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This blog will communicate information about all massage modalities, but mostly concentrate on my areas of expertise at this time like Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Oncology massage.

Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® Certification Training San Ignacio, Belize


I, Kim Gilbert, with Pure Bodywork Therapies, will be attending the advanced Arvigo® Certification Training class Feb 24th-March 5th in San Ignacio, Belize. This class will review and expand upon my Arvigo® trainings (self care and professional level) thus far. I'm so exicted to be learning from Dr. Arvigo, herself and quite possibly local area shamans as well. We will review my Arvigo®  case studies and I will also be learning more advanced techniques. I look forward to bringing all this NEW knowledge and wisdom to my table in order to support you in being the best "you" and experiencing your body's pure potential for healing. I am truly blessed to be serving all of you and I love the work that I do.


What is Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® ?

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Vaginal Steaming for Pelvic Health

Okay all you women out there, I whole heartedly recommend this. I personally use this monthly and it's highly recommended before receiving a Maya Abdominal Massage. It's easy to do at home with a slotted outdoor plastic patio chair, a pot in which you cook the herbs, a long sheet to cover you from waist to ground and a nice quiet place. You can also order a vaginal steam chair at Arvigo Institute or online at…/web…/products/show/4062732. Herbal blends can be ordered online or you can make a blend from your own herb garden. It's also important to do this right before bed or rest and preferrably to tuck yourself into a warm and cozy place afterwards...relax and reflect. Steaming should not be done five days prior to and during your menses.  In recent years, many upscale spas across the US have started offering Vaginal or (Yoni) steam baths as part of spa packages.. inal-detox-at-home

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Mayan Abdominal Massage

In less than two weeks, I'll be in New Hampshire attending the professional training class for Mayan Abdominal Massage October 7-13 2015 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp in Greenfield, New Hampshire. It's a six day course and the only massage course for which I was required to submit my professional resume for review before being accepted. 


I am excited to add this amazing and powerful work to Pure Bodywork Therapies' practice.  Mayan Abdominal Massage helps to treat displaced reproductive organs and bladders as well as many other imbalances in women's pelvis' and can be used to treat prostate and bladder issues in men.


THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY®, help to restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy.



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Esalen Massage

Back in September, I had the wonderful privilege of attending a weekend intensive and introduction to the famed Esalen Massage (EM) modality at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Nestled and suspended on the seaside of the pacific coast, Esalen’s beautiful views are second to none. The fairly common whale sightings add even more magnificence to this already magical, enchanting and other-worldly place. I thought I was going to Esalen’s class to learn several new techniques to add to my already expanding repertoire of massage tools, but it turned out to be much more than that. At Esalen I learn that EM was more than a massage modality, it’s a way of life—it’s a way of being. I was able to return to my practice here in Safety Harbor, FL and bring that Esalen presence back into my practice and present its essence to my clients.

What is Esalen Massage like?

Esalen Massage (EM) is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of acupressure. However, EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Taught and trademarked by the Esalen Institute, EM aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace.

Ten key aspects of the Esalen technique for practitioners include:

  1. Grounding yourself before giving a massage.
  2. Waiting and listening to the client’s breath before making initial contact.
  3. Gentle rocking to help the body let go of rigidity.
  4. Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.
  5. Making small circular movements around joints to encourage release.
  6. Bringing the whole body weight into the movement.
  7. A little unpredictability to ease away holding patterns.
  8. Allowing time to pause.
  9. Understanding that massage goes beyond the physical self.
  10. Remembering that everybody loves and wants to be touched

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