By Hillary Arrieta
Have you ever heard of a self-massage technique called Maya abdominal massage? If you have, you may have been like me and dismissed it in the past. It recently popped up again when I was studying about uterine health in one of my herbalism classes. This time, I made a point to learn it and started to use it in my everyday wellness routine.
After having this first-hand experience, I can only say that I wished I had started sooner. Like most women, I've had my fair share of womb woes, including painful ovarian cysts that have cause some scary symptoms. Finding this self-care technique empowered me to feel like I could take charge of my well-being in this department.
Where does this technique come from initially? Dr. Rosita Arvigo, N.D, developed the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Based on her time studying under the Maya healer, Don Elijio Panti, as well as her education as a naturopathic physician.
The Maya believe a woman's center is her uterus. Don Elijio Panti, the great shaman of Belize, is often quoted saying, " If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she."
The uterus is situated in the lower abdomen and is held in place by muscles, ligaments, and the vaginal wall. Over time, these muscles and ligaments can weaken and cause the uterus to tilt.
Rosita explains that by gently repositioning internal organs that have shifted due to this weakness and toning the muscles with these massage techniques, the aim is to improve lymph and blood flow, nerve function, and the body's flow of qi.
Women with a tilted uterus can experience issues that range from painful periods to blood flow issues.
Here are my teachers' instructions on taking a natural approach to healing your womb with Maya abdominal massage.
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