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    Abdominal Therapy - For Reproductive and Digestive Health

    • Fertility and Reproductive Health
    • Digestive Balance
    • Emotional Well-being


    Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Byron. UK - Bristol, Truro

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    Welcome to The Abdominal Therapist website!

    We hope you enjoy looking through the site which aims to provide you with all the information you need to decide whether you wish to book in for Abdominal Therapy with Danielle Rickwood. If you have further questions or queries, please visit the contact page. If you are looking for information on a particular reproductive or digestive condition, you can use the search facility at the top or bottom of any page.

    Like most visitors to this site, it is likely that you are here following a search to find a natural healing treatment that can help with digestive and/or reproductive complaints. Whether your symptoms are acute or chronic, it can often be an ongoing battle to find peace and harmony with your belly. An Abdominal Therapy session with Danielle opens up a non judgmental, non critical space and place for you to connect back in with your belly. Those that have already taken active steps to help restore a healthy, more supportive connection with the belly have experienced radical transformation in the quality of their lives (click here for client comments). Abdominal Therapy will help you discover how even the smallest changes in the right places can have a huge impact on the health and happiness of the belly.

    Danielle undertook life changing studies in the form of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ which forms the foundation for her work as an Abdominal Therapist.  This transformational training took her to the rain forests of Belize where she would ever so often be distracted from her books as the beautiful Belizean Blue butterfly fluttered under her nose…

    The Art of Transformation

    The splendid, iridescent wings of “Belizean Blue” – The Blue Morpho Butterfly. These magnificent butterflies can be observed during every stage of their life cycle. It begins its cycle as a pale green egg, which looks like a dewdrop, soon after it changes into a voraciously hungry caterpillar, then into the bizarre form of a dormant pupa, and finally into a dazzling beauty. It is the art of transformation.


    “Danielle has a gentleness and thoroughness to her which allows for total transformation from the inside out.  Mayan Abdominal Therapy is a highly effective mode of care that I feel deeply nurtures the belly in a way no other practice does.  One session was all I required to feel full restoration energetically and physically. She truly lives what she teaches.”  Zoe Tuckwell-Smith

    What is Abdominal Therapy?

    In a nut shell it is therapy for you and each of your abdominal organs.

    That might sound strange but it is really quite simple and logical. Much of the physical discomfort experienced in the belly is in direct relation to how we are feeling and internalising those feelings which eventually end up being stored away in the cellular memory of each of the cells that make up each of the organs of your digestive and reproductive systems.  These unique Abdominal Therapy sessions have been created to help anyone who has been struggling to fully claim back a beautiful happy and healthy belly. For those who are already enjoying a deeper connection with their belly, many have shared that this bond was the missing piece in the puzzle when all other routes via other natural and medical approaches had been exhausted.

    Think about how often we use in our everyday language phrases that include reference to our stomach: upset stomach, irritable bowel, my guy instinct, had a gut full, sick to my stomach, butterflies in my stomach, the list goes on. So it is no great surprise to learn that the abdomen is the number one destination for all of life’s ups and downs to get stored away; some buried deep in the subconscious, others bubbling away on the surface where without much provocation causes our stomachs to flip!

    To resolve unresolved issues in the tissues takes strength and courage along with a supportive space to sort through the clutter held within the abdomen. Each organ relishes the opportunity to connect more deeply with you. Your abdomen has often experienced a mix of medical and natural approaches to get on top of abdominal health issues but for many the feelings of wellness are short lived and symptoms often return.

    Danielle has created a unique fusion of healing techniques that aligns the physical, mental, emotional and energetic needs of both you and your belly. She is one of only a few Certified Arvigo Practitioners in Australia trained directly by Dr Rosita Arvigo in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ and combines her training and experience in this ancient healing technique with other supportive modalities including:




    Self Care Practices

    Ongoing Mentoring

    Still unsure as to whether this is the right path for you to explore as part of your healing journey?   

    Let your response to the questions below along with client comments be a guide in deciding whether to explore this therapy further.

    How do you feel about your belly?

    Shame, Embarrassment, Resentment, Guilt, Neglect, Fear, Tension, Disconnected, Frustration, Sadness, Hate. This can be just the start of a laundry list of emotions, there are many more!

    How do you experience reproductive & digestive health?

    Bloating, IBS, Painful periods, Difficult menopause, Infertility, Reflux, Inflamed Prostate to name but a few…

    If your answer to any of the above questions is a resounding YES!, then Abdominal Therapy provides the perfect time and space for you to finally get to the bottom of long standing health problems involving the systems and organs of reproduction and digestion

    “I walked away from my appointment with a whole new attitude towards my belly! I am now on the path to mending my relationship with it and showing it some love.”

    Abdominal Therapy is effective for both MEN and WOMEN.

    The Belly Blog


    "Danielle’s exceptional kindness and love of the Feminine provided my wounded soul and body with a truly safe place to exist and start healing. The humanity and touch was a drastic and welcome change from the cold clinical world of diagnostics and harsh clinical terms that had come to define me as a Problem with feet. Body and soul made happy. Now we’re talking! Thank you Danielle!"

    "It seems every time I see you shorty after I start to understand so much more about myself… You truly are an amazing person :-)  Meeting you has been such an integral part of my life…"

    "Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift of healing.  With your help this year, I have been able to explore a deeper part of myself that I love. You are an angel on earth."

    "MAM healed a burden I didn’t know I was carrying. A huge shift took place within me. Afterwards, I was drained but felt a profound sense of lightness and peace"

    "I truly believe my treatments with Danielle greatly assisted me connecting with my body in a more positive way and helped me to become a lot more relaxed about conceiving and put me into a state of ‘trust’ that if I relaxed and remained open nature would take its course and sure enough it did."

    "Mayan Abdominal Therapy is such deeply profound work. I feel it has initiated the birth of the Sacred feminine within me, as all the cellular memories are released, and my true essence is finally set free. I see Danielle’s role as being like a spiritual midwife, helping us to give birth to ourselves. Heartfelt thanks for this precious gift."

    "Thanks very much for your nurturing treatment. I definitely felt and am feeling the benefits, I feel more open and relaxed in my whole abdo area and feel some shifts in general and feeling greater clarity and balance in myself..more grounded and less cluttered in myself."

    "Thank you so much, for a beautiful, powerful treatment. You have a lovely touch; very gentle and reassuring. As for my uterus, well whatever we did – the talking about her, the treatment to her – we woke her up! I love, love, loved the way you spoke of her. Really brought her into being. All night last night I kept half awakening – maybe 10 times – and every time she was talking! I have no idea what she was saying, but talking she was. It was all I could think about as I half woke and went back to sleep. Chatter, chatter, chatter! Wow, she has a lot to say!"

    "The Mayan Abdominal Therapy for me was an utterly magical experience. I found the sacral massage very relaxing and releasing, and the abdominal massage, for some reason, filled me with a profound sense of joy; great waves of joy. I wanted to jump off the table and dance with joy!"

    "Firstly thank you so much for the wonderful massage. It was a most enjoyable experience which left me feeling totally relaxed and nurtured! You have the wonderful ability to at once provide a safe, caring environment, while instilling a sense of confidence in your healing abilities and a knowing that you understand individual client needs. In what was potentially a challenging experience, I nevertheless felt at ease throughout the process. Secondly, thankyou also for the knowledge you impart regarding the self care techniques. I really am so excited at the prospect of the gradually improving health of my reproductive, digestive, endocrine etc systems and knowing I am learning the procedures to treat myself!"

    "I have suffered from IBS since I was 12 years old and it has progressively got worse through the years, Danielle’s expert massages have helped me to be able to relax my stomach and by teaching me the methods I will be able to continue the treatments even though I am moving abroad."

    "I just wanted to write to let you know I have noticed a great difference from our first massage. As you know I suffer from bloating and a distended stomach. Well after the massage I went to work and a colleague said it looked smaller!! The next day I definitely noticed this too!! It has shrunk and it feels a lot softer. It looks smaller at the sides and top. My husband thinks you’re amazing and so do I. I feel like there is light at the end of a very long tunnel. It would mean so much to me if I didn’t have to suffer the embarrassment of this anymore. Thank you for your skill, care, efforts, and gentleness. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself."