If you've never heard of Maya Abdominal Massage, it's time to learn. This is an ancient Latin American technique of bodywork that uses slow, deep, penetrating movements and pressure that can release deep muscle tissue spasms in the entire abdominal area.
This massage technique was reportedly handed down over the generations by a shaman and didn't become popular in the United States until a few decades ago. In 1983, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapath, from Chicago, started a 12-year period of apprenticeship with one of the last living Mayan shamans, Don Elijio Panti, in Belize. According to Dr. Arvigo's website, she watched the revered man in his 90s massage his patients to relieve them of menstrual cramps, headaches, tired legs, infertility, and digestive issues.
"Ancient Mayan healers and midwives throughout Latin America would use specific massage techniques to support fertility, pregnancy, creativity and libido in women," says Jamie Lashbrook of Well Belly Healing, who practices Maya Abdominal Massage.
"What fascinates me most is their intuition concerning the position of the uterus and other pelvic organs in relation to mental, physical and hormonal discomfort and imbalance," Lashbrook continues. "They understood that the uterus, an organ that can move and stretch and grow during childbirth and menstruation, can be susceptible to moving or tipping into a position that is suboptimal at any time."
But Maya Abdominal Massage isn't just for women. Male believers in this practice have experienced relief in the following ways: