ArvigoArt_Goddess_ovalmoons4Amanda Jokerst, Certified Herbalist

“If a woman’s uterus is out of place, her whole life is out of balance.”

– Don Elijio Panti, traditional Maya healer and shaman

The first time I heard these words I got the chills. It rang with a depth of truth that resonated somewhere deep inside, possibly to the very depths of my being. I had struggled for years with painful periods, pain so bad I would often vomit and sometimes even end up in the emergency room to receive IV meds to help manage the pain. No one had ever told me anything about the position of my uterus. I didn’t know it could be not in the right spot, let alone a contributing factor in my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Growing up, I don’t think I could name one friend who didn’t deal with PMS or menstrual cramps or debilitating migraines during the dreaded “that time of the month.” What I now see as pathology, all seemed pretty “normal” back then. Such symptoms are so commonplace, that most women accept these experiences as an unfortunate birthright of being a woman. After my first class on The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT), however, I knew that there was more to the story.

I learned that midwives and traditional healers of Central America share a common view that most female troubles are caused by what they term the “wandering womb.” Employing ancient techniques of abdominal therapy, they work to tonify the ligaments of the uterus, thereby bringing it back into its proper position. This removes the pressure caused from the fallen uterus, alleviating congestion in the pelvis and allowing the vital flow of blood, lymph, nerve communication and energy back into this area. The body can now employ its own healing forces to nourish, repair and restore balance to the reproductive system. Often, even after just 2-3 sessions, many women report a significant change in their reproductive health, with some experiencing a full resolution of symptoms.

I was so moved by this therapy that I went on to become a Certified Practitioner of ATMAT and I now practice in Boulder, CO. As for my personal healing journey, I’m not completely pain free yet. Some months are better than others, yet when I’m doing the ATMAT Self Care Techniques every day and getting regular sessions with a fellow Practitioner, I do feel better, even if I still experience pain. The shifts may be small, but they are certainly noticeable. My day-to-day life is more vibrant, more full of hope for healing and, truly, more balanced.

ATMAT is best known for the correction of the prolapsed, fallen or tilted uterus, but it is also a wonderful healing modality for the prevention and treatment of benign prostate enlargement and for the relief of many common digestive disorders. Additionally, it can be a great ally throughout the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. To learn more, join me for an informational class on the benefits of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, taking place at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism:

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

6:00-7:30 pm

$15 public, $10 students

To set up a session with me or ask further questions, please contact me at

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® website:

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John Whiteman
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