Arvigo Abdominal Massage

Energy - Fertility - Digestion - Healing

Supporting Health + Wellness

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are inspired by the ancient Central American healing traditions of the Maya. Developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, this modality developed from her apprenticeship and experience with acclaimed Maya Shaman - Don Elijio Panti. Rosanna is a member of the Abdominal Therapy Collective, founded by Rosita Arvigo.

Arvigo abdominal therapy provides a complementary approach to health and wellness. These techniques are based in traditional healing with a sound foundation in basic anatomy and physiology; they are not a replacement for health care. Serious medical conditions are discussed with one's health care provider in collaboration with our Aroha Arvigo practitioner, Rosanna Marks. Rosanna is an Internationally licenced massage therapist.

Arvigo therapy provides support for organ functions and the 5 systems of flow (arterial, venous, lymph, nerve, chi) with specialised massage.

These techniques provide support for the physical health and normal position of pelvic and abdominal organs and any emotional holding patterns found therein. Soft tissue manipulations are used to gently support the normal alignment of organs, thereby supporting healthy circulation of blood, nerve, lymph and chi to support the body’s innate capacity to self-heal.

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN studied and learned the original Maya techniques over a 10-year apprenticeship with Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize. She was also exposed to other central American ancient traditions that represent an unbroken chain of knowledge handed down from generation to generation of shamans, midwives and healers. Unifying this all with over thirty years of training and experience in the natural sciences of massage, naprapathy, herbology, and spiritual healing; Dr. Arvigo developed the techniques which now bear her name.

The techniques include abdominal and sacral massage, castor oil applications, pelvic steaming, herbal preparations, and intention. A strong emphasis is placed on providing support for optimal reproductive anatomy and the normal position of the uterus via gentle external manipulation.

Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy is a non-invasive external massage technique that provides support for homeostasis-balance within and hemodynamic-good blood circulation in the body. The Arvigo technique provides support to the circulatory, lymphatic, nervous systems and the flow of energy throughout the body. This technique supports the normal position of the uterus and digestive organs, helping the body to release physical and emotional congestion, providing support for general health and wellbeing.

I offer the Arvigo technique of Maya abdominal therapy to people with the following list of conditions 

For women:

Tilted/misaligned uterus • Prolapsed uterus and/or bladder • Fertility challenges • Difficult pregnancy and delivery • Chronic miscarriages • Painful and/or irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation • Blood clots during menstruation and excessive bleeding • Dark thick blood at beginning and end of menses • PMS/Depression • Uterine and/or bladder infections • Ovarian cysts • Uterine fibroids and polyps • Painful intercourse • Difficult menopause • Pelvic congestion/heaviness and pain • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • Chronic Constipation • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) • Liver and stomach congestion • Superficial and deep scar tissue • Hysterectomy • Reduce or relieve pelvic discomfort associated with endometriosis • Postpartum recovery

For men:

Early stages of prostate swelling • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) • Prostatitis (mild) • Painful ejaculation • Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction

For everyone:

Chronic indigestion or heartburn • Liver and stomach congestion • Gastritis • Crohn’s Disease • Lower backaches, sacrum, coccyx or pelvic pain • Headaches or migraines • Frequent, difficult, and/or incomplete urination • Constipation • Poor circulation • Chronic fatigue • Trauma • Restricted breathing due to tension.

What to expect during a session:

-The first appointment is generally 2 hours in duration with follow up appointments being 1.5 hours in duration.

-Comprehensive review of your past and present healthcare needs, focusing on reproductive and digestive health.

-For women (v-steam) to begin session, and for all, upper and lower Maya abdominal massage to provide support for circulation to abdominal organs.

-Massage to back, sacrum and hips to provide further support for circulation to the organs of the abdomen.

-Evaluation of body posture.

-Instruction in Self Care massage so you can continue with daily at home and helps to enhance your professional session.

Recommendations of complimentary 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

The application of castor oil packs and lifestyle education.

Pelvic or vaginal steams (Bajos, in Spanish) have a long history of use by traditional healers in various parts of the world, especially in Central America. Their popularity has been steadily growing in the West, and for good reason – vaginal steams provide nourishment of the area. They can help support the normal uterus emptying.


Rosanna from Aroha is a miracle worker. I've had several Arvigo and Steam treatments from her. I have no doubt that the work I did with Rosanna helped to prepare my womb for the implantation of a healthy embryo. I also found the treatment incredibly relaxing and it relieved stress in a way that I had not experienced before. In the past my stomach had always felt quite tight. The self-care Rosanna taught me transformed my stomach into a soft stress-free zone in a very short amount of time. I felt connected to my whole body and felt more alive. Once I have my baby I will be going straight back to Rosanna for after birth support. I believe that every woman would benefit from this treatment no matter what your circumstances are. I could not recommend this treatment with Rosanna more highly.' - Angela Maurice

*This therapy is not recommended during menses, immediately following pelvic surgery, during the 1st trimester of pregnancy or where an active infection or cancer is present in the pelvic region.

How do I get started?

Typically, 2 or 3 professional sessions are required to support most people. Some people will require further attention over a longer period of time.

All clients are taught self-care massage, as well as any other techniques appropriate to their needs.

 "Give nature half a chance and she has a miracle in store for everyone." Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN

1st visit (Includes vaginal steam for women) - 2 hours :
1st visit (Includes vaginal steam for women) + Aroha Moon Oil - 2 hours : $335
Follow up appointments (Includes vaginal steam for women)- 90 minutes :
Add Ceremonial Grade Cacao : $20