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

By Erin McCollough Published on

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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