To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Expert Advice,” by Debra Curties, R.M.T., in the April 2013 issue. Article summary: Debra Curties answers the question, “Are there any important reasons why abdominal massage should be included in a session?”

Massage therapists seek techniques they can integrate into their practices to meet client health-and-wellness needs. Abdominal massage is one technique that delivers benefits to the whole body system.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ encompass a holistic approach to health and wellness that integrates massage, nutrition, herbal support and spiritual healing.

Arvigo bodywork is a noninvasive yet powerful technique based on traditional work passed down by the Maya people of Central America. By realigning organs that have become congested, skilled practitioners are able to gently restore the balance of homeostasis and hemodynamics to improve organ function.

By repositioning abdominal organs, Arvigo practitioners are able to address a number of common conditions for women, men and children involving reproductive, digestive and musculoskeletal problems, as well as effect general wellness. When the organs are in place, life force flows without restraint, generating efficient organ function and permitting balanced hormonal secretions and assimilation, as well as proper elimination of toxins.

Posterior techniques are taught that address the alignment of the spinal column, hips and sacrum, thereby improving nerve conduction to organs and surrounding structures.

Individuals may hold emotional tension in tissues, further constricting the conduction of the five systems of flow—arterial, venous, nerve, chi and lymph—to organs. When the emotional component is released, the constriction that was impeding the flow is removed and health is restored to the area.

Rosita Arvigo, D.N., developed the techniques based on the traditional massage of the Maya people and her education and background as a naprapathic doctor. In 30 years of research, Arvigo has combined traditional massage techniques with modern knowledge of anatomy, physiology, homeostasis and hemodynamics to address the consequences of malpositioned or crowded organs in the pelvic region. Such crowding blocks the proper flow of lymph, blood and nerve connections.

Arvigo practitioners are often able to bring about relief from common health issues for which clients have unsuccessfully sought help from mainstream sources. These conditions range from digestive disorders like heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and fertility challenges, as well as reproductive system disorders.

The Arvigo Techniques are an effective and simple modality that can add great value to a massage therapist’s practice.

Diane MacDonald, R.N., is the program administrator for the Arvigo Institute ( She has 25 years of experience in health care; the past 15 years she has dedicated to her private practice, integrating the Arvigo techniques and complementary therapies with clients. Her passion for teaching these techniques has inspired practitioners throughout the U.S., Central America, Europe and Australia.