What Are The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?
The Arvigo® or Maya massage is relaxing and nurturing. The massage brings the body into homeostasis by improving the flow of the circulatory system, lymphatic system, nervous system, and energy or chi to the digestive and reproductive organs. By relieving congestion in the digestive and pelvic organs, the body can heal itself.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT®) are founded on ancient Maya healing traditions. Dr. Rosita Arvigo further developed these techniques into a cohesive program with other holistic therapies to support optimal wellness. In the Maya tradition, these techniques would have been taught to women and men by the elders, midwives, or shaman and passed down to each generation. Dr. Arvigo learned the Maya massage from Don Elijio Panti, the renowned shaman of Belize. Through his mentorship, Dr. Arvigo learned about the Maya healing traditions including the massage and Maya herbal medicine. Don Elijio believed that the uterus was very important for the optimal health of women. He believed the uterus is a woman’s center and if the uterus is out of balance, she will be out of balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Dr. Arvigo apprenticed with him for 10 years until he passed away in 1996 at the age of 103.
ATMAT® includes the Maya massage, vaginal steams, fajas, self care and Maya herbal formulas. The external and non-invasive massage is applied with gentle strokes on the upper and lower abdomen to relieve congestion and improve the position of the reproductive and digestive organs. It also includes massage techniques on the back and sacrum to relieve tension, soften ligaments, break down scar tissue, and improve the flow of nerves to the digestive and reproductive organs.
The Maya massage is relaxing, nurturing and brings the body into homeostasis by improving the flow of the circulatory system, lymphatic system, nervous system, and energy or chi to the digestive and reproductive organs. By relieving congestion in the digestive and pelvic organs, the body can heal itself.
Vaginal steam is a traditional Maya pelvic steam therapy known as bajos. The steam from cleansing and aromatic herbs warm and soften the pelvic area while nourishing internal membranes. The steam provides a uterine lavage to support female reproductive health.
A faja is a cloth wrap worn around the lower abdomen for support. The faja provides support for the uterus and may be used during the following activities: lifting children or heavy items, standing for long periods; or for a feeling of heaviness before menses or as a support during pregnancy.
Self Care is typically taught during the first ATMAT® session. Self care is exactly what it sounds like, taking care of yourself by applying the abdominal massage techniques on yourself. Doing self care daily enhances the benefits of the in office treatments.
The Maya herbal formulas were formulated by Dr. Rosita Arvigo to address various female, male, and digestive concerns.
The work on the upper abdomen improves digestive function and detoxification by improving circulation to the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and the intestines. This may alleviate symptoms of heartburn or GERD, gastritis, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis or Crohn’s disease. The upper abdomen massage may also reduce scar tissue and adhesions due to disease, trauma, or surgery.
The work on the lower abdomen or pelvic area is beneficial for both women and men. For women’s health it may help with:
For men’s health it may help with:
Early stages of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy)
How Does ATMAT® Enhance Fertility?
The optimal position of the uterus in the pelvic cavity is slightly above the bladder and in front of the colon and should be able to move freely to accommodate a full bladder or colon. The uterus is held in place by 14 ligaments, pelvic muscles and the vaginal wall. The uterus may fall out of this optimal position if the ligaments or muscles loosen or tighten or due to scar tissue, post abdominal surgery, chronic bearing down, or extreme exercise like running for long distances. With these changes, the uterus may slip backwards, forwards, downward, or to the left or right. In these positions, the flow of blood, nerves, lymph, and chi to the uterus may be compromised and impact the function of the uterus and ovaries as well as other pelvic organs.
Poor circulation to the uterus and ovaries may be a factor for women who have difficulty conceiving. The massage on the lower abdomen softens and diminishes scar tissue and adhesions, improves ligament and muscle tone, and returns the uterus to the optimal position. The massage also improves the circulation of blood, lymph, nerve, and chi to relieve stagnation, clear toxins, bring nutrients and oxygen, and improve the function of the pelvic organs. This may improve the health of the uterine lining, egg quality, fertile mucus, and fertility. For men, the massage also improves the circulation to the pelvic area and may improve sperm production and quality.