Massage Therapy

Common Ground offers numerous types of massage therapy. Our two therapists, Paige Waggoner Clark and Marty Ryan, are highly skilled professionals with many years of experience working with the body. They both offer unique techniques that are highly therapeutic, as well as relaxing. A brief description of the different options, available below, will help you determine which style best fits your needs. If you still have questions, please reach out, as they will be able to guide you on what will be most beneficial for your body.

To schedule with Marty, please visit his online schedule here.

Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®; (ATMAT) is an external massage technique that guides internal abdominal organs into their proper position (with a focus on aligning the uterus) for optimum health and well-being. Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. This improves the flow of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent symptoms that can lead to chronic disease. Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed this technique combining her background as a Naprapathic physician with her extensive studies with her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, a Maya Shaman from Belize and Hortence Robinson, a Belizian midwife. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®; combine modern science with traditional healing and wisdom to produce a holistic path to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What types of symptoms may be addressed by ATMAT? 

ATMAT involves the entire abdomen and pelvis to help improve:

  • Urinary leakage (incontinence), frequent urinary tract infections, urinary urgency and frequency
  • Bony pelvic and hip pain including postpartum, post cesarean and post gynecological surgery
  • Lower back pain
  • Fertility challenges
  • Constipation, sluggish digestion, bloating
  • Pelvic heaviness/fullness, cystocele, rectocele, pelvic organ prolapse
  • Endometriosis, heavy periods
  • Painful menstrual periods, PMS

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a traditional form of bodywork practiced fully-clothed on a cotton floor mat. Deeply relaxing, it incorporates gentle stretches and rocking movements as well as acupressure and soft tissue compression. Good for lengthening muscles, lubricating joints, stimulating the lymphatic system, and is deeply relaxing. It is adaptable for all body types and is excellent for pregnancy and postpartum. Please wear loose stretchy clothing.

Therapeutic Table Massage

Therapeutic table massage is a basic Swedish style massage, familiar to most people. Suitable for anyone, table massage promotes deep relaxation, improve circulation of blood and lymph, and increases homeostasis in the body. Paige uses an intuitive style of table massage combining traditional massage techniques including elements of Thai, Mayan, and Swedish massage. This style can also be adapted for pregnant clients in the form of Prenatal Massage.

Clinical Visceral Massage

Marty calls his style of abdominal massage Clinical Visceral Massage Therapy.  This work is an integrative approach to optimize the digestive and reproductive systems, as well as work with the abdomen post-surgery.  This work is especially useful to treat conditions such as acid reflux, constipation / gas / bloating, fertility optimization, menstruation challenges, low back and pelvic organ issues, and pain and adhesion syndromes from abdominal surgery.