Therapist Trained In Ancient Maya Healing Techniques Opens New Clinic for Infertility and Menopause

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When Marin County Maya Abdominal Massage therapist Lina Erwin lays her hands on a client's abdomen and feels for the position of the uterus, she is carrying on a healing tradition that has been handed down from mentor to student in Central America for hundreds of years. This non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing alternative has been used in what are now Guatemala and Belize to help women's health challenges as widespread as infertility, chronic miscarriages, difficult menopause, prolapsed uterus, varicose veins of the legs, recurrent vaginal infections, and depression linked to PMS.

When Marin County Maya Abdominal Massage therapist Lina Erwin lays her hands on a client's abdomen and feels for the position of the uterus, she is carrying on a healing tradition that has been handed down from mentor to student in Central America for hundreds of years.     

This non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing alternative has been used in what are now Guatemala and Belize to help women's health challenges as widespread as infertility, chronic miscarriages, difficult menopause, prolapsed uterus, varicose veins of the legs, recurrent vaginal infections, and depression linked to PMS. Her new clinic, Traditional Maya Massage (http://www.traditionalmaya.com), just opened in downtown San Rafael.

When Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage are practiced by trained practitioners such as Erwin, who has lived in Costa Rica and studied in Belize, it has been estimated that approximately 30 percent of woman who have been unsuccessful in getting pregnant eventually conceive after a succession of Maya Abdominal Massage treatments. This compares favorably with in-vitro fertilization success rates, which are 37% among women younger than 35 years and 28% for those aged 36-39 years.

"Long before Western medicine became the norm, the women of Central America utilized this form of massage to help with infertility, menstruation, and menopause. For women who wish to avoid surgery or drugs, Maya Abdominal Massage is a viable and safe alternative," said Erwin. "My clients also feel heartened that I teach them self care so they can maintain their health without having to continue seeing me."

Women having trouble conceiving or who have begun their journey through menopause sometimes face precarious decisions. According to a February 2007 study of Canadian children, babies born through assisted reproductive technologies--which include in-vitro fertilization (IVF), ovulation induction and intra-uterine insemination--were about 60 percent more likely to develop birth defects as those born through natural conception.

For women seeking aid for menopause, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, for some women hormone therapy may increase their chances of getting blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and gall bladder disease. For a woman with an intact uterus, estrogen increases her chance of getting endometrial cancer. Maya Abdominal Massage offers a natural, non-invasive alternative.

With Maya Abdominal Massage, many Caesarean births could be prevented with this simple and safe massage technique. Practitioners such as Erwin strengthen and tone the uterus, ligaments, and other pelvic organs, maintaining the uterus in its optimal position for giving birth. The well being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labor and delivery. Midwife practitioners report a decrease in laboring and easier deliveries for mom and baby. For women who have had a C-section, this technique can be beneficial for breaking up scar tissue.

For women who have had hysterectomies, Maya Abdominal Massage improves circulation in and around the area of the scar, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis. By using Maya Abdominal Massage techniques on a regular basis, scar tissue is prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery.

Maya Abdominal Massage is not just for women's reproductive concerns. For men, the prostate gland can become congested resulting in early stages of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), impotence (depending on the cause), and decreased sperm count. By applying the massage to the abdomen area healthy organ function is supported.

In addition, those so called "butterflies in the stomach" can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's, and more. Maya Abdominal Massage helps to break down adhesions and scar tissue, offering relief to the digestive tract.

For further information, contact Traditional Maya Massage at 1010 Lootens Place, Suite 16, San Rafael, CA 94901, 415/846-9067.

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