I can remember hearing about a "sobada para matriz caída" on one of my annual 2 month summer vacations in my parents hometown in Mexico. It is common knowledge in Latin America that this massage can help women have babies, but it was unheard of in western medicine and modern societies until Dr Arvigo created "The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy" and began teaching it to massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc. Others are creating fertility massage programs based on this work.
Dr Rosita Arvigo is a doctor of Naprapathy, which is a spin-off of Chiropractic. She is originally from Chicago and is of Iranian and Italian descent. She spent 10 years living in Guerrero Mexico in the late 60s and it's where she was first exposed to home births, natural healing and herbal remedies used by the Nahuatl women. After her schooling in Naprapathy, she moved to Central America/ Belize in the early 80's and met Don Elijio Panti, a Maya Healer. He mentored her on the use of local plant medicine and taught her how to perform his version of the womb massage. She also learned from other local healers and midwives: Miss Hortense Robinson and Miss Beatrice Wyatt.
After Don Elijios passing, Dr Arvigo and Miss Hortense began teaching these techniques in the USA. She eventually created her certification program, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. She fused her methods of aligning the hips and spine with teachings of Don Elijios, Miss Hortense and Nahuatl techniques. Her pregnancy and postpartum massage is also a fusion of Don Elijio, Miss Hortense, Miss Beatrice and Nahuatl techniques.
It was the first time anyone had described in modern anatomy and Physiology terms to describe how and why womb massage works. This knowledge has spread across the globe with practitioners throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the USA.
I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Arvigo Practitioner and (almost certified) Aromatherapist. I use this blog to share information about natural and organic health and beauty.