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What are Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy?

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. Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, has lived and practiced in Central America for over 30 years. She wwweloped these techniques after apprenticing with Don Elijio Panti, one of the last of the Traditional Maya Shaman in Central America.
The technique combines practical anatomy, physiology, herbology and naprapathy (study of the ligaments, joints and muscles), with Ancient Maya healing techniques to address common female and male complaints. The technique relieves congestion and blockages to improve the flow of chi (energy) and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. Improved flow helps prevent the progression of chronic disease symptoms. Dr. Kirsten Kern, PhD has studied with Dr. Arvigo and continues the lineage of this work.
Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) is a non-invasive, external technique of massage therapy. This system of health care promotes optimum health and well-being by using external massage techinques to guide abdominal organs into their proper positions. ATMAT improves organ function by releasing physical congestion and holding patterns from the abdomen. The therapy is effective for both men and women.

What Should I Expect In An ATMAT Session

Perhaps, for the first time, your abdomen will receive the much needed attention it deserves. Allow yourself at least 2 hours of time for the initial session. Subsequent sessions last about 1.5 hours.
Please download an ATMAT intake questionnaire in PDF format and fill it out prior to your appointment. The questionaire is designed to provide a comprehensive review of your personal history & health care needs.
You will receive instruction in ATMAT Self Care techniques. Self Care is practiced at home to enhance the benefits of the treatment provided by your therapist.
Your abdomen, lower back, sacrum, and legs are treated thoroughly during the course of the massage. Additionally, Rainforest Herbal Remedies and other natural products are available that may enhance the effects of the Arvigo treatment and may be indicated based on the lifestyle consultation.
Follow-up care depends on individual goals and the treatment results. You and Dr. Kern will work together to ensure that your health care needs are met either through ATMAT techniques or, when necessary, by referral to additional health care providers.
ATMAT can be performed either with loose clothing, or with little or no clothing. Depending on your comfort level, the abdomen may be treated with a drape (sheet) over the skin.

Contraindications To ATMAT Treatment

ATMAT is offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness. The techniques are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider before proceeding with this massage and its suportive modalities.
This treatment is not recommended for women during menses, where an IUD is present, immediately after abdominal surgery, or where an active infection or cancer is present in the pelvic region. A modified treatment can be performed if an IUD is present.

For More Information about ATMAT

Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Website
Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Intake Questionnaire
Arvigo® Maya Massage Article on Oprah.com!
Dr. Rosita Arvigo Fertility Friday Podcast
Donna Zubrod & Diane MacDonald Fertility Friday Podcast

Schedule An Appointment with Kirsten (Stan) Kern

Creekside Whole Health Center
1209 Parkway
Austin, TX 78703

Most Common Symptoms Improved By ATMAT

ATMAT supports and enhances health and wellness and the techniques have been found to provide satisfactory results when compared to alternative treatments. Practitioners and clients report these techniques alleviate many symptoms associated with reproductive and digestive health. The massage can help with issues of fertility, PMS, menopause, prostate health, and IBS.
The following list contains the most common symptoms improved by incorporating this holistic modality into one’s health care. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may need abdominal care to support and maintain the health of these systems.

For Women

  • Displaced or prolapsed uterus and/or bladder
  • Painful menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Dark thick blood at beginning and end of menses
  • Chronic miscarriages
  • Difficult pregnancy and delivery
  • Premature deliveries
  • Frequent, difficult, and/or incomplete urination
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Depression
  • Uterine and/or bladder infections
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Blood clots during menstruation and excessive bleeding
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficult menopause
  • Pelvic congestion and pain


For Men

  • Early stages of prostate swelling
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Prostatitis (mild)
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction (depending on the cause)


Both Men and Women

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux (GERD)
  • Chronic indigestion or heartburn
  • Gastritis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Lower backaches or pelvic pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Frequent, difficult, and/or incomplete urination
  • Tired legs, numb feet, sore heels
  • Low energy
  • Restricted breathing due to tension

Interested in a class in ATMAT?  Go to our Continuing Education page.