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What is Arvigo® Therapy?

Arvigo® Therapy is an external, non-invasive massage for the abdomen and lower back areas. It is also known as The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.  This is an effective therapy to support your abdominal area.  It gently stimulates circulation of lymph, nerve and blood flow to reproductive and digestive organs.

​This massage is deeply relaxing and can help encourage a clearing of both physical and emotional congestion. Arvigo® Therapy is based on the traditional Maya practice of uterine massage.  It also includes specialized techniques developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

Dr. Rosita Arvigo is an American Naprapathic physician, herbalist and researcher living in Belize.  She developed the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® based on her own professional experience.  She has over 40 years of knowledge from studying with native healers and herbalists in Central America.  

​The therapy is based on Dr. Arvigo’s studies and apprenticeship with the traditional healers of Belize.  Her teacher, Don Elijio Panti, believed the uterus to be a woman’s centre.  He often said that ​”if a woman’s uterus is out of balance – so is she”.

Arvigo Therapy abdominal massage

What can Arvigo® Therapy help with?

Reproductive System

  • painful periods
  • fertility challenges
  • symptoms of endometriosis
  • uterine fibroids or polyps
  • ovarian cysts
  • difficult menopausal symptoms
  • post partum healing

Digestive System & Urinary System

  • digestive issues (Crohn’s, gastritis, IBS)
  • frequent constipation
  • bloating or poor digestion
  • frequent or urgent urination
  • frequent bladder or yeast infections

Physical & Emotional

  • low backache
  • PMS symptoms
  • difficult menopausal symptoms
  • painful intercourse
  • pain or numbness from old scars
  • displaced or prolapsed uterus
  • varicose veins
  • weak, tired or numb legs
  • headaches, migraines

What to Expect in an Arvigo® Therapy Session


Sessions are customized to your needs and goal at the time.  Acupuncture and/or acupressure are usually included in the treatments offered by Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac


1. A comprehensive review of your personal health history and current health needs.

2. Abdominal massage focused on gently aligning reproductive and digestive organs.

3. Massage of the back and sacrum to further circulation to the abdomen and organs.

4. Evaluation of the body posture, hip and spine alignment.

5. Recommendations of complementyary modalities/lifestyle suggestions to improve health and well-being.

6. Typically, 3-4 professional sessions (at minimum) are required in order to address most conditions.

7. Instruction in Self Care techniques to enhance your professional treatment session.


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Self Care massage

Arvigo® Therapy Self Care Massage

Learning how to massage your own abdomen as well is a unique part of this therapy.  Self Care Massage helps sustain good circulation and blood flow initiated by the professional treatment.   

By doing self care regularly you carry on the benefits of treatment long after you have left your appointment.  You’ll feel more in control of your well being and are physically and emotionally connected to the treatment process.