Maya Abdominal Therapy

Rosita Arvigo, ND

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that addresses both men’s  and women’s health issues. The primary focus is to increase energy and circulation of blood, lymph and nerve impulses to the abdominal and pelvic organs. It also helps to restore proper mobility and alignment of the uterus encouraging optimal function of the feminine cycles. Maya Abdominal Therapy™ is a traditional Mayan healing modality practiced by traditional Maya healers and midwives for thousands of years. Thanks to Dr. Rosita Arvigo of Belize the work is available and becoming more widespread across the globe through her certification program.

“If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, she will be out of balance physically, emotionally and spiritually.” Don Elijio Panti, Maya shaman


Maya Abdominal Therapy has helped many women with:

  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Painful or irregular ovulation
  • Lacking menses
  • Difficulty getting pregnant, fertility
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Headache or migraine with period
  • Premenstrual syndrome symptoms
  • Varicose veins of legs/and or tired, weak or restless legs
  • Low back pain with period
  • Bloating, cramping with period
  • Chronic constipation
  • Digestive issues
  • Menopausal transition
  • Surgical scar tissue

    Frequently Asked Questions about Maya abdominal therapy

Benefits to 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.

A uterus in any of these positions is called tilted or displaced. Many women have a laundry list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques. When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. This is essential for healthy periods, pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Learn more by going to the Commonly Asked Questions page.

“The female pelvis is a powerhouse of energy transformation-the very throne of creation through which universal energy patterns course and flow.” Rosita Arvigo, ND

Benefits for Men

Men benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Therapy techniques as well. By ensuring a full blood supply to the prostate, the abdominal massage helps to prevent swelling and inflammation. Men report that they can feel a distinct difference in blood flow after a treatment. Not only does the massage relieve prostate swelling, but it helps alleviate varicose veins, premature ejaculation, some impotency problems and the need to urinate frequently.

Digestive and Emotional Benefits for Everyone

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Low energy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic constipation
  • Low Back ache
  • Chronic indigestion or heartburn
  • Gastritis
  • Restricted breathing due to tension

Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Therapy. 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 techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, the upper abdomen is also 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. This massage, in conjunction with nutritional counseling and some lifestyle changes, offer excellent results for digestive issues.

History of Mayan Abdominal Therapy

Rosita and Don Elijio

Maya abdominal therapy for the reproductive and digestive systems has been known and practiced for thousands of years. The technique has been passed down through an unbroken chain of midwives, healers and shaman, generation after generation, all over the world from Central America to Africa, Egypt and China. Sadly, this knowledge has largely been forgotten or suppressed in this century.


The technique, as practiced today, was developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo. Rosita moved to Belize from America in 1981 and set up a naprapathic (a branch of chiropractic) clinic with her husband. Two years later, she met and befriended one of the last of the traditional Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti. After some persuasion, he agreed to take her on as his apprentice and over the next 10 years, imparted to her his wisdom of the healing plants of the rainforest, traditional massage, including the abdominal techniques and spiritual healing. Don Elijio passed away in 1996, aged 103. Since this time Rosita has taken the knowledge she learned from him, and combined it with her Western naprapathic and herbal training to form the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.

What to expect on your first visit

    Michele and Rosita Arvigo, ND

    Michele and Rosita

  • Comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health care needs.
  • Abdominal and pelvic massage focused on aligning reproductive and abdominal organs.
  • Evaluation and application of structural alignment of spine with attention to the sacrum, lumbar and thoracic spine.
  • Instruction in self-care home techniques to enhance your professional treatment session.
  • Use of and/or recommendation of complementary modalities:
    castor oil packs
    herbal remedies and tinctures
    vaginal steams

Commonly asked questions about Maya Abdominal Therapy

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