Loving Your Uterus! with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
by Amy Colo, CPM, LMT & Michele Kolakowski, LMT, CLC, CD & CPD(DONA)
Let’s talk about loving your uterus! She is made to move and be responsive to the changes of your life. In her ideal position, she sits in the center of the pelvis, just above and behind your pubic bone, leans slightly forward over your bladder and rests in front of your sigmoid colon and rectum. Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and your vaginal wall support her with space to grow through each menstrual cycle and pregnancy. She is tethered by four sets of beautiful ligaments that stretch to accommodate a growing baby. And because of her flexibility, she is fairly easily bumped out of place – by an accident or pelvic injury, habitual one-sided activities, heavy lifting including babies, multiple pregnancies, labors with prolonged pushing or assisted delivery with suction or forceps, sedentary lifestyle sitting on the sacrum instead of our pelvic bones… just life!
Maya Abdominal Therapy® is a profoundly effective massage treatment for your magnificent uterus any time in life but especially for fertility and the childbearing years. If you’re preparing to plant the seeds of pregnancy, Maya Abdominal Therapy helps cultivate a healthier uterus – a rich garden to grow a healthy baby. For pregnant and postpartum moms, it’s invaluable for your wellness while your uterus shows off her wisdom. It is also an effective treatment for many common problems including PMS, menstrual pain and irregularity, uterine prolapse and urinary incontinence.
The Maya people – and many other indigenous cultures around the world – understood this. Their healers believed that if a woman’s uterus was off center, her entire being was negatively affected. In ancient times, no healing session was complete without abdominal massage, and the people knew to ask for it. Because of this time honored care ritual, the uterus tended to be more centrally set in her “happy place,” making for easier menses, pregnancies, smoother births and menopause.
When Amy was practicing as a midwife, she integrated Maya Abdominal Therapy in all her prenatal appointments and observed the following results:
- a smoother and efficient labor and birth
- deeper sense of connection with baby
- optimal positioning of the baby
- improved digestion and absorption of nutrients
- decreased aches, pains and edema
- increased relaxation and better sleep
- ideal structural alignment in the pelvis
- increased oxytocin flow
After birth, we use Maya Abdominal Therapy to:
- realign your uterus and help her find a healthy resting place quite quickly
- help tone your pelvic floor
- discourage uterine prolapse and urinary incontinence
- After Cesarean birth, help scar tissue heal beautifully and reduce adhesions that would otherwise cause numbness, pain and dysfunction
- When “your moon” returns, bringing balance and ease to menstruation
One of our favorite aspects of the Arvigo® Techniques is the emphasis on self care. During your first appointment, you’ll learn to do part of the massage for yourself at home. Practicing your self care massage regularly, you support the proper placement of and optimal circulation to your womb. If you’re hoping for or are already pregnant, your baby within also benefits from this circulation boost. The self care massage is also a lovely way to connect with your baby on a regular basis and a time to focus on gratitude and healing after your birth.
Wherever you are in your journey as a woman, we look forward to sharing the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with you. Schedule an appointment with us at the peaceful Sanctuary Healing Arts massage studio within the Joy Collective. Gift cards are also available.
Amy Colo has served our Boulder County, Colorado community as a massage therapist since 2000 and midwife for the homebirth community since 1990. Her interest in alternative medicine began many years ago in college where, as Religious Studies major, she focused her inquiry on the spiritual roots of traditional healing practices. She has recently retired from midwifery to expand her service in touch and teaching. Standing firmly in her midwifery expertise, she is happy to maintain the intimate connection with women during pregnancy and postpartum through massage therapy. She is a certified practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. The Arvigo techniques are the focus of her practice, where she addresses issues pertaining to digestion and dysmenorrhea, fertility and PMS, as well as pregnancy and postpartum. She teaches Self-Care classes for the Arvigo Institute and Prenatal Massage for the Healing Spirits Massage Training Program in Boulder, Colorado. Amy has a profound love of nature, of her family, and of her work.
Amy offers Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, pre + postnatal mama massage, well woman massage and cranial sacral therapy for women and infants. Schedule an appointment with her at the peaceful Sanctuary Healing Arts massage studio within the Joy Collective. Gift cards are also available.
Michele is Sanctuary Healing Arts’ founder and is passionate about improving maternity and newborn care – one pregnancy, one birth and one new family at a time. She brings 25 years of experience to her care of women and their wee ones as well as to her professional collaborations. She’s been massaging mamas and babies since 1992 as Certified Maternity Massage Therapist, Certified Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy practitioner and Certified Educator of Infant Massage. She been caring for families as a birth and postpartum doula since 2004, and is also a Certified Lactation Counselor to help mamas and babies get off to a sweet start. Michele taught maternity and infant massage therapy at Boulder College of Massage Therapy and Cortiva Education for 17 years, before teaching for her long time mentor Carole Osborne with Body Therapy Education based in San Diego, CA. She has also taught on a variety of topics at conferences, spas and hospitals nationwide. Michele also enjoys consulting with families, nurses, midwives and physicians about improving family-centered care and interdisciplinary teamwork. Michele loves high altitude gardening, hikes in the mountain summer flowers and glacial lakes with family and friends, bluegrass music, her yoga and meditation practice, college basketball (go Carolina Tarheels!) and being witness to her teenage boys becoming amazing young men.