Finding My Path
By Corrina Porterfield| Abdominal Therapist and Educator | Portland, Oregon, USA.
In the spring of 2003, I traveled to Belize for the first time with a couple of friends on a “Women’s Healing Retreat.” I had no idea who Rosita Arvigo was, or the huge impact she would have on my life. Ix Chel Farm was an enchanted place with a vibrancy that somehow made the fireflies glow and the stars twinkle brighter I had ever seen. The sound of the jungle at night was almost deafening to my urban ears. I was forever changed in that short week in Belize. I was blessed to receive a “Maya uterine massage” from Miss Hortense, and I will forever be reminded of this massage every time I catch a whiff of Maya Moon Oil. I also experienced profound healing for a deep sadness that I had felt my whole life as a result of being born a girl instead of the boy my parents always wanted. I’ll never forget the Granny Healers placing plants on my wrists, head, and heart and softly whispering their prayers in Spanish. The heaviness and overwhelming emotional trauma simply lifted as they prayed and wiped my tears. I was forever changed, and I knew I had to learn more about this powerful traditional medicine.
In addition to the healings, for the first time in my life, I felt a connection to the Spirits of the land. One day, on our break, I found myself being magnetically pulled to turn right and go down the ‘Medicine Trail’. The pull led to me to stop and stand before a magnificent Ceiba tree. It was here that I received the message that I needed to heal myself first in order to heal others. And so, the adventure began!
I integrated spiritual baths, self-care massage, Rainforest Remedies, and perineal steams into my life. Not only did this work support my spiritual, emotional, and mental health, it healed my physical health as well. Before coming to this work, I had ended up in the emergency room with a ruptured ovarian cyst. Laparoscopic surgery ensued and revealed that I had endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and fibroids, which explained all of the years of painful periods and ovulation. After the procedure, the surgeon said that he had, “basically removed weeds and they will eventually come back.” That negative prognosis catalyzed a spark inside of me and I was determined to prove him wrong. Rosita’s work was the game changer for me, and I am happy to report that I have had pain free periods for many years now, and no symptoms of endometriosis or cysts.
Five months after my first trip to Belize, I attended professional training in New Hampshire, and then continued on to attend Intro to Spiritual Healing, Certification, and Advanced Spiritual Healing in Belize. I become a Self-Care Teacher in 2008 and taught in the Portland/Seattle area for many years.
In the fall of 2008, I was honored when Rosita invited me to be one of the first four teachers to train with her in Belize to become an educator for the ‘Wisdom of Water, Plants and Prayers’ classes (formerly known as Maya Spiritual Healing). I’ve apprenticed each Spring for 3-4 weeks at a time at Villa Rosa, Belize from 2009 – 2013.
After taking a sabbatical from teaching, I am delighted to be back and reconnecting with all of the beautiful souls who are part of the Abdominal Therapy Collective. I’m re-energized by ATC’s new classes and educational materials, and am honored to be part of the Wisdom Series educational team.