Benefits of Maya Abdominal Massage:
- Improves fertility
- Increases circulation in the abdomen
- Distributes freshly oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs
- Supports the formation a healthy uterine lining
- Supports proper embryo implantation
- Supports healthy cell formation
- Balances the venous, nervous, and lymphatic systems
- Supports emotional release
Conditions Maya Abdominal Massage treats:
- Irregular or painful menstruation
- Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
- Ovulatory dysfunction
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine prolapse, retroversion, retroflexion, anteflexion, and anteversion
- Painful intercourse
When to schedule abdominal massage:
- After menses, prior to ovulation
- Prior to Frozen Embryo Transfer
- Prior to IUI (without injectible stimulation)
- When experiencing emotional stress
When not to schedule abdominal massage:
- During IVF or IUI stimulation cycle
- After ovulation, before menses
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Adominal Therapy (ATMAT) is an abdominal massage technique that helps to improve fertility through increasing circulation in the abdomen. ATMAT helps to increase arterial blood flow to the organs with the specific aim at improving function of the reproductive organs. These techniques are useful in treating fertility, hormonal, and female reproductive issues.
ATMAT aids in balancing the venous, nervous, and lymphatic systems. By resetting these various systems, homeostasis and hemodynamics are optimized. Congestion in the abdominal cavity can accumulate and cause blockages in the blood and lymphatic flow. By increasing circulation, freshly oxygenated blood can be properly distributed to the reproductive organs. With increased flow to the uterus, the body can form a healthy uterine lining to support proper implantation of an embryo as well as healthy cell formation.
Abdominal massage can also be useful in supporting the optimal positioning of the uterus. The uterus can become malpositioned by injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, motor vehicle accident, surgical procedure, aging, or wearing high heeled shoes. This massage can support uterine retroversion, retroflexion, anteflexion, and anteversion. Due to the plasticity of the surrounding fascia and ligaments, these positions can be improved, thereby improving blood supply to the uterus and ovaries.
The best time to receive abdominal massage is after menstruation and before ovulation. During this time, the ovarian follicles are still maturing and increased circulation from massage can help support fertility. In preparation for the IVF or IUI process, abdominal massage can also aid in moderating common side effects like abdominal bloating and discomfort.
For patients going through IVF, abdominal massage is supportive and safe once or twice a week up until an injectable cycle begins. However, once stimulation begins, abdominal massage is discouraged. It is also discouraged to have abdominal massage following an IVF procedure.
Likewise, patients going through IUI are encouraged to have abdominal massage once or twice a week until stimulation begins, but once receiving stimulation, they should discontinue abdominal massage. Abdominal massage is not recommended following an IUI procedure.
While Arvigo Maya abdominal massage can be helpful in treating the physical body, it can also be emotionally supportive during the fertility process. In my experience, repeated unsuccessful attempts at conception can feel like an emotional roller coaster. This massage can provide a nurturing touch and support emotional release. The abdomen has been referred to as the “seat of the emotions” and this healing work can help to access difficult emotions that may arise during fertility treatment. During this unique massage session, patients will learn how to complete self-massage on the abdomen, which can provide an effective tool to create self-care on a daily basis. Learning and practicing self-care on a regular basis can create an overall sense of nourishment and well being.