Founded on the ancient Mayan technique from central America, this deeply nurturing abdominal massage is an external, non invasive form of bodywork that helps to improve the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi to the pelvic organs.
The work is best known for providing fertility support and improving pre-conception health and for helping to relieve many common digestive disorders. In my practice I have witnessed the work help reconnect women with their womb centre, rediscovering a sense of wholeness and safety within the body and reigniting passion and creativity.
What to expect during a session:
• Comprehensive review of your past and present healthcare needs focusing on reproductive and digestive health
• Upper and lower abdominal massage to help improve circulation to abdominal organs
• Massage to back, sacrum and hips to further stimulate circulation to the organs of the abdomen
• Evaluation of body posture
• Instruction in Self Care massage which is done at home and helps to enhance your professional session
• Recommendations of complementary modalities to support your health and wellness that may include:
The wearing of a faja – a traditional lower abdomen supportive wrap, bajos – a traditional herbal pelvic steam bath of the Maya, the application of castor oil packs and lifestyle education. reatment on long after you have left your appointment.
Benefits for Women
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.
A uterus in any of these positions is often referred to as being " tilted or prolapsed" and can result in many symptoms. Women are often told, "you have a tilted uterus, there is nothing that can be done, or it's normal don't worry about it ". Depending on the symptoms a woman experiences, treatment options may include the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery.
Yet women have a laundry list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques. When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy reproductive functioning, such as painless menstruation, healthy pregnancy, effective labour and birth.
Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and caesarean delivery, are diminished when addressed by uterine massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can be helped.
Benefits for Men
Men benefit greatly from these technqiues as well. By ensuring a full blood supply to the prostate, the abdominal massage helps to prevent swelling and inflammation. Men report that they can feel a distinct difference in blood flow after a treatment. Not only does the massage relieve prostate swelling, but it may help alleviate varicose veins, premature ejaculation, some impotency problems and the need to urinate frequently.
Digestive and Emotional Benefits for All
Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from the application of these techniques. Many of our common disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn are treated with antacids, muscle relaxants, and a variety of other medications.
These treatments address symptoms, not the causes.
By using the Arvigo Techniques, the upper abdomen is given a deep, thorough massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the digestive and eliminative organs with their vital blood supply. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature.