Belly & Soul


Arvigo® techniques of maya abdominal therapy

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

Arvigo® Therapy was 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 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.

Arvigo® Therapy is founded on the ancient Maya technique of a non-invasive, external abdominal massage. the treatment stimulates circulation and blood flow within the abdominal area, supporting optimal function of digestive and fertile health and wellness. It is a therapy that can be applied throughout every stage of life.

It incorporates a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and is based on the premise that only by treating the whole person on a physical, emotional and energetic level can true healing take place.

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. 

The unique aspect of Arvigo® Therapy is that you learn the Self Care techniques, helping to sustain the good circulation and blood flow initiated by the treatment. By doing your Self Care massage regularly you carry the treatment on long after you have left your appointment.

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

Reiki treatments

Reiki” (ray-key) is the Japanese word for ‘universal life energy’, and is also the name given to describe this system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

It’s based on the understanding that we live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.

Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually, and is a practice that is open to any belief system. It can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatments and often helps to provide deep relaxation, emotional support, balance and comfort. 

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. I often combine Reiki with deep guided relaxation to help you move in to the deepest level of relaxation possible. 

It’s hard to find the exact words to describe how Reiki feels, and it’s often a bit different for everyone, but here’s a description from one lovely lady that comes for treatments. 

“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. It transports me to a place of such zen. 💗”

I often combine Reiki and Arvigo® treatments to nourish your body, your head and your heart, but it’s gently nurturing as a stand alone treatment too, and my go-to for stages of IVF and early pregnancy.

Counselling & emotional support

I find it’s so helpful with both Arvigo® treatments and Reiki to be able to have time to talk too. To really listen to what’s been happening for you, and hold space for every bit of it, so that our heads  and hearts know that everything they need has been heard and taken care of, and lets the body work then integrate it, and relax us even more deeply, in the physical places where we’ve been holding on.

It’s a lovely grounding combination that leaves people at the end of the session saying they feel lighter, brighter and taken care of at every level.

The way I work is always totally flexible and we always start every session seeing what feels most right…sometimes it’s a little bit of everything, and sometimes one bit is calling more loudly than any other. 

No set plan, no ‘it’s got to look like this’, just time to be able to tune in and see what’s most needed & most healing on that particular day.

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