joyful living

High Performance Bodywork & coaching

Meet Simeon darwick birnbaum, LMT

Simeon helps people overcome their barriers to wellbeing by inspiring health, joy, and playfulness.  Simeon is a Licensed Massage Therapist, health and fitness coach, RYT-500 Yoga Instructor, and somatic life coach since 2006.  Simeon has shared the gift of massage therapy in a wide range of settings such as with people in hospice, cancer patients, corporate wellness programs, Cornell University Tennis Team and massage tables around the world. Simeon believes we can explore play, creativity, vitality, and resilience through movement. Reconnecting and digesting our emotions through bodywork and somatic coaching, we experience inherent joy, the freedom to be present, and to create a new possibility of wellbeing. Currently he is a practicing husband and father in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Sim Helps Men gain awareness in their bodies to increase focus and joy, stay relaxed and improve performance

Massage with Somatic Coaching


Integrated bodywork with self-inquiry to deepen the mind/body connection.

Massage with Movement


Pair yoga, stretching, personal training with your massage practice.

somatic Coaching Programs


Tailored men's life coaching programs integrated with somatic practices. Virtual options available.

Sports and Team MAssage

Bodywork for athletes to feel at their best.

Laughter Massage


Combine the benefits of laughter and massage in one amazing package deal!

Corporate WEllness PRograms


Bring massage therapy to your employees

real people. real results.


“Sim has helped me and inspired me in so many ways! I’ve done four months of coaching and massage and he truly has been a strong presence for pointing me to my purpose and keeping me on task. Can’t recommend him enough. 

Jaron, Client

“Shimon has been one of the best gifts in my life … Working with him has strengthened me in body and soul. I met Shimon while my wife was going through Chemo treatments. His kindness and openness and willingness to travel this journey with me gave me the strength to take care of myself during the 5 years of caregiving. “

Massage Client

“Joyful Living lives up to its name, and Simeon is a gifted healer. His practice somehow seamlessly synthesizes a meditative, encouraging interpersonal environment with vigorous deep tissue massage, optional aromatherapy, and more laughs than I usually have in a week. His love for his work and his deep car for his clients are abundantly evident. Thanks to his skilled intervention, I was largely relieved of pain that had recurred following a car accident of some years ago. I heartily recommend Joyful Living.” 

Michael, Client

I seriously cannot recommend Sim enough! His massages are the perfect balance of relaxing and energizing and he challenges you to laugh through the discomfort in especially tight areas. I leave every massage feeling better than when I started!”

Massage Client

“I have been getting massages for over 40 years in a handful of cities, and Sim is among the best therapists I’ve known. “

Massage Client

“From life coaching to laughter therapy, a massage with Sim incorporates multiple modalities of care. Simeon is a gift to our community. I am forever grateful. “

Andrew, Client