For centuries, the Maya of Central America have treated reproductive and digestive ailments with a combination of abdominal massage, realignment techniques, herbal preparations and prayer.
“The uterus is a woman’s centre, and if it is out of balance, she will be physically, emotionally and spiritually out of balance” Don Elijio Panti, traditional Mayan Healer.
I was intrigued by these techniques that I personally benefited from, so I traveled to the United States, Belize and Mexico to learn the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™. I am now one of a few Naturopathic Doctors certified in Arvigo Therapy™ in Canada.
These traditional techniques help re-align digestive and reproductive organs that may have shifted from their optimal position. Organs that have shifted from their optimal position can restrict the flow of blood, lymph, and chi, and impinge on nerves, possibly contributing to many of our female concerns and digestive complaints. As with other natural healing therapies, the Arvigo Techniques™ can help the body to restore its natural balance. I find it to be very complimentary to my Naturopathic approach to digestive, menstrual and bladder issues.
How is the massage done?
The technique is an external massage to the abdomen and low back. You are fully clothed during the treatment, so it best to wear loose comfortable clothing on massage days. This therapy helps relax the muscles, release fascial (connective tissue) restrictions, align the pelvis and hips, improve circulation, and help the release of emotional tension that may be held in these areas. People often tell me they feel like they got a full body massage, even though the work is done in the abdominal and low back areas. This is likely due to the improvement in circulation as well as the deep level of relaxation that can be achieved from the treatment.