There are many reasons a person might seek out The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage (ATMAT). One of the most prominent reasons is to see if it can improve fertility, particularly for women with unexplained infertility and/or women seeking a more natural approach to fertility challenges.
The idea in general is that through the massage there is an improvement in the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the pelvic region. If the uterus is displaced off to one side or toward the sacrum or lower in the pelvic bowel than is optimal, then there is potential for it to affect the blood flow in the area the uterus is leaning against, if not well centered.
Many ligaments and muscles hold the uterus in place and attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments can and do move to accommodate a growing fetus and to adjust when the bladder or bowel is full. Hard falls or physical and sometimes emotional traumas can impact the uterus and/or the ligaments and muscles. Over time they can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.
When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict the normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. It doesn’t take many extra ounces of blood or muscle tissue sitting on blood and lymph vessels to cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. Also, there is a chance that due to malpositioning, one or both of the ovaries can be impacted by the restricted flow of oxygenated blood, and congestion and/or adhesions might develop. This potentially also reduces nerve communication and hormonal balance within the feedback loop between the pituitary, liver and digestive system.
Homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, can be restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs by massaging the uterus back into place. When stored cellular waste products and toxins are cleared, nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
As with many natural types of treatment, some women respond very quickly and others may not notice much movement toward their goal within six months to a year of monthly treatments. About half of the women who have come in to see me to improve fertility through ATMAT become pregnant shortly after one or two sessions and go on to have healthy pregnancies even after previously trying for up to 5 years. The remainder of clients, each with varying health histories and life situations have varying responses.
Responses are different for everyone, and unfortunately it’s not possible to predict what will result at the start of the sessions. At the very least, anyone coming in to improve chances of conceiving can view the treatment as good preparation for pregnancy. They can expect improvement of circulation within the abdomen and pelvic bowl, as well as improved or optimal positioning of the uterus for when conception does occur.