With Hannah Neumann
Hannah is a Practitioner of the Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy with advanced training in supporting women through preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum. Hannah graduated with a BA in Psychology from Bellarmine University in 2012, and from Birthwise Midwifery School in June of 2018. She is currently completing her final requirements to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and works as an assistant midwife with two local midwifery practices.
WHAT ARE THE ARVIGO® TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY?
The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are founded on the ancient Maya technique of abdominal massage. This technique is performed through gentle external massage of the abdomen, low back, and sacrum.
Arvigo® Therapy is best known for addressing misalignment, congestion, and tension within the abdominal region. It works to relieve many common reproductive and digestive disorders. The techniques effectively alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction to improve the vital flow of energy, blood, lymph, and nerves within the body. This therapy also works to release emotional tension held within the abdomen, and supports our innate ability to return to a state of homeostasis.
HISTORY OF ARVIGO THERAPY
The techniques performed in an Arvigo Therapy treatment are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage. Dr. Rosita Arvigo combined her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and naprapathy (study of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue) with these traditional methods to form the Arvigo Therapy. The techniques were taught to Dr. Arvigo during her ten year apprenticeship with traditional Mayan healer Don Elijio Panti, who was recognized by the New York Times as “The last Maya master healer in Belize.” She studied closely with Don Elijio until he passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. Dr. Arvigo also studied with Hortence Robinson, a Belizean midwife who assisted women in childbirth for over 60 years.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT
Each treatment is tailored to meet your individual needs. Initial appointments typically last 2+ hours during which time we will (1) review your health history and current health care needs, (2) complete a full hour long treatment, (3) provide you with instruction in how to perform self care massage techniques at home, and (4) discuss a follow-up treatment plan.
Arvigo treatment includes:
Anterior treatment: Abdominal massage to align pelvic organs, reduce tension and tissue constriction, thereby increasing the flow of blood, lymph, nerves, and chi.
Posterior treatment: Neuromuscular massage to mid and lower back muscles, gentle structural alignment of spine and hips, techniques focused on sacrum.
COMMON SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS
Arvigo® Therapy aims to treat a wide array of reproductive and gastrointestinal complaints as therapeutic techniques focus on the abdomen, low back, sacrum, and hips to trigger deep healing for all of the body’s systems. The following are the most common symptoms and conditions that Arvigo Therapy may help address:
Benefits for female anatomy
Alignment of tilted or prolapsed uterus or bladder
Relief of painful menstruation
Irregular menstruation or ovulation
Preconception & fertility enhancement
Reduction of scar tissue
Works to relieve symptoms of endometriosis
Supports transition through perimenopause and menopause
Aids in reduction of ovarian cysts / uterine fibroids
Reduction of chronic bladder or yeast infections
Benefits for male anatomy
Alleviates symptoms of mild prostatitis (frequent, painful and/or difficult urination, incomplete evacuation of urine, pain in low back)
Reduces prostate swelling in some cases of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Works to alleviate male impotence and some cases of erectile dysfunction
Benefits for Pregnancy & Postpartum
Improves blood flow to the pelvic floor and baby
Optimize alignment of uterine position
Reduction in nausea, heartburn, constipation
Improves digestion and absorption
Helps normalize pelvic alignment, mobility of the sacrum during labor
Protects uterine ligaments from exaggerated stretching and eases round ligament pain
Increase oxytocin through physical touch and relaxation of nervous system
Helps facilitate space to heal past traumas
Post surgery loving touch for cesarean birth, reduction of scar tissue
Supports postpartum realignment of spine and pelvic organs
Postpartum restoration of abdomen, soothing to sore muscles
Provides relaxation for the new mother so she can bond and care for her baby
Benefits For Everyone
Relieves chronic headaches/migraines
Relieves common digestive disorders, such as reflux and heartburn
Aids in increasing general energy levels
Alleviates symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Alleviates symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Aids in reduction of chronic constipation
Relieves chronic low back pain
Alleviates restricted breathing due to anxiety and tension
CONTRAINDICATIONS, CAUTIONS, AND MODIFICATIONS
There are certain conditions where application of these techniques are either contraindicated or require modification. Please consult with your practitioner if you have any questions.
During active menstruation
Immediately after abdominal surgery
Active, acute infection or cancer present in pelvic area
During the first trimester of pregnancy (modification)
Hiatal hernia (modification)
Pessary for uterine prolapse (remove prior to session) (modification)
WHAT IS "SELF-CARE" AND WHY DOES IT HELP?
The self-care massage is what makes Arvigo Therapy unique! Dr. Rosita Arvigo understood the value of empowering clients to take healing into their own hands. During your initial visit you will be taught self-care techniques to apply at home to complement the therapeutic benefits of your session. Many clients report enhanced wellness benefits when performing regular self-care massage. Through self-care massage you will develop a deeper understanding of your body, see faster results from the work, and in many cases lessen the need for treatments with a therapist.
RATES AND TREATMENT PLANS
Ideally clients allow a 3 month period of focused Arvigo treatment to address their health care needs and make strides towards improving their presenting symptoms. Treatment plans vary based on your health history and needs, and may also include home use of castor oil packs, herbal formulas, vaginal steams, and other wellness tips.
Initial treatment : 2+hr / $125
Follow up treatments: 1+hr / $75
Fertility Enhancement Plan: 2+hr initial session + 3 follow-up treatments / $300
10 treatments: includes initial visit +8 prenatal +1 postpartum/ $725
7 treatment: includes initial visit + 5 prenatal +1 postpartum/ $600
HOW DOES ARVIGO THERAPY® HELP ME PREPARE FOR IUI OR IVF?
This therapy helps to balance blood and nutrient flow to the reproductive organs and while also supporting the lymphatic system to clear away waste from the reproductive tract. Arvigo Therapy also works to bring the uterus into its optimal anatomic position, thereby helping to improve fresh blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Supportive modalities such as castor oil packs, herbal formulas, and vaginal steams each may support an individual as they prepare for pregnancy.
WHEN CAN I HAVE ARVIGO THERAPY® TREATMENTS?
Ideally clients will allow a 3 month period of treatment prior to conception, during which time we will work to bring the body into optimal functioning to prepare for pregnancy. However, if you have already begun the IUI or IVF process, this therapy can still be very beneficial. We will customize the best treatment plan for you depending where you are in the IUI or IVF process.
As with all clients, we work in tune with your menstrual cycle. The best time to receive the treatment is in the window after menstruation and before ovulation. During this time your ovarian follicles are still maturing and can benefit from increased circulation. As you prepare for the IUI or IVF process, Arvigo Therapy can also help balance abdominal bloating and relax the nervous system. Arvigo Therapy is a relaxing, emotionally supportive treatment during a time that can be stressful for many women.
Treatments can be performed once a week up to when the IUI or IVF stimulation cycle begins. Ideally, we are able to schedule you for 3-4 visits leading up to stimulation of the ovaries. It is also beneficial to have a treatment scheduled prior to a Frozen Embryo Transfer or prior to IUI (without injectable stimulation).
Abdominal massage (including self care massage) should not be done after the transfer (or IUI insemination) and until weeks 20 of pregnancy. Other supportive therapies such as Acupuncture are safe to use during this period.
ARVIGO® THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Arvigo Therapy can be a wonderful support throughout pregnancy and postpartum recovery. The techniques work to strengthen and normalize uterine function, provide emotional support during pregnancy, and help support healing after childbirth. Monthly treatments until the third trimester are recommended, followed by increasing frequency of every 2-4 weeks as you approach your estimated due date. At least one treatment at 6 weeks postpartum is included in all pregnancy packages.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ARVIGO THERAPY DURING PREGNANCY
As your baby and uterus grow, uterine/pelvic ligaments and pelvic floor muscles, experience additional strain. With regular treatments, the uterus is encouraged to stay well-positioned and receives optimal blood supply, so both baby and uterus grow strong and resilient.
Techniques focused on the upper abdomen can bring relief of common symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, and shortness of breath. Gentle massage of hips, low back, and sacrum work to reduce muscle tension, as well as restore balance to overstretched muscles and ligaments while also providing a much needed stretch to the hips and sacrum (a favorite technique among pregnant clients!)
Arvigo pregnancy massage begins after the first trimester, most commonly around 20 weeks gestation. To receive optimum benefits, most mothers find six to nine prenatal sessions and at least one postpartum session to be optimal.
POSTPARTUM HEALING WITH ARVIGO THERAPY
Postpartum is a time of physical and emotional readjustments. The techniques used help your body's innate healing process as you undergo both physiologic and structural changes. Postpartum massage helps to realign the spine, restore the abdomen, soothe sore muscles, and relax the new mother-- all of which help her to bond with and care for her infant.
A new mom can receive Arvigo Therapy at 6 weeks postpartum and resume her self care massage regimen at this time. There are additional benefits of receiving this therapy during the immediate and long-term postpartum periods.
To find out more about Arvigo Therapy visit: ArvigoTherapy.com