I went to "The Mystical Magical Haven of Master Intuitive Masseuse/Healer Donna Caire to get my booty rub. But as always she manages to rub me into a better more peaceful, more centered, more serene place. Her lovely abode is hidden in the woods of Abita situated on the banks of the Abita River. I wander down the pebble path thru the verdent gardens of vitex, mint, rosemary, turk's cap, clematis, camillias, lipstick vines and many many more healing flowers and plants ....past the deep concrete artesian pool filling from a marble woman sculpture of Alexei Kantansev flowing the water thru her into the cold pool. This is the closest thing I can get to silent spiritual retreat in the woods here in South Louisiana, and its a good one. Large circle windows look out towards the deep, large pool on one side and towards the trees and the river on the other. Eyebrow windows at the top of the walls add a wonder-filled light to the cork floored room. Dark round stones caress your feet on the floor of the shower room which is open with large windows to the trees. You just feel you are naked in the woods with you and your spirit.
It was raining hard as we began. Many inner levels explored and released. Health breathed in and rubbed into my body." R.H., August, 2010
"I feel centered and can notice when I am not calm." Becca Rich, Mississippi/Massachusetts, September 2009
"I had no idea you could massage yourself. It makes me feel like I own my body." Donna Sewalk, Folsom, LA, September 2009
"I feel like I have truly come home...to me."
"Your house, studio, yard and swimming pool offer the astounding balance of space, color, light, art and restful energy. Thank you for including me on your herb walk. Both you and Darrell have an Extraordinary way of teaching. Being with your guests makes me feel like our world is moving in the right direction. Shine on..." Ellen Kelley, June, 2010
As for my insights about the class-- the first thing I have to say is your amazing ability to help me to see the body in 3D. This was also true when I took your class on Women's connection to Gaia. You help me to see how deeply I am touching the body, even when my touch is light, and you give me a new sense of awe in regards to the body. I've used a number of the techniques you've shown to help calm my son and help him to get to sleep. I have also used these same techniques to help my doula clients. I was amazed to learn that the bones are like crystal and why things like sound healing can be so powerful. This is also true for labor, as most women gravitate towards humming and vocalization that causes vibrations (just the same as a cat purring through birth).
The other thing that stuck out to me in the notes was the fact that neck trauma can affect menses. This was huge for me, as so many hold stress in the neck and shoulders and so many women have difficult menstrual cycles. Sadly, it has become 'normal' for women to suffer through their cycles. We have a culture that just expects periods to hurt (much like we think this of labor), your teachings help me to remember how deeply connected the parts of the body are.
You are truly one of the best mentors I have had the pleasure of learning with and I can't even begin to express my gratitude for that, although I will keep trying. Especially with all that is going on in our country lately, I am so thankful for the strong women in my life and you are definitely one of them. Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing your self. You are a beautiful shining light in my life and I love you dearly. Kayla Judy, 2017
I think the Hands on Health The Maya Way was very beneficial because the information gave me enough background to understand the benefits of Arvigo massage. This class gave me more precise information on how to do the self-massage correctly, plus additional motivation to perform the massage regularly. The discussion with other class members provided useful information, and the energy of the group provided an uplift.
I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to better understand the functioning of internal organs, and how massage can benefit this functioning. The traditional focus of massage is on muscle pain, such as back pain, knee pain, etc. In Tai Chi, they discuss the area called the "Don Tien" as the locus of energy flow in the body. I think Arvigo massage can help open the flow of Chi in the body, and go beyond the Western focus on providing relaxation and relieving pain. R.N., New Orleans, LA January, 2011