Frequently Asked Questions

Traditional Postpartum Belly Binding:

How soon after giving birth can I begin these treatments?
You can begin your treatments 1 week post birth if you had a natural birth. If you had a c-section then you may begin after 6 weeks, however we recommended you get the all clear from your midwife or doctor during your postnatal check up before beginning the treatments.
 
When should I book?
You can book as early as 3 months prior to your expected delivery date. However, your exact treatment dates will be confirmed only once you have delivered your baby.
 
Do I need to pay a deposit and how do I make payment?
A deposit of HK$1000 is required at the time of booking. The outstanding full payment may be made on your first session. Payments may be made by Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer. Please note deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

What's the difference between Full Body Treatments and Belly Only Treatments?Full body treatments last for 75mins and is the deluxe treatment for mums that want to have some quality "me" time. It includes full body massage as well as abdominal massage therapy, healing mask and binding. Belly Only treatments last for 30mins and focuses on the belly only. It is perfect for mums who just want to focus on abdominal, organ recovery and slimming of their tummy area. It includes abdominal massage therapy, healing mask and binding.
 
What does the Belly Binding involve and how long should I wear it for?
A long piece of fabric is used to bind your belly during the treatment. This helps your organs back into place and helps any split abdominal muscles to come back together. It also supports your back and pelvis. We recommend you keep the binding on for 8-10 hours (minimum 6).
 
Is the binding uncomfortable?
It is best to have the binding on relatively tightly however Jenny will do it to your personal comfort level. So you will still be able to breath and move around.
 
Are the ingredients used during the treatment safe for breastfeeding?
Yes all the ingredients are safe during breastfeeding. In fact all the ingredients used are of the highest quality and are organic where possible or wild crafted. As a UK trained Clinical Aromatherapist, Jenny hand blends all the herbs and oils, selecting key ingredients to help in your restoration.
 
When is the postpartum treatment not recommended?

If you have an infection, fever, high blood pressure or hemorrhaging. Or if you it has not been at least one month after a C-Section delivery.
 
Is the treatment performed on a Massage Bed?
The 75mins Home Treatments are performed on a massage bed but the 30mins Home Treatments will be performed on your bed or sofa at home. For 75mins treatment, a massage bed will be delivered to your home prior to your first treatment and will be kept at your home until your last treatment.
 
What is a vaginal steam?

Vaginal steams are known as ‘Bajos” in Spanish and are an ancient healing system from the Mayan tradition. Many other cultures also utilize steaming as part of postpartum recovery. Vaginal steams help to heal the perineum and vaginal area as well as help cleanse the uterus.
 
During a steam, a bowl of steaming water and herbs is placed under a special chair. You then sit (without underwear) over the bowl of steaming herbs and a towel is wrapped around your waist. This is a very nurturing experience.
 
When is vaginal steaming contraindicated?

If you had an episiotomy, stitches due to a tear in your perineum, if you have an infection or a fever or had a c-section delivery or you have excessive bleeding, then we would wait until all is healed before doing a steam. 
 
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is an extremely healing oil and has been used to increase milk production among lactating women, and it is occasionally used to quickly and effectively heal the umbilicus of newborns, and is regularly used to stop hormone-related hair loss. Packs are helpful from averting a breastfeeding issue (mastitis, clogged ducts, general soreness and inflammation) to healing from birth (especially beneficial in cases of cesarean section). Castor oil has also been used to treat ovarian cysts, fibroids, and heavy menstrual cycles. During the postpartum period, it is useful for assisting the taxed liver and gallbladder, and getting the intestines going.
 
What are the benefits of Ginger and Fennel essential oils?
Ginger is a great digestive aid and is extremely warming to the body. It is very important that Mums be kept warm after delivery.
 Fennel is a well known herb for increasing milk production. It is also great for getting the digestive system going and warming the body.

Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy :

What to expect in a session?

  • Comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health care needs

  • Abdominal massage focused on aligning reproductive and abdominal organs

  • Evaluation and application of structural alignment of spine with attention to the sacrum , lumbar and thoracic spine.

  • Guided meditation & Spiritual healing.

  • Instruction in Self Care Home techniques to enhance your professional treatment session

  • Recommendation of complementary modalities:

    • Herbal remedies

    • Castor oil packs

    • Faja (organ support wrap)

    • Bajos (traditional vaginal steam bath of the Mayas - pronounced ba-hos)

    • Nutritional and or lifestyle education and adaptations

     


How quickly should I expect a change?
Depending on the severity of the problem, it may take as little as one session and as long as many months for the uterine position to be corrected and for the ligaments to gain enough strength and elasticity for it to stay in place. 3 sessions are usually the minimum.

Women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of well-being when self-care is performed regularly.

When is the best time to come for a treatment if I am actively trying to conceive?
If you are actively trying to conceive right now then book your appointment for a day or two after the last day of your period and before ovulation. We recommend you come in for 2 sessions to begin with so try to come for your first appointment as soon after your period ends as possible, that will give you time to squeeze in another treatment before you ovulate.

Can Arvigo Therapy be used during treatments of IVF or IUI?
Absolutely. In fact Arvigo Therapy may enhance the chances of better egg quality, embryo implantation and help create a healthier uterine lining. We will plan the best time for Arvigo treatments in accordance to your IVF or IUI treatment schedule.

How can Arvigo help in pregnancy?
Untold numbers of Caesarian births could be prevented with this simple, safe, easy to learn massage technique. ATMAT is used to help prevent the need for a C-Section. By strengthening and toning the uterus, ligaments and other pelvic organs, the massage helps to place and maintain the uterus in her optimal position for giving birth.

Well being of the mother and baby are improved as they prepare for labour and delivery. Regular Arvigo treatments during pregnancy has been shown to make labour and delivery faster and easier, while also helping to reduce complications during birth.


Are the techniques recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from the Arvigo Techniques through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.

Safety, Contraindications, Cautions, and Modifications:

The Arvigo Techniques of  Maya Abdominal Therapy™ are safe and effective with few contraindications of untoward outcomes. There are certain conditions where application of these techniques are either contraindicated or require modification. Please consult with your practitioner if you have any questions.
 

  • During active menstruation

  • IUD (intra-uterine device for contraception) is present

  • Immediately after abdominal surgery

  • Active infection or cancer present in pelvic area, or while undergoing  chemotherapy

  • During the first trimester (19 weeks) of pregnancy (modification)

  • Hiatal Hernia (gentle massage required)

  • Active and acute infection

  • Abdominal Aneurysm

  • Diastasis Rectus (modification)

  • Pessary for uterine prolapse (remove prior to your session)

  • Any serious health condition that causes you concern



I've had a Hysterectomy - how do the Arvigo Techniques help?
Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from these techniques as it improves circulation in and around the area of the scar. When circulation is improved,  scar tissue will be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs are benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.

How do the Arvigo Techniques help with Caesarian sections?
For women who have had a C-section, this technique is beneficial for breaking up scar tissue in the same way it works for women who have had hysterectomies. Scar tissue is not only about the outward visability of the scar but internally,  it can prevent the uterus from moving back into her correct position post pregnancy which may cause a myriad of problems later on.

How do the Arvigo Techniques support digestion?
Many anxieties and emotions through life are stored in our body's tissues and organs. A very common place is in the organs of the digestive system. Those so called "butterflies in your stomach" can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gasto Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's and more.

Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be "twisted or kinked" leading the blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. These techniques slowly improve fascia adhesions, scar tissue and remove any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

Will the Arvigo Techniques help with digestion problems following abdominal surgery?
Scar tissue and facial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. Again, by improving circulation it breaks down  the scar tissue and adhesion from past or present surgeries. A few sessions combined with castor oil packs, diet and self care are often used depending on the restriction for optimal success. Make sure you wait for allow 4-6 weeks or at the consent of your health care provider before applying this technique.

What is "Self Care" and why does it help?
Each client is instructed in performing the abdominal massage for themselves. By doing self care massage daily for 2 - 3 minutes of daily massage, it provides the individual with the ability to improve their symptoms while working with their practitioner.

Over the years, practitioners report that their clients obtain relief from their symptoms quicker when they perform daily self care techniques and make the necessary lifestyle changes than clients who do not.


Pregnancy Massage:

When can I start receiving massage during pregnancy?
You can begin receiving regular massages after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and up until the day of birth.

What to expect during a pregnancy massage treatment?
Studies have shown that pregnancy massage tables (with hole in massage table) do not support the belly well enough and therefore during your treatment, you will be in a side laying position which is much safer for both you and the baby. The massage is more gentle than conventional massage because a pregnant mother's body is much more sensitive and fragile. There are certain pressure points that should be avoided during pregnancy. This is why you should always go to a certified pregnancy massage therapist that is specifically trained in these special techniques.

Post-Natal Massage:

When I can I start coming for post-natal massage?
You may start receiving post-natal massages as soon as you feel comfortable. Your therapist will position you comfortably if your abdomen or breasts are sore. If you have maternal complications, first consult with your medical provider.

What to expect during a post-natal massage treatment?
Post-natal massage is either performed on your side, if you have recently given birth and are unable to lay on your tummy. If you are fully recovered, then you will lay both on your front and back. Special attention will is be given to the belly area using Arvigo Maya Abdominal Techniques to help the uterus back into optimal position.


Holistic Aromatherapy Massage:

What to expect in a session?

  • Comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health care needs

  • Depending on your condition, a special blend of essential oils will be made to help you with your health issue. A take home blend maybe made for your to continue the treatment at home.

  • Swedish Style Massage with your personalised blend of oils is the most effective way of allowing the healing properties of the essential oils to enter the body through the skin. (*Where massage is not possible due to health reasons, we will find other ways of essential oil administration such as creams, bath blends, compresses, body oils & inhalations).

  • Recommendation of complementary modalities:

    • Personalised Oil Blends for continued therapy at home

    • Nutritional and or lifestyle education and adaptations

     


How can Aromatherapy help me?
Essential oils are derived from healing plants that have a natural synergy with our bodies. They work in a gentle but powerful way to help alleviate "dis-ease" within our bodies whether they are physical, psychological or spiritual. All the oils used are natural and free from synthetic chemicals, additives and parabens.

Safety & Precautions?
Essential Oils should always be diluted before use and when blends are properly prepared by a qualified aromatherapist, they are generally safe to use. However, there maybe contraindications and modifications that need to be made with the following conditions:

- During Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
- Children & Babies
- Heart Disease
- Cancer
- Other major health diseases
- Skin Sensitivity

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