• Author: leeverholly

As part of my training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, we were taught about the amazing benefits of castor oil used on the belly in order to promote circulation and soften the tissues in the lower abdomen. When appropriate, I have been using castor oil packs in the office prior to the massage session. I simply cover the belly with lots of castor oil (from my oil warmer-pictured below-this helps make the oil less sticky and easier to work with, but is unnecessary for at home use).

After the abdomen is saturated with oil, I will place a small square of flannel  over the entire abdomen and place my infrared heat lamp about a foot from the belly to keep it nice and warm. I will leave the room and let the oil and heat do their thing for 20-minutes and then return for the massage.

For conditions like fibroids, cysts or painful cramps prior to menstruation this is an amazing practice to incorporate at home! Castor oil packs are also highly recommended for fertility enhancement.


So without further ado here’s how to do an at home castor oil pack:

  1. Rub castor oil all over your belly (or any other painful area, I just recently did this on my back when I was experiencing some low back pain)
  2. Place a towel/wash cloth/flannel something over the area, this is just to prevent getting oil all over everything
  3. Cover the area with a heat source; i.e. rice pack, hot water bottle
  4. Rest for 20-45 min with the pack in place
  5. Repeat 3x/week


Hello lovely readers!

I spent this past week learning a beautiful abdominal massage therapy technique know as,  Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.

When these massage techniques are applied, they guide the internal abdominal organs back into their proper position. The techniques work by relieving congestion and blockages in order to improve flow in the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. This results in improved organ function and therefore improved gynecological, digestive and urinary health.

This external massage gently lifts and guides the uterus into its optimal position in the lower pelvis. The uterus is held in position by over 10 ligaments. The technique is designed to target these ligaments in order to gently guide the uterus back in to its’ proper position. This aids in the alleviation of menstrual symptoms, can help to improve fertility and can aid in lifting prolapses of the bladder and/or uterus. Even when women have had a hysterectomy, the technique benefits them in helping to eliminate scar tissue from the surgery.


Below is a list of some symptoms this technique can help to alleviate:
  • Painful or irregular periods; painful or irregular ovulation
  • Dark or brown blood at the onset and/or at the end of menstruation
  • Varicose veins of the legs and/or tired, weak or numb legs
  • Low backache; back pain with period
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Fibroids/Cysts
  • Uterine Polyps
  • PMS
  • Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Fertility challenges
  • Painful intercourse
  • Chronic constipation; especially if this is worse around the period
  • Difficult menopause
Please reach out if you’re interested in learning more about this technique and/or scheduling an appointment. 

I recently took a course through Steamy Chick  with the lovely acupuncturist/herbalist that works with the company. She had all sorts of wisdom to share in terms of how women can take care of themselves, particularly during their ‘moon time’ (when they’re menstruating). One of my favorite practices offered in the course was making and consuming ‘Moon Juk.’ It’s super easy to make, tastes amazing, is and extremely nourishing for a women to consume during their period.

Read more “Moon Juk: Yummy & Nourishing Food For Periods”