So I did my massage today with Julie Malinowski at Suvarna Chiropractic and Spa in Chicago. Julie has her own practice at Hara Health Care but works occasionally by appointment at Suvarna. I was so glad I had her because I don’t know how I would have gone through it without someone like her.
The Mayan Abdominal Massage (I’m going to call it MAM from now on due to the long typing) is not a “relaxing” massage. I have an extremely high pain tolerance and for starters, if you’re expecting a very calming massage, think the other way.
She first started with feeling my pelvis and using deep strokes with her fingers did a smooth flow from my lower pelvis to my belly button then moved to my right bottom pelvis to my belly button like drawing a “V” like symbol on your pelvis area. This wasn’t the part that hurt actually. There was a little pain but not a lot.
The next part was what almost made me cry. She went from the top of my solar plexus to my belly button in long deep strokes and then from the left and right, this time drawing kind of an upside down “V” on your body with it always floating towards the belly button. I have no idea why but the insides of me just was so tight that every time she put pressure and continued the stroke, I did feel the graininess of my belly like my organs were hard or something was pushing against her fingers that were hard but that should be soft. What got me through it all? Julie. She was amazing. She went slow and went from light to deep and although it hurt, she always knew when to stop at the right time. Her attitude and demeanor was very pleasant along with Suvarna’s very calming environment, thick sheets and blankets, it was in the end, a good experience because afterwards, I felt relaxed! I wanted to take a nap even afterwards.
I usually have trouble sleeping and I think massages like this would make me sleep at night. She also said people hold their tension and stress in that part of the stomach area. Heard of “butterflies in your stomach” before? Well, we do kind of hold it there. I’m an overly stressed person usually with running my own business and all and now dealing with cysts and such. Therefore, this massage will help me in the long run. In terms of whether it’ll help with the fertility issue? No idea but I’ll try any homeopathic methods. Can do no harm and if anything, you’re just getting healthier.
Let me know if anyone has questions about this massage. I’ll gladly answer anything!