MAR 2019

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40 @dayspamagazine • March 2019 WHEN MASSAGE THERAPIST Becca Torns-Barker was having problematic postpartum symptoms after the birth of her daughter, her healthcare provider recommended that she try a type of massage she'd never heard of: the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. After just a few sessions, she became a convert. "I found the work to be fairly life- changing," says Torns-Barker. "It really resolved a lot of the discomfort that I was experiencing. I thought to myself, 'I need to learn more and share this knowledge!'" She now specializes in this type of abdominal massage at her practice, Bodyworks Massage in South Windsor, Connecticut, joining a small but growing number of spas and wellness centers around the country who offer the modality. The techniques are named for Rosita Arvigo, DN, an herbalist who developed the practices after apprenticing in Belize with renowned Maya shaman Don Elijo Panti for over a decade. Arvigo introduced the technique to the U.S. in the 1990s, and opened the Arvigo Institute in 2000 to train professionals in these and other healing arts. This little-known modality has been steadily creeping into the mainstream thanks to its unique health and wellness advantages. BOUNTIFUL BENEFITS The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, also called Arvigo Maya Massage or Arvigo massage, are based on traditional healing practices of the Maya people in Central America. The therapy has many components, but it centers upon a noninvasive yet penetrating abdominal massage aimed at realigning internal organs that have moved or are otherwise out of balance. Therapists gently guide these organs to an optimal position, thereby enhancing the body's fi ve systems of fl ow—arterial, © GETTY IMAGES Middle Management An introduction to the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. by Barbara Diggs ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

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