What is the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy?
Have you heard of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)? ATMAT was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo based on ancient Maya healing practices of abdominal massage. The Arvigo Techniques® improve digestive and reproductive health using a combination of gentle massage, stretches, and structural corrections to the spine and pelvis.
The massage is very relaxing and has many powerful health benefits.
Benefits of Abdominal Massage for Women’s Health
Do you have painful, heavy, or irregular periods? Are you trying to become pregnant? Abdominal massage optimizes functioning of the reproductive organs by encouraging blood and lymph flow to the area and returning the organs to their normal positions.
Optimizing Organ Function
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 baby 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. In severe cases there can also be prolapse of the uterus or bladder. Shifting the uterus back into an optimal location promotes balance in the pelvic area and in surrounding organs.
Stimulating blood and lymph flow to the abdomen and pelvis helps to flush toxins from the area and improves transport of nutrients to the tissues.
Abdominal massage can treat many women’s health concerns:
- Menstrual disorders (painful, heavy, or irregular periods and PMS symptoms)
- Discomforts of pregnancy; Preparation for labor and delivery
- C-section/hysterectomy surgery recovery
- Menopause (Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, etc.)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Uterine Fibroids
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Chronic bladder or vaginal infections
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Benefits of Abdominal Massage for Digestive Health
Individuals with digestive disorders can benefit greatly from ATMAT. Dysfunction and inflammation in the digestive system can negatively affect many other areas of the body. Our digestive organs are an important part of our immune system and are also part of our nervous system (the enteric nervous system is sometimes referred to as our “second brain“). By improving circulation, lymph flow, and nerve conduction in the abdomen, we can make improvements in overall health and well being. The massage can also release emotional and energetic tension held in the abdomen, a common place to hold stress.
Digestive issues that may benefit from ATMAT:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (i.e. Heartburn or Acid Reflux)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Other Health Conditions that May Benefit from ATMAT
Arvigo® massage has many other benefits. In addition to digestive and reproductive health concerns, this technique can also be useful for:
- Back and hip pain
- Bladder issues (Interstitial Cystitis, incontinence, frequent urinary infections, etc.)
- Varicose veins
- Mood disorders (Anxiety and Depression)