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About Mariah Simonton
My passion for healing and health continues to grow. I was attracted to Boulder, Colorado because of the meditation community here. I have been a meditator, meditation instructor, mentor, and teacher for fifteen years. Yoga practice has taught me grounding wisdom for the body. I have found yoga to be a critical parallel to the exploration of the wisdom teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. I studied with Healing Spirits Massage Therapy School, located here in Boulder, Colorado. I graduated in 2009 with 800 credit hours. I have taken additional trainings in Lymphatic Drainage with the Upledger Institute, Hawaiian Lomilomi in 40 hour intensive formats, and Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Massage therapy is an excellent support in strengthening my relationship the the physical body. In a time when there is an enormous emphasis on cultivating our intellect, often to the neglect of our bodies; these tools have been invaluable and essential supports for embodiment.
Integrative Massage Therapy
The patient is asked to take an active role in the therapy, working closely with the therapist. Safety is crucial; it allows the therapist and the client to create trust and connection throughout the sessions. This is vital for the release and flow of energy and for the healing process to occur. When the patient is comfortable with their therapist and feels safe in the treatment environment, they are able to deeply relax and experience the best results. The integrative massage technique is based in the notion that there isn't one massage technique that is right for every person or can solve every problem. Utilizing a variety of techniques, areas of stagnation can be targeted and addressed uniquely, producing optimal results.
This bodywork comes from an amazing vast system of knowledge developed by the ancient Hawaiians. It was this knowledge system that allowed them to navigate by astronomy to arrive at the islands. Reverence for nature, respect for our unique path to wholeness, and utilizing breath in releasing energetic blockages are important parts of this practice. Lomi is known by it's relaxing forearm effleurage, and by incorporating rhythmic motions found in Hawai'i in very specific work. I have studied with Gloria Coppola, who is authorized to teach the Temple Lomi tradition, originating with Kahu Abraham.
This work is often prescribed for post surgical cancer survivors, and can help tremendously both in pain and symptom reduction. It is also more generally useful; a gentle technique that works through the body's lymphatic system to activate the body fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. The results of this work can be: a reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedema, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue (including burns, wounds and wrinkles), anti-aging effects, relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations (including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis), a relief of chronic pain, a reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, anti-spastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hyper-tonus and some forms of constipation, deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory, alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue.