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Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy

The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy is an external non-invasive massage treatment of the abdomen and lower back suitable for men & women.



It works to:

  • soften musculature,
  • enhance circulation of the blood, lymph, nerves & qi
  • improve digestion, assimilation & elimination
  • and reposition internal organs that have shifted (such as a tilted uterus which the Maya believe is responsible for a myriad of female problems).

The focus of this work is not on treating symptoms but on restoring homeostasis (balance within the body) and hemodynamics (blood flow within the body).  Having said that, this work helps all manner of digestive and reproductive issues such as painful periods, bladder incontinence, PMS, fibroids, painful intercourse, prolapse, difficult menopause, post-hysterectomy scarring, low back ache, constipation, IBS, swollen prostate and depression.  By normalizing the body’s processes and removing obstructions, health concerns resolve naturally.

Many cultures incorporate abdominal massage into their medicine, such as the Maya have been using these techniques for thousands of years. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are based on the teaching of Rosita Arvigo, who apprenticed for ten years with Don Elijio Panti, one of the last Mayan shamans of Belize. Rosita saw the power and benefits of his treatments and incorporated her own training as a naprapath (an off-shoot of chiropractic) to create the method that bears her name. Their story can be read in her biography, Sastun: My Apprentice with a Mayan Healer.

Maya Abdominal Massage
Rosita and Don Elijo

20 years ago, when I lived in Mexico,  I was introduced to Maya Abdominal Massage and Rosita Arvigo but completely forgot about it until one day fate brought me back to it via a magazine article sent by a dear friend. She had been suffering with fibroids and I had just found out I had them too. After reading the article, I googled Arvigo Therapy in Australia and booked myself in for a treatment, as well as their 2 1/2 day self-care course. A lengthy intake form is filled out before the treatment, so that the two hour session can be spent on the massage and teaching the self-care.

The massage entails work on the abdomen, lower back and sacrum, along with gentle corrections to the hips. Other methods may be incorporated depending on the circumstances including faja (abdominal wrap), bajos (vaginal steam used by the Maya and Korean woman), castor oil packs, and when appropriate dietary guidance. The self-care courses build upon what is learned during the treatment and I can’t recommend them highly enough. These days they are taught world-wide and I am working toward becoming a self-care teacher myself.

I am a massage therapist, acupuncturist and Kripalu yoga teacher, but these days, I find myself focusing on the Arvigo Therapy before anything else as I have seen such amazing results for all kinds of reproductive and digestive problems. It is also a wonderful preventative treatment and an adjunct to any detox program. I particularly like that the self-care is an integral part of the work and clients are taught tools to take home and integrate into their lives, encouraging them to be active participants toward optimum health.

If you would like to learn more about Arvigo Therapy, please visit these websites: www.essentialself-care.com or www.arvigotherapy.com

For more information please contact Lisa Levine at info@essentialself-care.com .

Natural Migraine Relief

When a migraine hits, thinking becomes near impossible. Keep these remedies on hand and ready for prevention and/or relief at those moments.

Feverfew: In supplement form — as long as it contains at least 0.2 percent parthenolides — 100 to 150 milligrams a day may work in reducing migraines. Feverfew has been shown to be effective in numerous studies for migraine prevention.

Butterbur: A small 2004 study found that patients who took 75 milligrams of butterbur twice daily had around 50 percent fewer migraines, compared with a 25 percent decrease experienced by people given only a placebo. The chemicals in butterbur are thought to decrease muscle spasms and inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain, which can cause headaches,

Ginger: Ginger can help in two ways — as an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-nausea medication. Fresh ginger appears to work the best; you can try to smell freshly crushed ginger for nausea, or steep some in hot water for a tea. Ginger ale, unfortunately, does not work for migraines.

Caffeine: Caffeine can both worsen and improve a headache, so use this remedy wisely. Caffeine-rebound headaches are common sources of migraines, but a cup of tea or coffee may help relieve a migraine.

Magnesium: According to a study by the University of Maryland, people with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than those who don’t have migraines. Studies suggest that magnesium may reduce frequency by more than 40 percent, compared with 15 percent in those who took a placebo. Other studies suggest magnesium may be particularly helpful for women with menstrual migraines. Starting doses can be 200 to 600 milligrams per day.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Some studies show that this vitamin may also be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines at a dose of 400 milligrams a day. Note that riboflavin can interfere with some medications such as antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs and medications for gout.

Exercise: Researchers found that aerobic exercise was as effective at preventing migraines as the preventive migraine medication topiramate. In a 2011 randomized, controlled study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, some patients in the three-month study exercised on a stationary bike three times per week for 40 minutes, while others took topiramate. The exercisers and drug group were equally effective in reducing migraines, but 33 percent of topiramate users also experienced adverse side effects of the medication.

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): Research by the Harvard Medical School and the Natural standard suggests that 5-HTP may be particularly effective in reducing both the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. This is thought to work as 5-HTP increases the body’s production of serotonin, and low serotonin levels have been associated with migraines. Supplementation is at 200 to 600 milligrams a day on 5-HTP for migraine prevention.

Coenzyme Q10: This antioxidant may help prevent migraines. Studies, including a double-blind, randomized trial showed that more than 60 percent of patients who took 150 milligrams of CoQ10 daily experienced a 50 percent or better reduction in the number of days with migraines.

If you have new-onset headaches, a change in frequency or intensity, or any neurological symptoms, you should speak with your doctor before trying any remedies. A new or increasing headache may be a sign of an underlying medical problem, and needs to be evaluated prior to chronic treatment for presumed migraines.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5651123/integrative-medicine-natural-remedies.html#storylink=cpy

Emily Farish is Atmanjai’s Resident Integrative Medical Practitioner. Her passion is healing – Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbal Treatments. She is available for consultations at Atmanjai.

Holistic Health – Holistic Mind

The third of a 4-part series about incorporating holistic health into your daily life, by Christina Keawwantha.


This month we look at the mind and the role which our thoughts play in our everyday wellness and overall health. Einstein pointed out that everything in the Universe is energy, including our body, our thoughts; our fears and our dreams. What many people don’t realize is that our thoughts hold the power to create; not only do they affect the biology of our body, they also affect our environment and our relationships. When we hold negative thoughts about ourselves, we are physically creating negativity in our body. When we hold negative thoughts about the people and environment around us, we are creating negative relationships and negative experiences. One of the most fundamental aspects of incorporating holistic health is to start taking responsibility for yourself, your health and your experiences. So, lets start to take responsibility for our thoughts and what they are creating.


1. When we are surrounded by negativity, it is very easy to be drawn into it and become negative ourselves. When we listen to others complaining or judging or criticizing; when we listen to the news full of doom and gloom; when we are exposed to negative environments, such as road-raging traffic jams or competitive office politics; or simply when we are overly critical of ourselves. Be aware of the quality of energy which you are receiving and make sure you balance any negativity with positive energy, such as meeting up with genuine friends who make you feel really good, listening to music which makes you smile, sing and dance, switching off the news if it is making you feel too depressed and powerless and finding a polite excuse to subtly leave a conversation if it becomes too critical and negative. If you want to see some beautiful examples of the power of thoughts, check out ‘The True Power of Water’, by Emoto.

2. Become aware of the quality of thoughts you are having throughout the day. Are they positive or negative? Being positive doesn’t mean that you have to turn a blind eye to all the ‘bad’ things that are happening to you and around you. It just means that you find a way to think positively about it. It’s looking for the lesson or the solution and seeing life as an adventure and a challenge rather than a grind full of adversity. Quite often we get caught in a habit of negative thinking without realizing it. Throughout the day, make a point of listening to your inner dialogue and see whether it is positive or negative. If you need to express something negative or critical, try to balance it with something positive and a solution to make improvements.

3. Not only can we minimize our negative thoughts and their repercussions, we can take the creative process one step further and actively creative positive health, relationships, situations and experiences. By programming ourselves with a positive mindset, we can create positive experiences within our body and our environment. Using positive affirmations each morning is a great way to do this. Your affirmations can be about yourself and your health, your work and money or your relationships. Anywhere in which you want to see improvements. Keep the affirmations, short, simple and personal and fill them with passion as you repeat them to yourself throughout the day like a mantra. For some ideas and a deeper understanding of the power of affirmations, check out ‘You Can Heal Your Life’, by Louise Hay.
Creating a positive mental mindset is not always easy. Be patient and have a good natured laugh at yourself whenever you can.

For more information about holistic health, you can visit Christina’s website or contact her through Atmanjai.


Vitamin C – Are you getting enough?

About Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential part of everyone’s health. Our body requires the constant presence of vitamin C to help with a variety of key functions including: · Immune support – keeps your white blood cells strong and active · Antioxidant – helps neutralise harmful oxidation in the body
· Enzyme function – helping scar tissue to heal, cartilage renewal
· Collagen synthesis – essential for healthy skin
If you smoke, eat fast foods or are under regular stress in your life (show me someone who isn’t!) then it makes good sense to take vitamin C on a daily basis. It is virtually impossible to ‘overdose’ on vitamin C. The body takes what it needs and passes the excess out through the urine. However, when deciding how much vitamin C to take do not follow the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) as set by the government health agencies! The RDA for most nutrients, vitamin C in particular, is so ridiculously low that it seems like a joke.
Did you know that the RDA amounts are based upon the minimum amount of a nutrient necessary to prevent a deficiency disease from occurring in the population! Yes, that means that what you are recommended to take each day is in fact just enough to prevent a deficiency disease, such as scurvy, from occurring in your body! Enough nutrients to prevent serious disease is not the goal here folks, we are in need of an ABUNDANCE of nutrients so that all of our system has plenty to use whenever it needs them.

US and UK RDA for vitamin C is between 60-95mg per day. Yet pioneers in the field recommend around 4,000mg per day for healthy functioning, and HIGHER amounts when under extreme stress or illness. That’s over 40 times more vitamin C each day that government health agencies are recommending you to take!


This excerpt is taken from the ebook “Tools to Be Well Now” Atmanjai’s Guide to Living a Vibrant and Happy Life! For more information or to purchase a copy follow this link: C

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