by: Jess Noble, AOBTA, Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapist 

It is my privilege to introduce you to the ancient practice of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT), passed down by generations of Mayan shamans. It is possible that many of you may have never heard of it! As a bodyworker at Fertile Ground, it is one of the modalities I specialize in. This past fall at the RESOLVE conference, I even had the incredible opportunity to give a presentation of Maya Abdominal Therapy. I’m excited to share the benefits of this bodywork, why it is so important and how it can support your body and your fertility.

The Wandering Uterus

Did you know your uterus has a tendency to wander? It’s true! However, before you start Googling “Uterus On Tour,” check this out; the uterus and the ovaries are held in place in the pelvis by multiple ligaments connecting to the hips and sacrum. It is fairly commonplace for the uterus to become displaced by mild physical trauma such as impact from falling, running on concrete, or even emotional distress. While it is important for the uterus to have the ability for growth and movement, there is an ideal position for her to be at her happiest and healthiest. That’s where Maya Abdominal Therapy comes in. It is an external noninvasive bodywork technique that helps to re-position and improve blood, Qi, and lymph flow to the reproductive organs and digestive system.

Supporting Fertility

Constriction of the ligaments and arteries supporting the reproductive organs can limit the flow of blood that is vital for nourishing the eggs and endometrial tissue. When we massage the abdomen, we stimulate blood flow within the pelvic bowl and reduce inflammation. This results in arteries and ligaments becoming healthier and stronger which allows the uterus to improve position.  It also ensures that the endometrium is fully nourished and creates the optimal environment for a healthy egg to be ripened, ovulated, transitioned, and implanted.

What Else Does It Do?

While Maya Abdominal Therapy is so helpful for improving reproductive health, you will also see how it benefits digestive health, relieves tension and scar tissue in the abdomen, and promotes the free flow of blood, Qi, and lymph in the belly. And if that isn’t enough to blow your mind, here are a few other issues that can be improved with abdominal massage as well:

*Painful and/or irregular menses *Headache/migraine with menses *PMS *Blood clots/ heavy bleeding *Chronic miscarriage *Cervical insuffiency *Painful ovulation *Failure to ovulate *PCOS *Incontinence *Bladder infections *Low back pain *Endometriosis *Endometritis *Uterine polyps and fibroids *Yeast infections *Vaginitis *Painful intercourse *Pelvic pain *Constipation *Diarrhea *Difficult menopause *IBS *Diverticulitis *Flatulence *Indigestion *Improvement of sperm and prostate health

What Is A Session Like?

Wondering what you can expect? Much like acupuncture, your first visit will include a thorough discussion about your unique fertility journey and general health history in a safe, judgment-free environment. The massage will start with the low back, hips, and sacrum to make sure they are in the best position to support the reproductive organs. Then we focus on the abdomen from the pelvic bone up to the ribs and anywhere else you may be experiencing pain or tension. Your part in all of this? Resting and relaxing! At times, a session may include essential oils, cupping, castor oil packs, or moxibustion. You may even be taught some self care massage to perform at home on your own.

I hope this has helped you grow in understanding The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. If you are interested in scheduling or have any questions, we would love to talk with you! Or if a friend comes to mind who could benefit from this type of bodywork, please spread the word. I would love to see more women experience the benefits of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Do yourself (and your lovely uterus) a serious favor and check it out!

by: Jess Noble, AOBTA, Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapist 

1 Comment

  1. Nikki Wells on March 8, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    If I were living in Minneapolis, I’d come in for a session. I’ve received Chi Nei Tsang, but always wanted to try MAT. Nice article!

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