Dr Emma Kingsberg perfoming maya abdominal therapy on a patient“If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she”

  – Don Elijio Panti, Maya Shaman of Belize


What is Maya Abdominal Therapy?

Maya Abdominal Therapy is a gentle form of external, slow, non-invasive manipulation that repositions your internal organs. It focuses on bringing healthy circulation of blood flow to your abdomen, releasing stagnant energy and fueling the GI and reproductive organs. The technique is rooted in the traditional practices of the Maya people of Belize.

Why is it helpful?

The uterus is located behind the bladder in the center of the pelvis, 1.5 inches above the pubic bone. It is held in place by muscles and ligaments that connect it to the pelvis. These ligaments frequently stretch or grow to make room for a baby or bladder/bowel expansion. When they become weak and loose, they no longer hold up the uterus correctly causing it to shift out of place and become prolapsed or tipped. These ligaments can also become tense and tight in avid athletes. Most women unknowingly have a displaced uterus. According to Dr. Arvigo, 90% of women have a misplaced or tipped uterus at some point in their life. If the uterus is incorrectly aligned, it disrupts the normal flow of blood and lymph, disrupting nerve connection between mind and genitals. The therapy aims to relax tight ligaments, tone weak ones and encourage nutrients, hormones and nerve signals to be restored.

Causes of prolapsed or tipped uterus

  • Pregnancy, labor
  • Running on concrete
  • Chronic constipation
  • High impact sports: dancing, gymnastics
  • Wearing healed shoes
  • Car accidents and falls


Maya Abdominal Therapy benefits Women and Men

Maya is most well known for fertility, but it’s also beneficial for painful periods, pregnancy, postpartum, GI complaints and menopause. Men can benefit as well as it increases circulation to the prostate which decreases inflammation and helps with premature ejaculation and frequent urination.

Some conditions that Maya can treat:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy (after 1st trimester)
  • Menopause
  • Chronic UTIs
  • Painful sex
  • Low libido
  • Low back pain
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Inflammatory prostate, prostatitis


“It is not necessary to have painful periods, painful ovulation and irregular menses for a lifetime. Once the uterus is gently and gradually coaxed back to a normal position by strengthening the elasticity of the uterine ligaments that hold it in place, the uterus is able to clean itself out more efficiently from month to month and the hormones can flow freely through the feedback loop from the pelvis to the hypothalamus. Generally painful periods diminish within two or three cycles.” -Arvigo


  1. T. Burchett: Efficacy of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy on Dysmenorrhea Symptoms in Women
  2. R. Arvigo: The Arvigo Institute
  3. M. Minahan: Maya Massage: A Healing Practice Every Woman Should Know

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