Your abdomen is the core of your body, and many traditional healers felt a treatment was not complete without addressing the abdomen. Various forms of abdominal therapy have been performed by ancient traditions and cultures across the globe. A non-invasive, external, pleasant massage of the abdomen can help to guide organs into their proper position, improve the flow of nutrients to organs, remove toxins, and be profoundly relaxing.
If organs have shifted from their optimal position, or become swollen, that can restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulses, and energy (chi) through the abdomen. This can lead to a long list of many common female and male anatomical issues, as well as digestive and urinary issues, and a host of seemingly unrelated ailments. In many cultures, no healing was complete without abdominal massage.
Modern medicine often focuses on relieving symptoms, rather than addressing the root cause of a dis-ease, or teaching about prevention of illness. This is where holistic healing excels. Abdominal Therapy may help to address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs, relieve many common urinary and digestive disorders, and prevent the progression of symptoms to chronic disease, which all encourage and allow the body to use its inherent ability to self-heal.
The abdominal massage techniques that Jennifer offers were developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo based on her doctorate in Naprapathy, her work with traditional healers in Mexico/Belize/Guatemala, her apprenticeship with Don Elijio Panti (a famous traditional Maya healer and h’men), and her extensive studies of healing practices world-wide.
During Rosita’s apprenticeship with Don Elijio Panti, Rosita arranged for the New York Botanical Garden to work with Panti to identify and classify over 500 medicinal Central American plants. The result is a healing technique that produces a holistic path to physical, emotional and spiritual health, as well as a catalogue of healing plants that are still be studied today..
I love this work. I have healed myself from a number of issues, and have seen seemingly miraculous relief in many clients. I have assisted in many healing transformations through applying these techniques. This wisdom is ancient women’s wisdom. When I remember the ancient ones, I see the grandmother’s in their homes attending to the health of the family through nourishment, touch, and the medicine of the plants. These women are still with us, and they are within us. Awaken the innate knowing and wisdom within. Let’s access these ancient teachings so that we may pass them on to the next generations.
Benefits for the Female Anatomy
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis, as well as other organs. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus, move freely when the bladder or bowel is full, and adjust to cyclical changes. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.
A uterus in any of these positions is called tipped, tilted or displaced. Modern medicine has little or nothing to offer women with this problem. Options may include using the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery and women are generally told, “your uterus is tipped, but that is normal and don’t worry about it.” Yet when the womb is displaced, there can be a long list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be helped with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques. When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can wreak havoc throughout the different systems in the body. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, may be restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are encouraged back to normal order. This is essential for healthy periods, pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Old adhesions/scars from invasive treatments such as surgery to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery may be diminished when addressed by uterine massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can be helped.
Benefits for the Male Anatomy
The male anatomy can greatly benefit from the Abdominal Therapy as well. By ensuring a full blood supply to the prostate, the abdominal massage helps to prevent swelling and inflammation. Many recipients of this work report that they can feel a distinct difference in blood flow after a treatment. The massage may relieve prostate swelling, reduce varicose veins, premature ejaculation, some impotency problems and the need to urinate frequently.
Digestive and Emotional Benefits for Everyone
Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from the Abdominal Therapy. 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 these techniques, the upper abdomen is given a deep, thorough, non-invasive, relaxing massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the digestive and elimination organs with their vital blood supply. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature. This massage, in conjunction with herbs and nutritional counseling, may offer excellent results for digestive issues.
“Our issues are in our tissues” is so true. Dr. Wilhelm Reich found that in order to truly heal from emotional trauma one must have a physical release of that emotion. Maya Abdominal Therapy can help to release these issues so that one can heal.
If the uterus is leaning on the bladder, or the prostate is swollen and impacting the bladder, a person may experience a lot of urinary issues as well. This can result in incontinence, leaking, bladder infections, and ‘always having to go’. The prostate can diminish the urine stream, make it difficult to initiate the flow of urine, the need to get up frequently during the night to pee, and also ‘always having to go’.