What to Expect
Maya Abdominal TherapyBefore we meet – I will send you a comprehensive intake form which you should complete prior to your appointment. It takes about 30 minutes. Initial visits are scheduled for 2 hours. We begin with an extensive intake, followed by physical assessment, treatment and education. Finally, we develop plans for self-care between sessions and an expectation of how many professional sessions you will need. You don’t need to wear any particular type of clothing, I will ask you to remove all but your underwear and drape your legs and chest while I work on your abdomen. Because the uterus sits just above the pubic bone, I will be working quite low to begin with. The massage eventually covers the entire abdomen, stimulating circulation of blood, lymph and nerve impulses to all organs. Sessions always include massage to your back, hips and sacrum. With this we are improving nerve flow to abdominal and pelvic organs, supporting proper uterine placement, and aligning your pelvis for your comfort and freedom of movement. I will also teach you the self-massage routine developed by Dr. Arvigo and send you home with written instructions. We recommend that you do this 10-minute massage every day between professional sessions. Daily massage improves and accelerates results. Supportive Modalities: in many cases, I will suggest remedies in addition to the massage. These include castor oil packs, herbal formulas, vaginal steams and variations on the traditional belly-wrap called a faja. We will schedule 60-minute followup appointments 2-4 weeks apart. Plan on at least 3 follow-up appointments for best results.
Maya Abdominal Therapy
Maya Abdominal Therapy to Optimize Pregnancy
Initial Prenatal Session – 90 minutes
Abdominal Therapy keeps you comfortable in pregnancy and helps prepare your body for labor and birth. This session includes intake, a full treatment, and instruction in self-massage.
Maya Abdominal Therapy for Postpartum
Rebalance after Birth Initial Session – 90 minutes
Relieve low back pain, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse. Speed healing from diastasis and cesarean birth, or simply re-set to ensure a quick and full recovery.
Based on an approach developed by physical therapist Lynn Schulte of the Institute for Birth Healing, these sessions enhance the Arvigo techniques postpartum by providing specific soft tissue, pelvic floor and bony release maneuvers to help free the patterns and traumas of birth from these same structures postpartum.
Maya Abdominal Therapy Follow-up Sessions for Established Clients
We will spend a few minutes in conversation and revise your self-care routine as needed. The rest is spent on bodywork – a full Abdominal Therapy treatment and other techniques if indicated.
Therapeutic Massage, including Prenatal and Postpartum
Yes, you can lie on your stomach during a prenatal massage!
We use the BodyCushion for Prenatal Massage that allows you to lie face down safely and comfortably for all posterior work, even in the 3rd trimester!