Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?
  2. How does it work for women?
  3. What could cause a displaced uterus?
  4. What are the symptoms of a displaced uterus?
  5. How quickly should I expect a change?
  6. Is Uterine Massage recommended for all women?
  7. How is this massage helpful for men?
  8. Does ATMAT support fertility?
  9. I've had a Hysterectomy - how does ATMAT help?
  10. How does ATMAT help with Ceasarian sections?
  11. How does ATMAT help with digestion?
  12. Will ATMAT help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?
  13. What is "Self Care" and why does it help?
  14. Who is qualified to administer The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?

What is The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® is a non-invasive, external, massage technique. It guides internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well being. The technique works 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. Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. This massage is effective for both men and women.

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How does it 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.

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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
  • Past surgeries
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum
  • Emotional armoring from abuse at anytime in life

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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
  • PMS/ depression
  • Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Difficulty getting pregnant/Infertility
  • Painful intercourse
  • Chronic constipation
  • Difficult menopause

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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.

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Is Uterine Therapy recommended for all women?

Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from Maya Uterine Massage through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.

Uterine massage is not performed:

  • During menstrual bleeding
  • Within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a c-section
  • For a woman using an IUD for birth control
  • If cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
  • During the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Hiatal Hernia - gentle touch only

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How is this massage helpful for men?

The massage is done the same way for men. The prostate is a glandular organ that rests behind the bladder it has no ligaments to speak of for support. The prostate gland can become congested resulting in early stages of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), impotence (depending on the cause), decrease sperm count, etc. By applying the massage to the abdomen it supports healthy organ function and relieves congestion.

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Does ATMAT support fertility?

It has been estimated that approx 30 % of woman who have been unsuccessful in conceiving eventually conceive after a succession of ATMAT treatments. Treatments generally consist of massage, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal therapies to enhance fertility.

Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved hemo dynamics and homeostasis to support and enhance fertility. When including the partner in the process, we find fertility is increased! After all, men need this work as much as women do.

Once pregnancy has been fulfilled, regular treatments with ATMAT during pregnancy have been linked to speedy birthing and good outcomes for baby and mother.

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I've had a Hysterectomy - how does ATMAT help?

Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from Arvigo Techniques of The The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®as well. The technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of the lymph, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis. By using ATMAT techniques on a regular basis, 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.

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How does ATMAT help with Ceasaean sections?

Untold numbers of Caesarean births could be prevented with this simple, safe, easy to learn massage technique. Our practitioners use this to prevent the need for a C-Section. By strengthening and toning the uterus, ligaments and other pelvic organs, the massage helps to place and maintain the uterus in her optimal position for giving birth.

Well being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labor and delivery. Our midwife practitioners apply this technique 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. Deborah has had several women successfully transition to VBAC by receiving professional care and doing their home care regularly.

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How does ATMAT help with 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), Gasto 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 mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. The The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® helps to break down facial adhesions, scar tissue and removes any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

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Will ATMAT help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?

Scar tissue and facial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. The The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® helps to break down the scar tissue and adhesion from past or present surgeries. A few sessions combined with castor oil packs, diet and self care are often used depending on the restriction for optimal success. ATMAT is contraindicated immediately following abdominal surgery, allow 4-6 weeks or at the consent of your physician.

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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.

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Who is qualified to administer The The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?

Those students who have successfully completed the first two levels of training, which includes Self-Care and Professional Care, work as an apprentice to Rosita Arvigo while completing their case studies.  Certification Class involves more in-depth training, and the apprenticeship is over. See www.arvigotherapy.com for a list of practitioners, in addition to Deborah, who have successfully completed training.

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