Part 1: Digestive Changes and What to Do

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Over the last while, there has been an increase of my clients and program participants who have been focusing more on digestive and urinary distress (often constipation or incontinence of bowel and/or bladder). Experiencing these changes can be very distressing and can make daily life a challenge – they can also sometimes lead to much more serious problems such as obstructions … Continue reading …

Resolving Abdominal Pain and Distress with Arvigo Techniques

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I had the total pleasure of interviewing Diane MacDonald (in Antrim, NH) for the practitioner outreach project I’ve been doing.  In addition to Diane’s private practice and clinic that she runs with her husband, she is the director of all of the training workshops for the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. As many of you know, the … Continue reading …

Breathe with Your Diaphragm to Help Abdominal Pain

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When people find out I’m an educator about the abdomen, most of them immediately have specific stories or questions for me.  On our recent rafting trip, a dedicated Ironman triathlete asked me to tell him about the diaphragm muscle.  After boring his pants off about the placement, function, and potential dysfunctions of this awesome abdominal muscle, … Continue reading …

Feeling nauseus, weak, painful? It could be your Ileocecal Valve.

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Today we’re diving a bit deeper into the stomach, intestines, and the ileocecal valve.  So often “random” symptoms of nausea, weakness or pain are really the result of very common and very “fixable” malfunctions in the gut. In short, our digestive tracts have numerous valves that keep intestinal material moving in the correct direction.  That way, you … Continue reading …

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

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One of the most inspiring things I’ve been hearing from people over the last year is how their loved ones (or trusted practitioners) have gone through the free or full hands-on program with them, and are now providing direct help. I must admit that when I first created the online program years ago, the idea of having … Continue reading …

“The Hug” Technique for Abdominal Pain

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Casual hugs are great, but what happens when you make a hug intentional in your abdomen?  Try this exercise for general abdominal health, as well as for abdominal pain: Advanced Hugging 1.  Choose a partner or a friend who you feel very comfortable hugging, and who feels very comfortable with you. 2.  Be sure to choose someone … Continue reading …

An Interview Snippet with Marty Ryan

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This is a snippet of an interview I did with Marty Ryan (on the left, above) for my upcoming book.  Marty is a belly practitioner of more than 20 years, and is one of the best teachers I have had the privilege of learning from.  He is based in Seattle though he travels around a … Continue reading …

Is it time?

Is it time to take care of yourself? And what does that even mean? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how difficult it is to navigate chronic abdominal pain and dysfunction. I’m guessing that most of you found this website because you have this really significant problem of abdominal distress and you are looking for answers, … Continue reading …