Abdominal Massage for Digestive and Reproductive Health

bellyWhat can Abdominal Massage
Do for You?

Have you heard of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®? This powerful modality is based on an ancient Maya practice of abdominal massage. It is performed externally over the upper and lower abdomen, sacrum, and hips, using a combination of gentle massage strokes, stretches, and structural corrections. The Arvigo Techniques® gently stimulate the abdominal and pelvic organs and encourages them to return to their optimal positions, allowing for improved functioning of the digestive and reproductive systems. The technique relieves congestion in these areas by improving the circulation of blood and lymph and it also supports normal nerve functioning.

I am excited to announce that I am now practicing The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) at Hillsboro Naturopathic Clinic. There are numerous benefits of ATMAT for both men and women of all ages.

Benefits for Women

Normally the uterus is positioned in the center of the pelvis, leaning just over the bladder. It is held in this position by many muscles and ligaments. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus during pregnancy. In some cases, the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.

When organs shift they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. A uterus that is not in the optimal position may also press on the bladder or rectum and cause urinary symptoms or constipation. Shifting the uterus back into an optimal location promotes balance in the pelvic area and surrounding organs. Decongesting the abdomen and pelvis flushes toxins from the area and helps ensure adequate transport of nutrients to the tissues. This may help with many health conditions, including:

  • Menstrual disorders (painful or irregular periods, and PMS symptoms)
  • Infertility and pre-conception
  • Discomforts of pregnancy; Preparation for labor and delivery
  • C-section/hysterectomy surgery recovery
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic organ congestion (Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts, Fibroids)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Chronic bladder or vaginal infections
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

Benefits for Men

Men benefit from the techniques as well. By ensuring optimal blood supply to the prostate, the abdominal massage may help to prevent enlargement and inflammation and can help to relieve some symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) including urinary frequency, urgency, and dribbling. By improving circulation and reducing inflammation, the massage may also help with some types of male infertility.

Digestive and Emotional Benefits for Men and Women

Individuals with digestive disorders may also benefit greatly from the techniques. Our digestive organs are home to the majority of our immune system and also contain 80-90% of the neurotransmitters that our bodies use, including serotonin and dopamine. Issues in our digestive system can thus affect many other areas of the body. By improving arterial and venous circulation, lymph flow, and nerve conduction in the abdomen, we can make improvements in overall health and wellbeing. Some of the issues that may be treated with The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® include:

  • Digestive Disorders (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, Gastritis, Constipation, Indigestion, etc.)
  • Back and hip pain
  • Urinary system issues (Interstitial Cystitis, incontinence, frequent urinary infections, etc.)
  • Varicose veins
  • Mood disorders (Anxiety and Depression)

Ix Chel Maiden , color & high resolution by Megan AssafLearn more or schedule an appointment by contacting me at Hillsboro Naturopathic Clinic: 503-844-6667

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