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Tul’ix Therapy

Tul’ix (pronounced ‘tool-eesh’) Bodywork is an external, non-invasive abdominal and sacral massage for both women and men. While based in traditional healing, these techniques have a sound foundation in basic anatomy and physiology. This gentle soft tissue manipulation is used to provide support for physical and emotional health. 

It can help to reposition the uterus and other pelvic and abdominal organs that may have shifted due to various reasons throughout our lives. This in turn can help release any physical and emotional congestion or holding patterns in the treated areas. 

The therapy works in many ways supporting our overall health and wellbeing due to the ability of helping increase blood flow, lymph flow and nerve connections as well as the free flow of Chu’lel (a Yucatec Maya word for life force energy also known as ‘Chi’ in Chinese medicine or ‘Prana’ in the Yogic wisdom). The goal is always to restore homeostasis and support hemodynamics – trusting the body to find center and supporting the body’s innate capacity to self heal.

What To Expect

Your practitioner will go through a comprehensive review of past and present health care needs with an emphasis on reproductive and digestive health. You will be sent through an intake form to complete prior to your appointment.

In your sessions, your practitioner will work primarily with the abdominal and reproductive massage, heart – womb space meditation, intention as well as offering other methods where needed. The massage is performed on the front body (from upper to lower abdomen) as well as a massage of the back, sacrum and hip area to further support the organs of the abdomen as well as evaluating the hip alignment. All clients will learn the technique for self care abdominal massage to continue doing at home. Other techniques learned might be the bajos (traditional herbal pelvic steams of the Maya), fajas (wearing of a traditional supportive wrap for the lower abdomen) as well as bone closing or castor oil therapy.

An initial session is  2 hours long including a consultation, instruction in self-care massage and an hour of bodywork done on the front and back of the body. Followup sessions will generally be an hour and include the bodywork and clarification of or adding to self-care practices.

This treatment is not recommended during menstruation, immediately after abdominal surgery, or where an active infection or cancer is present in the pelvic region. When an IUD is present or when pregnancy is likely, the body work session excludes the massage or the uterus.

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The History

Tul’ix Indigenous Arts is an evolution of what used to be the Arvigo® Institute. Tul’ix is the Yucatec Maya word for dragonfly.  Tul’ix practitioners are trained in Arvigo® therapy from a compassionately decolonized lens that reveres the wisdom of the body and the sanctity of indigenous wisdom. 

This work is inspired by the ancient Central American healing traditions of the Masewal Maya, shared so generously by Don Elijio Panti, late and revered H’men (healer, teacher, herbalist, shaman). Dr Rosita Arvigo developed this method from her over ten year apprenticeship and experience with Don Elijio. 

It includes an adaptation of traditional sobada (abdominal and reproductive massage) with the inclusion of additional bodywork techniques passed on by many hands that provide structural, functional and energetic support for the front and back body.

It also includes bajos or pelvic steams, the use of the faja (hip swaddle), castor oil therapy, self care massage, herbal support, bone closing, other support ceremonies and extensive spiritual healing. 

This work supports clients of all ages and stages and is specifically supportive around fertility, preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, post surgery (or surgery-prep), for digestive ailments, challenges with menses, trauma recovery and re-embodiment and ancestral healing.

Who Is This Treatment For? 

This work can be supportive to any number of reproductive, digestive, circulatory, structural, bio-mechanical and energetic imbalances such AS:

Tilted/misaligned uterus
Fertility challenges
Prolapsed uterus and/or bladder
Lower backaches, sacrum, coccyx or pelvic pain
Restricted breathing due to tension.
Painful and/or irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
Blood clots during menstruation and excessive bleeding 
Uterine and/or bladder infections
Difficult pregnancy and/or delivery or postpartum phase
Chronic miscarriages
Dark thick blood at beginning and end of menses
Difficult menopause
Ovarian cysts
Uterine fibroids and polyps
Pelvic congestion/heaviness and pain
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Painful intercourse
Chronic or premenstrual constipation
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
Liver and stomach congestion 
Superficial and deep scar tissue