Arvigo Abdominal Therapy
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is a non-invasive external abdominal massage technique incorporating a holistic approach to health care based on abdominal massage, massage to the back and sacrum, anatomy, physiology, lifestyle choices and emotional healing.
Founded on ancient Maya techniques this healing abdominal massage therapy has an amazing reputation for helping many digestive, abdominal, fertility and reproductive conditions by relieving physical and emotional blockages. It improves the flow of chi and the fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems in order to prevent the progression of chronic disease.
It not only supports present health conditions but also works to prevent them. Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is suitable for everyone, at any age, at any stage of life.
A unique aspect is the empowering self-care massage you will be taught to do at home, not only an integral part of this work, but a lifelong tool to maintain optimal health, truly a gift.
Some Conditions It Supports
Painful PMS Fertility difficulties Amenorrhea Menstrual Pain Multiple Miscarriages Hormonal Imbalance Endometriosis Ovulation Pain Menopause Surgery Recovery Uterine Fibroids Ovarian Cysts Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Chronic Bladder / Vaginal infections Back and Hip Pain Displaced or Prolapsed Organs Enlarged Prostate Constipation Scar Tissue and Adhesions Certain Types of Erectile Dysfunction Frequent Urination Pelvic Fluid Congestion Crohn's Disease Ulcerative Colitis Varicose Veins Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression etc) Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (heartburn, acid reflux etc) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Urinary System Issues (Interstitial Cystitis, incontinence, urinary infections, etc.) Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Haemorrhoids
For The Uterus
Arvigo abdominal therapy is a wonderful way to decongest and balance the whole pelvic area, including the uterus. 75% of women are walking around with a tipped uterus and don’t even know it. Many women are told that a tipped uterus is no big deal. but it is! A tilted uterus can cause a multitude of symptoms, painful periods, reoccurring bladder infections, difficulty conceiving, lower backache and painful sex to name but a few.
Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels and the digestive system can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. This external massage gently lifts and guides the uterus into its optimal position in the lower pelvis. Arvigo therapy® can even support a fully prolapsed uterus regain its optimal position within the pelvis.
Many things can cause the uterus to become misaligned -
Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from falls (even early in our childhood), High impact accidents, Wearing high heel shoes tilt pelvic alignment, Surgical procedures, Emotional traumas, High impact sports, Walking barefoot on cold floors / wet grass, Running on concrete, Poor alignment of the pelvis with the spinal column, Over-working, lifting and carrying heavy things, especially too soon after childbirth.
Arvigo abdominal therapy is also a wonderful way to naturally regulate and improve painful periods and the quality of the blood flow. That’s right - periods are not supposed to be painful!
* Those who have had hysterectomies also benefit to improve circulation in and around the area of the scar. When circulation is improved, scar tissue will be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs are benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.
“The uterus is the woman’s core, if it is out of balance, her whole life is out of balance - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.” - Don Elijio Panti, Maya Shaman of Belize 1893-1996
For The Prostate Gland
The Prostate has no room for growth or movement so any swelling will quickly have an impact. Forward pressure on the bladder results in painful urination, incomplete urination, and incontinence. Backward pressure on the colon causes constipation, haemorrhoids, backache, and congestion. The swollen prostate gland can also cause painful ejaculation, impotence, premature or delayed ejaculation, bladder infections, varicose veins, tired/weak/numb legs and feet and in some cases even prostate cancer. The prostate also supports sperm health so it is important to keep this area healthy!
Clients have reported amazing results with Arvigo Abdominal therapy. This subtle but powerful abdominal and pelvic massage aids in the decongestion and drainage of the tubules from the testicles to the prostate which supports the elimination, accumulation, concentration, and hardening of the milky fluid, further preventing disease. Movement of lymph prepares the system to eliminate the stagnant fluids of the prostate, a cleansing and detox which often results in the passing of milky urine for a few days.
The nerves supplying the prostate exit from the sacrum. Any trauma, fall, and resulting scar tissue in this area may affect the health of the prostate and also sexual function. Arvigo abdominal massage sessions include attention to the lower back, sacrum, coccyx and gluteals to improve nerve communication to the organs and also scar tissue.
The Self Care massage you will be taught works directly on the abdomen to ensure optimum circulation, decreasing toxic congestion in the pelvic bowl and supports the work done in the Arvigo sessions.
We can eat all the healthy food we like, but unless your digestive system is working optimally, all those health giving nutrients will not be absorbed. Upper abdominal massage is included in Arvigo Abdominal Therapy, which relieves chronic tension in the diaphragm that can obstruct blood flow to the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Chronic digestive complaints are common in those with pelvic dysfunction and reproductive problems.
It will not occur to many people who have back, shoulder or neck pain, that it may be resulting from digestion problems. The nerves which connect to specific organs in our gut also connect to certain muscles in the back and neck. If the bowel slows causing constipation, the lower back can tighten. If one of your digestive organs is under stress, the nerve which connects to the corresponding muscle in your back or neck will then become tense and painful. For more info on how the gut can cause back pain read my blog HERE
Many anxieties and emotions through life are stored in our body's tissues and organs. A very common place is in the organs of the digestive system. Those so called "butterflies in the stomach" can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gasto Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's and more.
Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be "twisted or kinked" leading the blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. These techniques slowly improve fascia adhesions, scar tissue and remove any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Clients often report great improvement in digestive function within a few treatments - even more quickly if they are diligent with the self-care massage I teach the Arvigo Abdominal therapy sessions.
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is used to improve fertility by moving congested lymph fluid, oxygenating blood, increasing immune function and maintaining proper nerve flow in pelvic organs, and of course restoring the uterus to its correct position.
No matter what fertility-related complaints or ailments you may have as a client or couple I will address the five systems of flow - arterial, venous, nerve, lymphatic and energetic -, help to detox and decongest the whole area including the abdominal organs, which will normalise and restore functions according to nature’s original plan. If the whole area is in the best possible health then this gives the body the best possible chance for conception and pregnancy.
Our non-invasive, external fertility massage techniques restore homeostasis, or balance within, as well as haemo-dynamics, or unimpeded flow of blood and body fluids.
It takes up to 90 days from start to finish for a single sperm cell to develop. The testes create millions of sperm every day, so there are always sperm at different developmental stages in the testes, ensuring constant production. Regular abdominal massage to the pelvic bowl and abdomen with daily Self Care Massage and Arvigo massage sessions will ensure healthy blood flow, increased removal of acidic wastes, and therefore healthier sperm. The prostate gland also supports sperm health so do read the above information on 'For The Prostate Gland'
I can offer a 1 month or 3 month fertility program.
The 1 month therapy protocol is streamlined for couples who want to conceive in a hurry or are undergoing other fertility treatment such as IVF, and includes 2 professional sessions until ovulation as well as lifestyle and nutritional support, and home-based self-care massage - for both partners if possible!
The 3 month protocol is preferable and recommended for both partners . Professional sessions are scheduled twice monthly, usually prior to ovulation and menses. Supporting modalities, lifestyle and nutritional support are included, as well as learning the home based self care massage. The three month program provides ample time to assist the body into a state of balance. It is advised to stop actively trying to conceive during this time to allow the uterus, abdomen and sperm to reach optimal condition Many women receiving Arvigo abdominal therapy before conception report easier births and quicker recovery time.
In some cases, conception occurs in the first cycle. It is essential to know if ovulation occurs; therefore, menstrual chartings are advised. My goal for all clients is two-fold: uterine lavage to cleanse a congested uterine membrane, presentation of which includes painful periods and dark blood at the start and end of cycles; and to decongest, detox, rebalance and realign the reproductive organs to their optimal position and condition. Optimal reproductive organ position is critical for both male and female reproductive health.
A misaligned uterus restricts arterial blood flow and outward flow of toxins, allowing build up of acid and carbon dioxide in muscles, lymph and surrounding tissue. The result of that build up is pathology and malfunction and obstructs fertility.
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is also known as fertility massage, abdominal massage, Maya massage, womb massage.
For Emotional Healing
Our emotions are stored in our gut. We have all heard the sayings "butterflies in my stomach", "sick to my stomach" , "gut feeling". Harbouring negative, painful emotions can have a profound effect on your quality of life. Along with causing significant emotional damage, they can also greatly affect your physical tissues, digestion and health. Emotions stored in the abdominal area often cause physical symptoms - tension in the tissues and physical kinks in the digestive tract to name a few. These can lead to many digestive problems including IBS and Crohn's disease. There is now strong scientific evidence that our emotions play a major role in our gut health and vice versa so emotional release is essential for physical and mental health.
Stored emotions literally fester and prevent you from having meaningful, lasting relationships. Emotional release is a healing mechanism which enables us to become more whole. In other words, it can also be seen as an integration of our true self. Because of our social conditioning we are taught to suppress emotions so there is a constant build up. This stuck energy does not go anywhere. It remains stuck within our bodies where it is said to create disease, tension and all manner of mental and physical illnesses. Whether you experience a traumatic event or develop negative feelings over a period of time, by releasing these emotions you can achieve greater well-being and live a more positive, productive life.
Releasing trapped emotions is the key to both our mental and physical wellbeing. Without some sort of emotional release therapy, we will be forever stuck and controlled by our emotions.
Men, in general, do not have the same opportunity to release emotions. Society has enforced an illusion of "manliness" where men stay strong, don't show fear or emotion and should certainly not be been seen crying on their friend's shoulder. What an impossible archetype to live up to without having an adverse effect on health and well-being So many stored up, unreleased emotions for fear of society judgment. I create a safe, confidential space and your opportunity to have a listening, compassionate, non-judgmental ear, you will be heard.
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is known to be able to help release these stored emotions.
For Post Partum
After the birth of baby, your body needs a lot of support, rest, healing and nourishment in this vulnerable and precious time. The first three months after the birth are often considered as the 'fourth trimester'.
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is highly recommended. It is a specialised gentle, non-obtrusive abdominal and sacrum massage which ensures the uterus and abdominal muscles are aligned and balanced. It is quite common in childbirth for the uterus to become slightly off centre, causing other imbalances in the abdomen which can cause adverse health conditions over time. This massage will make sure everything is re-aligned and healthy. It improves healing of Diastasis Recti, provides support and relief for postpartum depression and supports faster healing and strengthening of the uterine ligaments, which stretch significantly during pregnancy and birth. Arvigo Abdominal Therapy supports both the uterus and other abdominal organs coming back to optimal position in as timely a way as possible and to heal any specific conditions, such as postnatal prolapse or other pelvic discomforts, as well as breaking up scar tissue after a Caesarian.
This massage therapy is also wonderful to reconnect you to your centre, your womb, giving thanks for the amazing job of creating a new life. The Maya believe a woman’s centre is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she,” - Don Elijo Panti.......
I recommend you to receive at least 3 Arvigo sessions as soon after the birth as possible - anytime from day 2 after a natural birth or 6 weeks after a Caesarian birth.
For All Stages of Menopause
Arvigo Abdominal Therapy is extremely beneficial in the menopausal years. It can relieve many symptoms including hot flashes. If there are nerve blockages, signals to the brain can be affected and as a result, the release of hormones. As well as supporting hormonal balance it also helps with fluid dynamics within the pelvis. The uterus and ovaries actually continue to communicate for another 25 years after menopause - pretty amazing!
Arvigo abdominal therapy can assist in the relief from vaginal dryness and painful sex (dyspareunia). It supports the relief of pelvic congestion as well as increasing circulation, improving digestion, aiding in the absorption of nutrients and calming the central nervous system. Arvigo abdominal therapy helps to maintain the strength and integrity of the pelvis against prolapse of organs later in life and can even help with prolapse itself. During peri-menopause, the therapy helps to balance hormones and encourages a thorough cleansing and detox of the uterus to rid it of any residual toxins.
It is important for our wombs to be cleansed out at this time, as through menopause our wombs shrink to an almost pre-pubescent size. A wise Arvigo abdominal therapy teacher describes the uterus as shrinking to a diamond, the power and wisdom is concentrated and powerful! Arvigo treatments during this time help to connect a woman to the wisdom of peri-menopause and menopause, as well as her innate, womanly wisdom we all have at this stage of our lives.
The Self - Care Massage
The unique aspect of Arvigo® Therapy is the self care massage you will learn, which is not only a vital aspect of the overall treatment, but also a life-long tool to maintain optimal health and balance.
Learning how to massage your own abdomen will help to sustain and continue the work done at your treatment. Being taught how to massage your own abdomen is truly empowering as you are more in control of your well-being and both physically and emotionally connected to the treatment process. With each follow up appointment you will be able to review the Self Care massage and ensure you are doing the techniques correctly, discussing any concerns you have. The self-care massage truly is a gift.
About Dr Rosita Arvigo
Dr. Rosita Arvigo studied with many traditional healers for over 40 years, the most notable of whom was Don Elijio Panti, the renowned Maya shaman of Belize.
Dr. Rosita Arvigo did a 13 year apprenticeship, learning his knowledge passed down for over five thousand years. She combined her own knowledge of anatomy, physiology and Naprapathy and established the Arvigo Institute and later The Abdominal Collective which now trains healthcare professionals worldwide. Dr. Arvigo founded the Ix-Chel Tropical Research Foundation which supports the traditions of Maya healers,, helping to preserve and promote knowledge of sustainable organic cultivation as a substitute for destruction and depletion of the rainforest.
This is your investment into your own personal long term health and wellbeing. My investment was a considerable one, in time, training and education to enable me to share this with you today. This is NOT "just a massage" , this is a therapy which has the potential of incredible health and life changing results.
The first step to self love is investing in yourself and you ARE worth it!
2.5 -3 hours
- Comprehensive review of your past and present physical and emotional health focusing on benefiting your abdominal, reproductive and digestive health and supporting any present pathologies.
- Instruction on Self Care massage which is done at home and helps to enhance your professional session
- Full Arvigo Therapy treatment
- Evaluation of body posture
- Education and recommendations of supporting modalities to support your health and wellness journey
- 30 min Herbal Steam or Castor Oil Pack as needed
- Support by email, Skype or phone when needed
Follow Up Sessions
2 hours - 2.5 hours
- Review of any changes since initial session and how your body has responded to the treatment and self care massage
- Review of Self Care massage
- Full Arvigo therapy treatment plus advanced techniques relative to your condition
- Evaluation of body posture
- Education and recommendations of additional supporting modalities to support your health and wellness journey
- 30 min Herbal Steam or Castor Oil Pack as needed
- Support by email, Skype or phone when needed
I will work with you to address your specific needs and suggest a course of treatments.
Typically, approx 3 professional sessions are required to address most conditions which will be discussed at consultation. Some conditions, for example organ prolapse, endometriosis or fibroids will require further attention over a longer period of time.