Belly & Soul


about the treatments…

Arvigo® techniques of maya abdominal therapy

also known as fertility massage, maya abdominal-sacral massage or maya massage

This is an incredibly nourishing approach to support the whole healing and wellbeing of your belly,  fertility and hormonal balance and digestion. 

The Arvigo® techniques were developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo, DN, based on her apprenticeship with the Maya healer Don Elijio Panti and her own education, training and research as a naprapathic physician. Rosita’s lifework, The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy help to restore the body to it’s natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy. Today this natural healing work has spread across the globe, and having been lucky enough to meet Rosita and study with her incredible teachers, it’s a privilege to bring this work to Dorset and Somerset, and be one of the few practitioners in this area.  

On a general level, restoring the flow of blood, lymph and energy can help to support and bring some ease to some of the following conditions

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

In terms of female health and fertility, Arvigo® Therapy can be a lovely approach to help restore health and ease symptoms from the following conditions

  • Inflammation and congestion arising from the uterus being retroverted or anteverted, or not in the optimum position

  • Painful menstrual cycles and ovulation, including pelvic congestion and pain

  • Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation, including irregular spotting or bleeding, and supporting ovarian function

  • PMS
  • Bladder or yeast infections
  • To support healing and recovery from miscarriage and pregnancy loss
  • Endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids and ovarian cysts
  • Hormonal balance and helping to support natural fertility and optimise foundations for IVF / IUI success
  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms
  • Supporting pregnancy, labor, birthing and postpartum care
  • Prolapsed uterus and or bladder

It’s also wonderfully relaxing! And includes being able to teach you the self care massage techniques which mean you can practice these regularly at home for 10 mins, to really deepen the effectiveness of the treatment. 

Treatments involve a taking a comprehensive assessment of your past and current health, a hands-on massage treatment working over your upper and lower abdomen, and lower back over the sacral area to help align reproductive and abdominal organs to optimal position, improve circulation to organs, and promote vital circulation flow to support the body’s inherent healing ability. 

Treatments also include any follow up information and resources that we feel would be supportive for you in between sessions. 

Reiki treatments

Reiki treatments are divinely and deeply relaxing! It is like being literally and metaphorically wrapped in a warm blanket, allowing all aspects of your body to soften, and be held. 

I find they allow the nervous system to deeply re-set the fight / flight system that so many of us are trapped in, allowing Adrenalin and Cortisol to return to the levels they need to be for balance and calm to come back in, and enables the body to re-activate the relaxation response which is where it’s own natural healing abilities lie.

It’s hard to find the exact words to describe how Reiki feels, and it’s often a little different for everyone, and nothing quite gets close to how it actually feels to receive, but here a few quotes from some of the ladies i worked with to describe how it’s felt for them.

“It’s a bit like being wrapped in cotton wool, or bubble wrap. Everything is still going on all around you, but you have an extra layer of lovely protection around you, so things are soften, kinder and gentler, and just don’t seem to impact in quite the same way. A bit like I imagine taking anti-depressants would be, but without the tablets” 

“Reiki to me with Cath, is MAGIC, ‘Cath Magic!’ Having devastatingly suffered 5 miscarriages, my journey to parenthood consumes most of my day to day thoughts. Reiki is the most wonderful thing I have found, that enables my brain a much needed period of time to switch off from these thoughts. It provides me with a weekly break from reality and a moment of deep restoration time for my head, heart and body, which gets so weighted down with all my stress, anxiety and fear. It is a truly beautiful, gentle period of time, where complete calm washes over me and surrounds me in a bubble of tranquility. My body enters a state of complete stillness, which is a level of relaxation I had never experienced before, or even knew existed…It’s heavenly! As well as the fertility benefits Reiki provides for me, the positive impact it has on my wellbeing and mental state of mind, which has suffered hugely, as a result of my losses, is amazing. Reiki is by far, my most favourite time of each week. Thank you Cath for wrapping me up and transporting me to a place of such zen. But above all, thank you so much for your incredible ability to heal, you truly work wonders 💗”

The sessions involve being fully clothed under a blanket, while I work around your body placing my hands lightly working down from your head to your feet, leaving you feeling grounded, balanced and centred. I often combine Reiki with intuitive messages and deep guided relaxations to help access the deepest, gentlest levels of healing possible. 

The treatments are often done in combination with counselling and Arvigo® approaches so that you receive the very best mind, body and soul integration but can also be done as stand alone treatments which seem to be every bit as gorgeous to give and receive. 

Counselling & psychotherapy

I find it’s so helpful with both Arvigo® treatments and Reiki to be able to have time to talk for a bit first. Time to understand and really listen to what’s been happening for you, and holding space in this way, seems to let our heads and minds know that everything they need has been heard and taken care of. It unloads and releases everything we can with words, and then the Arvigo® treatments and the Reiki come in at an even deeper level to shift the energy and help us to let go even more in the physical places where we’ve been holding on. It’s a lovely, lovely combination that leaves people at the end of the session  feeling lighter, brighter and taken care of at every level. 

As a clinical psychologist, it feels really specially to be able to integrate this with the body approaches, to create a whole-hearted way of supporting the women I work with. The counselling and psychotherapy is also available without the treatments, as well as being able to have the treatments without the talking, but don’t ever worry about trying to figure out what you need, it’s always totally flexible and we always start every session seeing what feels most right…sometimes the words just aren’t there and it’s straight to the massage bed to support the body that’s needed more than anything, and sometimes there are just so many thoughts and feelings that need their moment to be expressed and released that this can be the most helpful thing of all. 

No set plan, no ‘it’s got to look like this’, just time to be able to listen to you and tune in to what would feel most right, most healing on that particular day.