For everyone...from newborns to seniors.
                              Karen Weston, LMT

Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy

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

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The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external noninvasive 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 the congestion and blockages and thereby preventing the restrictions to progress to chronic disease. These techniques are proven to be effective in the treatment of digestive issues, pelvic and menstrual issues, menopause, low back pain, and is beneficial in supporting all areas of reproductive health, from fertility challenges through a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery. 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 first consult your health care provider.

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

Initial Treatment

Please allow 2 - 2 1/2 Hours for your first session.

  • We will conduct a comprehensive review of your personal history, health care needs and goals based on your health intake form.
  • Abdominal massage with a focus on mid/lower back and sacrum, lower abdominal area or pelvis and the upper abdominal area.
  • Instructions on self-care massage, making sure you learn it well and have confidence to do this massage at home.
  • A handout that reviews the Self Care massage for your absolute success in your home.

Additionally, castor oil packs, pelvic steams and other products may be suggested to enhance the effect of treatment and may be indicated based on the lifestyle consult.

Follow up care. We work together to ensure your individual health care needs either through Arvigo® Therapy or referral to additional health care providers when necessary to achieve your goals.

Contraindications: This massage is not recommended under certain conditions.

During menstruation or up to 5 days before - If an IUD is present - within the first 6 weeks after a normal vaginal delivery

see more conditions and further information on the website

www.ArvigoTherapy.com

A few of the most common symptoms relieved by this treatment

Painful or irregular menses. Dark thick fluids at the beginning and end of menses.
Headaches or dizziness with menses, tired legs/sore heals, lower back ache, infertility, endometriosis, painful intercourse, ovarian cysts, digestive disorders, chronic constipation, constant bloating, gassy feeling in pelvis.

 

 

 

Castor Oil Packs

(Newly made for you using wool or cotton flannel and an 8 oz bottle of castor oil that you will take for home use - $25 will be added to your follow up session. A 75 minute or 90 minute session is suggested for the most benefit)

Castor oil increases circulation while decreasing inflammation and aids in breaking down scar tissue when used with friction therapy. If a castor oil pack is placed over the abdomen, it will help to detox the liver, intestines and uterus. It can help prevent and heal endometriosis, fibroids, polyps and cysts. The packs are great for bringing fresh new blood to the area which can help to support the elements involved in conception: ovaries, ovum, fallopian tubes, uterus, as well as the added benefit of detoxification before pregnancy. . Castor oil is absorbed easily into the body through the skin and its healing properties are delivered directly into the body tissues.

Urinary Benefits of the Arvigo® Treatment

If a women’s uterus is leaning on the bladder, she may experience urinary issues.
The Arvigo® Therapy treatments can be very helpful for symptoms of incontinence, leaking, bladder infections, and the feeling of ‘always having to go’.

"Our issues are in our tissues"

Dr. Wilhelm Reich found that in order to truly heal from emotional trauma one must have a physical release of that emotion. Arvigo®Therapy can help to release these issues so that one can heal.

Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal - Labor Support Massage – Postpartum

Massage & Healing Touch

Explore the benefits of prenatal and postpartum massage for both you and your baby.

Nurturing yourself enhances your sense of well-being and in turn nurtures your baby. An Added benefit of the health and healing touch that you receive during a massage session can help you connect with your mothering instincts, especially for first time Moms.

Soon after delivery you can feel comfortable giving that same healthy and heeling touch to your baby. Massage is safe and can be an essential part of a smooth pregnancy, labor and postpartum period.

Health Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Helps to reduce stress, alleviate physical discomforts such as leg cramps, sciatic pain, swelling in the hands and feet, pain in low back, shoulders, neck and hips. Induces relaxation causing release of endorphins which penetrate the placenta, thereby soothing your baby.

Improves much needed sleep.

Labor Support Massage

One of the goals of prenatal massage is to prepare the mother for labor and birthing her child. “To have a powerful birth experience and an easy transition into motherhood”. During the eighth or ninth month I offer a private training session to teach basic massage techniques to your partner who can then help you before… during… and after the birth. This can be beneficial to all three of you. Plan on 90 minutes for this session.

Postpartum Massage

It’s time to “mother the new mother”. If no complications have occurred, postpartum massage can begin as soon as desired after birth. This will help ease you from pregnancy into motherhood

It can help to eliminate toxins, relieve physical discomfort, help with nursing discomforts, relieve stress and even help relieve postpartum depression if this has occurred.

Massage after a Caesarian Section Birth

There is no reason why you can’t have a postpartum massage. The incision site will be avoided until the scar has healed which can be from 6-12 weeks. Most caesarian section patients have an extended stay in the hospital. This is a perfect time to have a postpartum massage. I can accommodate you in your hospital room.

Senior Massage
For the young at heart and for the elderly

The senior population continues to age and statistics say we will be living much longer than ever. The oldest of the infamous “baby boomers” are now reaching into their 70’s. While many robust seniors are active and stay fit well into their eighties, others may begin feeling the effects of aging early on. Still others may be suffering from a serious illness.

For those that want to maintain an active lifestyle which includes many sports and outdoor activities, they will find that these activities will take a greater toll on their bodies than they once did. Massage therapy can be very beneficial in relieving these newly acquired aches and pains.

Massage for the seriously ill person differs in that its purpose is to soothe and console rather than to fix and change. This kind of massage is adapted to the person’s needs and sensitivities in the moment which can vary tremendously day to day.

Some of the many benefits of Senior Massage.

  • Improves blood and lymph circulation which increases oxygen supply to the body
  • Increases range of motion for the joints.
  • Relieves pain from tight muscles
  • Reduces swelling from excess water retention.
  • Promotes easier breathing.
  • Relieves stress and anxiety.
  • Helps prevent muscle atrophy & bedsores in the inactive person.
  • Provides comfort to the “touch deprived” elderly person.

Most importantly, massage can be very empowering to seniors suggesting they take charge of their own wellness.

Karen offers a discount to seniors over 65 (see rate page) House and hospital calls can also
be accommodated. For more information - 212-388-1923 ~ westonkaren7@gmail.com

Hospice and Palliative Care Massage

Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is a basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver. The healing of touch is reciprocal”. Irene Smith

"This work is not about healing others. We can’t heal another human being. We can only heal ourselves until our presence is heeling." ~ Irene Smith

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), it is their position that massage therapy can improve the quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care.

Research has shown that massage therapy can provide comfort and relaxation, and help alleviate the following symptoms and conditions commonly associated with this population: pain, anxiety, loss of sleep, depression, mood disorders, stress, nausea, and fatigue. Both Hospice and palliative care emphasize quality of life.

Comfort is the goal not cure. These are programs that provide special care for people who are near the end of life and their families, either at home, in freestanding facilities, or within hospitals.

Massage for Women with Breast Cancer

Several studies have been done and have shown that massage seems to offer both physical and emotional benefits for women with breast cancer. One study showed that there were increased levels of a brain chemical called dopamine, which helps produce a feeling of well-being. In addition, there was an increase in protective white blood cells that help boost the immune system called natural killer cells from the first to the last day of the study.

Other potential benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients:

Decreases symptoms related to chemotherapy and radiation such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite, increases circulation, provides pain relief, decreases anxiety and depression, increases range of motion, decreases edema, encourages deeper respiration.

The following are things to keep in mind for the breast cancer patient when planning for a massage:

  • If you’ve just had breast surgery, you should lie on your back or your side for a massage until your wounds have healed.
  • If you are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, deep massage should not be used at this time.
  • If currently undergoing radiation, your massage therapist should avoid touching any sensitive skin in the treatment area.
  • If you have had lymph nodes removed, the massage therapist should only use very light touch on your affected arm and the area around the underarm.
  • If you have arm lymphedema the massage therapist should avoid the affected arm and underarm area unless she/he has been trained to treat lymphedema, called (MLD) manual lymphatic drainage.