What patients and clients have had to say about Maria Mandarino...

Maria takes the time to find out what's really going on in my mind, body and soul. She involves me in the treatments, i.e., should we work on this or that? She tolerates my resistance to some suggestions and works with what she's got. Not only is she effective but her wicked sense of humor makes our sessions fun as well as healing. I drive an hour each way to see her and it's well worth it.

Judy Schriener

Sun Lakes, AZ

Always a great experience, a very enlightened individual who cares greatly for her patients.

Matthew Bohn

Buckeye, AZ

Maria was recommended to us by another acupuncturist. After four visits to Maria, my pain is completely gone. Through acupressure and acupuncture, Maria was able to eliminate the pain in my right leg and foot. Maria is kind, caring, and mostly very competent. 
Sam Mansour

Sun City, AZ

I am a physical fitness lady. I know my body after years of dance education, teaching various dance forms, also teaching dance aerobics and water exercise my entire career. After hurting my back in Pilates class, I needed natural healing help. I have had back pain for over 20 years. Maria is an excellent acupuncture specialist. Maria is also a licensed massage therapist. She also incorporates Myofascial Release in her healing process. She uses many types of pain relief techniques to recover from pain. Maria is very thorough in her evaluation. A very complete health history is read and studied by Maria. More complete than my regular MD.  She has helped to relieve and heal my pain. So many issues are also addressed by Maria. She is so talented and treats issues related to stress, anxiety, and general health. Having such a qualified expert like Maria is a blessing. Moving from Chicago, I was thrilled to find Maria. Natural healing, repair and recovery from pain is a great gift given to patients!
Janet Drozda

Peoria, AZ

This was my first acupuncture appointment. It was amazing. I was so completely relaxed during the treatment! The amazing part is that issues I came in with are either completely gone, or improved greatly. No doubt in my mind I will be coming back! Thank you, Maria!
Toni Krahling

Avondale, AZ 

Maria, I am going to miss you terribly. I want you to know that you are the BEST and most knowledgeable acupuncturist (and beyond) that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I just don't think there are others around here that have that knowledge. You have helped me immensely. I wish you all the best in the future. Keep encouraging those with lung disease to use the techniques you have used on me. It has been a dramatic change for me to have someone who truly understands that the whole body must be treated in order to see benefits in the lungs. 

Barbara Hanson

Lakewood, CO

Maria is a miracle-worker! In the past 15 months, she has completely eliminated my need for pharmaceutical medicines (pain, anxiety/depression and allergy) with her expertise in Chinese herbs and acupuncture.  She takes the time to explain the purpose of each needle/herb/aspect of Chinese medicine and really cares about her patients' well-being.  I love that she has heated tables, lamps and plenty of blankets to ensure that I am comfortable during my treatments. She even gives me a buzzer to let her know if I need anything!  If you are looking for a great acupuncturist, call Maria. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Corey K

Denver, CO

Maria Mandarino has helped soften my old scar tissue with the use of MFR and moxibustion. I first became attracted to Maria's work when I noticed that she had studied Myofascial Release with John Barnes. I also had attended some classes with John and found his approach to releasing restrictions in fascial tissue to be greatly effective. When Maria worked my scars with moxibustion after using MFR techniques, I enjoyed a deeper level of release in connective tissue body wide and on the surface my scars have become softer and smoother. I found Maria's work to be the best for breaking down restrictions in scar tissue, even in scars I've had for more than 45 years. 
I highly recommend Maria's work she is a rare find with her blend of Acupuncture, MFR, Massage, Bach Flowers. 

Janet H

Lakewood, CO

At the age of 13 years I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, and began dialysis several months before my 14th birthday. Since that time I have had three kidney transplants. My third transplant was the most difficult and took the longest to recover from. Age played a factor in my healing process, but so did the length of time I had waited for a transplant. The wait time for first two transplants was less than two years. I waited eight long years for the 3rd transplant. As I waited my health was declining quickly. On July 13, 2004, my cousin donated one of his kidneys, and saved my life.

Since my kidney transplant I am required to take a regiment of immunosuppressant drugs, which included prednisone. Prednisone has many side effects, including moon face, skin discoloration, hunger, weight-gain, and acne, thinning of the skin, restlessness, and increased risk for diabetes.

I began seeing Maria several years ago for both regular acupuncture and the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture Protocol. After several months of treatment, I began seeing a difference not only on my face, but also in my overall health. Acupuncture has not only been beneficial in improving the quality of my life, but my lab values continue to be within the normal range after 13 years of my transplant. Along with my transplant medications and acupuncture my creatinine (one measure of kidney function) has been within the normal range. And I am living the life I want to life, thanks to Maria!

I am so grateful for Maria and all she has done for me; she was invested in my personal healthcare and helped improve how I feel about myself.  Maria is very knowledgeable, and caring, and she is kind and generous with her time, listening and getting to know her patients.  Maria has the skills, wisdom, and the knowledge, and I consider her a true healer!

Donna C

Lakewood, CO

I highly recommend Maria. She's helped me with emotional and physical issues. I like that she explains your treatment. She's very knowledgeable in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Corrine P

Littleton, CO

I had suffered from debilitating TMJ pain for years. A car accident, combined with years of clenching and grinding, left me with chronic migraines, neck pain, face pain, and ear pain. I tried over the counter pain relievers, prescription pain relievers and muscle relaxers, and even had a custom made bite plate. Nothing provided permanent relief until I met Maria and tried Craniosacral Therapy. Maria worked with my body to restore balance and "unlock" my painful jaw. I no longer experience those popping noises in my jaw. In addition, Maria taught me how to work inside my mouth to loosen the inflamed connective tissue. Nothing has provided the immediate and lasting relief that Craniosacral Therapy has.  I keep Maria on speed dial!
Julie J
Gilbert, AZ 

I have been a headache sufferer for many, many years.  They would last for weeks, sometimes months. I recently had a very bad ten day headache to the point of such severe nausea with simple head movement that it was impossible to function or sleep peacefully. I did an intensive headache treatment (3 consecutive days) with Maria.  It was miraculous.  My headache is gone, neck and face pain gone, I'm sleeping peacefully and pain free, and have no more need for drugs.  I feel like a new person. Anyone who suffers from serious headaches and wants pain relief without drugs must see Maria.  She gave me my life back.
Grateful Patient
Sun Lakes, AZ

I first met Maria at the New York College of Health Professions where she was a well respected instructor. I got to know her further while taking a continuing education course for Hot Stone Therapy where she really exhibited her passion for massage therapy and helping people. Maria then joined my team at Cindi A. Prentiss Physical Therapy, PC/Healing Hands Massage Therapy, PC. I cannot begin to explain the positive impact Maria made on my business. She has taken my patients/clients to a whole new level.  Patients who suffer from chronic pain, traumatic injuries, repetitive injuries, post surgical, post traumatic stress syndrome, and habitualy poor posture are just a few of what Maria has had truly amazing results with using techniques such as Myofascial Release, Myofascial Unwinding, and AMMA Therapy®.
Cindi A. Prentiss, MBA, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, LMT

Owner, Cindi A. Prentiss Physical Therapy, PCHealing Hands Massage Therapy, PC
Smithtown, New York

I saw a mutual client of ours on Tuesday, and wow, you guys did awesome work together. Her body was so different from how she typically shows up, even emotionally she was different. It was a huge shift. There was such an openness that there wasn't much for me to do with her in our session, except some simple grounding points to keep things moving, and clear a little heat from a skin rash she had.  I just wanted to thank you and tell you she also thanked me for referring her to you. Great work, my friend. You are a fabulous healer.
Lori Gardner, L.Ac.
Owner, Awakening Spirit
Phoenix, AZ 

I have been a client for going on 5 months and have done the AMMA Therapy, Myofascial Release sessions and the Bach Flower remedies.  I cannot say enough good things about Maria and the services that she offers.  I have gone in 3 to 4 times a month and have been able to get through extremely intense and difficult life circumstances by using the Bach Flowers and becoming more involved in holistic living.  Finding your practice has definitely made a vastly positive impact in my life!
Stephanie M
Scottsdale, AZ

For the last four years, Maria has provided quality massage therapy and bodywork to the members of our Health and Tennis Club, located in an active adult community.  Her advanced training in the John Barnes style of Myofascial Release and AMMA Therapy® has yielded great results with those who have had joint replacements and who suffer from pain caused by scar tissue.  She has helped members with chronic pain, limited joint movement, vertigo, and even those suffering from depression and anxiety.  In addition to her skill and experience, her compassionate nature made people feel comfortable and safe in her care.  While there have been other massage therapists working with our club members, none were ever as successful as Maria. 
Heide Gilbert 
Director of TennisOakwood Health and Tennis Club

Sun Lakes, AZ

I am grateful for your patience, knowledge, gentleness, encouragement, and calm.  I have found a person I can trust, YOU!  I will see you again!
Grateful Patient
Sun Lakes, AZ 

Maria was my massage therapist when she lived in New York.  The problem is that after experiencing Maria's "magic hands" during the amazing massages she gave me, where she drew on her vast knowledge of different methodologies and techniques, I compare every other massage therapist to her . . . and they all fall short!  One particular massage was soooo relaxing that my eyes remained half-closed for several days, and that is not an exaggeration!  When Maria moved to Arizona, I realized that New York's loss was Arizona's gain.  I'll never find anyone like her again!

Hope Delane

President, Executive Consulting Partner, Ltd.

Syosset, NY

Maria, I just wanted you to know how much you have helped me with your Bach Flower formula.  As you know, I have been unknowingly suffering from depression, having a lack of energy, concentration and focus, and desire to do anything. When I researched the pharmaceuticals used to treat depression, I was not impressed with the side effects.  However, the Bach Flowers you advised me to use have relieved my symptoms allowing me to function normally without side effects.  I can't thank you enough.

Smithtown, NY

A few weeks ago I injured my lower back through excessive exercise.  My back was not improving after rest and cold packs.  I learned about Maria and myofascial release from the personnel at Max Life.  I decided to call and ask for a treatment with myofascial release.  After the treatment my back is much improved.  Maria is an excellent practitioner and has extensive training and experience in the facets of myofascial therapy.
Guy Mirich

Sun Lakes, AZ

I have experienced soothing healing AMMA Therapy® from Maria while she practiced in New York. After my treatments I felt emotionally balanced, deeply relaxed and utterly free of discomfort. I am among the many Long Island residents who miss Maria healing touch and spirit. 

Carol Denicker

President, North Shore Hypnosis
Board Certified Hypnotist
NGH Instructor, Adjunct Faculty Member

Maria came to me by accident (pun intended) about three years after I had been in a horrible auto accident with multiple rollovers. I had undergone just about every treatment modality there was and had  not received much in the way of pain relief to my cervical spine (head, neck and shoulders) area. Maria has such an intuitive way with her hands and such an amazing understanding of the way to help people.  I will tell you all that she is great. We will miss her in New York.

Mitch S.

Long Island, NY

Massage had always been an indulgence--basking in relaxation and tranquility as muscles, achy from daily stresses, released their tension. Then there was the horseback riding accident with five fractures to the pelvis and two months of forced inactivity. Muscle contraction, knots, guarding, and tightness abounded. Only then did I realize the full therapeutic benefit of massage under the skilled hands and positive energy of Maria.

First, AMMA Therapy® worked with my body's attempts to deal with the trauma. Gently, each Amma session helped to re-open the blocked energy channels from head to toe that my accident had created. As these channels were reawakened and flowed, healing was able to occur more quickly.

Myofascial Release was the next step--releasing injury-induced as well as old habit muscle memory to re-create the mobility and fluidness inherent in the body's structure. Imagine feeling the natural flexibility and ease with movement one had as a child!

Don't wait for injury to discover the benefits of these techniques with Maria. Your body will thank you!
Nancy C. Nelson

Long Island, New York



As a Yoga Instructor, I have continued to explore ways to relieve chronic back pain from repeatedly teaching the same poses (up to 5 times a day). After my first session with Maria, I had a new found freedom in my back that left me feeling taller, younger, and stronger.
Lesa Kingsbury, RYT

Owner, Amba Yoga

Smithtown, NY