Synthesis: Pregnancy and Maya Abdominal Massage

By Samantha Corsiglia

ATMAM Practitioner & Instructor


I am often asked if the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (MAT) are effective for pregnancy and the answer is a resounding – “ABSOLUTELY!”


I personally can attest to how MAT brought my uterus back into optimal position, healing my unhealthy menses, therefore, optimizing my fertility so I could conceive, carry and experience a healthy pregnancy, labor and homebirth a healthy child, after 14 years.




Midwives, doulas, and massage therapists who have been trained as ATMAM practitioners report that pregnancy, labor, and delivery is greatly assisted with the use of MAM. Rosita Arvigo, D.N., has specialized in the treatment of women for over 30 years. She has a large number of patients who birth up to 15 children each. Her patients report that receiving regular MAM treatments during pregnancy facilitates a more comfortable pregnancy and leads to a much easier and safer labor and delivery.


Maya Abdominal Massage has been able to alleviate much of the discomfort of abnormal pressure from the dropped or tilted uterus. This abnormal pressure during pregnancy can lead to low backache, sciatica, leg swelling, varicose veins, hip pain, constipation, headaches, difficult labor and delivery. Weekly MAM treatment through 38-40 weeks is suggested. If labor is delayed beyond this time; 1-2x/day treatment is highly recommended. We are currently collecting statistics to evaluate these reports of shorter, easier labors and reductions in the rate of cesarean sections. Labor time has shown to be decreased by 30-40%. First-time labors report being easier and shorter.


During labor, MAM performed in great, sweeping circles around the abdomen is most helpful because the uterine muscles are contracting in all directions. A circular, rhythmic massage promotes the flow of oxygenated, hormone filled blood throughout the uterine muscles and ligaments to help efficiently deliver the baby. Due to the weight of the gravid uterus, the laboring woman should not lie flat on her back, so the massage can be performed with her lying on one side with a pillow to support her belly or in a semi-sitting position propped on pillows.


Ideally, the laboring woman will be allowed to respond to her bodies urges for the pushing phase of delivery. This physiologic pushing can prevent prolapse of the uterus.

h month with menses. It has to overcompensate for its poor blood supply by severe cramping to clean itself. Often, it is unable to flush out the menstrual fluids because of clotting and thickening of the blood. Thus, incompletely flushed uterine fluids can accumulate and harden or accumulate on the uterine membrane, leading to more cramping and pain that increases with each succeeding cycle.





A doula also known as a labour coach, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partner and/or family by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support.] The provision of continuous support during labor by doulas (as well as nurses, family, or friends) is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits. 

Contact Samantha via email to schedule a phone consultation to discuss your birth and postpartum doula needs click here to email





Miss Hortence, midwife of generations in Belize, Central America, says she always burns copal incense during the entire time of labor and delivery to give the mother courage and to avoid any spirit attachment that, she reports, commonly occurs during delivery.


Miss Hortence also suggests that mothers in labor be given warm allspice tea to sip on constantly. To prepare this boil two tablespoons of powdered or whole allspice berries in one quart of water for 10 minutes and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired and strain into a thermos to keep warm.


Hortence recommends the mother's perineum be massaged every 5-10 minutes with warmed olive or almond oil. She urges that women have the soles of their feet in good and strong contact with a surface such as the bed, her partner's chest or the floor if squatting. She believes that having the feet in stirrups or the legs spread open with the feet in the air in the usual hospital position causes tearing of the perineum. Other midwives report that walking up and down the stairs in between contractions has been a great help in re-starting delayed labor or assisting the cervix to open. Massaging the area around the cervix just above the pubic bone may stimulate dilation, which in turn triggers the rest of the uterus to respond.



The midwives in Belize perform MAT in conjunction with vaginal steam baths starting 3 days after the delivery. There should be no vigorous massage of the uterus postpartum due to the lingering effects of progesterone/relaxin on the smooth muscle. You do not want to stretch these muscles as they need to contract to non-pregnant length. You do not want to interfere with the formation of the scab over the placental site or the healing of a vaginal tear.


Therapeutic Massage is nurturing in recuperating from the aches and pains of labor and delivery and is suggested in the post-partum phase of healing.


By approximately 3 months post-partum, a woman can receive a full MAT treatment with clearance from her midwife or obstetrician for abdominal massage. A woman who has had a Cesarean Section very much needs MAT. When her surgeon has determined that she has fully recovered and can receive an abdominal massage, MAT can be applied.


MAT serves a woman throughout her entire lifetime. From cramping during menarche to the low back pain of pregnancy to vaginal dryness in Menopause, MAT supports you. There are over 30 symptoms MAT supports women with and half a dozen symptoms MAT supports men with, including fertility and Prostate health.


A woman can only benefit from MAT by being proactive in her own health and healing journey. It is for us to re-learn how to care for our self and pass on that knowledge and practice to our mothers, daughters, granddaughters, cousins, sisters, and friends. We can SAVE the UTERUS!






Two prenatal visits, Prenatal Partners Workshop, Coastside Birth Options Birth Plan Consultation & Membership, including; parenting classes & prenatal BirthDance tm class (inquire as to location and time), ongoing holistic pregnancy counseling and resources, continuous support throughout your birth, and one postpartum visit. ​


$1310. as a nonrefundable retainer fee, due when you select me as your doula.

$1310. due by 36 weeks, if paid by 37 weeks- 25% late fee applies



BASIC PACKAGE + one Prenatal Maya Massage and one Private Yoga session OR Postpartum Treatment.


$1435. as a non-refundable retainer fee, due when you select me as your doula.

$1435. due by 36 weeks, if paid by 37 weeks- 25% late fee applies



IN DEPTH BIRTH PACKAGE + three hours postpartum care visit and Placenta Encapsulation/Tincturing.


$1710. as a non-refundable retainer fee, due when you select me as your doula.

$1710. due by 36 weeks, if paid by 37 weeks- 25% late fee applies

Additional In-Home, Prenatal & Postpartum Services Offered:​
Coastside Birth Options: Consultation - $130./hr

Creating the Village of Support for YOUR Optimal Birth Experience!
We sit down and discuss your optimal prenatal, birth and postpartum care scenario. We procure a plan
based upon your individualized health, birth and family situation. You receive referrals to trusted birth
professions to optimally serve you in creating the Village of Support you’ll need in this journey. $130./hour


  • Prenatal Therapeutic Treatment: Specific for keeping Mamas comfortable during pregnancy, encouraging labor from 38 weeks on, and helping babies come into optimal position.

    • $200. – 90 minutes

    • $145. – 60 minutes​

  • Prenatal Partners Workshop: Providing your Birth Partner with applicable tools to utilize during labor
    to support Mama. Through Meditation, Yoga, Massage, positioning to open the body, utilizing your birth environment. Coastside Birth Options

    • Member Rate: $130./couple, Non-Member Rate $160.

  • Pre/Postnatal Yoga Private $90./hour

  • Placenta Encapsulation and Tincture $360.

  • Postnatal Therapeutic Treatment $200  – 90 minutes; Specific for bringing your uterus into an optimal
    position, to help strengthen the ligaments to prevent prolapse. May include a Reboza Wrap, Mama
    Roasting- Moxibustion, Vaginal Steam, and Maya Faja Wrap instruction. (Maya Faja Wrap-$30.)

  • Partner/Grandparent Therapeutic Treatment:

    • $200. - 90 minutes.

    • $145. – 60 minutes

  • Postpartum Doula Traditional Care: $70/hour.

May include: Light housekeeping, Cooking, caring for babe, teaching Infant Massage to family, discussing breastfeeding, Natural Parenting Techniques, herbal/supplement review or suggestions, etc.

Email Samantha with questions, here:



Allow your belly full of child to be acknowledged, celebrated and blessed!

Take time to thank your wondrous uterus for protecting your baby and adorn her in meditative decoration.

Allow time to envision your beautiful birth and welcoming your child into the World!


In the Maya Tradition it is said the physical ailments are created from the spiritual and emotional ailments.

Using copal, plants, water and prayers, we focus on the cleansing of fear, anxiety, uncertainty and inviting in empowerment and envisioning your optimal labor, birth and delivery.

We incorporate a foot bathe and foot massage in your birth preparation. 

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