Dear Gloria,This time I am going to tell you a story of a lovely lady that I met this summer and her experiences with fibroids. She desires to remain anonymous, it is, in fact, a very intimate path. If you also desire to talk about your experiences around your belly, you are most certainly welcome! Click here and write! Thank you for sharing.
Love Your~Self... A little insight!Clients and students have always been my best teachers (and I have wonderful teachers!!!), last week an amazing woman opened my eyes on our waste, one of the biggest problem we have to deal with, as human beings, is, in fact, the waste that we produce, we do not really want to deal with waste, with the dark side, with pain, death or sickness and these things are screaming their lungs out in order for us to see... and the link for me has been quite simple, there is also our personal waste that we produce every day, how do we deal with it? How do we deal with our not so pleasant sides? In my everyday belly practice I have learned how much is important to really love and care about our physiological waste, it is one of the most important indicator of our physical wellness but also out emotional and psychological status.
Love Your~WombA lovely client's story - taking care of fibroids.Some years ago, in fact many years ago, I found out I had fibroids growing in the wall of my uterus. Being in the Netherlands where people including doctors can be blunt the avenue that was offered to me at first was to get a hysterectomy. Now there is nothing wrong with a hysterectomy when it is needed, but there are ways to tell a woman in her mid-30’s without children. Moreover, it bothered me that not alternatives were given.
My life moved on, I didn’t really have a great deal of problems due to the fibroids so I chose to live with them and continued to see my acupuncturist and homeopath. In my early 40’s however, some side effects started to pop up; very heavy menses and the need to go to the ladies room often. My relationship with my uterus and cycle got confused; I no longer embraced it as I had in the past. I felt ‘heavy’ in the belly.
I continued my alternative therapies but also went to a new gynecologist who showed some humanity. Even though I was in my early 40’s she understood I was emotionally still very connected to my uterus. And she offered me different solutions.
Right around this time I met Gloria and we started Arvigo Technique therapy. We went on a little journey together, Gloria doing her amazing work whilst I was getting reconnected with my cycle and most importantly deeply connected to my uterus. This allowed me to release energy that was stuck in the uterus.
Like a good student I also did a great deal of self-care at home, castor oil packs and saw a therapist to further release the emotions contained in the fibroids.
Since all this, I have been operated on, with a big vertical incision from belly botton to pubic bone and the fibroids have been removed. The doctors and nurses were to a certain extend surprised at my speedy recovery to date. They also were surprised at how little pain I have felt.
I think I know the secret though: ‘I was ready for the surgery’.
It has been a journey, and I am still on it. I plan to resume my sessions with Gloria once the wound has healed and continue to explore the deep connection I have developed with my uterus, as I am convinced this is key for my recovery and keeping myself tip top.
Love Your~GutsThe Brain~Gut connection...
The most important achievement I have accomplished in these 2 past years is definitely my good mood. I used to be quite depressed and sad, also angry sometimes, things that now are rarely occupying my days, and generally one of the causes of this change is that I do apply every day Self Care on myself (and I visit a collogue as much as I can). The way our intestine works is very much connected to our thoughts and feelings.
'Given how closely the gut and brain interact, it becomes easier to understand why you might feel nauseated before giving a presentation, or feel intestinal pain during times of stress. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal illnesses are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. Psychosocial factors influence the actual physiology of the gut, as well as symptoms. In other words, stress (or depression or other psychological factors) can affect movement and contractions of the GI tract, cause inflammation, or make you more susceptible to infection.
In addition, research suggests that some people with functional GI disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains do not properly regulate pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can make the existing pain seem even worse.' (Harvard Educational Website).
In this interesting article, the writer also mention that, often, a psychological therapy can bring a great contribution to our belly health, and I totally agree with it; but you can also achieve great psychological and emotional results working directly on your belly, with nice treatments, Self Care, Castor Oil Pack, Rainforest Remedies and amongst other things loving every cell of your being. Bringing love into your gut is, I think, one of the most important goal we can achieve and if we can do it, and many more people can do it, than our relationship with the internal and external world can really change.
As doula my motto use to be Ibu Robin Lim's one 'Bring Peace One Mother and One Baby at the Time', now my motto and my goal is 'Bring Love One Belly at the Time', with all my love to Robin.
Love Your~LearningsSelf Care: a precious tool to take really good care of yourself... and a first step towards the Professional Workshop!Lot's of people are very interesting in this Self Care Technique, ensure your place!!!
For the first time in the Netherlands!!!!
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first.
Practitioners of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® report that many common health care symptoms are alleviated by these techniques. Organ functions are supported and enhanced.
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A ATMAT treatment involves abdominal and lower back massage, focusing on aligning reproductive and abdominal organs. There is also instruction on Self Care techniques that individuals can apply at home, as well as recommendations for herbal remedies and naturopathic techniques were appropriate to improve treatment outcome.
"We are finding that about 30% of female infertility is due to a misplaced uterus which can be corrected," says Arvigo.
Why should I choose Arvigo Abdominal Therapy?
This technique is highly focused on the positioning of the uterus. The ancient Maya culture believed that the position of the uterus is vital to pelvic health. If it is out of position, women can experience problems such as pelvic and menstrual pain, frequent urination, bladder problems, painful intercourse, adhesions, chronic cystitis, and problems conceiving to name a few.
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the centre of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the front, back, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing foetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full.
The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side. Injury to the sacrum from a fall, car accidents, high impact exercise, running on cement surfaces, high impact aerobics and lifting and carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth can all be causes of a misplaced uterus.
Women can then experience numerous physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, non invasive massage techniques. The emphasis is on helping the body heal itself and to empower the client. The client becomes actively involved in their healing process. Each client is shown how to perform their self care; this helps create a closer connection with the body. It is more than just a massage, patients also receive lifestyle and nutritional advice.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® works not only on a psychological level, but also on the emotional and spiritual aspect. Even women, who do not have gynecological problems as such, find that the work is greatly beneficial as it can help them to get in touch with their sense of womanhood.
This is a tiny space where I can share some of my thoughts and experiences, enjoy!