A year ago I had my first appointment with a Maya Abdominal Massage Therapist. I wanted to see this type of massage therapist to realign and restore the center of my body after 3 births, 4 births, and my constant battle with yeast infections.
Prior to a year ago, I had never heard of Maya Abdominal Massage. I’m sure that many of you have not heard of this type of restorative therapy either. Here is a summary of my experience.
I started with filling out a female intake form that asked me about my diet, my pregnancies, my menstrual cycles, my family’s history of disease, my activity level, etc. I then went through an hour long call with the massage therapist, Tara in which she dug a little deeper.
Through our conversation she hypothesized that my uterus was resting on my bladder, literally pushing my bladder down. Your uterus is suppose to be 1 ½ inches above your pubic bone. If this was the case it would explain many things I’ve experienced through my life such as a cystocele, sciatica, problems with my feet, heavy menstrual cycles, menstrual cramping, bruising on my legs, and yeast infections. I’m discovering that the uterus is essential to a women’s total body health—which makes complete sense because the uterus makes us uniquely female.
The uterus is supposed to lie at the very center of our bodies—our inmost being.
The misalignment of the uterus can contribute too many things other than the things I’ve listed above. Here are a few things taken from Tara’s website.
- PMS/Depression prior to menstruation
- Painful intercourse
- Painful periods
- Late, early or irregular periods
- Headache, migraine or dizziness with period
- Blood clots and excessive bleeding
- Difficult menopause
- Chronic miscarriage
- Premature deliveries
- Difficult pregnancy
- Fertility issues
- Vaginal Yeast conditions
- Uterine infections
- Chronic indigestion or heartburn
- Gastritis, Colitis, Crohn’s
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple food allergies
- Low back ache
- Frequent or painful urination
- Bladder infection
- Chronic skin conditions
- Varicose veins of legs and hemorrhoids
- Tired weak legs
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Sore heels when walking
- Numb legs and feet (especially while standing still for a while)
A uterus that is tilted one way or another can also affect the thinning of the uterine wall which is menstruation. A uterus that is not positioned correctly could potential shed the lining unevenly. I also learned that the uterus is like a sponge and if it is tilted back toward the colon it can actually absorb fecal matter. An indication of this would be brownish flow during menstruation—who knew!
The uterus also secretes estrogen, androgen, and progesterone—these hormones support sexuality, pregnancy, birth, and the ability to nurture others.
Since this appointment, I also learned that my very poor posture was a huge player in the misplacement of my uterus. The key to good posture and good alignment for your uterus is to keep your pubic bone and the front of your hip bone (ASIS) level with one another. Slouching, high heels, and carrying children on your hip can all impact one’s alignment and the integrity of the uterus. (Yes, ladies our cute high heels affect our uterus.)
Who knew the uterus was such an amazing and influential organ to the female body. From this point on I will cherish this organ (my inmost being) so much more.