Blossom & Bloom: Fertility and Pregnancy

June 2013

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We are Now Offering Mayan Abdominal Massage!


Tips To Optimize Fertility: The Basics 

We are very excited to announce that Jennifer will now be offering Mayan Abdominal Massage Services! Call the office for more information or to schedule your appointment!
 
What is Mayan Abdominal Massage?
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage is a non-invasive external massage technique to the abdomen and pelvis that helps to guide the internal reproductive organs into their proper position, and relieve tension in the diaphragm.  The massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion, thereby helping to re-establish health in the pelvic region.

Maya abdominal massage has been known and practiced for thousands of years by midwives, healers, and shamans throughout Central America, Africa, and China.  The technique, as practiced today, was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.  Rosita has lived in Belize for the past 30 years and spent 10 years learning the art of healing through plants of the rainforest, traditional massage, and spiritual healing from a traditional Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti, until his death in 1996.  This modality incorporates a holistic approach to health care which includes massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing. 
 
The Benefits of Maya Abdominal Massage

The technique is performed on the abdomen and pelvis to help bring the uterus into its proper position, soften musculature, release tension in the diaphragm, align the pelvis and release muscular armouring in the trunk.  This has the effect of enhancing the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, and the elimination and secretion of hormones, thereby re-establishing homeostasis in the pelvic area and surround organs.  All of these are essential for general pelvic health as well as healthy conception, pregnancy, and delivery.  When the diaphragm is tight it can constrict blood flow to the lower half of the body by as much as 40% which is a factor in varicose veins, aching, tingling legs, and sore feet and heels.  As the esophagus passes through the diaphragm, constriction will also lead to digestive problems including chronic indigestion and heartburn.  If the pelvis is misaligned it will be hampering the flow of nerve impulse to the lower abdominal area as the main nerves, which enervate the pelvic area, pass through the sacral foramen.
 
The massage is very comprehensive and works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level helping bring the body back into balance and harmony.  Practitioners have reported as much as 50% success rate for natural conception when working with couples experiencing fertility problems and many a woman has managed to save her uterus from hysterectomy through rigorous self-care and professional treatment.  There is a big emphasis on clients doing self-care, massaging their own belly on a daily basis to aid healing with support from professional instruction.  This enables women to empower themselves around their health and not just pass it over to others.  The abdomen has been ignored for too long and it is time that we start to recognize the importance of health within this area.  The technique is also useful for men as it helps to guard against prostate cancer and protects their pelvic and sexual health.