The Mayans believe that many human emotions are stored in the abdomen and therefore it can be a source of healing and power. Mayan Abdominal Massage is beneficial in physically releasing deep tension and refreshing the blood flow to muscles and organs, while also reopening blocked energy paths as well as blocked chi, or life force, that has accumulated due to pent-up emotions. Through noninvasive massage, this technique gently manipulates the muscles and tendons that hold all the belly organs in place to bring all things back into alignment and promote proper functioning. One of the little known benefits of Mayan Abdominal Massage its ability to increase fertility and correct a prolapsed uterus which up to 75% of women suffer from, most without knowing. It is an external, noninvasive massage that strengthens the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus and ovaries. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few months to get the uterus to slide back into place. For women it is also wonderful way to naturally regulate and improve painful periods. Maya massage can also be effective for men and children. In men, the abdominal massage ensures a full blood supply to the prostate, preventing swelling and inflammation. It can help also help relieve premature ejaculation and the need to urinate frequently. it can also be beneficial for men, because boys tend to hold tension and stress in their stomachs by tightening the abdomen, which affects digestion by squeezing the esophagus and impeding deep breaths. Mayan Abdominal Massage, often called Arvigo Maya abdominal therapy, was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapath—someone who specializes in realigning the connective tissue—from Chicago who has spent the past 30 years living in the heart of Belize’s rainforest. Dr. Arvigo was an apprentice of Don Elijio Panti, who, when he died at the age of 103, was recognized in hisNew York Times obituary as “the last Mayan master healer in Belize.” Using Don Elijio’s techniques, Dr. Arvigo created Arvigo Maya abdominal massage in the early 1990s. Rosita and her staff first teach the art of self-care, stressing that in order to heal others, one must first be able to treat and understand the dynamics within one’s own body. All ancient Mayan medicine is based on the gratitude one must show for the bounty that the earth provides by giving thanks to God(s), and to the plants of the forest that work together in harmony to protect and prolong human life. Recognizing a force that exists external and internal to everyone, and connects all life, is fundamental to possessing the true healing power offered in these therapies.