How Can Mayan Massage Support Endometriosis?

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Written by: Audrey Blanchard LMT

Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside or lining  of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are cells that are shed each month during menses. Endometrial cells attach themselves to tissue outside of the uterus and are referred to as “endometriosis implants”.

Endometriosis is estimated to affect over one million women (estimates range from 3% to 18% of women) in the United States. It is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain and reasons for laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomy in this country. Estimates suggest that between 20% to 50% of women being treated for infertility have endometriosis, and up to 80% of women with chronic pelvic pain may be affected.

Here at ilumina, one of the ways we treat Endometriosis is with the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy®. This type of massage can help loosen adhesions or scar tissue in the abdominal cavity. Gentle massage strokes are used to help align the uterus to a center position and increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. If the uterus is out of place, it can cause additional pain or cramping around menses. Additional blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to support healthy tissues. Along with the in office massages, clients are given special self care instructions that can be done at home, castor oil packs, vaginal steams as well as nutrition and lifestyle modifications that can help to decrease symptoms of Endometriosis.

Check out our case study on Endometriosis here. One client came in for treatment of painful menses, endometriosis and low ovarian function. After a couple of Arvigo Mayan Abdominal massages her pain level went from a 10/10 to a 5/10 with reduced need pain medication at the onset of menses. Also her uterus showing at midline per ultrasound.

Advanced Training in Mayan Massage

Our Massage Therapist, Audrey Blanchard, has recently returned from Michigan where she completed her Certification in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy TM. Audrey has learned advanced techniques to enhance fertility, treat a retroverted uterus, as well as pelvic floor pain. Mayan Abdominal Therapy has been shown to improve symptoms associated with endometriosis, prolapsed uterus or bladder, ovarian cysts, low back pain and digestive disorders including IBS, GERD, chronic constipation. If you suffer from any of these conditions or have not tried Mayan Abdominal Therapy yet, now is the time to schedule your appointment.

The expansion of summer at ilumina

Summer is a time for expansion and growth, we at ilumina are doing just that. I am pleased to welcome Terri Rowan & Marie Verveka to our practice. Terri is a Licensed Massage Therapist that specializes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. A new therapy we are excited to offer at our clinic that promotes female reproductive health. Terri is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Marie is a Licensed Acupuncture practitioner. She joined ilumina to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the clinic as well as at our affiliated physicians offices for IVF. Currently, Marie will be at ilumina on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please read more about our new staff members below

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