Esalen Massage

Esalen® Massage is a unique form of Bodywork developed over the last 40 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

This technique is known for it’s long, integrating strokes, creating an experience of deep relaxation supporting the natural ability of body and mind to self-heal.

What is Esalen Massage like?

Esalen Massage (EM) is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of acupressure. However, EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Taught and trademarked by the Esalen Institute, EM aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace.

Ten key aspects of the Esalen technique include:

• Practitioner grounds him/herself before approaching client creating a peaceful presence.
• Practitioner will work with client’s breath before and during session, waiting and listening.
• Gentle rocking to help the body let go of rigidity.
• Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.
• Making small circular movements around joints to encourage release.
• Bringing the whole body weight into the movement.
• A little unpredictability to ease away holding patterns.
• Allowing time to pause.
• Understanding that massage goes beyond the physical self.
• Remembering that everyone wants to be treated from a safe, nurturing and loving place.

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