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ATMAT (Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy)

ATMAT is a non-invasive, external massage technique. It guides internal abdominal and pelvic organs into their proper position for optimum health and well-being. ATMAT improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion and tension from the abdomen and pelvis, restoring the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulse and chi. This massage is effective for both men and women. The technique applies anatomy, physiology and naprapathy (study of ligaments, joints & muscles), with Ancient Maya healing techniques to address common female and male complaints.


Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, developed these techniques, after apprenticing with Don Elijio Panti, the last of the Traditional Maya Shaman in Central America. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ combine modern science with traditional healing and wisdom to produce a holistic path to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.


At the core of this healing work is the self care massage practice and other potentially helpful self care techniques to be done at home. Your practitioner teaches you about the techniques and offers support along the way.


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Common symptoms helped by ATMAT


●Painful or irregular/absent periods & ovulation

●Dark thick fluids at the beginning & end of periods


●Headaches & dizziness with periods


●Lower backache

●Fertility optimisation and challenges


●Uterine polyps

●Painful intercourse

●Bladder, uterine & vaginal infections

●Frequent urination

●Ovarian cysts


●Hormonal imbalance

●Varicose veins

●Tired legs/numb feet/sore heels

●Difficult pregnancy & delivery

●Premature deliveries

●Weak newborn infants

●Menopausal symptoms


●Pelvic trauma

●Chronic digestive problems


●Prostate swelling & inflammation

●Varicose veins

●Erectile dysfunction

●Premature ejaculation


●Frequent urination

●Chronic digestive problems



●Approximately 5 days before, during & 3 days after your period

●IUD contraceptive

●Early/suspected pregnancy 

(These first 3 may still receive most of the treatment but not the pelvic part of the massage)

●Immediately after abdominal surgery

●Active infection or cancer


What to expect in a session

Sessions wherever possible are scheduled around your menstrual cycle, if you have one (see above contraindications) so that you may receive all the techniques. Prior to your first session an extensive case history form is sent for you to fill in and return. During the session we discuss your case history and gather more information where necessary. I incorporate some massage to help the system relax and get used to my touch and then treat the back with a focus on the lower back, pelvis and hips. Then I treat the abdomen and pelvic area. The touch is respectful and is guided by the individual and how they uniquely respond to the treatment. I then teach/show the self massage techniques and share any other relevant techniques and suggestions. The session is approximately 120 minutes of bodywork and 60 minutes of consultation/teaching. Wherever possible I advise clients to not arrange things for after the session as this can be profound work and its helpful to give it the space.


If you don’t have a specific health issue you are needing to work with but would like to experience this treatment a 120 minute session can be offered of predominantly bodywork with just a short consultation.  


Philippa Rayney

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