Arvigo® Therapy and Yogic Pranayama Breathing - A Healthy Connection

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® was founded in Belize, Central America. It is based upon the knowledge handed down through thousands of years. Don Elijo, a Maya master healer and Shaman, taught this abdominal massage to Dr. Rosita Arvigo over a 10 year apprenticeship. Dr. Rosita brought to it over 30 years of training and experience in massage, naprapathy, herbology and spiritual healing. She then added her extensive knowledge to what she had learned and carried it into the modern world as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, a complete package of healing.

The Breath

Both yoga and Arvigo® therapy work with the breath. Our life-giving inhalation and exhalation require optimal function of the diaphragm and without this our respiration is compromised. Yoga practice can stimulate the active diaphragm but Arvigo® Therapy can effectively free any tension in the diaghragm, enhancing this most essential aspect of not only yoga practice, but of life itself. It can also assist in supporting health conditions.

  • Lowers stress and improves cardiovascular function. One of the main benefits of alternate nostril breathing is that it may lower stress. ...

  • Improves lung function and respiratory endurance. Yogic breathing practices may improve lung function and respiratory endurance. ...

  • Lowers heart rate. ...

  • Promotes well-being.

Depending on your health complaint, abdominal breathing (Pranayama) is one of the supporting modalities which I may teach in an Arvigo® session.

It is also a supporting modality essential to every day health and benefits us all to indulge in this daily practice. On inhalation the diaphragm is contracted it releases, the Transversus Abdominis muscle and pelvic floor are engaged to create the intra-abdominal pressure that massages the digestive and pelvic organs, and for men this also includes the prostate gland. Also for men, the testicular artery divides from the main artery right after passing through the diaphragm, so tightness and breathing have a direct influence on fertility and sexual function.

Just like any other muscles in the body, the muscles of the pelvic floor have to be able to contract and relax. If the pelvic floor muscles are super tight, or if they are not able to relax, it may be difficult to empty the bladder or bowels. The pelvic floor muscles surround the openings of the urethra and anus. When we breathe in, the diaphragm flattens out and pushes on our abdominal contents (stomach, intestines, bladder, etc), sending them down toward our pelvis.  The abdominal muscles tighten a little and the muscles of the pelvic floor lengthen a little.  This allows us to manage the increase in pressure in our abdomen that occurs when the diaphragm flattens out. When we breathe out, essentially the opposite happens:  the diaphragm relaxes and goes back up toward the heart, the organs move up and the pelvic floor muscles contract. As you start to do your deep breathing, the pelvic floor muscles should relax, allowing your urethra and anus to more easily open.

This type of breathing keeps the pelvic floor muscles active, which in turn will also help against the weakening of muscles in age which lead to incontinence and prolapse.

Like all muscles in the body, the muscles of the pelvic floor have nerves and blood vessels. If your pelvic floor muscles are not relaxing as they should, this may impair the mobility and function of these nerves and blood vessels, causing pain. Daily Pranayama breathing can counteract accumulating tension. This is also a great tool to help manage flares in pelvic pain symptoms. You can also facilitate pelvic floor muscle relaxation by practicing your belly breathing with different positions such as a deep squat or child’s pose.

I have had many clients seeking Arvigo®treatment for IBS and IBD. Multiple studies and research have shown to indicate that consistent Pranayama breathing practice can support the treatment and management of chronic digestive disorders

We take short shallow breaths when we are stressed or in fear. This causes our body systems to go into survival mode and slow down, including our immune system. Constant shallow breathing is health damaging.

So how do you do do these deep breaths? It takes a little bit of practice but the good thing is you can do it anywhere. Waiting rooms, shopping queues, literally anywhere! Include a daily practice for health, mind and body. See the video below for instructions on how to do deep breathing…you will feel so much better for it!

Read more about the Arvigo techniques HERE

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