The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® can have profound benefits even if your uterus has been removed.
In my posts on Arvigo®, I often talk about its benefits in relation to uterine alignment. Does that mean if your uterus has been removed Arvigo® would be a pointless exercise? Absolutely not! Those who are post-hysterectomy can gain much from this abdominal massage. Soften and Realign Scar Tissue Even when necessary, surgery is a trauma to the body affecting th
Gut health is a key indicator in overall health and, as this study shows, may also be linked with the pain we feel. Our gut microbiome consists of many different healthy flora and bacteria. When it is balanced, we feel calmer, happier, and healthier. Out of balance, we experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, and a host of digestive problems. Deficiencies in the gut microbiome are also related to autism and Parkinson's disease. This research published in Anesthesiology
What does uterine placement have to do with our health? Everything! Our pelvic spaces are a complex intersection of stability and movement, top and bottom, intake and release. Many important nervous, circulatory, and fascial structures originate in this area. And smack in the center of it all is the uterus. The uterus is the Queen around which all of the other organs and tissues orient. What happens when the Queen forgets her good posture? Current Western medicine gives us a
Check for these trigger points if you have pelvic or genital pain!
Knots are a source of pain in many conditions including those in the pelvic area. Really! If we do consider trigger points as a contributor to our incontinence or genital pain, we will usually think of only addressing those that occur in the pelvic floor. And that’s super valuable! But trigger points in external muscles can also create the pelvic discomfort. Below is a list of external muscles that can ref
Ever wonder if your headaches and jaw pain are connected to your pelvic dysfunction? You’d be right! One of the tenants of bodywork I most impress upon my clients is dysfunction in one area affects the whole system. Your foot pain will change your walking pattern which will affect your hips which will pull on your shoulders. Your shoulder injury will change how you use your arms which will affect your posture that in turn could cause problems with your neck and low back. S
Men’s pelvic floors need attention too! Self penile massage can be a great tool to support sexual function and overall health. Pelvic floor health is often on the lowest rung of the ladder when discussing physical health. When it is mentioned, it is often in relationship to pregnancy or other women’s issues. But men have pelvic floors too! And they can also be affected by pain and dysfunction.
Self penile massage can be a wonderfully supportive tool for you address pelvi
Self care and self love. Basically buzzwords at this point, these concepts still have huge implications for and importance in our everyday life. But there is a missing element…
Take a bubble bath. Read a book. Walk in the sun. When first learning about self care (and yes, it does need to be learned), these types of suggestions hit the top of the list. As you dig deeper, recommendations become a little deeper. Look at your finances. Be objective about your relationship.
Pain in your bladder, pressure in your pelvis. Disruptive, uncomfortable, and illusive to treatment. Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Massage can help!
Usually I try to come up with more creative titles for my blog posts, but for a condition that can be mystifying I figured a little straight-shooting was in order here. Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), is a chronic pain disorder that falls under the even broader umbrella of chronic pelvic pai
Chronic Pelvic Pain. This term encompasses conditions ranging from endometriosis to painful sex (dysperonia), incontinence to constipation, pelvic floor inhibition to over activation. These are complex conditions with a multitude of contributing factors. As such, it can a be frustrating nightmare when looking for answers. But complexity in this instance also offers those with these conditions several avenues to begin addressing the pain at home as well as gather information
Flexing your pelvic floor, commonly known as “doing Kegels,” has gained huge popularity over the past couple of decades. And for good reason. Gaining better control of your pelvic muscles can enhance your sexual health and enjoyment as well as benefit your digestive and respiratory systems. Kegels can help to improve urinary incontinence and decrease pelvic pain. Plus, this exercise can be done literally anywhere at any time! But there are two major, common misconceptions a
Tami Kent is a leader in women’s health and developer of Holistic Pelvic Care - a system of internal vaginal massage and energy work that helps women to restore balance to their pelvic floor and energetic root. Her book, Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body, is considered a staple in the women’s pelvic health field. Filled with case studies, personal reflections, actionable exercises, and affirming insights, it is easy to understand why both practiti
Are you a woman who experiences pain during penetrative intercourse? It’s a “normal” or acceptable amount of pain, right? Or maybe you feel like some strange anomaly? Either way, what can you really do about it? Well, I’m here to assure you you’re not alone, it isn’t normal, and you have options! In this post I’m going to be referencing a survey by Herbenick et al. done in 2012. It has some limitations, including that it analyzes only penile penetrative sex and only consi
In the care-giving world there is a term that describes the ability to be completely present for another person without judgement, open to whatever the other needs in that moment. It is called “holding space.” This is an element of therapeutic care that most professionals strive to achieve for their clients. But recently I have come to realize how important this type of openness is to give to yourself. In fact, I believe it is possibly the most essential tool we can have
Not long ago, a regular client came in complaining of shortness of breath as was as her usual pain. With a history of asthma and sinus issues, this wasn't super unusual. But the symptoms were becoming so pronounced, my client was concerned with the possibility of a hospitalizing asthma attack. Because she remained composed and there were no audible or visual signs of distress, I was unaware of the extent of the situation. (Side note: please, please, please let your therapist
“Thank you so much for helping me! A lot of women who do pelvic work will not work with men, so it can be difficult. I am so glad you agreed to see me because I think this is really going to work.” A man who recently came to see me for pelvic floor dysfunction and pain told me this at the end of his session. It is one of the most humbling and thought provoking things I have yet heard from a client. As a women working in pelvic care, most of my pelvic floor dysfunction clie
Dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia. Big words for extremely painful menstruation and painful sex during penetration, respectively. In other words, cringe-worthy conditions that are complicated, frustrating, and emotionally draining. For women living with these issues, massage therapy is one of the treatment options that can significantly improve your symptoms and your quality of life. Preliminary research performed in 2004, 2010, and 2011 all strongly indicate manual therapy has