Why an accomplished acupuncture consultant became an Arvigo practitioner


I always have a burning question – you likely do also.

I knew that here was more – from a woman’s perspective.
Through other traditions in other times and traditions.

We live in a body – it remembers everything that ever happened to us.

We could follow nature,  the body and elder’s ways. Becoming womb centric.

My world lit up when I discovered the gentle art of self care.

Thank goodness for Dr Rosita Arvigo.

Remarkable in its simplicity and its results.


Empowering women, one belly, one life at a time.

Underpinning life and survival in the past that we would have learned at mother’s knee.

We can so easily heal – when we let the flows go to flow again . .

My own journey – I was called

Attending my first Self Care course (always start with self)  mid 2014

Already a teacher of acupuncturists (from a body working point) – and as also a naturopath and Western and Chinese herbalist, it was wonderful to merge all of this – and my Moving Blockages with Qi ( practical acupuncturist), I knew that there was no time to lose. I instantly booked myself into it.  Not knowing what to expect, I flew down to Melbourne, and sat in total awe of all that I had not known. The course put together so much of what I had been exposed to in a way that was so easy yet so profound.

Heather and her tech king Duncan           Happy in the Brisbane teaching space


As a women’s specialist all these years I wondered how it was that all of this practical traditional wisdom had not filtered into any of the courses/texts that were on offer. So many obvious things that have been missed/assumed in all I had done to date – and all presented here so simply.

The entire course content cemented all that I had covered in my professional and personal life. I gained an understanding of how everything fit together. Already I had been exposed to, and learned much from. . .

  • Classical acupuncture
  • Western herbs and Bach remedies, then other vibrational flower, gem and shell essences
  • Aura Soma and its usage over many decades (to clear energy unhelpful in this now)
  • My love of gardening and nature
  • Antakarana meditation
  • All my own development of Moving Blockages style acupuncture
  • My Pelvic Opening work developed as a result of my maternal health initiatives
  • All my exposure to women’s work in sexuality and transformation
  • And of course all I had seen play out in students’, patients’ and my own lives.

I was already teaching and had been for decades – all levels of acupuncture education. From the very first Arvigo class I came away with a much deeper/broader understanding of what I myself had been teaching all these decades – the missing piece was now available!

As all of us tasked to help others – initially I saw that my own self-care as being second to this.

Little did I know that doing the work on myself, I would see my own massive health shifts!!

Background . . .

If you wish to follow what trajectory got me through the Maya work and teaching it and now into my own styles. .  .

What I learned in becoming a Professional Care (PCT) provider of this work –  mid 2014

Within a month I was at the first professional training. Revolutionary. What was a surprise was the change of pace – the amount of anatomy we were exposed to as the foundation of what is lost in all academic trainings. This work actually heals and allows the body to reboot back to optimal functioning, No need for anything other than sensible living and self care daily/weekly. Magic!!

Constantly practicing on each other, we gradually worked out how to make massive shifts on the table for all. And we did. Totally reorganized body as a result. We saw transformation in all. Adding this into my usual practice – there was no longer the need for people to keep visiting the physical therapists all had. Fixed! Especially the twisted pelvises and the broken sacrums resulting in monthly problems all just take as being normal women’s business. – the chiro/physio – all a thing of the past – as long as all looked after themselves.

This altered my practice. And teaching  -as the woman who is in the business of transforming others’ ways of practicing acupuncture – esp through my ‘What Dads Can Do’ and Transformative Healing packages . . All consulting me have a new therapist – a unique blend of wise woman’s medicines. The past lack of self maintenance,is addressed – here is how to gently love yourself well.

What I gained in attending my Spiritual Healing course – mid 2014

(straight after the PCT – the hands on moves)

I loved the work – I came home to myself!
Nature, being open to receive and to just be

What gifts!
Always always Nature’s hand to guide us – if we still to listen.

What I discovered from assisting at my first Self Care course – early 2015

The transformation of the participants – I was not prepared for. The whole focus of this workshop is experiential.

It is about self-cleansing. It is a very safe sacred circle and the assistants are there to encourage the inner processes. All went deeply inside over the weekend. Often gently releasing. Participants were taken through a journey that seemed to be easier than anything else I have witnessed in all these years of helping people who uncover what was hiding within. The techniques used – as in – they may think that they are learning procedures to do – the course seems to be a front for the weekend’s adventure into self, coming out the other side more open, vulnerable and ready to be more of who they are.


What I gained from assisting at my second Self Care course – mid 2015

Being an assistant again a month later, I got to see a very different group: same teacher.

The content shifts depending on the audience. The second experience was more intimate again – possibly as it was also a retreat – most did not ‘go home’ over the whole days.

This meant all were ‘in the energy’ and seemed to thus be able to go even deeper.



What I gained from preparing to teach Self Care courses – late 2015 – (Arvigo S.C. teacher training)

The process of finding innovative ways to present my topic – male anatomy and physiology – meant the aspects of adult education – making all interesting and likely to add onto what all already know – had me come up with a very different ‘take’ on the subject. As a fertility specialist, I see the entire process is falling down as all seem to have a Henry VIIIth attitude – making quality babies is all about her age (not about the quality of his contribution – which itself is dependent on his health).

pink peoniesMy presentation made it very clear that this is all our medicine – not just a women’s therapy. We essentially are all the same – just have bits in different places doing different things. I am sure all will remember. All fledgling teachers did a startlingly brilliant job. Watching others do ‘their’ thing was wonderful. This teaching event was totally supported by the impressive little manual that is part of the course materials that all take home. I had no idea just how useful it was til I was teaching the subjects. I saw just how much is now supported by the years of honing this material for westerners.

(Remember that this is me after then 37 years of being a worker with others’ health challenges.) I feel that all wanting to become any form of healing capacity, not only to look after themselves first – and thus have a full ‘cup’ to assist others – should go through this before they start in their field of choice’s training.

It gives the context – we all started with oral traditions and self care ass pre written words and modern drugs/surgery – what worked chad kept all alive. Naturally. The actual basic message – the organs can get out of place, wander about, and then affect the rest of the body function forever – is just not covered in anything else.

What I have gained in teaching this work (late 2015-beg 2017)

I feel honoured to be able to facilitate all though the journey of undoing what has bound them before – now into freedom. With the scared space and the loving assistants, we can watch layers of self beliefs and the physical results of congestion all melt away. Undone so gently and effectively.

What I have gained in amalgamating this work into what I had always done

A huge shift in how much I have to do as when all is aligned the body heals itself.
Causation – what set this in motion for the person on my table? Understanding the energy and emotional incidents that have created and caused the imbalance to stay means all can the release themselves. Self care is all about loving and respecting oneself – not taught or value in our modern society – but there is only one body to live in – and looking after this one will mean a happier, and more fulfilled life!

What I gained in being in Belize (Feb 2016)


I loved being in the simplicity.
Also to feel were the work was originally and to walk the paths that Don Elijio and Rosita did all those years ago – to be immersed in the nature, to see the people, and to just be.

To then go into the spiritual healing classes and feel how the plants and the flowers speak to us – when we quieten down so we can listen!

The understanding that we are all on our pwn journey and to go back to the garden to surround ourselves with nature is the only way to truly heal.

What I have gained from the Advanced Spiritual Healing retreat

I got myself back

The meditation that I had done decades ago sustained me.
All the gardening, the working in and with nature, the everything I had done to date – all coalesced for me. I healed myself.
We all can.    Ask for assistance and go to nature.

Simple steps – start here

This is copal being burned as a way to undo the energies that need to move on.


Prayer and intention is also required.
You can find yourself in a shop that sells these tools and when you come into my space sometimes you will smell the residue – it is incredibly calming to pay attention to that which actually is there – just not in the physical realms – yet what upsets us us easily.

Clearing the space allows you clarity.

It definitely shifts whatever is left after I work with people

Used daily to start afresh

2017 – After having taught 6 Self Care courses in 9 months in two countries.

The depth and beauty of world wide women’s wisdoms – and the elder traditions need restoring into our conversations is very obvious, as we all have an inner life – and we are all not tapping into this. All have access still to the ‘old wives’ tales’ that they were brought up with – and all still return in times of trouble to – to the ‘default’ setting when all else fails – the hearth.

Women and their ways are pervasive – and we can reinstate them in this coming generation – with patience – as we age – so does our wisdom shine.

My last course was the most interesting as we instantly transformed into spiritual healing – go to see as we all did – just how powerful steaming is and how it transforms all.

As I use Aura Soma liberally all through the work have done for the past 30 years – a form of spiritual bathing – we all felt massive shifts and were able to travel far within as we all shifted through this powerful work.

2018 March – another 3 courses in 3 months.

I always feel the effects of teaching these within me – it lifts me ever higher.
It is an honour to be able to lead women through the maze of their own creation into what has been their ‘story’ up until now.  PLUS. . .

2017- 2018 I  traveled back and forth 4x to Europe and USA teaching my own work . . a fusion of this and what I had been doing prior to Arvigo and how they fit together – along with the Mercier and all I have ever found that works.

For my Gentling Way work – the Arvigo Self Care is the beginning – preferably with me teaching it as we all bring our own flavour. I am constantly amazed that so few women – especially health care workers – have any idea of what the women’s body is and does. Not from a medicalised but a structural point of view – uterine positioning and past sacral/coccygeal breaks rule all that we live it – and to ‘fix’ anything we need to start from the beginning.
I always focus on the work of Reich and the armour band blockages and thus the gut – can it support life?

From there – the unraveling of what is in the way of our own unique gifts.

2019 – 2020

  • Evolution ..
  • I move onwards as time also does.

No longer calling myself an Arvigo worker
I hold so many lineages – and continue to learn and grow.

This work is all women’s and all beings
We all need to soar

  • Setting Myself free
  • Rediscovering my voice.
  • Rekindling my passion – teaching -inspiring others

World wide women’s wisdoms is what we all need!



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for those who wish to dive within.

Healing themselves – one woman at a time ..

In sacred circle.



Gently, we love ourselves free!!