Don Elijio Panti and Dr. Rosita Arvigo
Don Elijio Panti and Dr. Rosita Arvigo

A bit about us…

If we were to go back in time, we could find the threads of our work reaching all across the globe to the village healers and midwives in every indigenous culture.
In central America, these threads were picked up by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. She wove them together with scientific understanding and offered a well-crafted gift to the modern world.

Now, Abdominal Therapy practitioners bring their own gifts and traditions to the mix. Still, the essence of Abdominal Therapy remains the same: a nurturing massage with profound therapeutic benefits.

Rosita Arvigo preparing herbs
Dr. Rosita Arvigo preparing herbs

Rosita Arvigo is a qualified Doctor of Naprapathy, an herbalist, and an author.  In the 1980’s she created a home in Belize and forged loving connections with celebrated traditional healers there. Don Elijio Panti and Miss Hortense Robinson were her dear friends and mentors. They taught her some of the techniques Abdominal Therapy embraces today. Rosita Arvigo documents this remarkable story in her first book, Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer

Presenting at herbal conferences throughout America, Rosita generated much interest among massage therapists, herbalists, medical professionals, midwives, and other practitioners interested in complementary medicine. Her work resonated deeply with those who came to hear her speak. From the passion of these students, and with their support, a comprehensive Abdominal Therapy training program was created.

Abdominal Therapy encompasses simple and intuitive folk massage techniques and combines them with anatomy, physiology, and other focused learning. The work continues to evolve. Dr. Rosita Arvigo and the educators of the Abdominal Therapy Collective always upgrade and enhance the techniques to align with current research, building upon the foundations of Rosita’s work. 

Abdominal massage is something each one of us instinctively does, either by simply rubbing our bellies after a big meal to help digestion, or offering the tender touch to a child who is sick, anxious, or has colic.

Don Elijio Panti looking at a patient's hand
Don Elijio Panti Healing

We need Abdominal Therapy, now more than ever. With this simple and structured massage, each healing stroke allows us to breathe more deeply and increases circulation in the belly. Circulation brings vitality to our organs… optimizing digestion, energizing the nervous system, endocrine system, and supporting reproductive health.

The Abdominal Therapy Collective will help you find a practitioner in your area so you may experience the power of this therapy for yourself.  If you want to learn Abdominal Therapy to enhance your professional practice, you’re in the right place!  This healing therapy, born from deep traditional roots, has empowered modern practitioners throughout the world.  

As the saying goes, “we stand on the shoulders of giants.” We have taken many steps to get here, and the journey is far from over. We continue to weave our story. We invite you to join us and become part of our shared story. 

Welcome to the Abdominal Therapy Collective.

Miss Juana Xix, Rosita Arvigo, and Miss Hortense Robinson
Miss Juana Xix, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Miss Hortense Robinson at Ix Chel Temple, Cozumel, Mexico

Our Cultural Acknowledgement

We are profoundly grateful to our teachers, and their teachers before them. They defy categorization, because Belize is truly a melting pot of peoples from various nations and cultures. We also recognize much of this shared wisdom came from dream visions, intuition and Spirit.  

We acknowledge that many of our clients’ successes are due directly to the wisdom of people who are rarely  honored by society for their contributions. We have all learned from many teachers from many places and cultures. However, one teacher binds us as a group: Dr. Rosita Arvigo. 

Dr. Arvigo’s teachings are founded upon many years and the knowledge of multiple healers, cultures, and lands. She, and we, recognize these most influential Belizean teachers – Don Elijio Panti, Miss Hortense Robinson, Miss Juana Xix and Mexican midwife Dona Maria Torres.

We promise to continue making efforts of reparation and restoration to the Central American people from whom our good work has sprung.

The uterus is the woman’s core, if it is out of balance, her whole life is out of balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Don Elijio Panti, Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America

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