Frequently Asked Questions
What are The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy?

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ are a non-invasive, external, massage technique. When applied, they guide internal abdominal organs into their proper position for improved health and well being. The techniques work by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of blood, lymph, hormones, nerve signals and chi (vital energy). This results in improved organ function by releasing physical and emotional 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, flow of blood, lymph and vital energy are restricted and 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 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, standing or sitting for long periods of time, 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
  • Clots, or dark or brown blood during menses
  • Headache or migraine associated with period
  • Varicose veins of the legs and/or tired, weak or numb legs
  • Low backache; back pain with period, bowel changes with period
  • Endometriosis, uterine fibroids and uterine polyps
  • PMS/ depression
  • Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence
  • Losing urine with cough, sneeze, jump
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Difficulty getting pregnant/Infertility
  • Painful intercourse
  • Chronic constipation
  • Difficult menopause
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. Concurrent treatments including herbal medicine, acupuncture, or other therapies yield excellent results. Additionally, women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of wellbeing when self-care is performed regularly.

How do the Arvigo Techniques support Fertility?

The Arvigo Techniques help the uterus to become a healthy, inviting home for a new little life. Quality of uterine lining is increased, hormone signaling becomes more efficient and better position supports implantation and a growing baby.

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

Success rates are even higher with naturopathic care and acupuncture. Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved blood flow and homeostasis to support and enhance fertility. When including the partner in the process, we find fertility is increased! Increased circulation increases sperm count and quality naturally.

I’ve had a Hysterectomy – how do the Arvigo Techniques help?

Women who have had hysterectomies 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 forming in the pelvis after surgery and existing scar tissue is reduced. Ligaments and other remaining organs (bladder especially) benefit from improved circulatory flow to the pelvis.

Is uterine massage recommended for all women?

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

Uterine massage is not performed: 1) during menstrual bleeding; 2) within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a c-section; 3) for a woman using an IUD for birth control; 4) if cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy for this condition; 5) during the first trimester of pregnancy; or 6) hiatal hernia – gentle touch only.

How do the Arvigo Techniques help with pregnancy and Caesarean sections?

The Arvigo techniques help reduce many of the numerous discomforts common to pregnancy such as morning sickness and nausea, swelling of the feet, sciatic pain, back pain, leg pain and cramps, and others. Keeping the uterus centered and nurtured helps ensure proper blood flow though the pelvic area. This ensures the uterus, placenta and growing baby are well supplied with oxygen and nutrients.

Well being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labor and delivery. A small study shows easier and shorter labor times for women who received the Arvigo treatments during pregnancy. Arvigo sessions after the baby’s birth prove beneficial for speeding mother’s recovery.

Untold numbers of Caesarian births could be prevented with this simple, safe, 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. Arvigo practitioners use this to prevent the need for a C-Section.

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. It can help with an easier birth for those who want a vaginal birth after caesarian (VBAC) for their next delivery.

How do the Arvigo Techniques support 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. These techniques slowly improve fascia adhesions, scar tissue and remove any “kinks” in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from the application of these techniques. Many of our common disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Constipation, and heartburn are treated with antacids, muscle relaxants, and a variety of other medications.

These treatments address symptoms, not the causes. By using the Arvigo™ Techniques, the upper abdomen is given a deep, thorough massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the digestive and eliminative organs with their vital blood supply. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature.

Will the Arvigo Techniques help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?

Scar tissue and adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. By improving circulation scar tissue and adhesion surgeries are gently broken down. The Abdominal Therapy combined with external castor oil packs, proper diet and self care yield outstanding results. Naturopathic care also aims to correct the underlying cause of whey the surgery was needed to prevent future surgeries as well. Arvigo therapy may be applied 4-6 weeks after surgery or when your health care provider allows.

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

Each client is instructed in performing the abdominal massage for themselves. By performing simple self care massage daily for 2-10 minutes, it provides the individual with the ability to improve their symptoms while working with their practitioner.
Over the years, practitioners report that their clients obtain relief from their symptoms more quickly when they perform daily self care and make the necessary lifestyle changes.

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.