By Lindsey Bastedo, LMT
Most people will flip their calendar to January, and in doing so, feel revived with possibilities the New Year brings. Coupled with this hope comes the burden of responsibility to make it happen, to go big or go home. But what about going deep?
If you are like me, just the idea of a large change can stop me in my tracks. But what if instead of a huge outward change, we committed to do something small, something simple? It is through these simple, yet profound movements that I have experienced long-lasting, inspiring results.
?Big sweeping life changes really boil down to small everyday decisions?
What I find most halting about common resolutions is that although they are meant to benefit the individual, they rarely include the self-awareness necessary to successfully reach our goals. Self-awareness can be achieved in a variety of ways, but my personal favorite is through self-massage. In one of the most basic ways, using our sense of touch, we can become more in-tune with the rhythms and texture of our bodies. In my massage practice, I offer the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy?. Founded by Rosita Arvigo, and drawn from her 13 year apprenticeship with a Mayan traditional healer in San Ignacio, Belize, the cornerstone of this therapy is a self-care abdominal massage that is taught to every client. Regardless of why a client has searched out this ancient massage, a sense of well-being and wholeness is a common result at the end of the massage session.
Arvigo? Therapy supports reproductive and digestive wellness in men, women, and children. For women, this therapy may provide relief from painful or irregular periods, painful intercourse, chronic miscarriage, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and other women?s health issues. For men, the abdominal massage may be helpful in addressing mild prostasis, erectile dysfunction, and problems with incomplete or frequent urination. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy? support digestive health, and may provide relief from IBS symptoms, constipations, diarrhea and other digestive ailments. The abdominal massage is a gentle, yet powerful external massage that helps the digestive and reproductive organs function optimally.
The self-care massage is taught to clients as a part of their initial Arvigo? session. During the first appointment, we complete a thorough health intake, and review exercise and diet routine, as well as lifestyle habits. Clients will receive a professional massage session that includes work on the abdomen and back (with an emphasis on the low back, which feels great for people who suffer with low back pain). Most importantly, we spend time reviewing options for self-care like: the abdominal massage, using castor oil packs, and vaginal steaming. In a straight-forward way, this therapy puts you back in touch with your body, effectively putting your health into your own two hands.
Abdominal massage connects us with our deeper selves because it is where we store our emotions. Our abdomen is one of the most vulnerable parts of our body. It is in this place that we first connected with another person, our mother, through our umbilical cord. Even in our language, you can see the connection between our emotions and our belly. When we are excited or nervous, we get ?butterflies in our stomach?. When we experience something horrific or highly emotional, we describe it as ?gut-wrenching?. And when we are advised to listen to our intuition, we call that ?following our gut-instinct?. It is in this area of our body that we carry our wisdom, our deep knowing. When we are living in a way that is in line with this part of ourselves, it feels good; when we make decisions out of line with this part of ourselves, we usually feel unsettled, especially in our abdomen. Thankfully, the path to resolving these feelings can begin simply with acknowledging they exist. By placing our attention and our touch on our breath and belly, we can move from our hyper-logical selves into our intuitive knowing. We can change our troubles into our teachers. This action is simple, yet it takes a lot of courage. To acknowledge our vulnerabilities, our hardships, our unexpressed fears and resentments is one of life?s greatest challenges. A challenge worth considering in this new year.
?Fear knocked on the door, faith answered: no one was there.?
– Rosita Arvigo
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy? provide a way to reconnect with yourself in a safe and life-giving way. This year, before we reach out, let us take a look within. And before we ?go big? — let us have the courage to go deep.
Maya Abdominal Therapy
1107 Mississippi Ave., Suite 103
St. Louis, MO 63104
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