Welcome to the Ixchel Center!
We live in a culture which fosters treating illness rather than promoting wellness. The eastern philosophy is to maintain our good health & wellness rather than to wait for disease to occur. The Ix Chel Center encourages this lifestyle of health by providing an ancient body work steeped in Maya tradition, an Asian massage called AMMA and by teaching about body, mind & spirit integration in the form of eating properly, meditation, breathwork & daily practices. You will be assisted in choosing an exercise program that fits into your busy life.
Imagine…how would your life be different if your mother, sisters, aunts or grandmothers created a celebration surrounding your first menses/bleeding time?
How would your life be different had you been taught about your moon cycle and your relationship with the moons’ effect on your menstrual cycle, your moods and your intuition?
What if you had been taught about the mysteries and power of being a woman rather than dreading your monthly cycle?
As foreign as these ideas seem, Cathy Lipsky has been studying and teaching these same inquiries for over 30 years and invites you to embrace the beauty of being a woman and to re-connect to your feminine self.
On her own journey she too disconnected from what was below her belly button unless she became pregnant or welcomed a monthly “friends” arrival. It was a natural rhythmic dance, yes, but she did not acknowledge the power and wisdom that the blood held. As a nurse practitioner she championed womens’ wellness but still something was missing. It wasn’t until the late 80’s while studying Native American spirituality that she learned about moon lodges where the bleeding women would go to rest and dream while the men waited to learn what visions they might have. The phrase “she who bleeds and does not die” arose from the power that was placed on a woman and their significant contribution to society.
In the mid 1990’s as she was hovering through peri-menopause, she met and started studying with Rosita Arvigo who taught her a traditional therapy based on Maya philosophy. This put all the pieces together. This was the ah-ha moment that was to open up her journey as a healer and lead her to stepping out of the Alopathic box and into a more natural approach to maintaining wellness.
As they say: “if you build it they will come” and they have. Women in physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Women hating their bodies for what they release every month and not being able to get through days without being in pain or discomfort. Women with such severe fertility challenges and women with stories of abuse, neglect and abandonment that have now manifested in physical issues.
Through a simple technique, natural therapies and taking time to listen in a safe environment, women are being empowered to heal themselves. Cathy will perform the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®on you and then teach you how to do it at home.
Amma Therapy® is an ancient energy work rooted in the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner massages the meridians of the body with their hands and fingers to enhance the flow of Qi, blood and fluids in those channels. Learn More
What is Yoga? Yoga is part of the Hindu philosophy and a way of life. The ultimate goal of yoga is to reach complete peacefulness in your body and mind. Learn More
Reproductive Wellness, Fertility and Pregnancy
Reproductive Wellness, Fertility and Pregnancyhas been practiced in many cultures for centuries. Malpositioned pelvic organs are coaxed into correct position by using your hands. Learn More
Tai Chi/Qi Gong
Movement Meditation for Health & Wellness - The Principles of the Chinese Healing Arts are based on the belief that in all of life there is a balance of opposing forces. Learn More
Cathy Lipsky is a nurse practitioner with over 40 years of experience taking care of the adult population. Since 1997 she has learned from her mentor Rosita Arvigo how valuable “self care” is as part of a healing practice. Since then she has used the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®in her practice of holistic therapies in New York. A certified practitioner as well as a self care and professional level teacher of the Arvigo Therapies®, Cathy continues her studies with Rosita in order to support and continue the healing work that the ancient Maya teachings have provided.
She also has studied traditional Chinese Medicine in the form of AMMA Therapy®, and is currently enrolled in the Teacher of Mantra program offered by the Sanatana Dharma Satsung in Portland Oregon. This program was begun by the well known western mantra teacher Thomas Ashley Farrand.
Cathys’ space at Ixchel Center is perfect for group yoga and tai chi, and is included in the therapies at there. She also offers one on one therapy if she feels the client will benefit from a posture, movement, breath work or mantra.
Cathy’s wish for her clients is that they find the center as a haven for healing. A place to rest and release fears, anxieties, energetic stagnations and to heal any physical, emotional or spiritual condition that is present and preventing them from being the best they can be and feel.