"I have now been on three Arvigo® Self Care Courses, and I truly believe they are invaluable for any women.
When I first did the Self Care course, I was unsure what to expect and the idea of self care was foreign to me. However, it soon became apparent that this was exactly what I needed in my life. The time allowed of two and half days was amazing and opened space to really dive deep into what self care is in a more feminine way. The course content is thorough and Samar brings every part of herself to the course. Her intellect, knowledge and support is limitless. The practical tools given for self care are truly nourishing with a great and informative back up of anatomy and physiology to really understand how the tools relate to the body.
The course allowed me to dive deep into a connection with myself. For me the real diamond in doing this course is that I realised through opening up a deep connection with myself through self care, I felt more connected to everything - nature and people. I walk away every time feeling deeply nourished, connected and wanting to care for myself on a much deeper level than I had ever known previously.
Thank you so much Samar for this course offering and being an amazing facilitator for women."
A.D., Auckland, New Zealand
"I have been coming to QOYA now for about five months and I absolutely love it! Yes, I was a bit nervous on my first class as I really had no idea what to expect, but I soon discovered that it was such a safe space made by beautiful women with an amazing teacher. I really had nothing to worry about. I came away from the class thinking WOW! Every woman should try this. I was so excited that I had found something that truly resonated with me and I couldn't wait to come back for more. The freedom of really being able to let go and move my body however I wanted has been a wonderful experience. There's something about the movement/dance/ritual that has really helped me release, transform and evolve. Oh, and I did I mention that class are so much fun?! Samar is one of the best facilitators I know and holds such a sacred space. I am grateful for her and these QOYA classes.
Additionally, I have been a client with Samar for about nine months. I have so much respect for her and the work she does. I love coming to see her and I love learning from her. Its been an amazing journey and it is still is. I have been in and out of practitioners offices for various reasons for many, many years and Samar has an ability like no other that I have been to. She is so gifted and special, truly sincere and genuine and offers the most amazing support.
After some sessions and learning how to do the Arvigo Self-Care massage, as well as reading Tami Kent's book 'Wild Feminine', I felt drawn to have an internal pelvic massage with Samar. I have always suffered from a sore lower back and have had a rotated hip that juts out. It was also clear that I had inflammation around my sacrum, like a pocket of fluid that you could actually physically see.
The results after one session were amazing. The pelvic massage combined with some sacral work has been astonishing. I haven't had lower back pain since. My hip is much more aligned and there is no inflammation!! Being quite a personal procedure, one might feel anxious but Samar is so comforting and professional in her approach that I felt totally relaxed and safe."
A.D., Auckland, New Zealand
"I came to my first session with Samar feeling fairly balanced in most of my life. But I still had heavy bleeding and aching with the arrival of my period, and a feeling of total exhaustion and irritability. I was hoping Samar could help me prevent the extreme pain of my pre-baby periods from returning, which it was starting to do.
During the first session, Samar gave me some of the lovely Maya abdominal massage, and we could both feel my uterus had been sitting way off to the left and tilting forward, meaning my uterus literally had to push uphill every time I menstruated. No wonder it was exhausting! One session of massage plus the ongoing self-care routine Samar gave me meant that with each of the following periods my bleeding was less heavy, less clotted, brighter red and fast! It went from five days to three days long. I also noticed by the third month that I felt light and re-energized by the second day of my period which is amazing!
Now, three months later, I have just had my second session with Samar, who confirms that my uterus is in a healthy position and my body is healing and adjusting well. I am feeling fabulous, and I expect my next pregnancy and labor will be much easier than the last one because everything is balanced and in line.
If you feel liked you'd like to improve your uterine, menstrual or menopausal health, or you would like to have a baby or if you have already had a baby, I HIGHLY recommend having at least one session with Samar. Its like a Warrant of Fitness and Full Service for your female reproductive system - a very important part of our bodies that we too easily ignore.
Samar is a wonderful healer, teacher and guide. You are in safe hands.
Thank you Samar."
N.H., Auckland, New Zealand
"I have been a long time (and very grateful) client of Samar in her amazingly beneficial Arvigo practice. I have also been blessed to to take Samar's Self-Care class, which has literally be life-changing for me. Therefore in late 2014, when Samar mentioned that she would be integrating pelvic massage, which she learned from Tami Kent in Portland, into her practice, and had only a few openings before her holiday break, I seized the opportunity to sign up. Thankfully, I was able to receive four treatments. The results have been simply spectacular.
By way of background: I am a sixty-five year old woman who has not been in a relationship nor sexually active for some years. Nearly everything I have read in the popular press reinforces the idea that, at my age, all my 'female systems' are inexorably declining, withering away, caving in, drying up (you get the message) and that I'd best submit to it with courage and endurance that age might as well confer! Nonsense, I have discovered! After only four sessions of pelvic massage with Samar, I have experienced tone, vibrancy and function that I have not felt in years. In addition, life issues came up in the sessions, and because I was now aware of their influence, I was able to address adverse conditions physically, emotionally and spiritually. I obtained Tami Kent's books from Samar and I now do pelvic massage for myself. I cannot describe what a blessing this has all been. The techniques are very simple and safe, and yet powerfully transformative. I recommend this very special offering to other women of any age and condition. Live in hope. Seize the day! "
A.K., Auckland, New Zealand
"My story starts with a heartbreaking three years of trying to conceive a baby with a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. I had tried everything from a strict paleo diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, explorative surgery and fertility treatments. I had almost given up hope of becoming a mother, until a friend in Australia suggested I try abdominal massage and passed on Samar's details. I decided to give it a go and met Samar for my first session at the beginning of October 2012. The instant I met Samar I felt warmth and love from her. She was so calm and understanding when listening to my situation.
After one session with Samar, where she did an initial massage and taught me self-care, I religiously did my massage everyday and took my rainforest remedies. I had made a follow-up appointment to see her in a months time, but I ended up not going - as I was pregnant 4 weeks later! I credit Samar to helping my body conceive - the circulation from the massage she taught me was obviously all my reproductive system needed. I was amazed after all the treatment I'd tried that this was so easy. I'm now Mum to our gorgeous little boy who is three months old. She is a special person with amazing knowledge. Thank you so much Samar."
S.C., Auckland, New Zealand
"Having been diagnosed with endometriosis since my early twenties, managing pain just become a way of life for me. I never knew if I was going to experience tiredness, bloating or a full on attack that saw me vomiting and eventually passing out with the pain. Over the years I have seen health professionals who wanted me on the contraceptive pill or prescribed painkillers to manage the one and a half painful weeks out of every month of my cycle. From time to time I would come off the pill to give my body a break and to see if things had improved in any way. It wouldn’t be long before the same old symptoms would appear and the pain would see me confined to bed with a myriad of pain killers. After spending many years overseas, I returned to New Zealand in June this year and it wasn’t long before my family experienced one of my attacks. This led my sister to take action!
She had recommended I visit Samar as she had experienced some wonderful results for a condition called interstitial cystitis – also known as painful bladder syndrome. I must admit I was very skeptical but my sister has a rather persuasive approach and it wasn’t long before I had made contact with Samar. I could not believe that after one session with Samar that I got through my next cycle completely pain free and without the need for any pain relief. I just didn’t think the results would be instant. Four months on and I am still off the contraceptive pill and experiencing over 95% in pain reduction and without the need to rely on any medication!!
would encourage anyone who is living with this debilitating condition
to contact Samar and let her show you how to get your life back. Samar -
you are the 'real deal'. You are authentic, and a genuine person who
really cares about the welfare of others. You are a gift to us all!"
K.M., Auckland, New Zealand
"I arrived at Samar's door sincerely hoping that I would finally be
able to find some relief from the debilitating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome that had
restricted my life for the previous decade. I
was instantly made to feel heard, reassured and began to get a glimpse
into the plethora of innate wisdom and knowledge Samar has in her
possession. Over the next few months I was
gently and loving supported and guided through a phenomenal
transformation of body, mind and soul. The
treatment I received is beyond anything I could have imagined. She is
so professional yet so attentive, empathetic and connected. I
feel privileged and honored to have discovered her beautiful healing
work. What's more - every symptom I previously experienced has abated! Thank you Samar, I am eternally grateful for your presence in the world."
C.R., Auckland, New Zealand
"Ever since I read an article on Dr. Arvigo and Maya Abdominal Massage in a random magazine in a waiting room somewhere (I no longer remember where), I have resonated deeply with this work. Everything in my body said YES, this makes sense. Since that time, I have been on a search for my very own Maya Abdominal healer and experience and have wanted to know more.
I searched for years, more than a decade, before I found a teacher and a cohesive learning of this technique. The moment I met Samar I resonated deeply with her and knew she had the perfect background to assist me in whatever women's struggles I was having. This kind of work takes subtle sensitivity, a strength of character and spirit and a special kind of presence, all of which are qualities Samar possesses. I met Samar this past year. Oddly, it took me coming to New Zealand (I am from the States) to find someone I wanted to work with, and I found her within the first two months of arriving in New Zealand!
I've been plugged in and chugging along ever since our first meeting. Having taken the Self-Care course, I have found Maya abdominal work pivotal to reclaiming and reconnecting with my body and making peace with my uterus.
Prior to this work, I had a long string of dysfunctional and lop-sided relationships that involved me giving too much of myself and my energy to men that could not really appreciate me or give very much back in return. Learning these ancient ways of women - the vaginal steams and the self-care massage - have helped me to begin to reclaim my body, energy and boundaries. Doing the Maya abdominal work has helped me to have some interesting conversations with my uterus, and has helped my bowels tremendously (I have had a history of chronic constipation). In doing the spiritual baths, I feel I am deeply healing old lineage-based wounds of my family and women in general.
I love Samar and I love her work. I am also honored to call her a friend. The work is mysterious, ancient and yet so relevant and useful in modern times."
E.S., Hamilton, New Zealand
"At thirty-six, the hidden cause of infertility in me was diagnosed as endometriosis. The medical fraternity has declared this disease as incurable. I am however a believer in a holistic approach and that every illness is a physical manifestation of a hidden underlying emotional state.
Samar was recommended by my naturopath. My visit with Samar was far more satisfying and different to what I expected. It went beyond physical healing. Samar's approach was not just conventional physical healing but spiritual too. She not only treats the illness from the outside works from the inside. The experience was just beyond words! That night I slept very peacefully. Not just my body, but my spirit feels rested and free. I feel at peace and am confident my child will come.
Thank you Samar for such a wonderful SOUL journey. I feel healed - inside out."
R.S., Auckland, New Zealand
"Samar has been a hugely helpful guide along my path of healing. She is very kind, gentle and strong. She creates a safe space for sometimes difficult or painful issues to come up and be recognized. On a physical level, I've found the Mayan Abdominal Massage and other techniques very helpful with hormonal issues and interstitial cystitis. On a spiritual level, she is truly gifted and has picked up on some very deep things from my and my family's past that I was then able to deal with and release. I've had movement in areas of my life that I haven't been able to get with other forms of healing. I would highly recommend her to any woman of any age, whether or not she is facing health or emotional challenges, just to learn the abdominal massage self-care techniques. I've confidently recommended her to friends and will continue to do so."
W.N., Auckland, New Zealand
"Attending Samar’s workshop on “Self Care” was one of the best life experiences that I have had. I came away from the workshop with a much deeper understanding of an ancient civilization and their medicinal practices. Samar skilfully and lovingly guided the participants through many innovative and powerful exercises. We explored the Mayan abdominal massage; a very powerful technique which once learned can be implemented in one’s daily life. The insights gained in this workshop will not only expand your knowledge but will empower you to facilitate your own healing. Thank you, Samar, for your wisdom, your courage and most of all your earnest desire to help others. I take away with me lifetime lessons."
M.N., Auckland, New Zealand
"It is difficult for me to quantify or
put into words just how much Samar has guided me on my path. She has
helped me to reinstate a level of personal health and well-being that I
did not think possible. After years of relying on pharmaceuticals, she
showed me my body's innate power to heal with the help of Arvigo
massage, herbs and other therapies. I have broken the bounds that pills
had on my life. When I thought things were hopeless, she gave me hope
and the result was nothing short of a miracle, putting my infertility
fears to rest. I will always consider her my guardian angel and am
grateful that our lives managed to intersect."
D.K., Vancouver, Canada
"Samar's treatments and therapies are gifts that keep on giving.
I have received teaching and treatments in yoga, reiki and nutrition from Samar since 2004. Each of these therapies in the distinct way that Samar practises and instructs them have changed my life incrementally but also seismically for the better. Since 2011, I have also benefitted from Mayan Massage treatments and self-care instruction.
What makes Samar's approach totally unique is that she is constantly educating herself on new and innovative ways to help her clients with their totally unique situations. When you are in a session with her, she is completely in tune with your needs and thoughts and nothing else exists outside of this! She will first listen with an exceptional focus and then draw upon her extensive tool kit of therapies to customize a treatment that will advance your self-awareness of your personal health, both body, mind and soul. For Samar, everything matters and it is all intertwined and she will go deep to the level that will give you something new to discover and then she'll help you figure out ways in which you can weave new exercises and thought patterns into your day to day life.
She is a true professional in her constant strive to further her education in new techniques and findings in all her therapeutic practises. Quite simply, her instruction has enhanced the quality of my life and my physical well-being in ways that complement the demands of a vigorous career, family life and of living in our amazing constantly changing world. Our sessions together are some of my most memorable moments and I can't wait for the next one!"
M.M., Toronto, Canada
"Aside from being one of the most generous beings on the planet, Samar has unique and effective intuitive abilities when it comes to healing. I have had energy work and massage in many countries across the globe. Samar is the healer I would choose, above them all, to work on myself or a loved one in need of transformation. If you are a woman, especially, Samar has knowledge about the reproductive system that few others have, and an ability to heal with great gentleness and wisdom. For anyone, male or female, who is open to energy work, Samar's abilities go far beyond Reiki - she is able to address and remove blockages within the body on an incredibly subtle and, can I say it, MAGICAL level. Please visit Samar and give yourself an amazing gift!"
R.M., Colorado, USA
"Thank you for introducing me to Arvigo Therapy. I have had chronic pain and irregular, uncomfortable cycles following a car accident about twenty years ago. I have tried MANY natural therapies to address the pain and the irregularity. So far, the results of the Mayan massage and herbs have been the longest lasting! My chronic sacral pain has not returned six months after my three treatments. After the treatment my cycles started without discomfort. My cycles have also stayed regular for months following a one month course of herbs. Thanks for bringing this work to New Zealand. Keep it up! "
E.H., Auckland, New Zealand
'"I went to Samar for Arvigo Therapy, which was very helpful. I had regularly suffered from menstrual cramps. Since the treatment, I felt a big difference and had absolutely no pains any more. Arvigo Therapy improved my quality of life, as I do not need to worry anymore about pains during menstruation. I can recommend Samar's treatment wholeheartedly."
"I found Samar's contact information because I was looking for a holistic pelvic care practitioner to see before I tried to conceive. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to meet her and be blessed with her offerings. I had a wonderful session with her that increased my connection to my pelvic bowl and I had a feeling of lightness after. Also, she gave me so much valuable information. I am now pregnant with my first child and have been feeling great! Lots of love and light."
"Samar is an absolute powerhouse with the most gentle and loving energy I have ever experienced from a human being. She combines her astute psychic insights with her knowledge, life experience and healing hands, and creates a very safe and comfortable environment for healing to take place. I always leave Samar feeling strong, confident, powerful and healed to a degree that I don’t usually experience with other healers. She has a no-nonsense approach and a sense of humor that make any hurdle easy to overcome. I can highly recommend that every woman in every phase of her life goes to see Samar at least once."
C.P., Auckland, New Zealand
"For five years I had been experiencing indigestion, chronic constipation
and fatigue and I had been medicated for these issues. After seeing
Samar for only one session I have had regular bowel movements daily,
in a way that is hard to comprehend after having such trouble
previously. Along with this I have gained more energy and a greater
sense of freedom and respect for my abdominal area. Samar heals with
much love and great knowledge. It really is a beautiful experience. I
feel so blessed to have worked with Samar. You do not just walk away
with only the benefits from one session as Samar guides you with tools
that enable you to carry out your own practice daily. Just one session with
Samar greatly changed my health and well-being. I continue to see
Samar for massage and healing and my amazement at the benefits continues. Its totally awesome!
I have also had several spiritual baths with Samar. They are an extremely uplifting and cleansing experience, which are also very hard to explain. Each time I have had profound insights on issues and have experienced a cleansing effect of my thoughts and patterns that for years would not budge. The healing powers of a spiritual bath allow me to grow, believe and live lightly."
T.F., Auckland, New Zealand
"I feel so blessed and happy to have found Samar and the Mayan bodywork. I was struggling with recurrent urinary infections for more than a year. The sessions I had with Samar helped me a lot to resolve the infections and understand the reasons behind their recurrence. Samar's approach is holistic and there is much clarity in her words and work. Doing the self-care massage is a great experience that connects me to deeper levels of my body. I truly believe this ancient knowledge is simple yet powerful and I recommend it to everyone!
Samar is also a great Reiki Teacher. I have no words to thank her for all her help and work during the week of my Reiki Master Training. She is amazing as she shares her own journey and brings together many different healing modalities. We did lots of different exercises integrating the chakras and connecting with what Reiki is all about - LOVE! For me, the one word that represents my training was TRUST. To trust in the divine energy and the teachers on one's path. Samar was so inspiring and so willing to share all her insights. Reiki Master Training was absolutely a true joy as well as a self-healing and learning process. Many many thanks to Samar, who is a wonderful teacher, practitioner and friend."
M.A., Napier, New Zealand
"Samar offers a range of services which are invaluable and difficult to find together. Arvigo Therapy, and its accompanying self-care regimens, can provide substantive relief and hope . This is especially important for areas of concern that modern medicine currently struggles to address successfully. Her work is an invaluable complement to traditional modalities and may be undertaken on its own. It has proven very beneficial for many women across age barriers. Samar is a kind, intelligent, welcoming practitioner. She is also a highly effective communicator and educator. Her written materials are brilliant - simple, clear, relevant and engaging. Thankfully, Samar is not dogmatic; she has compassion for the struggles of most clients to take care of themselves in an increasingly pressurized world. Also trained in Reiki, Hypnotherapy, the Tarot, and Numerology, Samar uses these modalities effectively for clients if they wish and a need arises. She is an exceptionally gifted clairvoyant whose suggestions and observations have proven profoundly revelatory, even life changing.
I am also very pleased that I took the Arvigo Self-Care class with Samar.
The information and techniques that I learned over this brief period have transformed my way of living. I believe I will be healthier and happier as a result. Samar is a wonderful teacher. Drawing on her varied and impressive background and experience, she presents essential knowledge in a way that is clear, approachable, usable and nuanced. She creates a warm, safe, loving atmosphere in which to learn and interact. I highly recommend this course and this instructor."
A.K., Auckland, New Zealand