more about The Arvigo Techniques
of Maya Abdominal Therapy
By: Billie Ann Hagen
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) works on the power of being unrestricted at the core of your being. ATMAT is a non-invasive hands-on healing technique for the uterus and surrounding structures. This almost-forgotten folk remedy can help get rid of restrictions in the abdomen including the organs and ligaments, circulatory, lymph, and nervous systems.
These techniques have been passed down for thousands of years, from generations of midwives and folk medicine practitioners, to Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN (my teacher). Her story has been told time and time again; her amazing journey took her from the USA to live in Belize and eventually apprentice with famous traditional Shaman healer Don Elijio Panti. He was well known throughout Central America, and people would travel for miles to see him to improve their health. He lived to be 103 years old, and I believe it is in part from doing this work on himself. Don Elijio believed, “The uterus is a woman’s center and if it is out of balance, she will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually out of balance.” This story is told in Dr. Arvigo’s book, Sastun. Now this work is in her hands; she has been looking at techniques in depth and exploring the practice for the last 30 years to more fully understand why it works.
But this work is not just for women. Relieving the tension that men have in the gut and surrounding structures can decrease pressure and inflammation on the prostate, without working directly on it. ATMAT practitioners have found that by applying these techniques, they can decrease symptoms of prostatic congestion and other conditions men have.
The Five Channels of Flow
This therapy’s techniques work on the five channels of flow: arteries, veins, lymph, nerves and Chi. Hemodynamics is the study of dynamic blood circulation: the flow of blood through the arteries to carry nutrition, hormones and oxygen to the organs. The body’s homeostasis depends on keeping these channels self-regulating to heal and repair systems. If these five channels become obstructed or restricted, homeostasis cannot occur. Slowly over time, you have a buildup of stagnant blood or chi in your abdominal organs.
The barrier between the heart and lungs in the chest and the abdomen is the diaphragm. When the diaphragm (which is vital for breathing and digestion) is constricted, essentially binding and restricting blood flow, it affects 3 structures from functioning optimally: the aorta, the esophagus and the vena cava. With restriction, these structures are likely to decrease blood flow to the lower organs. Misalignment of the ribs, spine, and adipose tissues can also restrict flow, as well as cause stress and built-up emotions. This stress can trigger the flight or fight response in the body.
Therapy applied to the upper abdominals has a number of benefits to all organs, digestion, breathing, reproduction and well-being. ATMAT works specifically to bring well-being and flow back through these five channels.
The anatomy and physicality of the reproductive system is complex and all the ligaments support the ovaries and the uterus, but this information is found everywhere. I’d rather mention how small the artery is which leads to the uterus: it is so small that if the uterus is tilted in any direction, it can cause a significant decrease of proper blood flow to the uterus! Just as a bend or kink in a garden hose will slow or stop the flow of water, a tilted uterus can slow the blood flow (which includes the oxygen, nutrition, and all those hormones). This tilt can impede the five channels as well, which makes bringing your body to homeostasis challenging.
When stressed, we feel tightness in our bodies, which restricts our breathing. Our necks might get tight and eventually our shoulders are hunched up around our ears; we might even have a knot in the back that we give a pet-name because it comes back every time we are stressed out. If it’s happening in your neck and shoulders, there is a good possibility that this stress is going on in your abdomen too. The uterus sits right in front of the large intestine so if one is inflamed, you can bet the other organ is upset too. This is why ATMAT is really good for your digestion tract as well.
It is for human-folk; that’s right, men can benefit from this work too. Relieving the tension that men have in the gut and surrounding structures can decrease the pressure and inflammation that sits on the prostate, without working directly on the prostate. ATMAT practitioners have found by applying these techniques for men can decrease symptoms of prostatic congestion and other conditions men have.
If you know the benefits of massage therapy on your body, why wouldn’t this work on your organs? The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® focuses specifically on areas neglected by traditional massage therapy. By increasing relaxation, flexibility, and circulation in the abdomen, these techniques improve movement, help with lymphatic drainage — detoxification of old cells and bacteria — and build healthy white blood cells to fight off infections. Bottom line, the continuous and routine application of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy can increase your overall health and well-being for life.
Billie Ann Hagen, massage therapist, makes house calls to perform Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® at your location. Billie will come to your home with all the necessary supplies – massage table, clean linens and lotions/oils.
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