The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy – by Marcela Bowie, DOM (See this article in Natural Awakenings Magazine)
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy offers alternative treatment for many ailments including prolapsed uterus, infertility, difficult pregnancy, endometriosis, prostate inflammation, and digestive disorders. Based on over thirty years of experience in massage and spiritual healing, including training with her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, a great Maya Shaman of Belize, Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed the modality that bears her name.
Embracing massage, herbology, nutrition, emotional and spiritual healing, and anatomy and physiology, the Arvigo Techniques not only heals the body, but restores balance in a mind body connection. Utilizing gentle abdominal corrections and various herbal remedies, the Technique addresses the position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs.
Don Elijio explained that a woman’s center is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she.” The uterus is held in place by muscles and ligaments that can weaken or loosen, causing a tilted or prolapsed position. When reproductive organs shift, it can constrict blood flow and disrupt nerve connections. By gently shifting the uterus back into place, homeostatis is restored in the pelvic region. Toxins are flushed as nutrients can again help balance hormones and tissue health. Not only is this essential for healthy pregnancy and delivery, but also for a smooth menstrual cycle and overall health of all abdominal organs. For women suffering from painful menstruation and endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, yeast infections, miscarriages, infertility or difficult pregnancies, or PMS, the Arvigo Technique is a comfortable and effective treatment. Old adhesions from prior invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, such as cesarean delivery, can be addressed by uterine therapy. Urinary and bladder problems can also be addressed, especially when combined with herbal remedies from the rainforest.
By ensuring a full blood supply to the prostate, men can also benefit from abdominal therapy. Various techniques relieve prostate swelling, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, and, in some cases, impotency problems.
Abdominal therapy is a natural reliever of the most common digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, indigestion, and heartburn. Antacids and muscle relaxants address the symptoms of these gut troubles, whereas Arvigo Techniques address the causes. In these cases, the upper abdomen is given thorough bodywork, loosening tight muscles around the stomach, allowing arteries to feed the organs vital blood supply. The diaphragm is also gently worked on to relieve tension and tightness.
Western Medicine can offer us the options of pharmaceuticals and surgery. The Arvigo Technique, however, brings the body in balance with the beautiful and ancient teachings and herbs of the central American rainforest. Don Elijio lived a healthy and meaningful life until he was 103, teaching doctors such as Rosita Arvigo. Many Western practitioners such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and medical doctors that embrace a holistic approach are increasingly becoming not only aware of the Technique, but are training to incorporate abdominal massage for their own clients and patients.