What are The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are a non-invasive, external, massage technique. When applied, they guide internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well being. The techniques work 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. This results in improved organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. These techniques are effective for both men and women.
Are the techniques recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from the Arvigo® Techniques through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.
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 wellbeing when self-care is performed regularly.
How do the techniques 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. Ligaments, when stressed or strained cause the uterus to become mal-positioned. If the uterus is mal-positioned, women experience a multitude of symptoms.
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
Weak pelvic floor muscles
Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum
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
Low backache; back pain with period
More serious imbalances including: Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids and Uterine Polyps
Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence
Recurrent vaginal infections
Difficulty getting pregnant/Infertility
Direct application over the uterus is not performed:
During menstrual bleeding
For a woman using an IUD for birth control
If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
During the first trimester of pregnancy
How do the techniques support Fertility?
Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved hemodynamics and homeostasis to support and enhance fertility.
I've had a Hysterectomy - how do the techniques help?
Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from these technqiues as it improves circulation in and around the area of the scar. When circulation is improved, 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 do the techniques help with Cesarian sections?
Although many cesarean births are necessary, Arvigo® practitioners use this simple, safe, easy to learn technique to help prevent unnecessary cesarean births. By strengthening and toning the uterus, ligaments, and other pelvic organs, the therapy helps to place and maintain the uterus in its optimal position for giving birth.
The well-being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labor and delivery. Midwife practitioners often apply these techniques during labor and delivery and report a decrease in laboring and easy delivery for mom and baby.
For women who have had a C-section, this technique is beneficial for breaking up scar tissue in the same way it works for women who have had hysterectomies.
How do the techniques support 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 and more.
Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be "twisted or kinked" leading the blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that malposition organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. These techniques slowly improve fascia adhesions, scar tissue and remove 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 the techniques help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?
Scar tissue and facial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. By improving circulation, ATMAT can help break down this tissue to restore normal function. A few sessions combined with castor oil packs, diet, and self care are often used. It is generally advised to wait until three months after your surgery to apply these techniques. A few surgeries may require a longer rest period before treatment can be initiated. It is always advised to consult your health care provider.
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.
Over the years, practitioners report that their clients obtain relief from their symptoms quicker when they perfom daily self care techniques and make the necessary life style changes than clients who do not.
Where does Arvigo® Therapy come from?
The Arvigo® techniques were developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, N.D. based on her apprenticeship with the Maya healer Don Elijio Panti and her own education, training, and research as a naprapathic physician. Rosita's lifework, The Arvigo Techniques Of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, help to restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy. Today the Arvigo® techniques are employed by Arvigo® Practitioners across the globe bringing the benefits of natural healing to their clients.