Maya Abdominal Massage-Uterine Position & Infertility

Hello, my name is Erika Lutwin, Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified Maya Abdominal Practitioner here at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse.  I’m talking just a few minutes today more about the Maya Abdominal Therapy.  Maya Abdominal Therapy has been practiced here in the Syracuse location for two years; we’ve had a great deal of success with this.  The idea behind the Maya Abdominal Therapy is that we’re dealing with the uterus and guiding the uterus back into position.  The uterus is held into place by ten ligaments.  Those ligaments attach back on the sacral area.  It’s very easy for the uterus to become displaced.  It could be from a bad fall on the tailbone, or sacral area, it could be from a past pregnancy.  What this is doing, it leads to the uterus becoming displaced.  When the uterus becomes displaced, sometimes fertility is an issue, sometimes menstrual cycles are very irregular or they don’t happen at all.  So, what we’re doing is trying to guide the uterus back into its optimum place.

We need a little bit of time when we’re doing this.  Many times when people are setting up an IUI or IVF cycle, they’re coming in the day before or the week before.  We like to have people come in a few times, spread out over a number of weeks so that we can get things kind of going and make those changes happen.   We also teach you self-care.  That’s where we notice the biggest changes come from is the actual self-care.  That only takes us about 5 minutes a day.  At a typical session, we have you come in and fill out a very-detailed intake form where we’re going to ask you certain questions; we do the treatment, and then teach you the self-care.  Then what we do is we like to have you come back every two or three weeks, again spread out over a few months.  Then, we just kind of go with it.  We just see if the changes are going to happen and adjust as needed.  One of the things that we really do encourage people if you’re coming in and if you’re doing a consult is to come over next door; or if you’re in the Albany or Rochester area location, talking to the Maya Abdominal practitioner, and setting up a meeting or a consult.  We can go over a little bit further your health history and we can talk to you a little bit further about what we can do to help you.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us or email us at any time.  Thank you for your time.

Erika Lutwin, LMT
CNY Healing Arts Center, Syracuse
191 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

*As of March 2020 The Arvigo Techniques of Mayaa Abdominal Massage are currently only offered at our CNY Rochester Location.

*We do offer fertility massage in Syracuse and Albany.


Nutrition and Fertility: Foods to Increase and to Avoid

When it comes to diet and fertility it is a good rule of thumb to not eat in excess. It is however important to listen to your cravings. We often crave for the nourishment that our body is missing. As seen in new vegetarians a meat protein is craved. Listen to your body and keep in mind that moderation is the best choice.

There are many reasons why women experience infertility.  What is most important is that we treat the cause at its root level. One of the most productive ways is through the diet. By eating specific foods and or eliminating foods it is possible to improve the body’s constitution to a point of harmony.  Symptoms causing infertility such as stress, anxiety, endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, delayed ovulation and low follicle production will dissipate given enough time.  It is important to keep in mind that change through diet takes time. Nutrition in its nature is gentle and accumulative.


1. All fried foods (fried foods create a mucous accumulating environment in the body that makes digestion difficult). Moderate hot sauces!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Cut back on all refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.

3.    Avoid all intoxicants such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee and recreational drugs.

Bringing the body back into harmony takes time and patience. The sooner you start to make the appropriate adjustments in your diet the better.


1.    Go Organic! It is possible that some of the infertility problem is diet based. With all of the insecticides, herbicides, pesticides hormones and antibiotics in our food it is no wonder our fertility levels are lower. When switching to organic consider switching your soaps and toothpaste first.  These are the substances we come in contact every day. Dish, body and laundry soaps are the most used products. Next consider changing all cleaning products. Industrial cleaning products are toxic and we are usually exposed to them in small unventilated areas.

2.    Eat Seasonally:
Try to eat seasonally. Foods grow at particular times of the year for specific reasons.

  • Summer Foods: In the heat of the summer months you will find fruits and vegetables that naturally remove heat from the body. Examples of this are watermelon, cucumbers and tomatoes.  Since these fruits have such high water content they are natural diuretics. Naturally cooling summer foods include lemon, lime, and celery. Stay away from heavy foods. The heavy rich foods can cause sluggishness in the summer heat. Avoid too many meats, eggs and nuts.
  • Fall Foods: It is at this time of the year we need to prepare for the upcoming winter. It is time to leave the cooling summer foods behind and focus on moistening our bodies to adapt to the dryness of fall. Pear, apple, honey and dairy products help moisten the body.
  • Winter Foods: Winter is a time to go inside yourself. A time to concentrate on energy, vitality and strength. Energy exercises such as meditation, yoga and tai chi are good ways to stay healthy over the dark months. Potatoes, squash, root vegetables are all good foods to help adjust to the darkness and cold of winter. Try to add sour and salty foods. Use salt sparingly. Examples of sour foods are turnips, brussel sprouts, rye and cabbage. Meals in the winter months should be cooked or steamed.
  • Spring Foods: Spring is a time to rise up. The  best foods are leafy greens that are raw or slightly steamed. Fresh herbs, kale, onions, garlic and rice.


Polycystic Ovaries, Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis and Fibroids:
Cyst formation can be a sign that the body is unable to process damp accumulation in the body. Damp accumulation can occur from several factors. First being too many dairy products are being consumed and or a side affect of fertility medication is damp accumulation. Dampness in the body should not be seen as a liquid but as a substance. When too much dampness accumulates a cyst can form.  Some simple dietary changes can help remove or prevent dampness. The most important dietary change should be a reduction in dairy products, fried foods and sugar. When dealing with cysts a low carbohydrate diet is recommended. 100% whole grain breads, corn, radish, lean protein such as fish and a good multi-mineral and vitamin all help prevent and dissolve cysts. Another factor leading to cysts as well as endometriosis is blood stagnation. When blood fails to circulate properly in and around the uterus existing blood begins to stagnate. The lack of proper blood flow with a damp accumulation greatly increase’s the chances of abnormal uterine or ovarian growths. Foods to increase blood flow are:  Eggplant, sweet rice, ginger, basil, chives, vinegar and turmeric.

Donald Clarke, L.Ac.
CNY Healing Arts – Syracuse

Maya Abdominal Massage for Women

Maya Abdominal Massage for Women

For thousands of years, Maya abdominal massage has been used all around the world to treat ailments of the reproductive and digestive systems. The technique has been passed down, generation after generation, through a string of healers, midwives, and shaman. This allows the development of many different methods of abdominal massage. Our staff at CNY Healing Arts uses the technique as practiced by Chicago native Dr. Rosita Arvigo, master herbalist and naprapathic physician.

Her methods, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, are inspired by traditional Mayan healing techniques and are based on her apprenticeship with Mayan healer Don Elijio Panti, as well as over 35 years of field and laboratory experience as a doctor. In short, these methods seek to restore our bodies to their natural state of balance.

Understand that, over time, your organs may shift place within your body and could be restricting the flow of blood, nerves, lymph fluid, and chi energy. Licensed practitioners of The Arvigo Techniques aim to help guide internal organs into correct position, especially those involved in reproduction. Maya Abdominal Massage also works to relieve congestion and/or blockage of the internal organs, thereby helping to restore health to the pelvic region.

For women, Maya abdominal massage is performed on the abdomen and pelvis to help:

  • Bring the uterus into proper position
  • Soften musculature
  • Align the pelvic bones
  • Enhance circulation of blood and lymph fluids
  • Balance hormones

Maya abdominal massage can also provide relief to a number of symptoms that may indicate a displaced uterus, tight diaphragm or twisted pelvis, including:

  • Painful periods and ovulation
  • PMS
  • Headaches/dizziness
  • Infertility
  • Bladder or yeast infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine polyps
  • Painful intercourse
  • Depression
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Vaginitis
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Difficult pregnancy and delivery
  • Lower back pain
  • Tired legs, numb feet, sore heels
  • Varicose veins
  • Chronic indigestion/heartburn
  • Chronic constipation
  • Gastritis
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Bladder infections

Nutrition and Fertility

Healthy Pregnancy, CNY Healing Arts Center Nutrition ConsultationFor most women who are trying to become pregnant, the journey isn’t always easy.  While age and hormones play a large part in whether you will or will not get pregnant with ease, so does nutrition.  What you eat in the months prior to becoming pregnant can not only affect your fertility, but the health of you and your growing baby.

There are no specific foods that will make you more fertile.  Eating a healthy diet one year prior to conception allows your body to store important nutrients that your body and your baby will need for a successful pregnancy.  It’s especially important is to get enough of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3’s are essential for fetal brain development.  Your body cannot produce these fats, so you must get them through food sources.  ARA and DHA are two types of omega-3 fatty acids.  It is recommended to get at least 200 mg of DHA a day. Fish are among the best sources.  The fattier the fish, the more omega-3’s they will contain. It is safe to have up to 12 ounces of fish a week while pregnant.  Good sources are salmon, cod or light canned tuna.  Other non-fish sources include walnuts, flax seeds, soybeans or omega-3 enriched eggs.

It is important that you are eating a balanced diet, but even the best diets sometimes fall short.  Along with a healthy diet, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin, preferably one with DHA.

While you are trying to conceive, this is no time to go on a diet.  A registered dietitian is your best source to make sure that your diet is not deficient in any nutrients, and to help you figure out a meal plan that is right for you.  To schedule a one-on-one counseling session with me, just call CNY Healing Arts Center in Syracuse  at 315-671-5755 to schedule an appointment.  We also have yoga, acupuncture, massage and skin care to complete your total well-being. Click here to see the nutrition workshops we are holding this month at all locations.

Heather Neely, RD, CDN
CNY Healing Arts Center
(315) 671-5755