The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® in Dublin

  A holistic approach to health care drawn from the Mayan shamanic tradition including massage, anatomy and physiology, herbalism, nutrition, emotional and spiritual healing. 

 

Deirdre is a highly skilled practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with additional training in Fertility Massage Therapy and Reproductive Reflexology and has 7 years experience in holistic fertility support so you are in safe hands. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are the gold standard in pelvic bodywork for fertility and Deirdre's work uniquely combines this with energy medicine (often described as 'acupuncture without the needles!'). Founded on the ancient Mayan technique from central America, this deeply nurturing abdominal massage is an external, non invasive form of bodywork that helps to improve the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi to the pelvic organs. By stimulating circulation and blood flow within the abdominal area, Arvigo therapy supports 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 child's 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.

 

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. As Deirdre's work is grounded in Eden Energy Medicine, she will also assess the energetic balance of your pelvic area and correct any imbalances found.     

Maya massage for fertility support, improved pre-conception health and relief from many common digestive disorders

 

Dr. Rosita Arvigo learned these techniques from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America with whom she apprenticed for ten years. Don Elijio believed that a woman's center is her uterus. "If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she," he would say. Don Elijio passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. Rosita also studied with Hortence Robinson, a 73 year old herbal midwife of Belize who has been delivering babies since she was 13.

                                                                                        Don Elijio Panti

                                                                                        Don Elijio Panti

'In my practice I have witnessed the work help reconnect women with their womb centre, rediscovering a sense of wholeness and safety within the body and reigniting passion and creativity'. 

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 to enhance your professional session plus Skype follow up if needed

. • Recommendations of complementary 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

Castor oil packs

Nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.

I will work with you to address your specific needs and may suggest a course of treatments. Typically, a minimum of 2 or 3 professional sessions are required to address most conditions. Some conditions will require further attention over a longer period of time. Following your first session you will receive a treatment plan which we agree together to best meet your needs. 

Self care massage to do back home is a vital aspect of the overall treatment that you will receive from your Arvigo® session. 

One unique aspect of Arvigo® Therapy is that you learn how to massage your own abdomen, helping to sustain the good circulation and blood flow initiated by the treatment. Being taught how to massage your own abdomen is truly empowering. By doing your self care massage regularly you carry the treatment on long after you have left your appointment. You feel more in control of your wellbeing and you are physically and emotionally connected to the treatment process. With each follow up appointment you have the opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the self care massage. Deirdre will be happy to check you are doing the techniques correctly and to discuss any concerns you have.

Benefits for Women

Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.

 

 Many physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques. When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. Over time the massage helps improve circulation and promotes homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Good circulation is essential for healthy reproductive functioning, such as painless menstruation, healthy pregnancy, effective labour and birth. 

Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and caesarean delivery, may be diminished when addressed by abdominal  massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems may be helped.

Digestive and Emotional Benefits for All

Individuals with digestive disorders may benefit greatly from the application of these techniques.  Many of our common disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn are treated with antacids, muscle relaxants, and a variety of other medications. These treatments address symptoms, not the causes.

By using the Arvigo® Techniques,  the upper abdomen is given a deep, thorough massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the digestive and eliminative organs with their vital blood supply. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature. With additional skills in abdominal-sacral therapy and deep colon work, Deirdre will help release congestion and restriction in the small intestine and colon with deep local massage, along with reflex points chosen to stimulate healthy gut function. The deep colon massage encourages both a natural movement of the digestive system and also release of emotional tension.

Our gut holds more nerve neurons than our brain and spinal cord, which means unwanted memories and emotions will sit and fester, and people often experience a new lightness in themselves after treatment as these layers are released.

Click here to read a review of Maya abdominal massage with Deirdre for digestive issues (Ireland's Woman's Way, Oct 2015)

 

Click here to read an article on Maya abdominal therapy for fertility support (Massage Magazine, March 2014)

  'Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and healing, patroness and spiritual guide of our Maya Abdominal Therapy profession. The Maya words Ix Chel have many interpretations. Ix means woman, Goddess, divine feminine; Chel means rainbow or translucent light. Her name is Lady Rainbow or Goddess of Divine Translucent Light. Ix Chel was always associated with bodies of water like lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and oceans where it is more likely to see rainbows and her beautiful sparkling light. Even in modern times, women sleep at watersides and pray to her for guidance in a dream.  Like many other Goddesses of the world, Ix Chel depicts the three stages of a woman’s life – Maiden, Mother and Grandmother. The first is young Ix Chel the maiden, Goddess of weaving. She wears a snake on her forehead to signify that she is the Goddess of medicine and to symbolize intuitive knowledge as well as great control over earthly forces. Maya midwives placed her wooden image under the birthing bed. The second aspect is Ix Chel, the Mother Goddess of fertility, the moon and motherhood. As Mother Creator of all Maya people and consort of the Creator God, Itzamna, she decided the face and sex of every person in utero. She and Itzamna (Lizard House or House of Sastuns) lived at the crown of the ceiba tree where they invented sexual intercourse to create the world and its people. She sits elegantly poised on a crescent moon to signify the moon’s effect on menstrual changes in women. She holds a rabbit in her arms, another fertility symbol. The Maya saw the shadows in the moon as the outline of a rabbit. The Maya discovered that one moon cycle and one menstrual cycle are 29.5 days. The calendar priests determined their famous 260 day Tzolkin calendar based on women’s menstrual cycles and the duration of pregnancy. The third aspect is the Grandmother Earth Goddess of the moon, rain, medicine and death. She receives the bodies of her deceased children into her physical body, the earth. Revered for her wisdom and knowledge, her glyph demonstrated the vital importance of elders. Again, we see Ix Chel with the snake on her head, signifying medicine, healing and intuitive wisdom. Only the maiden and grandmother have a snake (to symbolize medicine) on the forehead because (as Maya women have told me) the Mother Goddess is too busy raising and caring for her own brood. Grandmother Ix Chel’s clay pot, shaped like a uterus, pours down rain to fertilize the earth'.                                                               ROSITA ARVIGO  

 

'Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and healing, patroness and spiritual guide of our Maya Abdominal Therapy profession.

The Maya words Ix Chel have many interpretations. Ix means woman, Goddess, divine feminine; Chel means rainbow or translucent light. Her name is Lady Rainbow or Goddess of Divine Translucent Light. Ix Chel was always associated with bodies of water like lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and oceans where it is more likely to see rainbows and her beautiful sparkling light. Even in modern times, women sleep at watersides and pray to her for guidance in a dream. 

Like many other Goddesses of the world, Ix Chel depicts the three stages of a woman’s life – Maiden, Mother and Grandmother. The first is young Ix Chel the maiden, Goddess of weaving. She wears a snake on her forehead to signify that she is the Goddess of medicine and to symbolize intuitive knowledge as well as great control over earthly forces. Maya midwives placed her wooden image under the birthing bed.

The second aspect is Ix Chel, the Mother Goddess of fertility, the moon and motherhood. As Mother Creator of all Maya people and consort of the Creator God, Itzamna, she decided the face and sex of every person in utero. She and Itzamna (Lizard House or House of Sastuns) lived at the crown of the ceiba tree where they invented sexual intercourse to create the world and its people. She sits elegantly poised on a crescent moon to signify the moon’s effect on menstrual changes in women. She holds a rabbit in her arms, another fertility symbol. The Maya saw the shadows in the moon as the outline of a rabbit. The Maya discovered that one moon cycle and one menstrual cycle are 29.5 days. The calendar priests determined their famous 260 day Tzolkin calendar based on women’s menstrual cycles and the duration of pregnancy.

The third aspect is the Grandmother Earth Goddess of the moon, rain, medicine and death. She receives the bodies of her deceased children into her physical body, the earth. Revered for her wisdom and knowledge, her glyph demonstrated the vital importance of elders. Again, we see Ix Chel with the snake on her head, signifying medicine, healing and intuitive wisdom. Only the maiden and grandmother have a snake (to symbolize medicine) on the forehead because (as Maya women have told me) the Mother Goddess is too busy raising and caring for her own brood. Grandmother Ix Chel’s clay pot, shaped like a uterus, pours down rain to fertilize the earth'. 

                                                             ROSITA ARVIGO

 

 

Sastun tells the story of American herbalist Rosita Arvigo, whose quest to explore the healing powers of plants led her to the rainforest of Belize where she befriended and eventually apprenticed with one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti, who taught her the techniques of Maya abdominal massage

It is folly to ignore the sacred in life or medicine. Skirting the spiritual has had a shattering effect on every dimension of contemporary existence.
— Rosita Arvigo