As practitioners of Naturopathic medicine, we believe that we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water. In other words, optimal healthcare should combine age-old, traditional healing with cutting-edge, modern, evidence based medicine. The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) exemplifies this philosophy by combining traditional medicine and modern science. Dr. Rosita Arvigo, an American Doctor living in Belize, has dedicated her life to the study of Mayan herbalism and healing, as well as being a brilliant student of anatomy and physiology. Through her passion and her work, the development and teaching of ATMAT has helped women all over the world with reproductive, urinary and digestive problems.
ATMAT practitioners use non-invasive, external massage and gentle manipulation of the organs and structures of the pelvic and abdominal regions to remove congestion. This therapy improves the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulses and “Chi” (energy) to the vital organs and supportive tissue, and guides the reproductive and digestive organs into optimal position. This removes underlying blockages and eliminates the primary cause of reproductive and digestive complaints, thereby preventing the progression of symptoms to chronic disease. The goal is to support the vital flow of fluids and energy to nourish and repair the organs and systems naturally, and to allow the body to heal itself.
The uterus is held in position by 10 ligaments, which allow it to stretch and grow during pregnancy and move freely as the bladder and bowel fill. If these ligaments weaken or loosen, the uterus can move out of position. (Up to 80% of women are estimated to have a displaced or fallen uterus as a result of trauma or lifestyle). In addition, the pelvic and abdominal regions are storehouses for emotional stress, which can cause further congestion.
Some symptoms of uterine misalignment and pelvic congestion that can improve with ATMAT include: painful, heavy, irregular or lack of menses; fertility challenges; endometriosis, uterine fibroids and polyps; PMS and hormonal mood swings; peri-menopause and menopausal difficulties; uterine prolapse; frequent urination, bladder infections and incontinence; scar tissue; painful intercourse and low libido; and chronic constipation, hemorrhoids and other digestive disorders.
What to expect from a treatment: An ATMAT session begins with review of your individual health history, and may include a personalized herbal and nutritional plan, as well as a follow-up recommendations to help achieve your goals.
Abdominal Therapy is a relaxing and soothing experience involving deep massage. Stretching and gentle manipulation maneuvers work the ligaments and muscles to optimize organ and structural positioning. During the initial session, you will be taught how to effectively massage your own abdomen, as a continuation of your treatment. While many patients feel the beneficial effects of the therapy after one session, it is important to practice the techniques at home. This empowers you to influence and promote your own healing, and take responsibility for your own health. A few minutes of self-massage a day is key to permanently re-positioning the uterus and resolving long-term problems – without the need for extended professional treatment.
Ideally we recommend a series of 3 in-office sessions with your practitioner. Occasional maintenance visits may be necessary, depending on your condition and your dedication to the self-care massage.
Dr. Justin Pollack and Dr. Kim Nearpass
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