Maya Abdominal Therapy

Maya Abdominal Therapy (MAT) is a non-invasive, external, massage technique.  When applied, it guides internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well-being. MAT works by relieving congestion and blockages, while improving the flow of Qi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.  MAT improves organ function and overall well-being by releasing physical, emotional, and energetic congestion from the abdomen.  These techniques are effective for both men and women.


How do the techniques 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.

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 delivery
  • High impact exercise, running on cement surfaces, 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

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 or before menses
  • 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

What to expect in a MAT session?

  • Comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health care needs.
  • Abdominal massage focused on aligning reproductive and abdominal organs
  • Evaluation and application of structural alignment of spine with attention to the sacrum, lumbar and thoracic spine.
  • Instruction in self-care home techniques to enhance your professional treatment session
  • Recommendation of complementary modalities:  herbal remedies, castor oil packs, faja (organ support wrap), bajos (traditional vaginal steam bath), and lifestyle recommendations.

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 to stay in place.  Three sessions are usually the minimum.  Women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of well-being when self-care is performed regularly between appointment.

Are the techniques recommended for all women?

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

Direct application over the uterus is modified during the following:

  • Menstrual bleeding
  • The first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a C-section
  • The use of an IUD for birth control
  • Active or suspected cancer anywhere in the pelvis, or undergoing chemotherapy for this condition
  • The first trimester of pregnancy

How does MAT support fertility?

Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved circulation of hormones, blood, qi, and lymphatic fluid leading to homeostasis in the abdomen and pelvis in order to optimize fertility.  When including the partner in the process, we find conception rates increase!  After all, men need this work as much as women do.

I’ve had a Hysterectomy – how does MAT help?

Women who have had a hysterectomy benefit greatly from these techniques as it improves circulation in and around the area of the scar.  When circulation is improved, scar tissue will be prevented from creating adhesions in the pelvis post-surgery.  The remaining organs and ligaments benefit from this improved circulation in the abdomen and pelvis.

How does MAT help with Caesarian sections?

MAT is used to prevent the need for a C-Section.  Untold numbers of Caesarian births could be prevented with this simple, safe, and easy to learn massage technique.  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.  The well-being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labor and delivery.  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 a hysterectomy.

How does MAT support digestion?

Many stressors and emotions through life are stored in our body’s tissues and organs.  A very common place these stressors manifest 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), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Crohn’s Disease and more.

Tension and negative emotions can cause the small intestine and colon to be twisted or kinked leading to blockages in the normal intestinal flow.  The surrounding tissues create adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretion.  MAT gently improves fascial adhesions, scar tissue and removes kinks from the digestive tract.  When combined with proper diet and self-care, there is often a dramatic improvement after just one session.

Will the MAT help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?

Scar tissue and facial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. By improving circulation, scar tissue and adhesions from past or present surgeries may be broken down.  Depending on the existing restrictions, a few sessions combined with herbal therapies, diet and self-care are used for optimal success.  Make sure you allow 2-6 weeks post-surgery or have the consent of your health care provider before applying these techniques.

What is “Self Care” and why does it help?

During the initial session, each client is taught how to perform some of the abdominal work on themselves.  Doing 2-3 minutes of self-care massage daily provides the individual with the ability to improve his/her symptoms between sessions and help maintain the effects of their sessions. Patients who perform daily self-care achieve more rapid relief from their symptoms than those who do not.

When to receive MAT?

Maya Abdominal therapy can be received at any time during a women’s cycle, but the most optimal time, especially if trying to conceive, is right after menses and before ovulation. The techniques are modified during other times of the cycle and are still effective.