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Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT®)

ATMAT® is founded based on an ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage that was handed down by mesoamerican healers, medicine man or “shaman” and midwives for hundreds of years. ATMAT® consist of deep, non-invasive, nurturing massage techniques applied to the abdomen, back and sacrum. These external techniques help guide and repositions the pelvic and abdominal organs that may have shifted due to trauma, disease, heavy physcial activity or general repetitive strain on the body that can lead to restriction in the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and “chi” in the body. By bringing these organs back to its optimal position we are promoting improved organ function and overall health and wellness throughout the life cycle of women, men and children.

For more information on this technique please visit the Arvigo Therapy website at


IxChel, Maya Goddess of Healing

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, is a naprapathic physician and master herbalist who has lived and studied with traditional healers in Central America for more than 30 years. She apprenticed with the renowned Maya Shaman Don Eljio Panti for 10 years until his passing in 1996 at the age of 103. Dr. Arvigo also learned traditional pregnancy care from Miss Hortence Robinson, a well-known herbal midwife in Belize.

She combined her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and naprapathy (study of muscles, ligaments, connective tisues) with her extensive acquired background in traditional healing methods, and formulated the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. Dr. Arvigo established the Arvigo Institute in 2000 and trains healthcare professionals worldwide.

Rosita and Don Ellijio Panti, Belize, Central America

Charmaine with Rosita Arvigo during Level 3 Certification Course in 2016

Common symptoms and conditions that ATMAT® may help address:
  • Problems related to menstruation and ovulation (PMS symptoms, pain, irregularity, heaviness of uterine bleeding)
  • Peri menopause and menopausal issues
  • Post-partum symptoms
  • Pre-conception health and fertility enhancement (see below for more information)
  • C-section/hysterectomy surgery recovery
  • Pelvic congestion pain (endometriosis, fibroids, cysts etc.)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Chronic bladder/yeast infections
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Digestive disorders (crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro esophageal reflux disease, gastritis, constipation, indigestion etc.)
  • Urinary dysfunction (incontinence, frequent urinary infections, non-bacterial prostatitis etc.)

ATMAT® for preconception health and fertility enhancement:

ATMAT® can help prepare the woman’s body for conception. While this work can be received while a women is actively open to conception, it is encouraged that she gets a 3 month period of uterine rest and self care where she is avoiding conception to prepare the uterus. The BEST time to receive ATMAT® for fertility enhancement is between menstruation and ovulation. This work can also support those who are going through IVF or other assisted reproductive technology treatments.

It is highly recommended for your partner to also receive the treatment at the same time, wether you are trying to conceive naturally or not.

What to expect during the session:
  • Comprehensive review of your past and present healthcare needs focusing on reproductive and digestive health
  • Massage to the upper and lower abdomen, back, sacrum and hips to help:
    • Align the reproductive and abdominal organs to its optimal position
    • Imporve circulation to these organs
    • Promote vital flow to support the body’s inherent healing capacity
  • Assessment of spine and pelvic alignment
  • Instruction in self-care massage to enhance your professional session
  • Recommendations of complimentary modalities to support your health and wellness

Each session is tailored to suit your specific needs. 2-3 professional sessions at a minimum is required to address most conditions. Clients who perform their self-care massage on a routine basis report an improvement in their symptoms.

As there are some contraindications to this treatment modality, it is advisable to contact us beforehand (Tel# (917) 620-7672 or via email at to double check wether you can receive the treatment or not.