Lifelong Wellness for Women

Maya abdominal therapy

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ® offer a powerful approach to healing that can help transform your health for the long term. ATMAT® can benefit both women and men as they seek to relieve pain and dysfunction. It is best known for its capacity to relieve digestive and reproductive concerns, as well as to support emotional healing after trauma, stress, or abuse.

What Is Maya Abdominal Therapy?

Maya Abdominal Therapy is a non-invasive massage technique designed to release restrictions in the abdomen and hips. It’s most commonly used to help:

  • Correct the position of the uterus and abdominal organs
  • Ease chronic digestive conditions
  • Support overall reproductive health for women and men
  • Release scar tissue and adhesions from surgery
  • Relieve chronic back, hip, and groin pain

The primary goal of Maya Abdominal Therapy is to improve the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulses, and chi throughout the vital structures and muscles of the abdomen and pelvis. The body can then heal itself most effectively, and a variety of symptoms throughout the body may be relieved.

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History of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ®

Dr. Rosita Arvigo has over thirty years of training in massage, spiritual healing, herbology, and naprapathy (a system of care that uses the manipulation of soft tissues and joints to promote healing).

Her training includes apprenticeships in Belize with Don Elijio Panti, a renowned Mayan healer; and Hortence Robinson, a traditional midwife and herbalist. Today, The Arvigo Institute teaches a variety of courses to practitioners the world over, ensuring that the knowledge and wisdom of her Mayan mentors will continue to touch lives for generations to come.

Don Elijio Panti believed that a woman’s uterus is her center: if her uterus is out of balance, so is she. For this reason, the Arvigo ® work is well-known for relieving issues related to fertility, menopause, pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, and dysfunctional cycles.

However, the receiver need not have a uterus to benefit from this approach to abdominal and whole-body health. It is especially beneficial for women after a hysterectomy, as well as for men experiencing digestive or reproductive concerns.

Preparing For ATMAT®

ATMAT ® addresses physical, emotional, and lifestyle concerns as part of your integrated treatment. It is an external therapeutic technique, and you will remain appropriately draped at all times. Clients who continue the self-massage protocol, along with recommended complementary care, enjoy the greatest improvements in their overall health.

Before scheduling your initial session, contact us at to discuss your needs and goals. Once you decide to move forward, you’ll receive an intake form via email. This form must be filled out completely and submitted to your practitioner for review prior to scheduling your initial session.

Your initial session (2 - 2.5 hours) includes:

  • A detailed discussion of your health history and current symptoms
  • Instruction in self-care massage to continue your care at home
  • Abdominal massage to promote alignment of organs and release muscle tension
  • Bodywork around the back, sacrum, and tailbone to help align the hips and spine
  • Recommendations for complementary care, such as:
    • Castor oil packs
    • Faja - a wrap to support the organs
    • Herbal remedies
    • Bajos - vaginal steam baths
    • Nutrition and lifestyle changes

Followup sessions are 1 hour.

The effects of Maya Abdominal Therapy are cumulative. As the body unwinds, releases, and rebalances, each session is a little bit different than the last. For this reason, most people will benefit from planning an initial treatment regimen of 3-6 months to support these changes. However, the initial session alone is still beneficial, especially when self-care massage then becomes a regular part of your lifestyle.

You may have heard the saying, “Your issues are in your tissues”. This means that the body holds its own memories of experiences throughout your life, which are distinct from the memories of your logical brain. The belly and hips especially tend to be emotionally charged areas, and what you experience or think about during your session may surprise you. Please know that it is common to have an emotional release during or after your session. It is wise to be aware of support systems or practitioners you can turn to for help processing what comes up.

Conditions Helped

Maya Abdominal Therapy is a supportive treatment for a variety of reproductive and digestive concerns, as well as for concerns about pelvic or spinal alignment. Massage therapy promotes alignment through soft tissue treatment techniques.

Please remember that massage therapy is not a replacement for medical care. Massage therapists do not diagnose disease, provide primary care, perform spinal adjustments, provide prescriptions, or offer medical advice. It is your responsibility to seek care from an appropriate provider if you have additional needs.

Below are some examples of symptoms and conditions that may be improved through the Arvigo ® techniques.

For Women

  • Painful or irregular cycles
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • PCOS
  • PMS
  • Tilted or prolapsed uterus
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility and recurrent miscarriage
  • Postpartum healing, including cesarean healing

For Men

  • Enlarged prostate
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sperm count

For Anyone

  • Physical and/or emotional trauma
  • Scar tissue/adhesions
  • Varicose veins
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic constipation
  • GERD
  • Chronic hip, back, or pelvic/groin pain


Maya Abdominal Therapy may need to be modified or avoided under certain circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • During menstruation
  • Use of IUD
  • Use of pessary
  • First trimester of pregnancy
  • Until 6 weeks after vaginal birth and 12 weeks after cesarean birth
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Abdominal aneurysm
  • Active infection
  • Diastasis recti

To ensure your safety, your session includes a comprehensive discussion of your health history and goals. Your treatment will always be adjusted for your health needs; however, if you have any concerns, please consult with your healthcare provider prior to your visit.

Contact us if you have any questions about whether Maya Abdominal Therapy is a good choice for you.

Maya Abdominal Massage in Cleveland, OH

Lifelong Bodywork offers the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ® in Cleveland, OH. Grounded in Dr. Arvigo’s direct experience with traditional Mayan healers, this treatment blends ancient Mayan wisdom with Western anatomical principles for a deeply effective and healing experience.

We are dedicated to giving compassionate, non-judgmental support to every woman and man seeking to feel better in their body. Regardless of your health history, philosophy, or personal beliefs, your unique experience is honored as you seek the right combination of medical and complementary care for you.