An Esalen Touch is based on your ability to let go of the world
from which you just walked in from. The ONLY thing
you have to do is relax. No matter what your daily day, week or life is
like it does not follow you into our space.
To help you get to where you need you to be, and after you are
comfortable, I will explain a bit what I'm doing and what you need to
As the sounds of soothing music fill a warm room you will begin to feel
long, feather-light strokes run along your entire body. Making
absolutely no breaks or cut offs your body and mind infusion begins.
Where one part of your body begins and the other part ends will become
nothing more than a hazy fuzzy blur. The connection of the entire body
elicits a very soft trance-like feeling coupled with an awakening of every nerve, muscle and inch of your skin. Bringing your
entire body to the same exact level of relaxation.
The connection of your body, mind & spirit is the most important path to relaxation.
This "connecting" is where we begin the rhythm-like strokes that define
an "Esalen" Touch .
What is "Esalen" Massage
* The Esalen Institute Definition*
The ocean provides a slow-moving rhythm very much akin to the internal
rhythms of the body. The receiver rests in a comfortable position and
the practitioner's hands begin quietly, with presence, attending to
breath, allowing the receiver to drop inward. The long, slow, t'ai
chi-like strokes awaken awareness, and as the tissues open to the warm
of touch, the contact deepens, nudging bound-up muscles, drawing forth
expanded movement. A relaxing sigh resounds through the body, and the
practitioner responds with integration strokes into related areas. The
massage continues, seamlessly, wrapping the torso arms, legs, hands,
feet, neck, and spirit into a united whole.
The practitioner brings a knowledge of strokes (many have roots in
Swedish Massage), of muscles and bones, of movement, of listening to the
body as well as the words. Prior to the session, he/she pays attention
to his own physical comfort, and quiets down internal chatter to welcome
inner guidance, or intuition. As she massages, the practitioner responds
to the signs of relaxation: deepened breath, enhanced circulation, a
sigh, perhaps flutters of the eyelids. Each session is unique, tailored
by personal requests, comfort level, physical tension and release, the
felt sense of intuition.
The effects of this intentional touch, loosely categorized as
"wellness/stress management massage", range widely. For some, it brings
a renewed sense of health and vigor, others may regain a sense of safety
with regard to touch. Often old tension patterns break free and old
emotions are released. It signals a return to one's nature, a switch
from everyday consciousness into a calmer, more colorful space less
inhabited by the constraints of time and place. An out-of-ordinary
The sources of this rich work are endless: it was informed by sensory
awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine, meditation, gestalt
practice. The influence of, deeper work borrowed for Ida Rolf's
teachings, Moshe Feldenkrais' sense of neural co-ordinates, Milton
Trager's passive movement to awaken the mind, yoga stretches, somatic
mind-body psychology, and more energetically based polarity massage and
cranial-sacral work continue to "grow" the work. Each practitioner
translates this into his/her personal art form.
At the heart of the session is a sense of empowering each individual to
regain a sense of harmony, reverence, and balance, and to awaken inner
resources for healing. It is not unusual to hear,
"That was the most amazing massage I've ever received."
learned so much through the Art Of Touch but I believe the most honest
statement I can make without hesitation or doubt is that the balance
between Men and Women and the giving and receiving of LOVE is what makes
this life eternal and by far the most rewarding.