~ An integrative approach to healing ~
with Michelle Brown
LMT, ACN, Herbalist, Teacher for the Arvigo Institute, LLC
See Michelle’s qualifications and trainings in these modalities, as well as adjunct education here.
Here at WildFlowerS, we support health from both traditional and modern perspectives. The foundation of the practice is the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT®). The hallmark of this indigenous healing art is abdominal massage, used to gently and painlessly reposition internal organs. The Arvigo Techniques have proven outstanding in relieving symptoms of digestive and reproductive maladies, including reflux, IBS, fertility challenges, prostate congestion, and painful menstruation. We also use therapeutic nutrition, herbalism and Craniosacral Therapy to further support the body in healing itself. To completely round out the therapeutic offerings, we offer Maya Spiritual Healing, a simple and ritualistic practice that honors the mind-body connection.
Michelle Brown built this blossoming and fruitful practice as a solo practitioner for 10 years. She brought Anthony Zachmann into the practice in 2015 as a new ATMAT practitioner and an experienced massage therapist. The two therapists together joyfully offer their best to every client who walks through the door, and welcome all women, children and men who want to give this profound set of therapies a chance to change their lives for the better.
About Michelle Brown
I have always been interested in the body. Inhabiting my own body was a primary focus for me from a young age. My early years were spent enjoying the wind on my skin while biking around my suburban neighborhood, and the sweat of ballet and modern dance classes. As a teen in the 1970’s, I attended Quaker boarding school in Maryland, where I had my first exposure to massage, yoga, and even “healing through the human energy field” (along with the typical subjects of History, Mathematics, English Lit, etc.!) For many years dancing was my love, and I was fortunate to be able to spend my time this way through high school and college, earning a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and post college, training and performing in New York City.
After leaving New York and the dance world, I continued learning about the body, now by studying health. My interest in women’s health became my focus and I became a Certified Childbirth Educator and Childbirth Assistant (doula) with ALACE, learned energy healing at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, and finally moved from the northeast to Texas in 1992 to pursue midwifery education.
I bring to my current practice the knowledge I gained in my five years as a licensed midwife, during which time I attended conferences in perinatal nursing, traditional Maya midwifery, and contemporary home birth care. Serving as a midwife, I also learned more from the families I worked with than I ever could have from an institution, seminar or degree. I learned about people, how they feel about and in their bodies, and the tender and courageous places we can pull from during pain or illness.
My personal experience of living through the transitions, blessings and challenges of daughterhood, wifehood and motherhood also provide a rich ground on which I stand as a healer. My spiritual practice from 1990 to present may well be viewed as the experience of being a mother and a wife, with the health choices I made within my family reflecting my deeply held conviction to trust in the body’s healing capacity. I chose to stand with faith in the human body to give birth to my two daughters naturally, and to engage good nutrition and “alternative health therapies” such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic as our primary health “insurance”. Knowing that we all make our own best choices, I honor the decisions my clients make, and inform them of a wide range of possibilities for their health, including options that work well with the offerings of both western medicine and traditional healing.
About Anthony Zachmann
Here at WildFlowerS, I practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Arvigo® Practitioner, sharing the wonderful healing techniques that I have learned. I’m studying nutrition through the Standard Process Nutrition Assistant Program, and learning about plants and their healing properties through the MediHerb product line and the Spiritual Healing practice of the Maya healing tradition. This work connects me to my grandmother and her plants, to our ancestors before her, whose culture and language I have grown up feeling a part of, and to all those that seek healing.
I began massage school in 2011 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in linguistics, and shortly after my grandmother’s funeral. It was a turning point in my life, to say the least.
My grandmother was the first and only member of her family to relocate from Mexico to Texas. I grew up eating lots of homemade Mexican food, taking many trips to visit family in Mexico, listening to the grown-ups speak Spanish, climbing trees outside with my cousins, and spending lots of time at church. Of course, like everyone, I was faced with my own personal challenges; I was diagnosed with Glaucoma at the age of seven and began a daily regimen of medicated eye drops. I am no stranger to chronic health challenges, as so many of the clients I serve at WildFlowerS face.
Massage school was where my personal path to healing began. I started receiving regular massages and my pains started going away. I had met many vegetarians and wanted to try it for myself, so I did. I started having more energy, my allergies started clearing up, I dropped excess weight and I became free of asthma. I was feeling so much better, my mood couldn’t help but improve, too!
I was overjoyed and eager to share what I learned on my healing journey, but as I started practicing massage, I realized that there was one area where my knowledge lacked; I wanted to learn how to support the abdomen, and understand the importance of the health of the organs within. This interest ultimately led me to Michelle Brown’s Arvigo® Self Care class in August of 2015. Very quickly, I realized that this was exactly the kind of training I had been looking for. I quickly followed the Self Care class with an ATMAT Professional Care class, which proved to be the beginning of a new chapter for my career. My next Arvigo® course, Intro to Spiritual Healing, brought back many pleasant memories of childhood “limpias” that I would receive from my mother and grandmother.
Once I returned from the Arvigo® trainings, Michelle introduced me to Standard Process. I asked her if there happened to be nutritional support for my Glaucoma, and in fact there was! I started meeting with Michelle hoping to find healing for myself, but truly, that was only the beginning. Michelle asked me if I might translate for her and a family of Spanish speaking clients and soon after invited me to assist with a Spiritual Bath, which I was all too eager to do. From there, I simply never left.
At WildFlowerS I have the opportunity to see how effective the Arvigo® and nutrition work can be, and to experience and learn at a rapid pace. I have already gotten to alleviate severe digestive problems with herbs, help a client with PCOS achieve pregnancy with massage, and calm nervousness after a car accident with spiritual bathing. All of us, including myself, work everyday to heal. I’m grateful for the opportunity to walk that path with others.