Welcome to Spirit Point Acupuncture
Due to COVID-19, we are currently only seeing established patients
via our HIPAA-compliant Telehealth portal.
Please call the clinic to schedule.
We plan to return to seeing patients in the clinic as soon as we determine it is safe enough to do so.
Snow Lotus Certified Organic Essential Oil Therapy
Bach Flower Remedy Formulas
We are conveniently located on the campus of Banner Boswell Hospital, across the street from JiMichael's Restaurant
Lakeview Medical Arts Center
13000 North 103rd Avenue
Sun City, AZ 85351
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We specialize in the treatment of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychogenic Pain (physical pain that is emotionally induced)
Hormonal Imbalances and Women's Health
Proudly serving the West Phoenix Valley communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Goodyear,
Buckeye, Peoria, Glendale, Deer Valley, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
and the extended areas of Waddell, Wittmann, and Wickenburg.
An ancient energy medicine for a modern world
The Classics of Chinese Medicine state:
Where the disease is not serious, but the spirit is weak, the prognosis is poor.
Where the disease is serious, but the spirit is strong, the prognosis is good.
This is but one of many profound statements found in the classical texts of Chinese Medicine about the nature of healing. At Spirit Point Acupuncture, we treat according to these ancient texts, always seeking the deeper connections to your complaint, treating the root (the cause), and not merely the branch (the complaint). That root might be found entirely somewhere else in your body, an origin which began with an injury you sustained perhaps decades ago. That source of pain may be in your spirit or your psyche. It may reflect the movement of the seasons and how the weather affects your symptoms. It may have to do with your genetics or your lifestyle. There are many causes of disease. But the most meaningful treatment will always address the root cause.
In addition to acupuncture, we offer other advanced treatments, which may include essential oil therapy, cupping, gua-sha, moxibustion (Moxa), electro-stim, cold laser therapy, or Qi Gong.
I invite you to watch this clip from the inspiring acupuncture documentary, 9,000 Needles. The award-winning film is the story of competitive bodybuilder, Devin Dearth, who suffered a stroke and traveled with his family to China to be treated with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I wrote my master's thesis on the cost efficacy of treating stroke with the integration of western and eastern medicine, and so this film holds a warm spot in my heart. I encourage all my patients and anyone interested in the power of acupuncture to watch it.
Click this link: 9000 Needles Movie Trailer
Essential Oil Therapy
An advanced treatment that involves the application of Certified Organic Snow Lotus essential oils on specific acupuncture points with your acupuncture treatment to promote balance and harmony in the energy system. A highly effective approach to treating deeper and more emotionally based conditions.
AMMA Therapy® is an ancient system of healing which includes a specialized form of massage therapy. It may also include dietary recommendations or Qi Gong exercises. AMMA Therapy® promotes the circulation of Qi in your body and can be used diagnostically during your acupuncture treatment or to enhance your treatment. AMMA Therapy® addresses sinus problems, asthma, digestive problems, PMS and menstrual problems, headaches, and neck and back pain. It is also beneficial for those experiencing anxiety and depression. No massage oils are used, however, various Chinese herbal liniments may be applied to painful areas. I have been practicing AMMA Therapy® for nearly 20 years and am an approved instructor of the technique.
Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower Remedies are a natural but powerful system of healing, discovered by British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, over 60 years ago. A personal formula of flower essences is selected and blended after a consultation which identifies stressors which can lead to imbalance and disease. Safe for all, even infants and pets, Bach Flower Therapy is said to align the spirit with the higher self.
Maria offers Bach Flower Remedy consultations by TeleHealth (video or telephone conferencing). After your Telehealth meeting, a custom Bach Flower formula is prepared and mailed directly to your home.
Bach Flower Formulas are also a brilliant adjunct to your acupuncture session. Please inquire about details at your next visit.
Maria is certified as a Bach Flower Consultant by the Bach Foundation.
90 minute session, video conference, includes formula and shipping.
Recommended for new patients or complicated presentations.
60 minute session, video conference, includes formula and shipping.
45 minute session, video conference, includes formula and shipping.
Appropriate for patients who have been working with Maria for a few months and require minor adjustment to formula.
About Maria Mandarino, LAc, DipAc (NCCAOM), LMT, CSD, MSEd
Welcome to Spirit Point Acupuncture!
I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to authentic healing.
I am a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, and certified spiritual director and have been in practice since 2002. I began my journey into Chinese Medicine at the New York College of Health Professions on Long Island. It was there where I began my studies in European Massage, but soon found my passion was in AMMA Therapy® and the theory of Chinese Medicine, upon which AMMA is based. While a student at the college, I was introduced to the John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release. I went on to specialize in that work for nearly 20 years. During that time I came to understand the vital connection between the meridians and the connective tissue. And so it wasn't long before I returned to school again to complete my degree in acupuncture at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.
It is my years of experience as a Myofascial Release therapist which inform my skills as an acupuncturist. It is this experience which allows me to locate the restrictions in your connective tissue, restrictions which impede the flow of your body's vital force, or Qi. These restrictions do not only influence your experience of pain, but they also affect the function of your organs and their associated systems: your neural system, your endocrine system, your cardiovascular system and digestive system among them. Beyond your physical body, these myofascial restrictions affect your emotional body -- your spirit -- and contribute to conditions such as depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. The key to an effective acupuncture treatment is an acupuncturist who is skilled in working with the myofascial system.
You don't have to live in a hypervigilant state. You don't have to be reliant upon medications to mask pain. I can help you find your way back to balance and vibrant health.
You see, I know this journey first hand. In 1997, before I had a clue I would be entering into this field, I was in a serious car accident caused by a drunk driver. I was consumed by chronic pain. And there wasn't much my doctor seemed to be able to offer me beyond pills. And the pills all seemed to carry unpleasant side effects. I was forced to find my own answers. And I'm so grateful I did.
In addition to being an acupuncturist, I am certified by the Nelson Bach Foundation in the Bach Flower Remedies and create custom formulas for my patients. I also have a strong interest in plants as healing agents and have additional training in Aromatherapy and Aromatology. As such, I also bring essential oils into specialized acupuncture treatments to address deeper emotional issues.
Prior to receiving my Master of Science in Acupuncture, I received both my Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Secondary Education from Hofstra University. I received my certification training in Spiritual Direction at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, where I also studied the Enneagram, a 9 pointed system of personality typing, which also informs much of my work.
I am a passionate teacher and have served as student clinic supervisor at the New York College of Health Professions, where I also taught European Massage and AMMA Therapy®. I have also taught at RainStar University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Honesty and authenticity are at the heart of my approach as a practitioner. I know that healing requires not only a personal commitment, but also a safe and supportive environment. It is my goal to provide that space for you and be present to you so that you may heal.
I also know the fear and apprehension that can accompany pain and illness. Healing is almost never a straight line and that can be a scary thing too. Some days will be better than others. We tend to want things to be fixed for us, but nothing gets fixed from the outside in. True healing is inside out work. I can help you do that.
I promise I will never ask you to take a journey I have not taken myself. I promise to always hold space with you as you find the courage to heal. And I promise to treat you with the same level of respect that my own healers gave me when I was on my healing journey.
I invite you to take your first step on the journey toward better health.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US...
“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
“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
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