abdominal therapy

What is Arvigo Therapy®?

Abdominal 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, and is an effective therapy to support abdominal health.

It gently stimulates circulation of lymph, nerve and blood flow to reproductive and digestive organs. 

abdomen massage

What can Arvigo Therapy® help with?

reproductive health

  • painful periods
  • fertility challenges
  • symptoms of endometriosis
  • uterine fibroids or polyps
  • ovarian cysts
  • difficult menopause symptoms
  • post partum healing
  • displaced or prolapsed uterus

physical & emotional health

  • low backache
  • PMS symptoms
  • difficult menopause symptoms
  • painful intercourse
  • pain or numbness from old scars
  • weak, tired or numb legs
  • headaches, migraines

digestive & urinary health

  • digestive issues (Crohn's, gastritis, IBS)
  • frequent constipation
  • bloating or poor digestion
  • frequent and/or urgent urination
  • frequent bladder or yeast infections
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A deeply relaxing treatment

How does Abdominal Therapy Work?

This gentle therapy helps to realign the healthy flow of fresh blood, lymph, nerve and energy in the abdominal area.  For women, the focus is on regaining homeostasis by encouraging the uterus to be in its central position. 

Sessions are customized to your needs and goals for each treatment. Treatments with Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac include a combination of Abdominal Therapy, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and TCM Acupuncture. 

Learning self care massage is a unique part of this approach. It can help to sustain good circulation and blood flow initiated by the professional treatments. You'll feel more in control of your well being and are physically and emotionally connected to the treatment process.

What to Expect in an Abdominal Therapy Session

Intake and Review

A comprehensive review of your health history and current goals.  The first appointment is between 75-90 minutes long and includes your initial treatment.

Treatment Plan and Self Care

Abdominal massage focuses on gently reestablishing homeostasis in the abdomen, benefitting your digestive and reproductive organs. Massage of the lower back, hips and sacrum area further boosts circulation and may help realign body alignment.

Typically, a minimum of 3-5 professional sessions are recommended, but each individual's situation is unique. A personalized treatment plan will be offered after your first session.

Your session may include recommendations for complementary modalities and lifestyle suggestions to improve treatment outcomes.  Self care massage instruction is included at your first session.  In general, individuals who perform regular self care will report an improvement in symptoms much faster.


Please note that in any of the following situations, lower abdominal massage work should be avoided:

  • during active menstruation (may vary by individual, but generally not recommended)
  • during an active infection (ie. bladder infection, urinary tract infection, yeast infection)
  • IUD
  • pessary for prolapse (must remove prior to treatment)
  • within 3 months of major abdominal or pelvic surgery (including cesarean birth, hysterectomy, hip surgery)
  • within 6 weeks of giving birth (vaginal birth)
  • during active cancer anywhere in the body (this may vary by situation, please inquire)

The Origins of Arvigo Therapy®

Arvigo Therapy® is based on the traditional Maya practice of uterine massage. It also includes specialized techniques developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.  

Dr. 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 in Central America.

This 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".

Don Elijio Panti and Rosita Arvigo

Is Arvigo Therapy® Right for You?

Learn more about Abdominal Therapy and whether this may help your situation. We offer a 'no strings attached' free phone call to answer any questions you may have before booking your first appointment.