I hear about them a lot. From my clients, my friends and family members. I’ve got a million solutions for them – hot water bottles, diet changes, herbs – you name it. I’ve tried it all and recommended it all. Except one thing!

“Maya Abdominal Therapy you say?” {Said with much skepticism!}

This has been the response I’ve gotten from most of the women I’ve mentioned this modality to over the last couple weeks. I’m sure you might be thinking along those lines too, but bear with me here.

Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy For Period Pain

I heard about Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy a couple of years ago, and since then it has repeatedly shown up in my life – articles, conversations, you name it.

As my friend Allison said the other day, when you start to follow a certain path in life (usually the one you’re mean’t to be following), the universe will give you all kinds of helpful nuggets along the way. This is what has been happening with this technique, so last week I finally decided to stop wondering and book an appointment already!

What is Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy?

Before I tell you about that, I should probably tell you what it is first right? Officially, the therapy is known as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) because it was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

She moved to Belize in the early 80’s and apprenticed with a Mayan healer, Don Elijilo, apparently one of the last traditional Mayan shaman, who taught her all he knew.

It is an external massage technique to the abdomen and pelvis that helps guide the reproductive and digestive organs back into their correct position. So deceptively simple right? The actual procedure is just as simple and you will even be taught how to do it at home.

My experience with Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy

Now that’s out of the way, I have a little confession to make. Well, actually it’s a pretty big one. For most of the last year (give or take a couple of months) I have been having major menstrual cramps, and I have not been able to figure out what to do about it.

This wouldn’t be a huge deal to most women but I am a women’s health coach who tells women what to do about cramps every single day! Slightly problematic when I can’t figure my own sh*t out. I have tried everything I can think of and nothing. Some months have been worse than others but they’ve all been bad enough to need painkillers. Yup, I can’t believe I’m saying this (insert eye roll).

However, all that changed yesterday!

My Maya Abdominal Massage reduced my period pain by half!

I waited to post this because I needed to see whether things would improve on the uterus front. And did they ever – by leaps and bounds people. I literally had HALF the pain I’m used to and it only lasted for half a day.

That may not mean a lot to you so let’s just put it this way – last month I went on a trip with my guy to meet his folks (like meet them for the first time!) and while out and about on a little family excursion my cramps came on so fast that I was literally knocked out.

We had to stop and find drugs and I basically ended up curled up in the backseat in searing pain for the rest of the day. Totally ruined the entire adventure. Not such a great first impression ya know? Needless to say, this month is a vast improvement! LOL

What else can Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy help with?

Here are some of the symptoms (taken from Dr. Arvigo’s website) that can be improved using Maya Massage:

  • Displaced or prolapsed uterus and or bladder
  • Painful menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Bladder or yeast infections
  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies
  • Endometriosis
  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Depression with menstruation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Enhances Pregnancy, aids in labor and birthing
  • Pelvic congestion, pain

Ladies, this is a whole lotta stuff that a whole lotta women suffer from unnecessarily. If you think you’ve tried everything (diet changes, lifestyle changes, herbal therapy etc) to deal with an issue you’ve got going on, then maybe this is your answer.