My Approach


I’m trained in four different forms of abdominal therapy: Visceral Manipulation™, Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Chi Nei Tsang and Ayurvedic. I’m also a Nutritious Movement™ certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. Sessions offered in Portland, Oregon may include a combination of the following techniques to address painful menstrual cramps, fertility challenges, constipation, bloating, pelvic floor issues, diastasis recti, back pain, emotional stress, and tipped uteri. I work with the body’s intelligence, letting the tissues guide the session, not a protocol.

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Functional Methods

Functional Methods are low force treatment methods based on osteopathic manipulations designed to reduce restrictions and normalize proprioception in the body. These methods aim to normalize tissue span, tone, and complex strains that run through the body.

“Functional” refers to appropriate movement in the body which is essential to proper function.

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Visceral Manipulation™

Visceral Manipulation™ was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral. VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. It’s a low force way of working with the bodies own intelligence.

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Maya Abdominal Therapy®

Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) is non-invasive, external, manual therapy applied to the abdomen, sacrum, coccyx, hips and low back. It is our experience that ATMAT is effective in guiding the uterus back into proper position. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® combine modern science with abdominal massage, traditional healing and wisdom to produce a holistic path to physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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Chi Nei Tsang

Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is a form of bodywork used thousands of years ago in China by Taoist monks to strengthen and purify their bodies on their journey to enlightenment. CNT encompasses abdominal massage, breath work and Chi Kung principles.CNT aims to flush toxins from the liver, lymph and colon, improve digestion, aid elimination, stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems, relieve back, shoulder, and muscle tension, improve breathing restrictions, increase vitality, and clear unprocessed emotions.

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CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system. This system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.  Using a soft touch, the practitioners goal is to reduce restrictions in the Craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.


Restorative Exercise

Katy Bowman, biomechanist, developed this program when she noticed a relationship between many common diseases and how we use (or don’t use) our bodies. Restorative Exercise is based on the science-based evolutionary model of the human body. The conveniences of modern living limits and alters how we move; this deficiency changes how our cells behave, how our bodies are formed and how our organs function.

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Amethyst Richway BioMat

The Amethyst Richway BioMat offers far infrared heat, negative ions and amethyst crystals for a deep soothing heat. The BioMat is an FDA-Registered class II medical device.

The BioMat experience is included in every bodywork session for free if you choose.

Read More about the BioMat HERE. 

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 Flower Essence Formulas

Flower Essence Therapy is a vibrational therapy, not to be confused with aromatherapy or essential oils.  The essences are traditionally used to treat underlying negative emotional and mental states. The essences are taken under the tongue or in water four times a day.

I use the FES brand prepared according to the original indications of Dr. Edward Bach, and made from the same 38 flowers used by Dr. Bach.  From those 38 flower essences, I combine up to five to formulate a custom flower essence specifically made for you.


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Massage cupping has been used in traditional Chinese medicine practices for several thousand years. Practitioners create a vacuum with a cup and suction device. The cup is then placed in a stationary position upon the body or moved using gliding strokes, depending on your needs. Massage cupping is ideal for performing deep-tissue massage and aims to loosen restrictions and facilitate blood flow.

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Usui Reiki

Reiki is the Japanese phrase for “universal life energy.” The Usui System of Reiki Healing is a hands-on healing practice.

I often use Reiki in combination with the Medicine Buddha practice, massage, and Craniosacral therapy.

Arvigo® Class

“Barbara is a fabulous presenter, teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor. She brought a lightness to the information that kept you engaged and I found that the time flew by!”

Online Classes

My intent for this course is to teach you how to mobilize the restricted abdominal tissues so that you’ll feel free in your body, experience less pain, and improve organ function. But most of all I want to help you connect to the beauty and wisdom of your belly.

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