Maya Abdominal Massage: Healing from Within


A massage of the abdominal area may sound strange to some people. Yet various forms of abdominal massages have been practiced throughout the centuries. Shiatsu, with its origins in Japan, includes a massage that consists of applying pressure to points in the abdominal area to stimulate digestion and help increase blood flow. Chi Nei Tsang, an ancient Chinese/Thai form of abdominal massage developed by the White Cloud Taoist Monks, is still practiced today with the aim of detoxifying and energizing a person. Abdominal massage also plays a part in Swedish massage with its rhythmic and circular movements on the abdominal area to increase blood circulation, stimulate digestion, and relax the abdominal muscles. While techniques may vary, the concept remains the same: to enhance health and wellbeing.

The Abdominal Massage our Massage Therapist Mafalda practices is based on the traditional healing practices of the Mayan people in Central America. The techniques were only documented in the late 80s when Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopath, herbalist, and massage therapist, settled in Belize where she trained under the wings of Don Elijio Panti, the last Mayan herbal medicine healer who died at the ripe old age of 103 in 1996. He became famous for saying that “When a woman’s uterus is out of balance – so is she.” Although true, this modality also offers many benefits to men as well.

So what is Maya Abdominal Massage

Maya Abdominal therapy is a deep massage of the lower and upper abdomen, back, and sacrum, performed with the aim of loosening the tight muscles around the stomach, pelvic, and diaphragm areas, stimulating the flow of blood and lymph, and rebalancing the hormonal system. Originally practiced to give support to women in all stages of life, from childhood to puberty, the child-bearing years to menopause, and finally, the senior phase of life, it was found that this massage gave relief and comfort to many conditions. These included fertility issues, prolapses of the uterus and bladder, incontinence, irregular, crampy, and painful periods, weak uterine ligaments, miscarriages, scar tissues, fibroids, cysts, blocked Fallopian tubes, hormonal imbalances, and even indigestion.

It was only a matter of time before it was realized that male members of the family could also find relief for their many health problems. Men experiencing mild swelling and inflammation of the prostate, frequent urination, bad circulation in the legs due to varicose veins, and indigestion soon started to appreciate the Mayan technique.

As with other natural therapies, Maya Abdominal massage incorporates a holistic approach to healthcare. The massage, while a vital component, is not the only important aspect when it comes to enhancing health and wellbeing. Good nutrition and lifestyle as well as the emotional status of a person play an important role in finding the key to both physical and mental health. In many cases, the physical state of a person is triggered by the weight of carrying emotional baggage that is deep-seated in the multiple layers of the abdomen. In order to heal, it is important to also deal with the emotional aspects of life.

It must be noted that one does not have to have any health issues to enjoy this type of massage. Maya Abdominal Massage may be used as a preventative measure to ensure the continuation of good health and vitality.

Please note that, although Maya Abdominal Massage is safe for everyone, there are some precautions or contraindications to be considered for some conditions, so it is a good idea to discuss any concerns with the therapist before commencing treatment.

Please contact Alive Physio & Wellness to book your Maya Abdominal Massage. 

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