Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)
ATMAT is an external massage technique that guides internal abdominal organs into their proper position (with a focus on aligning the uterus) for optimum health and well-being. Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. This improves the flow of chi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems to prevent symptoms and chronic disease. Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed this technique after studying extensively with her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, a Maya Shaman from Belize and Hortence Robinson, a Belizian midwife. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® combines modern science with traditional healing and wisdom to produce a holistic path to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
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What types of symptoms may be addressed by of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)?
ATMAT involves the entire abdomen and pelvis to help improve:
- Infertility, difficulty conceiving
- Urinary leakage (incontinence), frequent urinary tract infections, urinary urgency, urinary frequency
- Bony pelvic and hip pain including postpartum, post-cesarean and post gynecological surgery
- Lower back pain
- Constipation, sluggish digestion, bloating
- Pelvic heaviness/fullness, cystocele, rectocele, pelvic organ prolapse
- Endometriosis, heavy periods
- Painful menstrual periods, PMS
What can I expect in a Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) session?
Please allow 75-90 minutes for each session:
- Review of personal health history & health care goals
- Abdominal Massage focused on aligning pelvic & abdominal organs
- Neuromuscular massage to mid and lower back muscles
- Corrections to sacral and pelvic structures
- Instruction in Self Care techniques that individuals can apply at home (Taught after 3rd session)
Additionally, herbal remedies, castor oil packs, laser (LLLT), pelvic steams, and other natural products may be suggested to enhance the effect of treatment and may be indicated based on the lifestyle consult.
Follow-up care depends on individual goals and results. Typically, 3-5 sessions are suggested to obtain benefits.
What effects will I notice following a Maya Abdominal Therapy® session?
Many women report immediate relief from symptoms following a session. For others, it may take a longer time for their bodies to integrate the changes. Renee will work with you to devise a personal plan of care that will support your body’s journey to wellness and help achieve long-lasting effects.
Typically, 3-5 sessions are suggested to obtain benefits.
How can Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) help with Fertility?
ATMAT for fertility is not just a belly rub - it is an entire program individualized for you which may include abdominal massage, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal tonics, faja (support belt), vaginal herbal steams, and relaxation techniques including meditation. Abdominal Massage helps to free & diminish old adhesions from invasive treatments or traumas to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cesarean delivery, abdominal surgery, infection, or trauma. It can correct uterine malposition and promotes ligament healing, improves the blood flow to the pelvic organs, and can improve the uterine lining. The ancient therapy of Maya Abdominal therapy focuses on root causes, both emotional & physical to allow the body to heal itself and optimize fertility.
I’ve had a hysterectomy – how does Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) help?
Women who have had hysterectomies also benefit greatly from ATMAT. The techniques improve circulation in and around scars and assists the proper flow of lymph, which often becomes blocked after surgery and results in swelling, burning, and deep aching pain in the pelvis. By utilizing uterine massage techniques on a regular basis, scar tissue can be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs also benefit from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.
I’m pregnant – can I receive Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)?
Abdominal Therapy can be received throughout your entire pregnancy – as your uterus grows, the techniques change to align your uterus within your pelvic bowl to alleviate common discomforts of pregnancy and decrease pregnancy complications. Renee brings her experience and background as a midwife and labour & delivery nurse to her bodywork practice to ensure each pregnancy treatment is delivered in a safe manner.
Who should not receive ATMAT?
Maya Abdominal Massage is not recommended:
- If an IUD is present
- Within 6 weeks after abdominal surgery
- If an active infection or cancer is present in the abdominal or pelvic region
Hear a radio piece about Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) and view before/after ultrasound images: HERE
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The above content was compiled by ROSITA ARVIGO™ and ARVIGO™ at Arvigo Therapy.