By Barbara Poczyniak, R. Ac.
Have you decided to start your journey in IUI or IVF? Did you know that the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® can be an excellent companion therapy as you prepare?
How does Arvigo Therapy® help me prepare for IUI or IVF?
Arvigo Therapy is a gentle, external massage therapy that focuses on regaining the optimum flow of vital fluids and energy to the abdominal area. This therapy helps to balance blood and nutrient flow to the reproductive organs and also helps carry away wastes with the lymph fluid. Abdominal massage work can also help support the optimal position of the uterus, thereby helping to improve fresh blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
When can I have Arvigo Therapy® treatments?
Ideally allow a 3 month period of treatment prior to trying to conceive. However, if you have already begun the IUI/IVF process this supportive massage work can still be very beneficial. Depending on where you are in the process, we will customize the best schedule for you. The timing of treatments will depend on your menstrual cycle.
The best time to receive this massage is in the window after menstruation and before ovulation. During that time your ovarian follicles are still maturing and can benefit from increased circulation. As you prepare for the IUI or IVF process Arvigo Therapy can also help balance abdominal bloating and relax the nervous system. This is a relaxing, emotionally supportive treatment during a time that can be stressful for many women. You will also learn the self care abdominal massage techniques that can be done on a daily basis and will help to prolong the effect of the professional treatments.
This massage can be performed once a week up to when the IUI/IVF stimulation cycle begins. Ideally we can schedule you for 3-4 visits leading up to stimulation of the ovaries. It is also beneficial to have a treatment scheduled prior to a Frozen Embryo Transfer or prior to IUI (without injectible stimulation).
Abdominal massage (including self care massage) should not be done after the transfer (or IUI insemination) and until week 20 of pregnancy. Other supportive therapies such as Acupuncture are safe to use during this period.
Have questions about Arvigo Therapy and how it can help you?