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Unlocking the Secrets of Mayan Abdonimal Massage

Did you know that it’s natural and normal for the uterus to move slightly during arousal and intercourse? This is because the vagina elongates during an aroused state, and due to the movement of the activity. Also, the uterine ligaments are meant to stretch for childbirth, of course. However, outside of these circumstances, the uterus should be aligned and centered. What happens if it’s not? A uterus that is slightly leaning or tilted upwards or backwards on a regular basis is pulling on ligaments and tissues and can contribute to different illnesses or problems. It may manifest as a general feeling of malaise, fatigue, or digestive issues.

In Mayan medicine, the practitioners look at the womb first when there are digestive problems present in. In fact, they always look at uterus placement when addressing women’s health. The Mayans believe that if the uterus is out of balance, the woman is out of balance, and that the womb will reflect if you are feeling well overall.

Causes of Uterine Misalignment

There are different factors that can have an impact on uterine placement. It could be constant tension or stress in muscles; the way in which a woman moves or her posture; lifting heavy items; being constipated and bearing down; and dehydration. Think about it–if you aren’t drinking enough water and your body is dehydrated you are losing out on the natural flow through your body and you become almost stagnant with constipation and other imbalances. And, as with most anything in the human body, there could be causes stemming from emotional stress as well.

How Uterine Massage Works

Uterine massage is the practice of massaging the abdomen, in the womb area, to help put the uterus and cervix back into place. This special technique ensures that it’s properly aligned and back in its centered space. I first learned about this fascinating and effective practices by reading about one of the most well-known Mayan Shamans in Belize, Don Elijio Panti. He recognized the benefit of uterine massage through the abdomen as helping to promote blood flow, moving blood through the lymph nodes and thus taking stagnation out of the area. It also may help with the cramping and bloating you might experience during your period, or similar symptoms during other times of your cycle.

Later, Dr. Rosita Arvigo studied under Elijio Panti and he taught her the Mayan massage technique. Dr. Arvigo embraced the practice and has taught workshops across the US and in Belize. The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy is the course developed by Dr. Arvigo in which people can become certified to practice Mayan Abdominal Massage.

…If you are interested in Mayan medicine and traditions for healing, I would love for you to join me for my Global Herbalism Course beginning in September 2019. Check out the link for details!

Learning in Belize, 2017

There is spiritual and emotional healing involved in uterine massage as well. Women have benefited from it while working through trauma in their lives. We are known to move through different emotional states during abdominal massage and it is not uncommon for tears to flow freely and to feel a sense of release and relief during and after. You may even feel as if you are in a meditative state during the massage.

I believe that if a woman feels centered, confident, and able to step into her life and take charge, her womb will also reflect that. We as women are so often seeking balance in our very busy lives, and don’t always think about the different factors that play into our entire feminine well-being. I like to focus on specific aspects of womanhood and how we can help our bodies slow down, calm down, and be centered. 

I hope that this gives you reason to think about how amazing massage can be, if you didn’t already love massages, this kind in particular can be beneficial in a whole new way for women’s health.

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