Dedicated to helping women help themselves

About Me

Maria Rafferty BSc(Hons), Lic.Ac. CertATMAT

Maria is a certified therapist who uses a combination of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™, Traditional Chinese acupuncture and yoga to address a range of women’s health problems related to the stresses and strains of modern life. By focusing on each individual, their lifestyle and range of symptoms, I create a personal programme of therapy that treats the interdependent physical, emotional and mental aspects of each problem.

Our lifestyles often see us fall victim to emotional stress, depression, frustration, overwork and improper diet which lead to a vicious cycle of fatigue, energy congestion and illness. My help is designed to gently cleanse and heal your body, mind and spirit, I help my clients to take charge of their own wellbeing and address specific problems while getting back to optimum health and energy levels.

As Maria is a member of the AFPA, all or part of your treatment may be covered if you have health insurance with VHI Healthcare, Quinn Healthcare, Hibernian Health, HSF Healthplan.

Maria has worked with:

  • Young women with painful, delayed or absent periods
  • Women with PCOS and endometriosis
  • Couples preparing to conceive
  • Couples having problems conceiving
  • Couples undergoing assisted conception
  • Pregnant women suffering from pregnancy ailments
  • Pregnant women that are anxious about labour & childbirth
  • Women going through menopause
  • Women with depression or anxiety

All of Maria’s therapy methods complement conventional medicine and in no way interfere with any medical treatment.


Training & Continuing Professional Development

Maria trained with the Acupuncture Foundation Ireland which is affiliated with the Nanjing university of Traditional Chinese Medicine China.  She completed her licentiate with a certified clinical internship in the 3rd Affiliated Hospital of TCM in Nanjing China in 2010 where she further developed skills in acupuncture techniques and Chinese cupping.

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Professional Bodies

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Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™
Maria spent a month in Belize in 2011 – the home of traditional Mayan healing techniques – to complete her full Maya training to Certification Level 3. Whilst there she studied advanced practices, perfected her bodywork techniques, and learnt about Maya traditions and Spiritual healing under the founder of the method, Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

Maria is also qualified in and has taught: infant massage, well woman yoga, baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, birth preparation and she has practised reflexology.

She has completed additional training with Debra Betts, Lillian Bridges, Penny Simkin, Jani White, and Franscoise Barbara Freedman.

Post-graduate Acupuncture Training
Maria is dedicated to continuing her professional development and since qualifying has completed postgraduate training in: Acupuncture for PCOS & Endometriosis; Acupuncture for Gynae and Fertility; Acupuncture protocols for Assisted Reproduction Techniques; and the Safe & Effective Practise of Obstetric Acupuncture.

I am additionally qualified in and have taught:

Infant massage, well woman yoga, baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, birth preparation and practised reflexology.

I have studied in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Nanjing China and Belize; and have completed training with respected field leaders: Debra Betts, Jani White, Franscoise Barbara Freedman, and Rosita Arvigo.

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