What is The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?

What is Arvigo Therapy®?

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® is an external, noninvasive therapy over the abdomen, sacrum and low back to help reposition reproductive organs and to improve the five systems of flow (venous & arterial blood, nerve, lymph & ch'ulel - Maya for energy) to the digestive & reproductive organs. It was developed by Rosita Arvigo, DN after apprenticing with Don Elijio Panti, Maya shaman healer of Belize, and Miss Hortence Robinson, renowned herbal midwife, combining their traditional knowledge with her background in Naprapathy & herbal studies. 

What To Expect

Your first session is usually 2 hours in length to give ample time to go over your health history, with roughly an hour of massage therapy and time at the end for instruction on how to perform a short self-care massage over your abdomen. Benefits are greatest if you come in for a session at least once a month and do your self-care massage at least 5 times a week, though needs vary on a case by case basis. Follow up sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. Practitioners may incorporate or educate you on supportive modalities such as castor oil packs, vaginal steaming, or fajas. After the session your cycle may be heavier, 

Who Would Benefit

Anyone who is wanting to connect more deeply with their body would benefit from receiving a session. 

Scheduling Tips 

  • It is not recommended that women schedule during the 5 days prior to and during her menstrual bleeding. Though gentle, light strokes applied over the lower pelvis may be beneficial.
  • Women trying to conceive should schedule in the time after menses and before ovulation.
  • Men can schedule an appointment at any time.
  • From 20-27 weeks of pregnancy one session a month is recommended, two sessions a month from 28-37 weeks, and 1-2 sessions a week from 38 weeks until you go into labor. 

Contraindications & Cautions

These techniques are safe & effective with a few contraindications or modifications.

  • With an IUD, massage over the lower abdomen is contraindicated, but the rest of the work is safe.
  • During the first trimester of pregnancy or if pregnancy is suspected, lower abdominal massage is contraindicated. Sessions can be modified and a pregnancy protocol can start at 20 weeks. 
  • Following birth, sessions can resume at 6 weeks postpartum for vaginal births or 3 months postpartum for cesarian births.
  • After abdominal surgery, you must wait for all the layers of tissue to heal before getting massage. A general rule of thumb is 8-10 weeks, but surgeon's approval is often necessary. 
  • If you are taking pain medication or prescriptions that mask pain, massage is contraindicated.
  • Acute infection in the abdomen or pelvis, or fever is present. The risk of spreading an infection may be higher with massage, and when a person is ill the body needs time to recover.
  • Cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis. It may be considered safe if you have been in remission for a year or longer. Please discuss this with your physician. 
  • Pessary for organ prolapse must be removed prior to massage.



About Rosita Arvigo

Rosita grew up in Chicago, IL and has devoted her life to studying herbal medicine and bodywork. After leaving her advertising job in 1967 she studied herbal medicine in Mexico for 7 years before returning to the states to study at Chicago National College of Naprapathy which offers what is best described as a Ph.D. in massage. in 1981, Rosita and her partner, Greg, purchased land in Belize and opened a practice in San Ignacio. It was there that she met Don Elijio Panti, and after years of visiting him and helping with his work, he agreed to make her his apprentice. She studied with him for twelve years until the time of his death at age 102. Along with Don Elijio, Rosita spent 25 years learning Miss Hortence Robinson, renowned herbal midwife. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® was first brought into being in 1994 and is a combination of all her studies and years researching the science behind the techniques of the traditional healers. It has been taught

Her projects include the Belize Ethnobotony Project which interviewed traditional healers about the medicinal plants they use, of which over 3,000 specimens were collected and sent to the National Cancer Institute for AIDS & cancer research; Rainforest Remedies, which harvests medicinal plants from parts of the jungle already scheduled for destruction; annual educational opportunities for local schoolchildren to learn about native plants and their uses and Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre which gives a voice and international forum to the healers of Belize. Her story can be found in her autobiography, Sastun: My Apprentice with a Maya Healer. She continues to live in Belize