The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®
Supporting your reproductive & digestive health.
The fascinating story of Dr. Rosita Arvigo and her apprenticeship with the great Shamanic Healer of Belize Don Elijio Panti, is very well documented in her book “Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer”. Rosita was born in Chicago and in the '80 decided to move with her family in Belize, to live in nature, working as a Naprapath (similar to an osteopath) and Herbalist. Don Elijio Panti was a respected elder in his community with no young apprentice to learn the traditional ways, which had been directly passed down through word of mouth for centuries. The young generation had their minds set on doctors and western medicine, Don Elijio was viewed as old school. Still, people came to him, if they had no money for doctors or as a last resort, when western doctors could offer no more help. He treated his patients with humour and traditional rainforest remedies, along with prayers and spiritual bathing. His success rate was astounding, Rosita was eager to learn from such a great Healer. She was committed to become his apprentice, but this proved more difficult than she had first imagined. His skills had to be passed down to one of his own people, to be kept alive within his community. This was work that had been part of the Maya culture for thousands of years and he didn’t want to see it lost from his homeland. He knew that at some point this ‘gringa’ a female foreigner, would go back to her homeland and family... After a year, she proved him she was really committed and she promised him she wouldn't go away and that she would preserve his teachings. She still live there, long after don Elijio passed away at the age of 103.
For the past 30 years Dr. Arvigo has striven to promote and preserve this traditional knowledge engaging with many universities and clinical researchers. So far, over 3,000 plants have been researched with many clinical trails undertaken at the National Cancer Institute of America.
Dr. Arvigo is responsible for developing these traditional healing techniques and herbal medicines and has adding to them with additional knowledge from Maya healers and Midwives. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® has now been formalise and taught to therapists of numerous
disciplines, Nurses, Doctors and Midwives. There are now ATMAT practitioners in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Japan and throughout North and Central America.
Arvigo Therapy is founded on an ancient Maya technique of a non-invasive, external abdominal massage. Arvigo Therapy stimulates circulation and blood flow within the abdominal area, supporting the body for optimal function of digestive and fertile health and wellness. It is a therapy that can be applied throughout every stage of a woman, man or childs life.
Arvigo® Therapy incorporates a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Only by treating the whole person on a physical, emotional and energetic level can true healing take place.
What to expect during a session:
• Comprehensive review of your past and present healthcare needs focusing on reproductive and digestive health
• Upper and lower abdominal massage to help improve circulation to abdominal organs
• Massage to back, sacrum and hips to further stimulate circulation to the organs of the abdomen
• Evaluation of body posture
• Instruction in Self Care massage which is done at home and helps toenhance your professional session.
• Recommendations* of complimentary modalities to support your health and wellness that may include:
The wearing of a Faja – a traditional lower abdomen supportive wrap, Bajos – a traditional herbal pelvic steam bath of the Maya, the application of Castor oil packs and Lifestyle education.
Your practitioner will work with you to address your specific needs and may suggest a course of treatments. Typically, 3 or 4 professional sessions are required to address most conditions. Some conditions will require further attention over a longer period of time.
Self Care massage at home is a vital aspect of the overall treatment that you will receive from your Arvigo® therapist.
Is it for you?
This technique is suggested for enhancing fertility and it is also indicated to accompany during fertility medical treatments, such as IUI, IVF or so. This path will be structured in a way that follow and respect every person's needs.
Menstruation Symptoms PMS, cramps, low back pain... are all symptoms and it is possible to alleviate them. Sometimes this treatment in addition to some dietary change and some life-stile improvement can work really well. Pregnancy &
Post Partum Care
During pregnancy it can help to improve relaxation and to coadiuvate the body changes during this very peculiar passage in a Woman's life. After the birth, it is indicated to recuperate the womb balance. After birth we can organise home visits.
The digestive system is responsible for the absorption of the nutrients contained in the food we eat. When the process is somehow not in balance, our body can manifest several symptoms. Science is not linking the gut health with a huge variety of symptoms.
Menopause is a very wonderful moment in which women can really reach their full potential. The body is reaching another biorhythm and sometimes it needs some extra care to embrace this new cycle of life.
Maintaining the Equilibrium
If you have a perfect health, you can still benefit from this therapy and from the Self Care, you can keep in balance and establish a very powerful connection with your inner parts. Some cultures would place emotions in your belly, so why not keeping it happy?
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) is an external, non-invasive, manipulation helping to reposition misplaced reproductive organs and improve blood flow to the digestive organs. This simple massage shown to Dr. Arvigo by Don Elijio Panti, and later enlarged upon by Miss Hortence Robinson, has been developed and formulated into a comprehensive treatment. Through working into the abdomen it is possible to help the body achieve and maintain homeostasis – balance within and haemodynamics – good blood circulation.
Today there is a world wide community of Arvigo® practitioner, we collect case studies and we are all supporting each other in order to give each other support and share our experiences, keeping our professionalism and scope of practice. Below some example of the declination that ATMAT can deal with, the principle is that your body can self restore if blockages and stagnation are removed.