Testimonials

Maria is a healer — and on so many levels. From her compassionate bedside manner to her infinite knowledge of the mind and body and how they work together, Maria is the real deal. I have suffered from low back/hip pain for over two years and tried (what I thought) was everything: Orthopedic doctors & epidurals, chiropractors, physical therapy, acupuncture, specialists of physical medicine and even radio frequency ablation of spinal nerves. None of it really worked to relieve my pain. Then I found Maria and life changed. Not only did Maria help relieve my chronic pain, but she helped discover the source of the pain — nothing anyone previously was able to do! And she does all of this in the most comfortable environment with a considerate touch, encouraging words, and sincere care for my welfare. It isn’t surprising to hear from her after a visit, asking how I’m doing. There’s no one out there like her. I am lucky to have found her and on top of it all, to now consider her a friend!”

Benette Pauluzzi

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Due to my line of work, I spend many long hours sitting in front of a computer typing and this can really take it’s toll on my back, neck and shoulders. In addition, I have an injury to my Rotator Cuff/shoulder from years ago that has limited my range of motion and kept me in pain. I started visiting Maria Martos at Sagewood Wellness Center a few months back and I can honestly say that I feel better physically and energy wise than I have in years. Through her talented and targeted work on areas of pain, she has systematically alleviated my pain and dramatically increased my range of motion. She has also made me aware of the causes for these issues and has also supplied me with knowledge and easy at-home exercises to increase the healing process. I’m REALLY cautious about this kind of work, who touches me and what their qualifications are. Maria is the best I’ve ever dealt with. Her technique, gentle touch and empathy are highly superior and second to none. I highly recommend Maria if you suffer from pain associated with repetitive motion, sports injury, stress, poor nutrition or just feel like you need to get ‘balanced’.”

Shawn Provance
Aliso Viejo

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I have been going to Sagewood Wellness Center for several months now. Within a few weeks of therapy, a recurring chronic pain I had been just ignoring for about 8 years had gone away. I had previously tried other avenues to resolve the pain but ended up just giving up. When pain has become the “normal,” it is absolutely liberating to experience life without pain again. I am very thankful to Maria for the freedom from pain.”

Marc Winger
Ladera Ranch

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Maria is an incredible neuro-muscular therapist. She is very knowledgeable in terms of the body and health. Her approach is very gentle and she is very generous with her knowledge. I left her office with several simple exercises to do that will help increase my flexibility. Maria spent time with me to show me each exercise so that I knew how to do them properly. She also gave me diagrams to take home, so I had them handy. Thank you, Maria!”

Leisa Reid

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After a too-enthusiastic weekend run, I hobbled into Sagewood like an arthritic old geezer. My lower left back felt as if I’d been jumped on by a horde of ferocious rugby players – a game I haven’t played in more years than I care to think about. One session with Ms. Magic Hands, as I now think of Maria, and I was rejuvenated. Some simple daily exercises, plus two more treatments, and I’m as good as new.

Thank you, Maria! You work wonders …”

Jack Grimshaw
Dana Point

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What an amazingly talented, empathetic touch Maria has. She has been helping me with chronic injuries to both my feet and my hip due to old injuries from ballet. Now as a bartender I am on my feet all night and doing constant repetitive motion, Maria is helping to relieve the pain, also teaching me stretching exercises and stress release techniques. Maria is knowledgeable and I look forward to my sessions with her. I highly recommend Sagewood Wellness Center. If I could give her 10 stars I would!”

Raven Gilbert
Aliso Viejo

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I was referred to Maria Martos by a friend because I had injured my hip running. I had been living with the nagging pain for over a year and no massage therapist I visited could help me . My doctor told me it was bursitis and gave me pain medication. I was not convinced it was. I decided I had nothing to lose by seeing Maria. The first visit she spent listening and assessing my pain. The result of that first visit was that I had knotted the muscles around my hip and with work and patience I could resume my lifestyle. Maria has a working knowledge of the muscle groups and the nerves that innervate those muscles. She and I worked together to get those muscles back into correct order. I helped with the stretching exercises religiously and she with the therapeutic massage. I have resumed my lifestyle! I still go to Maria for maintenance. Wouldn’t miss a session! I am an RN and have referred multiple people to Maria. I trust her with anyone! ”

Donna D.

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Maria truly has the magic touch. I noticed such a huge difference in my neck/shoulder pain after only one session. And the best part…. The results stayed that way far after the treatment. Definitely recommend Sagewood and Maria!!!!”

Melanie Ann

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When most people think of massage they think of something warm, fuzzy and candlelight. Maria’s specialty as a neuromuscular massage therapist is healing pain. She has the technical and medical knowledge of how your body works, and how to relieve pain when it doesn’t work. But what is unique and very special about Maria is that she has a healing heart and is committed to helping you live pain free.”

Teresa Taylor

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While training for a half marathon at age 55, I began to experience significant pain in my hip, down the side of my leg and into my knee. The pain was so bad I couldn’t even sit in my car. It felt like I was sitting on a rock as big as my fist. I was unhappy with the treatment plan I received, so I went to yet another physician, who referred me to Maria at Sagewood Wellness Center. Maria took the time to do an evaluation of my condition. After receiving NMT from Maria for a couple of weeks, I felt substantial relief from my pain. As a result of additional therapy provided by Sagewood Wellness Center, I no longer have any pain. I hike regularly and practice yoga three to four times a week, and when I turned 60, I climbed Mount Shasta. But I couldn’t have done it without Maria’s help.”

Peggy Eckroth

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Maria has me nearly headache free in just two sessions – after years of pain. Can not recommend her enough!”

Denise Canellos

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Great new location! I really like Maria’s perspective on mind-body wellness. Not only did she have a relaxing touch, but also great insight. A very relaxing environment and awesome massage!”

Dori Gilbert

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I was suffering from some pretty bad dizzy spells due to a neck injury and Maria made them go away thanks to her massage therapy techniques. She improved my quality of life so much! Thank you Maria!”

Francey Gonzalez

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Maria is a miracle worker! After my first visit my back pain was gone that day and much better the rest of the week. I have no doubt she will heal my injury!”

Monica Smullins

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I have been suffering from pain in my trapezius & neck muscles for quite some time now and massage therapists were not getting any of the multiple knots out of muscles. I didn’t have the budget to spend a ton of money on massages with the hope that they would get the knots out. Maria was referred to me and I am thrilled that I got to experience her knowledge and neuromuscular therapy. She sits down and consults with you in order to learn more on how you live/work/play in order to do the right type of therapy on your body to heal it. She worked on me for an hour & released a majority of the muscle knots ( and even found some that were lurking in around my shoulder blade region.) I’ve had massage therapists work on me for 10 days straight and couldn’t do what she did in an hour! At the end of our session, she gave me 4 stretching exercises to do in order for my muscles to release the tension and gain more flexibility. Her trigger point technique along with years of studies really shows in her touch. I would recommend going to her if you are tired of being in pain and want a specialist who can work on your overworked/over-stressed/­injured muscles.”

Anh T. Dang

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I have suffered from neck, shoulder and upper back pain for almost two years. My Dr. insists on giving me drugs to address the pain (anti-inflamatory, pain killers, muscle relaxers, even anti-seizure med. Nothing has worked until I met Maria. Maria taught me that I need to treat the root cause of the pain and not just the symptoms. Her neurosmuscular therapy coupled with the stretching techniques she gave me and a regimen of daily meditation that she got me set up with have literally changed my life. Gone are the daily, debilitating migraines that all the tension and tightness used to bring. I feel like a new person! If you are in pain and traditional medicine has failed you too, try Maria before giving up and sacrificing your quality of life.”

Giancarla A.

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I have been going to Maria for about 3 weeks now. when I first went to see Maria I was feeling hopeless; not only was I in pain but I also couldn’t function. After the first session I went home and I felt a sigh of relief to my body. I cant wait to go to my sessions because I know that every time I go I feel that much better. I thank Maria and her vast knowledge of neuromuscular therapy in getting me well. I will continue to go to Maria even when I am totally pain free to maintain this feeling of wellness that Maria and the therapy have given me. I am so grateful to having found Maria and Sagewood wellness center.”

Donna S.

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After unsuccessful treatment and physical therapy, I was referred to Maria Martos by a colleague who had had his rotator cuff injury healed by her. Just meeting her brought relief as she sat down with me, assessed my condition, shared her assessment and began treatment. I did not have bursitis of the hip or spondylolithesis – two diagnoses that warranted doctor’s telling me that I would never run again and to sell my horse in order to prevent further injury – I had a strained Piriformis muscle. After my first visit, I went home with my pain relieved, stretching exercises to do in between sessions, and hope. Lots of hope!!!! The neuromuscular therapy that she has given me not only healed my condition but gave me back my lifestyle. Now I see her for maintenance therapy to keep my body in tip top shape as I have resumed running, horseback riding, as well as other types of physical activity. I have referred MANY people to her over the years who report the same results. Maria is a life saver!”

Sue B.

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My neck pain and headaches were so severe I couldn’t look down to peel a potato. As a result of Neuromuscular Therapy sessions with Maria, I became pain free and am now exercising on a regular basis. I am so grateful!.”

Jeri W.

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I have visited Maria Martos at the Wellness Center on numerous occasions and feel compelled to give her a testimonial to encourage others to try and trust her services. She is not only professional and exhibits expert skill and knowledge in her field but is a woman of integrity with passion for what she does. A patient should feel safe in her care and certain that she has the experience and intelligence to diagnose and provide the appropriate therapy for the situation. I’m just grateful I have met her and know that if I need her services, she is available and willing to help me and my loved ones. With neuro-muscular discomfort or injuries, Maria’s healing hands are not just an option, but a necessity.”

Trisha B.

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Maria is an excellent practitioner at pain relief. Don’t hesitate. Schedule your appointment now!”

Kathy Flippin

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