Recently, Oprah.com featured an article titled, “Arvigo Maya Fertility Massage: More than a Belly Rub”. Daphne Oz, daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz, wrote, “When you first hear that there is something called “Mayan abdominal fertility massage,” I know what you’re thinking: How could a belly rub possibly bolster fertility?”
Just as Daphne was convinced after receiving just one treatment, CNY Fertility clients in Rochester, Latham and Syracuse, NY are also reaping the benefits.
Arvigo Maya Massage is offered at our CNY Fertility & Healing Arts Centers as part of The Fertile Secret™ treatment option protocol. It is a modern adaptation of ancient Mayan healing techniques that adds modern knowledge of anatomy, physiology and herbology. Through noninvasive massage, this technique gently manipulates the muscles and connective tissue that hold the pelvic organs in place. The intention is to reposition the pelvic organs so that any blockages and congestion are removed. When blockages and congestion are resolved, the body can self-regulate, heal and regenerate. In addition, physiologically, there is increased blood flow, the functioning of the lymphatic system and nervous system are optimized, and life creating energy is maximized. Both female and male fertility can be enhanced by applying these massage techniques.
Specifically, Arvigo Maya Massage benefits fertility in the following ways:
1. Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs
2. Nourishes follicles with fresh blood supply and oxygen
3. Helps to break down scar tissue and adhesions
4. Helps cysts to dissolve
5. Helps to resolve blockages in the fallopian tubes
6. Re-aligns uterus, as in the case of a prolapsed or “tilted” uterus
7. Relieves stress and anxiety, releasing emotional blockages
8. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
9. Helps to regulate the menstrual cycle (addresses cramps, heavy bleeding, irregular cycles, reduces clotting)
10. Restores healthy menstrual flow in amenorrhea
11. Improves, tones and cleanses the uterine lining
12. Helps to prepare body to carry a healthy pregnancy, a key ingredient in the case of frequent miscarriage
1. Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs
2. Regulates enlarged prostate
3. Improves sperm (count, motility and morphology)
4. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
So just how do our pelvic organs become blocked and/or congested? Arvigo says 90% of women will have a misplaced or tipped uterus at some point in their lives. The causes include difficult labor and delivery with prolonged periods of pushing; poor professional care during pregnancy, labor and delivery; repeated pregnancies close together; falls to the sacrum; a career in aerobics or high impact sports and dancing; wearing high heel shoes; poor alignment of the pelvic bones with the spinal column; chronic muscle spasms around the hips, low back and sacrum; carrying young children on the hip for prolonged periods of time; rape, sexual abuse or incest at any time in life; chronic constipation; running or working on cement surfaces with improper foot support; and errors committed during surgery that cut through uterine ligaments. Any of these can damage, tear or overstretch uterine ligaments, thereby prohibiting them from properly supporting the uterus and causing it to eventually fall down (inferior), backward (retro), forward (antero), or causing it to shift either to the left or right side of the pelvic floor.
When reproductive organs shift out of proper position, they can constrict normal flow of blood, lymph and nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on delicate blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems of the body. For women, by gently shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis (or the natural internal balance of the body) is brought back to the pelvic area and surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for conception. Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, are diminished gradually and safely when addressed by uterine massage.
For men, the massage also addresses and prevents a congested or swollen prostate by maintaining proper blood supply and fluid drainage, thereby preventing swelling and inflammation.
When to Receive Arvigo Maya Abdominal Massage (ATMAM):
For best results, start ATMAM 90 days before beginning ART and commit to a minimum of one treatment per month from ATMAM practitioner in conjunction with a self-care routine at home. Men can receive ATMAM anytime but women have special considerations depending on the time of the cycle, ART treatments and contraceptives.
Special instructions for women:
Receive ATMAM after period and before ovulation, trigger shot or retrieval. If you are in the process of doing a donor cycle then you can have an abdominal massage anytime before transfer. In the case where you are taking birth control pills due to cysts, you can receive ATMAM anytime, which may help to resolve your cysts very quickly.
For more information, visit www.arvigomassage.com. To schedule an appointment, call 585-244-1280 (Rochester location), 315-671-5755 (Syracuse location) or 518-724-5750 (Latham location).
Erin McCollough, LMT
Qualified practitioner of Arvigo Maya Abdominal Massage
“Touching the Core: The Art and Intelligence of Maya Abdominal Massage”, Diane McDonald, August/September 2002, Massage and Bodywork.
“Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body and Replenish Your Soul”, Rosita Arvigo, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.