arvigo_goddess_nomoonssm.jpgApril is a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™.  This modality addresses the position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs and helps them return to more optimal functioning.  ATMAT is founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage, which is an external, non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs that have shifted in order to restore the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi.

April is providing this healing work to clients privately.  Please contact her via email or call for more information or an appointment.

Benefits for Woman

"The uterus is the woman's center. If her uterus is not in proper position and good health, nothing in her life will be..."
~Mayan Healer Don Elijio Panti

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 fall or a car accident could cause this.

A uterus in any of these positions is called tilted or prolapsed. When a uterus is out of place, it can cause painful, heavy or irregular menstrual cycles, PMS/depression, painful sex, pelvic floor heaviness and many other issues.  Many women don't know what a normal cycle is and whether theirs is within that realm of normal. Too many women suffer from their menstrual cycles needlessly to the point where they are advised to eliminate their cycles altogether with hormonal therapy (Mirena IUD, birth control pills).  These modern medicine options can be useful, but there are less invasive ways to regulate and work with our bodies.  Women are generally told, "Your uterus is tipped, but that is normal and don't worry about it."  Common doesn't mean normal.  A tipped uterus can be the underlying reason/etiology of the symptoms and dysfunction.  Hormonal therapy doesn't fix the etiology.

Women can have a long list of physical and emotional symptoms 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. 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. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

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

Menstrual Symptoms

1. Dysmennorhea or painful periods
2. Late, early or irregular periods
3. Dark or thick blood at onset, during, 
or at end of menstruation
4. Headache or migraine with period
5. Dizziness with period
6. PMS/Depression
7. Blood clots during menstruation 
and excessive bleeding

Pregnancy Symptoms

8. Chronic miscarriages
9. Premature deliveries
10. Weak newborn, infants
11. False pregnancies
12. Difficult pregnancy/’incompetent’ uterus, 
spotting during pregnancy
13. Fertility Issues

Ovulatory Symptoms

14. Failure to ovulate regularly
15. Painful ovulation

Urinary Symptoms

16. Frequent Urination
17. Bladder Infections
18. Incontinence

Circulatory Symptoms

19. Varicose veins of the legs and hemorrhoids
20. Tired, weak legs
21. Numb legs and feet especially when 
standing still for a while

Musculo-Skeletal Symptoms

22. Sore heels when walking
23. Low back ache

Symptoms of Congestion

24. Endometriosis
25. Endometritis
26. Uterine Polyps and Uterine Fibroids
27. Uterine Infections
28. Vaginal yeast conditions/vaginitis
29. Painful intercourse
30. Undiagnosed pelvic pain


31. Constipation
32. Difficult menopause
33. Cancer of the cervix, uterus, or colon
34. Low energy

Benefits for Men

Men benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Massage 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 Men and Women

Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Massage. Many 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 Massage, 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.

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 
- Gastro Esophogeal Reflux (GERD) 
- Crohn's Disease 
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea 
- Chronic indigestion or heartburn 
- Gastritis 
- Restricted breathing due to tension 
- Gas, bloating, belching

Based on over thirty years of training and experience in massage, naprapathy, herbology, and spiritual healing, Dr. Rosita Arvigo developed these techniques which now bear her name. This modality incorporates a holistic approach to health care which includes massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing. Dr. Arvigo believes that with any natural healing technique, these areas must be simultaneously addressed to promote optimal health.

Dr. 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. Midwives and healers of Central America agree that most female troubles are caused by the wandering womb. 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.

Ariticles on Maya Abdominal Therapy

Maya Massage: A Healing Practice Every Woman Should Know in HuffPost, Jan 2013

What is Arvigo May Fertility Massage? in Oprah Magazine 2010 (written by Daphne Oz, Dr. Oz's daughter)

Mayan Womb Massage in Mothering Magazine March 2010











April offers Maya Abdominal Therapy treatments by appointment.  Often called Maya abdominal massage, the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapyincludes massage but it is it broader in scope.  It can help clients with fertility, menstruation, pregnancy/postpartum, digestive issues as well as prolapse, incontinence, fibroids, endometriosis and prostate difficulties.  Read more

April, our Women's Health specialist, is a transformer of lives.  Her patients run the range from prenatal women, post pregnancy and women with sexual dysfunction and incontinence.  April treats women dealing with the most personal medical conditions.  I have heard their feelings of helplessness.  It is an honor to watch them bloom, as what once seemed impossible has become their reality. Her treatment has allowed women to rekindle their sexual connection with their spouses due to surgical scarring, trauma or childbirth.  She has taught pelvic floor exercises to women dealing with prolapse or incontinence and has given back their independence and QUALITY of life.  She also has the most loyal patient base that consistently fills her schedule.
~Sandra, front desk coordinator at Highline Physical Therapy