache or migraine with menses and PMS.
  • Urinary symptoms: frequent urination, incontinence. bladder infections
  • Ovulatory symptoms: failure to ovulate, irregular ovulation, painful ovulation.
  • Circulatory symptoms: varicose veins of the legs, hemorrhoids, tired weak legs, numb legs and feet especially while standing.
  • Musculo-skeletal symptoms: sore heels when walking; low back ache.
  • Symptoms of congestion: endometriosis, uterine polyps, uterine fibroids uterine infections, vaginal yeast infections, vaginitis, painful intercourse, unresolved pelvic pain
  • Other symptoms: Difficulty getting pregnant/infertility, chronic miscarriages, difficult menopause, cancer of the cervix, uterus or colon may all be related to a displaced uterus.
  • Digestive symptoms that can be relieved by Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM) Chronic constipation, chronic indigestion or heartburn, gastritis, irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD), crohn’s disease

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 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.

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Is Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM) recommended for all women?

Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit from this uterine massage. The technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of lymphatic fluid, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis.

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Contraindications: This massage is not recommended under certain conditions.

  • During active menstruation, or up to five days before.
  • If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy with a history of miscarriage.
  • Within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery
  • Within the first 3 months after a cesarean section
  • IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) for contraception is present.
  • Active infection or cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Hiatal Hernia – gentle touch only
  • Immediately after abdominal surgery

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What to expect on your first visit.

  • You may download a consultation form to fill out and return. The first session will last approximately 2 hours.
  • Comprehensive review of your personal history & health care needs.
  • The massage will address three primary areas of concern: lower back and sacrum (which improves the flow of fluids and nerve impulses to the abdomen); the lower abdominal area or pelvis; and the solar plexus, an area just below the apex of the ribcage.
  • The sessions will also include Swedish Massage, deep tissue and/or craniosacral therapy according to your needs.
  • Instruction in Self Care techniques. This is a self-empowering massage performed daily by you in less than ten minutes. These self-care techniques bring healing as well as self-awareness to your healing process.
  • Consultation focused on lifestyle and dietary changes that may enhance the effect of treatment
  • Follow-up care: Depending on your individual goals and the results of treatments, you can expect to need from 2 to 4 treatments or more. The first follow-up treatment will be scheduled for 75 minutes.

More information about the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage can be found at

Link to Maya Massage Client Intake Form

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