What is Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT)?

ATMAT is a massage technique performed on the abdomen, lower back and sacrum that aims to re-position organs in the abdominal cavity to optimize organ function. These techniques aid in promoting blood circulation in the pelvic area and abdominal organs thereby eliminating pain and other digestive, urinary or menstrual symptoms.

What can these techniques be used to treat?

This massage technique is typically used to alleviate symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, to enhance fertility, and in postpartum recovery. This is because the techniques are especially useful in re-positioning the uterus. This massage can increase blood flow, aid in hormonal regulation and create more structural stability in the organs.

Some symptoms these sessions address include:

Irregular cycles

Menstrual cramps/lower back pain

Amenorrhea (loss of period for reasons other than pregnancy)



Painful Intercourse (with a male partner)

Fertility challenges

Menopausal & peri-menopausal symptoms

Postpartum symptoms

The massage is also useful for digestive complaints (i.e. IBS, Constipation) and urinary issues (i.e. Incontinence, UTI)

How long are the sessions?

Initial sessions are 2-hours in length and follow-up sessions are 90-min. In the initial session, Holly will assess your condition and determine a treatment plan. You will also learn an abdominal self-care massage technique so that you can continue the work between sessions.

When appropriate, you may also receive  a castor oil pack at the beginning of the session. If castor oil packs are appropriate for you, you can also continue using them at home. You can read more about how that works here.

Is there anyone that should not receive this work?

This work is NOT appropriate for women that are pregnant. If there is even a very slight possibility you might be pregnant, this work is not recommended. There is a type of ATMAT that is indicated during pregnancy, and I will happily refer you to a practitioner that works with pregnancy if you are pregnant.

It may be less comfortable to perform deeper work in the lower abdomen in the week prior to your period and while you are menstruating.  If you prefer to have deeper work, I would suggest avoiding the massage the week prior and during your period.

If you have an acute infection in the abdomen or pelvis, it is recommended that you clear the infection prior to receiving this work.

Women with an IUD may only receive a very gentle touch, and may only perform feather-light strokes during their self-care massage.

This massage is excellent for the postpartum period, but you should wait at least 6 weeks following a vaginal birth and at least 3 months following a caesarean birth prior to receiving this work.

Additionally, if you have had a surgical procedure in your abdomen, you must be cleared by your medical doctor and wait 6-8 weeks prior to receiving the massage. If you have had a surgery in the abdominal or pelvic area and have mesh in that area, deep work is not appropriate, but gentle strokes are appropriate.

If you have a hiatal hernia, gentle strokes are appropriate but deeper work is not recommended.

How often should I receive this work?

The answer to this question depends upon the condition as well as any financial or time constraints that may exist. It is also appropriate to have 1 session and simply continue with the self-care portion that you will be taught in the initial session.

Can I also do a yoni steam or have acupuncture during the session?

For initial sessions, we recommend working with the ATMAT alone. Based on your goals, we will determine additional treatment modalities that may be appropriate. The ATMAT massage can easily be combined with acupuncture and/or yoni steaming when appropriate/desired in follow-up sessions.

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