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Maya Massage: A Healing Practice Every Woman Should Know

World Class Spa, Health Facilitates in Riviera NayaritMy first experience with Maya Abdominal Massage left me feeling rested, connected, and curious about the origins of this unique treatment.

Known today as Arvigo Maya Massage, after Rosita Arvigo, Rosita developed the technique in part from her 10-year apprenticeship with Don Elijo Panti, heralded by the New York Times as “The last Maya master healer in Belize.”

Don Elijo taught the abdominal massage to Rosita Arvigo, who carried it into the modern world as a complete package of healing. She brought to it over 30 years of training and experience in massage, naprapathy, herbology, and spiritual healing, creating a holistic approach to healing that addresses a host of physical, emotional, and spiritual illnesses.

In her book, “Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul,” she details numerous Mayan remedies applicable to our modern day. The exhaustive list includes menopause, migraines, asthma, warts, toothaches, infertility, diarrhea, to name a few. Many are extremely simple teas that can be made from fresh plants or dried herbs. Contraindications are listed as well, so you know when not to use it. Herbal baths and homemade poultices are outlined, as well as her personal stories of treating people with unique complaints.

A little-known benefit of Maya abdominal massage is its ability to enhance fertility and correct a prolapsed or tipped uterus.

Even if you’re not trying to conceive or don’t have a problem with fertility, you quite possibly could be among the 75 percent of women who have a prolapsed uterus [1].

Here’s why:

The uterus is held in position by muscles and ligaments that connect it to the pelvis. These uterine ligaments are designed to stretch as a baby begins to grow or as our bladders/bowels become full.

When these ligaments and muscles become weak and loose, they can no longer hold up the uterus correctly. The result is a prolapsed or tipped uterus. The uterus can fall into any number of incorrect positions.

Many women are told that a tipped or prolapsed uterus is no big deal. In fact, it is a big deal.

When the uterus is incorrectly aligned, the normal flow of blood and lymph are constricted and can disrupt nerve connection. The circulation of blood to the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and bowel is blocked [1].

The Maya believe a woman’s center is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she,” says Don Elijo Panti.

Also called a “wandering womb,” a prolapsed or tipped uterus can be corrected by Maya abdominal massage. This external, noninvasive massage strengthens the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus and ovaries. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few months to get the uterus to slide back into place.

I was surprised to learn, not only that the majority of women are walking around with a prolapsed uterus and don’t even know it, but also that the causes of a prolapsed uterus are things modern women are doing all the time.

Here’s a list of just a few of the activities that can cause a prolapsed or tipped uterus:

  • falls
  • car accidents
  • overstretching during pregnancy/labor resulting in weakened ligaments
  • running on concrete
  • chronic constipation
  • high-impact activities like dancing, aerobics, horseback riding, or gymnastics
  • wearing heels

Maya massage is not just for fertility. It’s also beneficial to women who have had hysterectomies, men, and children. In men, the abdominal massage ensures a full blood supply to the prostate, preventing swelling and inflammation. It can help also help relieve premature ejaculation and the need to urinate frequently. It is a wonderful way to naturally regulate and improve painful periods.

That’s right. Periods are not supposed to be painful.

Maya massage also encourages self-care, which is a simple abdominal massage one performs at home to keep the muscles and ligaments in their new, healthy position. After years of being positioned incorrectly, muscles will naturally move back into their incorrect positions if not maintained.

The Mayans believe that many human emotions are stored in the abdomen. They aren’t alone in that belief, as many cultures focus on the abdomen as a source of healing and power. Thai massage and Chinese medicine have specific treatments for the abdomen. The abdomen is also home to three of the six main chakras in Kundalini Yoga; Mooladhara, Swadhisthana, and Manipura.

In addition to physically releasing deep tension and refreshing the blood flow to muscles and organs, Maya massage also reopens blocked energy paths and can release blocked chi, or life force, that has accumulated due to pent-up emotions.

The words of my Maya masseuse regarding a woman’s relationship to her uterus rang true to me:

“Love is made here. Life is made here.”

As women, and even as humans, we often reach outside of ourselves for fulfillment, connection, love, or contentment.

I’d suggest there is a powerhouse of energy stored in our abdomens, physically and emotionally. Reconnecting with the source of our being, of who we are, what we’re capable of, and the gift of being a woman can inform our lives on a grand scale.

When you go for your first Maya massage, you will likely receive a Vaginal Steam Bath. Unusual as this may sound, it’s noninvasive and involves merely sitting on a chair over a bowl of steaming herbs. The steam Grand Velas Ritualbath introduces healing heat to the uterus and is an effective treatment for many female complaints, as well as good preventative care.

Finding a local Maya masseuse will vary depending on your location. In my county there are only two. In other areas it’s a more popular treatment and is widely available.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit the website of Rosita Arvigo here or read one of her many books.

Please share any comments or questions below!

References: [1] Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul, by Rosita Arvigo & Nadine Epstein

The Akashic Records….Your Personal Soul Library

A defining moment that propelled me forward on my personal spiritual journey, was reading Out on a Limb, Shirley MacLaine’s 1983 autobiographical accounts of her own spiritual journey.  My quest has led me down many revealing avenues, exploring so many possibilities, that they are far too numerous to even begin to list.  It seems fitting that at this point in my journey, I re-found Shirley (though she was never really lost to me), by way of her newest book, I’m Over All That.  I know how far I’ve come, there has really been no turning back for me, so it was with great anticipation that I sat down to read her stories and to see where the last three decades have led her.

She never pulls any punches, always saying exactly what she feels and thinks.  The book has no index, so not knowing what to expect next, I was curious when I got to the chapter “Will We Ever Get Over the Akashic Records?”  I dove in with an open enthusiasm, as I have personally been aware of the Akashic Records for many years.  Also referred to as “The Book of Life”, references to them go back to antiquity.  They are non-denominational and have no ties to any religion or Church.  Those who believe in them claim they were used by ancient peoples around the world, including Indians, Tibetans, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Hebrews, Christians and Mayans.  The belief was that there was some sort of celestial tablets that existed containing both the history of mankind, along with all spiritual information.  Even the Bible mentions these records as “The Book of Life”  in both the Old and New Testaments.

The Akashic Records are, simply put, the knowledge of all things.  Akasha is the Sanskrit word for sky, space or aether.  They are defined as the primordial source energy that is imprinted by each soul as it travels on it’s journey from inception to the present moment.  Each person also has their own record of their soul’s journey – all past, present and future information is recorded there.  Call it your individual personal library of your soul’s journey.  Like silly putty, it is imprinted with everything. Intriguing idea.

Everything that has ever occurred is recorded; each thought, word, action, feeling and intent of every person.  Like a huge cosmic world wide web that has existed since the creation of the universe, each of us has our own etheric webpage which when accessed, can guide us, helping to clear karma, contracts and vows.  Respected scientist Ervin Laszlo also referred to them as the A-Field in his book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything

Some people access them through doing a past life regression.  I believe an experience my daughter Lani and I had many years ago might in fact have been us accessing our Akashic Records simultaneously.  At the time, our house had been burglarized and one day, a few weeks later, my very young daughter and I were talking and she said to me, “sometimes I think you’re a burglar with my mommy’s face on.”  I didn’t understand and tried to reassure her I wasn’t.  But, after doing a guided past life regression, we all saw the same scene from a previous life, where in fact I was a burglar and had frightened a sleeping child, who my daughter was in that lifetime. The fear and trauma was somehow cleared.  Interesting.

Personally, I am very fortunate that my good friend Lisa Barnett is a certified Akashic Record teacher and consultant, as well as Vice President of ARCI, (Akashic Record Consultants International).  Very few qualify for status in ARCI, so how lucky am I!  I have my own personal guide who leads me into my Records.  We’ve done numerous readings which have helped me to clarify many things.  After giving her permission and saying my full legal name, she uses a sacred 50 year old prayer brought forth from the Mayans and opens my personal records.  It is that easy to do.  Now, I’m ready to ask any and all my pressing questions and receive direction from my Lords, Masters and Teachers. The Dalai Lama has referred to those that govern and protect the Records as a group of nonphysical light beings called Lords of the Records.  Although I haven’t done it myself yet, Lisa does teach how to access your own records, which is the way I read Shirley MacLaine works with them.

The list of well knowns who have claimed to consciously use the Akashic Records includes Alice Bailey, Nostradamus, Rudolph Steiner and Edgar Cayce.  Edgar Cayce, himself a Christian, when asked in an interview, stated that the Akashic Records and God’s Book of Life were one and the same.

Imagine the possibilities that accessing your own records can have for you!  You are free to ask about virtually anything.  Once opened, you can understand and clear past karmic energy that might be creating any current life blocks and stopping you from moving forward.  From love and relationships, abundance and money, to health or career; if there is something you are curious to know about, ask and you shall receive an answer.  I had my own recurring money issue that came up yet again, and in a session with Lisa, we identified where it originated and I do believe, cleared it forever.  What a relief, as it was a really long time coming.

Although these ideas might be new for some, and fodder for non-believers, I point out that even Hollywood has included the Akashic Record theme in films.  Think of Albert Brooks in Defending Your Life or Kirk Douglas in Illusion. And most recently, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.  So, I’ll leave you with a final thought from Ms. MacLaine’s book that to me, sums it all up.  In referring to the Dalai Lama she says, “I find it fascinating that his beliefs in the soul’s journey through time (reincarnation) never elicit cynicism or derision, but that same belief from a Westerner who works in show business elicits derisive smirks.  Maybe it’s only a matter of wardrobe.”

Maybe for some, but I’m definitely a believer, regardless of the wardrobe.  Are you?  I am most interested in hearing your thoughts on reincarnation, karma and the Akashic Records.

I did a radio show recently on The Akashic Records, and Lisa Barnett was the opening guest. If you would like to learn more about this topic, listen here.


(1) MacLaine, Shirley. I’m over All That: and Other Confessions. Cammeray, N.S.W.: Simon & Schuster Australia,   2011. Print. pg. 177


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