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.


The Healing Power of Reiki

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: Rei and Ki. The English meaning of these words is challenging to grasp, since the Japanese language has many levels of meaning. When put in the context of spirituality and healing, Rei describes a higher intelligence that is all-knowing – translating to mean “the higher power” or “God’s wisdom.”

Ki portrays the unseen energy that flows through all living things– translating to “life force energy.” If your Ki is high, you may feel confident, strong, happy, healthy and ready to take on life’s many challenges. If your Ki is low, you may feel weak, stressed, vulnerable and apprehensive. Negative thoughts and feelings can drastically lower your Ki. Low Ki also makes you more likely to get sick.

You receive Ki from food, sleep, sunshine and the air you breathe. Obviously, the quality of these inputs directly relates to how much Ki you can extract from it. One can also boost one’s Ki with breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. With Rei and Ki defined, a loose translation of Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Here are a few frequently asked questions about Reiki:

What exactly is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural, non-invasive and entirely safe method of spiritual healing. It is a Japanese technique that focuses on stress reduction and relaxation, thereby promoting the healing process. Reiki is based on the concept that an unseen energy flows through us, keeps us alive, and determines our state of being. The process of administering Reiki is meant to keep this energy in balance and harmony with one’s physical body.

Where did the Reikii deals come from?

There is much speculation about where Reiki came from. Some believe Reiki originated from Buddhism, but most believe that Reiki is religiously neutral and applies to people of all religions, cultures, races and ages.

The most widely accepted origin of Reiki is from Dr. Mikao Usui – founder of the Usui System of Reiki. Born August 1865 in Yago, Japan, Mikao Usui was known as a hypersensitive spiritualist. Facing personal and business failure, he embarked on a 21-day training course in March 1922.

While meditating under a waterfall on Mt. Kurama, the power of Reiki energy is said to have entered him – giving him the ability to heal others without damaging his own energy. From here he developed his notorious system of healing.

How does Reiki work?

We are alive because life force flows through us -nourishing our organs and cells, and supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow is disrupted, it causes damage to and diminished function of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of one’s energy field and charging them with positive energy. It is thought to shake loose the negative thoughts and feelings attached to one’s energy field, thereby clearing the energy pathways and allowing a healthy flow of life force.

Massage: A Natural Boost for Your Body

Many of us know how wonderful it feels to receive a massage from a licensed therapist, yet we often overlook the true, long-lasting benefits of a good massage. In 2010, studies done by researchers from Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, led by Dr. Mark Rapaport, showed that a single massage can produce significant changes in the health of the immune system and endocrine system.

This, along with numerous other studies, indicates that there is more to massage therapy than just feeling good; it holds actual scientific and medical credibility, which stems from the body’s heightened immune response to massage treatment. Massage therapy can benefit you by:

  • Increasing your body’s “natural killer cells,” the immune system’s first line of defense against invading sickness
  • Decreasing stiffness and discomfort, especially from injury
  • Reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Boosting feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Lessening the effects of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Decreasing pain by blocking your nervous system’s pain receptors
  • Easing symptoms of migraines, mood swings, labor pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), cancer, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis
  • Encouraging better sleep by increasing the brain waves associated with deep sleep (delta waves)
  • Boosting alertness and improving attention span
  • Improving circulation of bodily fluids like blood and lymph
  • Encouraging less aggressive behavior by reducing levels of the hormone arginine vasopressin

At CNY Healing Arts, we offer customized massage treatment, Maya Abdominal Massage, prenatal massage, Reiki treatment for reproductive health, and much more. To learn more about us, including our team of Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT), check out our staff by location: Syracuse, Rochester, or Albany.

From the Soul of the Heart to the Sole of the Foot

One good way to keep the heart circulating is through the feet. Why not have your feet massaged? After all, they include reflex areas to the heart and other glands and organs. This is the science of reflexology.  It is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on reflex areas to; relieve stress and tension, improve blood supply, promote the unblocking of nerve impulses and help the body improve homeostasis.

A way to understand it better is the palm of the hand and the sole of the foot are like a map of the body. The left hand and foot represent the left side of the body as the right hand and the right foot represent the right side. The body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones, 5 on each side of the body. This is also called zone therapy. Massaging or pressing each area can stimulate energy flow, blood nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone and thereby relieve ailments in that zone.

If you are someone who tries to drink a lot of water and does deep breathing exercises either in yoga, meditation, or other modalities you are already ahead of the game. Water is the conductor of the electrical stimulus that is created through reflexology. Absence of liquid in the cells of the nerve structures hinder the movement of the nerve signals, hence NO RESPONSE. Deep breathing exercises enhance the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Through breathing the blood stream carries oxygen to our cells.

It is fascinating to think reflexology was practiced as early as 2330b.c. by the Egyptian culture, 2704b.c. by the Chinese, and later on in Japan. In the west the concept began to emerge in the 19th century with European and Russian research into the nervous system and reflex. Therapies were created as medical practices but soon gave way to the prevalent use of surgery and drugs. Finally, the ideas of reflexology for health improvement were brought to America in 1909 by Dr. William F. Fitzgerald. Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham developed the method publishing a book in 1938.

Looking for research studies? Hundreds of reflex studies have been conducted. One survey of 170 people showed a positive result for 83%. A Chinese survey of 8,096 case studies noted a 94% effective or significant effective rate.

Significant areas of study include; stress and anxiety, lessening of pain and cancer care, as well as health concerns for individuals of all ages.

How can reflexology increase fertility? Correcting imbalances that may hinder fertility by:
a. Reducing stress. High levels of stress can trigger neuro-chemical changes which can hinder the release and maturation of the eggs.
b. Help in balancing the endocrine system by stimulating the ovary reflex point.

Please do keep in mind reflexology is a compliment to medical and other aids. With 52 bones in our feet making up 25% of all the bones in our body let’s make sure our soles are walking in the right direction for balance and good health.

Kathy Ramsey
CNY Healing Arts & Fusion Medspa
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110

Maya Abdominal Massage for Men

Maya abdominal massage is a non-invasive, external method of healing. It involves manipulation of the abdomen and pelvis in order to release physical and emotional congestion or blockages within the body. Although abdominal massage techniques have changed invariably over the years, the method we use today at CNY Healing Arts was largely developed by master herbalist and naprapathic (a branch of chiropractic) physician Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

This treatment is not recommended immediately after abdominal surgery or where an active infection or cancer is present in the pelvic region. In addition, those who receive a Maya abdominal massage should be cautious of whom they allow to perform the technique. The importance of a licensed practitioner is immense!

Here at CNY Healing Arts we have a select staff of practitioners who are all either certified in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT), which includes Maya abdominal massage, or are working towards their certification. At our Syracuse branch, Erika Lutwin and John Capozzi are our licensed massage therapists who are both certified in ATMAT. Both Erika and John specialize in orthopedic, sports, injury, deep tissue, and pre-natal massage, among others. Erika is also the coordinator of Rainforest Remedies for all three of our Healing Arts centers. To contact John or Erika, email them at and respectively.

At our Rochester branch, Erin McCollough is our very talented and licensed massage therapist. She has completed both professional training in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and advanced ATMAT for fertility and pregnancy. Erin has experienced her own journey into motherhood, which has been provided ample inspiration for her work. To contact Erin, email her at

At our Albany branch, Kristen Marie Crumb is our licensed massage therapist who is certified in ATMAT and also has certifications in Lymphatic Facilitation, Prenatal Massage, Reiki, and Reflexology. Email Kristen at with any questions or comments.

For men, Maya abdominal massage can help:

  • Prevent swelling and congestion of the prostate
  • Relieve headaches/migraines
  • Improve medical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastro Esophogeal Reflux (GERD), Chrohn’s disease, and Gastritis
  • Align the pelvic bones
  • Soften musculature
  • Improve chronic constipation
  • Enhance circulation of blood and lymph fluids
  • Balance hormones
  • Improve indigestion/heartburn
  • Alleviate varicose veins
  • Improve premature ejaculation
  • Address impotency problems
  • Improve frequent urination

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

Massage: Healing Through Touch

Throughout history, physicians and healers from all cultures and backgrounds have utilized the healing and restorative effects of massage in their medicinal practices. In modern day, massage therapists work alongside doctors as an integral part of the health care team. Countries such as Germany, China, and Japan either cover massage therapy with national health insurance or have massage wards in their hospitals. In the United States, the medicinal use of massage began to decline in the early part of the 20th century as pharmaceutical, technological, and surgical medicine began rapidly evolving.

Alas! We must not forget all that massage therapy has to offer! There are numerous varieties and techniques of massage that focus on relieving different pains and discomforts. For example, techniques such as deep tissue massage can alleviate chronic muscle pain and significantly reduce inflammation from arthritis. In addition, an aromatherapy massage can improve circulation, help heal wounds, detoxify the skin, and encourage relaxation. A plethora of scientific studies have shown that the effects of a good massage go much deeper than the skin. A massage can be invigorating or sedating, depending which type you receive.

Whatever benefit you are looking to obtain from a massage, we hope you will give CNY Healing Arts the opportunity to provide it to you. Click here to contact the location nearest to you and schedule a massage session today. See below the many benefits you can enjoy!

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Improves circulation of blood
  • Increase of blood flow to stiff and aching muscles
  • Greater ease of movement
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Unblocks stagnant life energy and opens the body
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Improves general tone
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Creates body awareness
  • Relieves mental and physical fatigue
  • Triggers the body’s natural release of pain-killing endorphins
  • Improves circulation of lymphatic fluid
  • Releases toxins
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Releases tension
  • Reduces stress and anxiety, promotes relaxation: helps decrease blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increases energy and motivation
  • Helps alleviate joint pain
  • Stimulates internal organs
  • Helps speed up healing from strained muscles and pulled ligaments
  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Assists with healing of wounds
  • Aids rehabilitation
  • Improve posture
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and eye-strain

What is Reiki?

Reiki at CNY Healing ArtsCNY Healing Arts in Rochester now offers Reiki!
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine branch of the National Institutes of Health (US) classifies Reiki as a form of energy medicine. A Japanese word, Reiki has been translated to mean the “universal life force.” Specifically, rei refers to the greater spirit of energy that surrounds the cosmos; and ki refers to the life energy which is part of every being and thing. Reiki practitioners are attuned to tap into and channel this life force energy in order to activate the body’s natural healing abilities.

The human body contains hundreds of areas where there is focused and concentrated energies. When you receive Reiki, the focus is usually on the seven major energy centers or chakras (Sanskrit for wheel). The seven chakras correspond to the the body’s principle glands and organs. While using specific hand positions either above or on these areas, Reiki practitioners access the life force energy. Reiki, then, is meant to help us return to balance, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It supports wellness and strengthens our natural ability to heal by encouraging that balance.

History of Reiki
Reiki originated in the early 1900s in Japan with lay Buddhist monk, Mikao Usui. Drawing on experience and knowledge combined with profound enlightenment during a 21-day fasting retreat, Usui developed a system of natural healing. By 1922 he started a healing society named “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.” Shortly after, he opened a clinic to give and teach Reiki Between 1922 and his death in 1926, Usui taught over 2000 students, training a handful to be teachers to spread this simple healing system to people worldwide.

This passing on of Reiki from one to another is referred to as lineage. If you “have Reiki” you are part of a succession of teachers leading back to the founder.

Receiving a Reiki Treatment
Reiki treatments traditionally occur on a massage table. A one hour treatment involves the client lying both face up and face down. During the course of the hour long or half hour treatment, the Reiki practitioner is guided by certain hand placements, above on directly on the body. Many times, clients request a certain intention or focus for the session. However, anyone can receive a Reiki treatment, and even if there is not a specific request for treatment—the practitioners hands will be guided to the right areas.

Receiving Reiki can be a very meditative and magical experience for both the practitioner and the client. No two sessions are alike. The most commonly reported results of a Reiki treatment are: a sense of calm and relaxation, a higher level of awareness, better sleep, more ease of movement, more creativity, and a sense of being recharged and revitalized.

Reiki can do no harm! It goes where it needs to go for the highest healing of the client. The energy also continues even after the client has left the healing room. Reiki practitioners can also send Reiki healings from a distance if someone is in need and hours, days or even oceans away!

Come and experience a Reiki session for yourself at CNY Healing Arts Center!

Sarah Lamb, RYT and Reiki Master, practices Reiki at CNY in Rochester, NY.
2244 East Ave, Rochester, NY

Becoming and Feeling your best Through Massage and Reiki!

CNY Healing Arts, Massage, Reiki, Energy HealingSo, just how good do you want to feel?  How great is your capacity for peace, joy, love and expansion?  Have you considered these questions lately and do you believe it’s possible to feel out of this world fantastic in body, mind and spirit?  Massage, Reiki and Energy Healing are just a few of the time honored healing modalities that might be the answer to setting you on this path. At CNY healing Arts Center, you will find highly skilled and caring Massage and Reiki practitioners ready to help get you started.

It all begins with you and making the decision to commit to loving yourself and giving yourself what you need to feel really good and be at your absolute best!  When you feel good, no bodily aches or pains and light in your heart, your capacity for the higher vibrating emotions of joy, love and peace are far greater.  We feel more at ease in the world, more positive and effective.  And guess what?  You are not the only one who will benefit from these feelings—yes the ripple effect is real.  Your good feelings will be felt by others.

It makes a considerable difference when you make a commitment to including regular sessions of Massage, Reiki or energy healing a part of your self-care routine.  When received regularly, you will find the effects to be cumulative and feelings of well-being become more sustainable.  How often you receive healing work is really up to you and what’s happening in your life at the time.  In times of a life crisis, extreme emotional stress or in physical pain, weekly massage is recommended while bi-weekly sessions are recommended for maintenance.   Many people also seek out healing to support their personal and spiritual growth— helping to shed layers of the old and renewing their vitality and sense of self.

So how will these wonderful healing modalities help you?  Massage Therapy is a form of therapy that most people understand.  It directly affects the health and function of the physical body, decreasing painful sensations due to stress or injury and restoring flexibility and structural balance. This helps us feel better and function better.  Massage affects us positively on the emotional and spiritual levels as well.  When we receive loving touch, our whole being relaxes and those feel good brain chemicals are released for your enjoyment and health.  Massage also helps to soften us emotionally as the tension from guarding against painful experiences is melted away.  A sense of expansion and receptivity ensues, opening you to new experiences and ways of being.

Reiki is a healing modality that presently still remains a mystery to most people. That’s changing however as its gentle power continues to be embraced by the mainstream.  We see more Hospitals today integrating this modality into their protocol for healing.  This is a great sign that we are, as a society, embracing and integrating the power of both allopathic and natural forms of healing.

So about Reiki– Reiki means spiritually guided life force energy.  It’s a very ancient Tibetan laying-on of hands healing technique which channels this life force energy into the recipient for healing on all levels.  It is a simple, gentle, effective and powerful method of natural healing that creates a feeling of being held in the most gentle and loving arms.
A Reiki practitioner has received a special attunement from a Reiki Master which enables them to tap into this unlimited source of energy and transfer it to whomever they place their hands on.  The energy has a wisdom within it which guides it to wherever it is needed for healing and balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of one’s being.

Reiki is always performed on a fully clothed person in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.  A treatment usually takes about an hour and leaves one with a blissful feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Reiki is often recommended for a range of conditions and is especially helpful during times of acute emotional stress and vulnerability.  Reiki may also be integrated into a massage session by a trained practitioner.

So what are you waiting for? Life can be and feel out of this world fantastic. The staff at CNY Healing Arts are ready to help you find the right combination of therapies to suit your needs and get you on your way to feeling and being your best!