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.


Your Core Health – Relieving Digestive and Reproductive System Ailments with Maya Abdominal Massage

I never dreamed as a massage therapist of being able to help people in such profound ways. Two years ago, my journey as a healer led me to learn The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Since then, I have been blessed to assist hundreds of women and men heal, release and navigate through life with no pain.

Abdominal massage has been known and practiced by healers for thousands of years. Throughout history, healers in Central America (home of the Maya) have used these techniques to assist men and women with their digestive and reproductive health.

My teacher, Rosita Arvigo, learned from several healers over 30 years that she spent living in Central America. Her mentors, Don Elijio Panti, a great Maya shaman of Belize and Miss Hortence Robinson, a renowned herbal midwife in Belize, represent an unbroken chain of knowledge passed down from generation to generation. I feel blessed to be a link in this chain and to be able to offer ATMAT to the Rochester community.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) is an external, non-invasive manipulation using only hands to reposition reproductive organs and improve blood flow to digestive organs. It is gentle and supports the body’s natural healing power. The inherent ability to be self-regulating, self-healing and self-regenerating is known as homeostasis, or balance within. ATMAT works by improving organ function by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent the progression of chronic disease and symptomology.

A typical ATMAT treatment session starts with a comprehensive review of personal history and health care needs. This is followed by a back and abdominal massage as well as stretching to align the pelvis. Additional techniques are sometimes applied to complement the ATMAT techniques such as Reiki, Swedish or deep tissue massage. Last but not least, the session ends with a consult focused on lifestyle choices and self care techniques that can be applied at home. Follow up sessions are based on individual goals and results.

The techniques are used both as a preventative measure as well as to treat acute symptoms. The most common symptoms relieved by ATMAT treatment:


* Displaced or prolapsed uterus * Painful periods and/or ovulation * Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation * No menstruation at all * Recurrent pregnancy loss * Fertility issues * Bladder or yeast infections * Endometriosis * Uterine polyps * Painful intercourse * PMS/depression * Ovarian cysts * Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms * Discomforts of pregnancy (UTI’s, sciatica, low back pain, indigestion, heartburn, varicose veins, constipation, headaches, stretch marks, round ligament pain, edema, pain in pubic bone or tail bone) * Breech positioning of baby during pregnancy

MEN: * Early stages of prostate swelling * BPH * Prostatitis

EVERYONE: * Headaches/migraines * Digestive disorders * Chrohn’s disease * Frequent urination * Alleviates varicose veins

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About the author:
Erin McCollough, LMT, RYT

Erin uses her twelve years experience of practicing complementary medicine to help nurture and support healing for women and men. Erin attended both Penn State University and Syracuse University to obtain a Bachelors of Science. While attending Syracuse University, Erin enrolled in a yoga class. That choice has forever changed her life. Since then, she obtained a degree from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage and is both a NYS licensed massage therapist as well as a nationally certified massage therapist through the NCBTMB. In addition, Erin completed the Essential Yoga Teacher Training with Francois Raoult, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance, and has completed both professional training in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) and advanced ATMAT for fertility and pregnancy ( Her own journey into motherhood is her inspiration for assisting women to obtain optimal fertility and reproductive health.

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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

Benefits Of Maya Abdominal Therapy For All Athletes

Woman Athletes and Maya Massage, CNY Healing ArtsFor the past year, CNY Healing Arts has been utilizing Maya Abdominal Therapy on a number of female and male athletes to alleviate a number of chronic injuries.  During this time, we have noticed a significant improvement with uterine and pelvic displacement with these clients.  As everyone begins to increase their training in preparation for the Skinnyman, this is a different massage modality that you may want to incorporate into your daily routine.  Maya Abdominal Therapy is a non-invasive, external massage technique that focuses on guiding internal abdominal organs into their proper position.  The massage helps with a number of issues including lymphatic and circulatory congestion in the abdomen, poor alignment of pelvic bones, and chronic muscle spasms around the low back and sacrum.

The blockage of the flow of fluid in and out of the abdominal region is the main cause of a displaced uterus, and congested prostate. Any distortion in uterine placement or prostate size can result in a decrease of blood flow to the organs. Lymph can be restricted by compression from organs and contraction of muscles.

For women, a major cause of uterine displacement is from running on cement surfaces.  The feet repeatedly striking a hard surface pulls uterine ligaments downward and forward and can cause weak pelvic floor muscles.  These ligaments can be stretched to their maximum tolerance in just one running session.   For both men and women, if the pelvis is displaced, it can lead to issues with IT Band Syndrome and knee pain.

Over worked and fatigued muscles around the lumbar and sacral areas can result in painful spasms and a lack of mobility.  These nerves can become irritated due to compression from these spasms. Many times individuals with chronic low back pain have experienced some type of trauma to the sacrum such as falling on ice, falling down stairs or car accidents.

Maya Abdominal Therapy can help to relieve many of these issues and help to eliminate injuries.  When you come in for a treatment we also teach everyone a 10 minute routine of self care.  Each individual is different and the time frame of change is equally different.  The self care is crucial for changes to take place and those who perform it daily, notice the biggest difference.

-Erika Lutwin BS, LMT

Please call me at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester for more information at 585-244-1280 ext. 2