The Story of Rosita Arvigo and Maya abdominal massage
In 1983, Chicago native Rosita Arvigo, a doctor of naturopathy (D.N.) began an intensive 12-year apprenticeship with one of the last living Maya shamans in Central America. Don Elijio Panti was already 90 years old when Arvigo began to study with him in his tiny, remote village of San Antonio in Western Belize, not far from the Guatemalan border.
She learned about native healing plants, the Maya prayers, herbal bathing for physical and spiritual healing and the ancient technique of Maya abdominal massage, known simply as “la sobada” – the massage.
Arvigo watched her mentor’s deft and wrinkled hands massage thousands of abdomens with incredibly impressive results. Maya men and women often arrived on the doorstep of this humble clinic to have the old bush doctor massage their abdomens for relief of painful menstrual periods, headaches, tired legs, infertility and digestive upsets.
Arvigo® techniques are a synthesis of all that Don Elijio taught her together with Dr Arvigo’s own education, training, and research as a naturopathic physician.
Don Elijio taught that a woman’s uterus is her center; if it is out of balance, then her entire life will be imbalanced. Dr. Arvigo says the uterus is a woman’s “second brain” and comprises the spiritual center of her being and that up to 90% of women will have a misplaced or tipped uterus at some point in their lives.
Rosita’s lifework has been to perfect and teach, THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY®, to help restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy.Dr. Arvigo calls her apprentices “the womb savers.” She has now trained nearly 200 practitioners in the United States, Italy, Belize and Barbados. Here in the UK there are just a handful of practitioners but the number is growing steadily every year as more and more women and men experience the benefits of this simple but profound treatment.