It doesn't do what you think it does
Mayan Abdominal Massage "healers" say that they are physically moving the uterus into a "good position" which increases circulation and therefore healing.
If there's anything I've learned over my years of research and practicing different manual therapy techniques, it's that although hands-on techniques can sometimes be helpful, it's not totally understood why. Of course not everything can be seen with the naked eye or understood by science. But what we do know is that it's not because we're physically moving things (joints, muscles, nerves, organs) into position. And by the way, contrary to popular belief, things don't actually just "go out of place" anyway.
As far as moving organs around in someone's body, there's a lot of tissue surrounding those organs, so it would take much more than some gentle, external pressure for that to happen. I've spent hours working inside a cadaver. There is a lot going on around the internal organs and many connections to the abdominal wall, ligaments, tendons, and other organs. The organs are not really mobile unless something has been torn loose. Thankfully!
It really begs the question as to why the uterus would be in an "abnormal" position in the first place. Again, it doesn't just happen. So unless the underlying illness or injury is addressed, even IF you could move a uterus "back into place" if the problem is still there that caused it, won't it just return to that position? Of course there can be tight spots and contractures from inflammation, scar tissue, and injuries, but the amount we are actually able to physically move organs with our hands is miniscule.
The hands-on massage techniques probably do have some benefits however. Massage is known to increase circulation and lymph flow which can deeply healing especially when movement or exercise isn't well-tolerated. Plus the social and emotional support felt through human touch can have immeasurable benefits as well.
Over time, with movement, great lifestyle habits, hydrotherapy, and yes, bodywork, things can function better and perhaps have less pressure from the surrounding tissues and less inflammation. But really, unless there's an injury of some sort, the position is not as important as the overall function.
But Mayan Abdominal Massage is not just a massage technique
Even if you don't care if the uterus is being moved or not, just so long as it helps, be aware that Mayan Abdominal Massage is a spiritually-focused practice. And even IF you wanted to go for the physical aspect only, that's not really what the method is about. As I mentioned earlier, the force used can't just move organs around. Instead practitioners give credit to not their physical force but rather an energetic one. Practitioners of Mayan Abdominal Massage call themselves "energy healers" and openly acknowledge that they are working with you on a deeper level than the physical alone. The whole premise of Mayan Abdominal Massage is based on a shaman practice from thousands of years ago. It was more about energy healing than the hands-on techniques. And that is still how it is taught and practiced today.
Mayan Abdominal Massage techniques don't just promise to reposition organs, but to improve the "chi" or "life force energy." They are very open about its roots being a "sacred" practice passed down from a shape-shifting Mayan priest called a shaman (someone with connections to the spirit world - the evil spirit world). From the Arvigo website:
The Arvigo Techniques® bring together bodywork, traditional remedies, herbal knowledge and spiritual healing to support the restoration of the body and being to a state of wholeness - where the chu’lel (a Maya word for life force energy) can flow freely.
The practice has been "Westernized" to make it more culturally acceptable
And while the description of Mayan Abdominal Massage on most practitioners' websites has been watered down to sound more medical and therefore more acceptable to Western, modern medical culture, it still holds true to it's roots with spirituality at its core. The Arvigo website lists their classes, like Maya Spiritual Bathing, that are heavily steeped in spiritual practices. This is about much more than a physical bodywork technique. And they are well aware of it.
Here in the Western medicine world it has been taught and widely accepted that you can disconnect the physical from spiritual. But the truth is that we are each a whole person, physical, mental, spiritual. You cannot disconnect one from another. And, full disclosure, I do pray to God/Jesus with and for my clients.
I would encourage you to dig deeper and do your own research with discretion. If you pray, ask God to help you see what the truth is and not be dragged down by the evil surrounding many of the "alternative practices" that are widely accepted today. And if you're looking into doing anything to or for your body, go to the roots of where the practice originated to understand the true motives of it's teachers and practitioners. There is so much more than meets the eye. And they are not as harmless as they would have us believe. If you accept help from any spirit other than God, it always comes with a penalty.
So while I personally do not recommend Mayan Abdominal Massage for my clients or anyone else, I will leave the decision up to you based on the facts and what you believe is best for you.
Wishing you well.
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