What Is Maya Abdominal Massage?

A long time ago, before c-sections and umbilical hernia repair, I had a Maya Abdominal Massage. My issues with my internal organs and abdominal muscles were very limited and mild then compared to now. Recently, I started thinking about Maya Abdominal Massage and wondering if it might be a good form of massage therapy for me these days. Here’s more about what Maya Abdominal Massage is, its benefits, and how to find a therapist.

Maya Abdominal Massage

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy

Thanks to Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN for the image.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy website says that their practice is “founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs that have shifted, thereby restricting the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi.” Although the Mayan technique has existed for hundreds of years, somewhat recently Dr. Rosita Arvigo created this particular holistic health care approach which combines “massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing.”

So, the Arvigo Technique uses Maya Abdominal Massage in conjunction with several other therapies for treatment. This means that if you visit an Arvigo therapist, you will not strictly receive a Maya Abdominal Massage. Instead, you’ll receive that massage in conjunction with other therapies.

Please note that while Maya Abdominal Massage certification might be an option for massage therapists, it seems that the Arvigo Technique is more popular. This means that it may be easier to find an Arvigo practitioner than a massage therapist that strictly carries a Maya Abdominal Massage certification.

Benefits of Maya Abdominal Massage

According to The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy website, some of the benefits of this form of therapy include:

  • restores a tilted or prolapsed uterus to its neutral position,
  • painless menes,
  • healthy pregnancy,
  • effective labor and birth,
  • reduces fibroid tumors,
  • improves endometriosis,
  • reduces adhesions from C-section,
  • relieves prostate swelling,
  • alleviates varicose veins,
  • reduces premature ejaculation,
  • relieves some impotency problems,
  • reduces the need to urinate frequently.

In addition to these benefits, other sources claim that Maya Abdominal Massage is an effective treatment for digestive disorders such as gastritis and indigestion. Also, many women use Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy to treat women’s health issues that cause infertility.

My Experience

Many years ago, before C-sections and umbilical hernia repair, I decided to try Maya Abdominal Massage. A friend of mine got certified in it, and I’m always up to try any form of massage. I am, in fact, a massage junkie.

Maya Abdominal Massage is particularly interesting to me because in other forms of massage the internal organs and abdominal muscles are completely ignored. Yet, in this form of massage, they are the primary focus.

The massage was very relaxing and, while I couldn’t notice any improvements in my intestinal health, I enjoyed the experience. To be fair, I don’t believe I had any health issues at the time that would particularly benefit from this therapy.

Now, though, I am a perfect candidate. With 2 C-sections, an umbilical hernia repair, and diastasis rectus abdominis on my health history; I would certainly benefit from this massage style.

How to Find a Therapist

Personally, I’m a big fan of Google. My Google and I have a really great relationship, and it hasn’t failed me yet. Normally, I turn here first.

Then, I look for professional websites that have directories. At The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy website, they have a directory of approved practitioners. Click here to search this directory.

Finally, I turn to Facebook. If your friends are like mine, they have strong opinions. Anytime I’m looking for someone reputable to do something for me, I ask my friends. They will probably let you know about any experiences they’ve had–good or bad.

If you have intestinal or women’s health issues, Maya Abdominal Massage could help. It’s also beneficial even if you just want to keep your body systems running smoothly.

However, it is very important that you receive your massage from someone who is certified to practice Maya Abdominal Massage. When done incorrectly, this massage technique can cause harm to your organs and body systems.

Have you had Maya Abdominal Massage? Let us know about your experience in the comments. Make sure to leave a recommendation for any therapist who does a good job. 

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.


  1. Shannon on July 24, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I too am a massage junkie. Thank you for highlighting so many variations!

    • Sarah Stockett on July 24, 2018 at 9:58 am

      You’re welcome! Let me know if there are any other massage styles that you’ve tried. I’d be happy to write about it!