Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® level one

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, developed these techniques, after apprenticing with Don Elijio Panti, the last of the Traditional Maya Shaman in Central America, where she has lived for over 30 years. 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 wellbeing. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) incorporates massage, herbs, nutrition, meditation and emotional/spiritual healing into a holistic approach to wellness. Maya abdominal massage is a non-invasive, external massage that guides internal abdominal and pelvic organs into proper position. It is our experience that these techniques support digestive and reproductive health by restoring circulation and energy flow as well as reducing congestion and inflammation of the abdomen. It is effective for both women and men.

Upcoming Workshops: 

Portland, Oregon March 30th-April 1st (Attention: Easter falls on April 1st this year. I wasn’t aware of this when I scheduled the date, so no disrespect intended to Jesus). REGISTER

For specific questions regarding this workshop, you may reach me, Barbara Loomis, at 503-341-0663. This class is the prerequisite to the Professional Training.

What is Self-Care Training?

This training teaches you how to perform Abdominal Self-Care Massage. Additionally, we will discuss anatomy and physiology of the abdomen and pelvis, causes of a displaced uterus or swollen prostate, signs/symptoms, contraindications, emotional armoring, and supportive healing modalities. Our approach honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself and, as such, empowers participants with knowledge and tools that they can integrate into their daily life. Self-Care Training is an introductory workshop of the Arvigo Program; upon completion of this training, participants will be able to practice the Maya Abdominal Massage on themselves only. This workshop is the prerequisite for the Arvigo Institute’s Professional Training, which educates licensed practitioners on how to perform this technique on others.

Who may attend a Self-Care Workshop?

Anyone who experiences one or more symptoms of a displaced uterus such as painful periods, PMS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, infertility, miscarriages, painful intercourse, incontinence, low back pain, difficult menopause, digestive problems, etc.  Men who experience prostate pathologies or digestive problems benefit from this workshop as well. This course is also for those who are searching for a modality that assists the body holistically – physically, emotionally and spiritually.  This modality is for all who desire to have a strengthened connection to intuition, inspiration and creativity.


May I take this class if I have an IUD? Yes, your instructor will show you modifications for the self-care massage.  The lower belly massage can not be performed as usual with an IUD present.  Make sure you tell the class instructor and assistants that you have an IUD.

May I take the class if I’m pregnant?  Yes,  If your pregnancy is advancing without complications.  Your instructor will show you modifications for the self-care massage. Make sure you tell the class instructor and assistants that you are (or may be) pregnant.  Lower belly massage can not be performed in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.  Please bring whatever makes you comfortable (protein snacks, pillows, etc).

Is this an approved continuing education class for PTs and NDs? No, with the varying degrees of requirements from state to state, it is too large of a task for the Arvigo Institute to take on and monitor. A certificate of completion and class hour transcripts will be given upon completion, but may not be honored by your PT or ND accrediting board.

What does my tuition cover?  Your tuition covers about 18 hours of instruction, notebooks/handouts, a one-to-one 30-minute educational session with an Arvigo Practitioner. Gluten-free snacks provided. $40 of your tuition goes to the IxChel Foundation. The mission of the Ix Chel foundation is two-fold: support for the Belizian Traditional Healers, for the preservation of their knowledge and promotion of sustainable organic cultivation as a substitute for destruction and depletion of the rainforest.

Continuing Education / CEUS – Approved Provider for:

  • Midwifery Education under Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) – 17 contact hours-PENDING Approval
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) – 17.5 CE hours
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) – 17 PDA pts

Do you offer scholarships or discounts?  I do not have a scholarship program and I do not offer discounts. I have one price for everyone and I offer the fairest price that I can, given the expenses of teaching and organizing a class.



Student Testimonials

“Thank you very much Barbara for creating a safe and informative environment for us all to build a healing container to open on the seen and unseen levels.”


“Extremely helpful, informative, and life transforming”


“Wonderful knowledge of uterine positioning and how to execute the self-care massage” 


“Wow, Not very often do I feel I learn things that are so helpful and amazing to mind and body.  So natural and real.” 


“Very much enjoyed taking the class with a practitioner with so much hands on/academic/passion about the body.”


“This course should be mandatory for every woman.”


“Barbara has an incredible talent/gift for presenting this material”


“I really enjoyed the course. It was great to learn from Barbara. The course has been life changing for me.” 


“The info in the class is something everyone should know about their body.” 


“I thought the class was great especially for visual learners. Thank you! Your preparations and hard work shows.” 


“Barbara is genuinely passionate and modest.”


“What a soul-nourishing experience.  There were physical, emotional, and spiritual teachings woven throughout which I found to be a wonderful way to learn-that way our entire BEING is included in the learning process.” 


“Important foundation, I wish women of all ages could have.”


“I feel I learned who I am.  I feel I integrated into Divine feminine physically, spiritually and emotionally.”


“I came to this class expecting a lecture in a sterile environment.  Instead, I received all the information I was seeking (and more!) in a supporting, loving and nurturing environment.  I never expected or imagined I would experience this program on such an emotional level.  I am so grateful and honored to have experienced their presence.  Such a wealth of knowledge and love! This was an amazing life-changing experience.”


“Beautiful instructor spirit!  I feel nourished and inspired to create more healing in my life through the many of the techniques and rituals learned. Thank you!”


“The stories Barbara shared made this experience magical.  I’m inspired to continue with professional training & feel blessed to have met such powerful, big-hearted people.  Thank you for your truth & teaching & for taking the time to create sacred space & healing.” 


“I have attended many courses for my profession and I have to say that the Self Care Training class was one of the most enjoyable and informative classes I have been to in a long time.  Barbara is a fabulous presenter, teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor.  She brought a lightness to the information that kept you engaged and I found that the time flew by!  Not only that but I am a client of Barbara’s.  She is an excellent practitioner, passionate and very knowledgeable about her work and I look forward continuing to work with her on my health issues.”

Sarah Watson

Licensed Massage Therapist, Fertile Connection

“This whole weekend I was taking the class taught by Barbara Plichta Loomis. Getting a deeper understanding and appreciation for my belly, for everything it has done for me and continues to do…connecting to all the wisdom it holds and the necessity to really listen to it and care for it. To all the women out there of all ages, this is another opportunity to connect to the Mystery that hold us and that we behold.”

Caroline Sabi

licensed professional counselor, Healing into Wholeness

“You offered and held such a beautiful space for all of us to open into ourselves! Thank you.”

Susan McLaughlin

Physical Therapist, Align For Health

“Ah, I really so thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Thank you, again.  It was a powerful experience for me.  You are an incredible presenter/teacher and I loved your style.”

Dana Golden

Licensed Massage Therapist, Honey and Spice Wellness

“Hello Barbara, thank you for the beautiful class, it has touched me and given me insight in many unexpected ways!You and your energy are very wonderful and I am grateful it was you who presented the class.”

Meade Steadman

Massage Therapy Instructor

“Thank you for a wonderful class. I can tell you put a ton of work into and I appreciate your efforts, knowledge, sense of humor, wonderful hands, and ability to put everyone at ease with this topic. I think there should be a version of this workshop for young women.”

Karen Wheeler

Licensed Massage Therapist

“I so enjoyed your workshop.  You really embody the feminine in a very lovely and beautiful way.  Thank you for all the work you have done to be able to share with such a wise and open heart.  It was wonderful to be in your presence and to be with all the other women as well.”

Suzanne Congdon

It was magical, special, insightful and inspiring. I learned and was inspired to be better to my organs & others. I leave class knowing much more about my body newly recharged & amazed at the resilient nature of myself. Barbara is a treasure, both sensitive and brilliant, strong and grounded yet sweet. Highly recommend the class.

Maria Cristina Jimenez

Certified Advanced Rolfer and Yoga Instructor

I was pleased with the depth of anatomical and physiological material covered. I learned so much about the uterus I didn’t know! I also really enjoyed getting in touch with my own abdomen and uterus. I’m super inspired to continue with the rest of the Arvigo® training!

Laura Salvatore

Barbara was very enthusiastic and beyond knowledgeable. She provided us with much more information than basic coursework. I would highly recommend this course and instructor.

Janel Ludenia

I thoroughly enjoyed the training. Barbara kept my attention the entire time. I liked the lectures as well as the hands-on aspect. I was also able to witness the positive effects of the massage in my body.

I really enjoyed Barbara’s teaching style. She really embodies the principles and practices that she teaches.

Today, I believe the world needs this kind of education to take care of our bodies. I enjoyed especially about self-care and spiritual illness. Thank you!

Emi Hata

Certified Massage Therapist, Traditional Body Therapy Center

Barbara Loomis’s way of teaching flows beautifully. She is calm and knowledgeable.

Genevieve Borrego

Massage Therapist

I can’t wait to share this work and spread the wisdom to more women! It is so needed in our culture!

Desiree Lefever

LMT, Deep Roots Medicine

I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved and learned.

Gita Castallian


Barbara has such a wonderful quality and is a gifted teacher. She is very clear and keeps the class on track.

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