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Workshops with CE Credits for Massage

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 09 - 14, 2016 Begins in 1 week
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity.

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Work Study - Streams of Energy

Oct 23 - Nov 20, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Back, Hips and Shoulders

Oct 23 - 28, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy in turn becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Oct 28 - 30, 2016 Begins in 4 weeks
with Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.
“It is critically important," says Fritz, "to periodically meet with like-minded people and to openly, freely, and safely discuss problems, insights, and successes of your work—in this case, the leading-edge therapy of balancing energy and structure.”

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and techniques. Emphasis is on the kidneys, greater momentum, peritoneum, spleen, and pancreas. See Visceral Manipulation 1, offered October 9-14, for more information.

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Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Peggy Horan & Vicki Topp

No one is ever competent enough, nor is any technique effective enough. It is only the continuing growth of the practitioner that can guarantee competence and effectiveness.
-Thomas Hanna

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Nov 13 - 18, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.

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5Rhythms®: Gateways

Nov 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Lucia Horan

Come to dance and be danced! Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. - Gabrielle Roth
The gateway of the body is a powerful vessel that allows us to move and be moved. In a wild world of distraction, do you know how to find your way into focus and connection? The 5Rhythms teaches us skills and tools to use in our everyday life that help us facilitate this union. If we have the courage to move the body, the heart and mind can follow. Come open the gateway to your potential and see what is waiting for you on the other side.

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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Nov 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Dec 02 - 04, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity

Dec 04 - 11, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Harriet Goslins, Laura Kunysz & Melissa Krikorian

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns. Feeling powerless, we attempt to survive and to win love by figuring out “the rules.” The resulting strategies may protect us as children but, deeply ingrained in our muscular postures and movements, they limit our choices as adults. These engrams remain outside of awareness, causing discomfort and dysfunction.

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Dec 09 - 11, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Harvey Deutch

Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our posture and energy have started to slump and drag. We assume positions and engage in tasks that our bodies are not meant to do nor were ever taught how to perform correctly. Without mindfulness and grace in our movement and without awareness of our energy systems, our bodies begin to break down faster and earlier than expected. Is your body heading down this path? Has your once pristine temple turned into a fixer-upper? Good news! You can change this course and re-fortify your foundation starting now.

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Deep Bodywork®, Esalen® Massage and Subtle Energy

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Subtle phenomena can frequently arise during an effective massage or bodywork session. When clients enter deep states of relaxation, different kinds of releases occur that support innate processes of tissue repair and organismic healing. Often, the practitioner can feel pulsing and other kinds of subtle motion. Changes in the quality of these movements can indicate important shifts in the state of well-being of the client.

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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 18 - 23, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

Give thanks by celebrating the holiday season and enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. This seasonal workshop offers the talents of two experienced teachers and five days of touch. This week of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage. The essence of the Esalen style of bodywork is the awareness and presence with which one approaches massage.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 23 - 30, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to take a vacation for yourself, journey inward with deep nourishment, and recharge with renewed energy, clarity, and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment, and lasting joy.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Jan 01 - 06, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Rob Wilks & Vicki Topp

This week provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Rob Wilks and Vicki Topp will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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Weekend Esalen® Massage Intensive

Jan 20 - 22, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Char Pias & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This weekend offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.

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Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Jan 29 - Feb 03, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Raoul Goldberg

Our reality and experience in life are determined by the character position in which we find ourselves. This position may be historically determined through social conditioning, or ingeniously through the character we create for ourselves for optimal security and comfort. It changes constantly through our interaction with the world and with ourselves. But are they the best positions for effective living? Or are they the root cause for unsustainable health? For example, isn’t the character position of “always wanting to please others” restrictive and limiting?

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Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Feb 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Carl Swanson & Jessica Fagan

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop presents essential tools and information, including the long, integrating strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen Massage. The principle elements of bodywork—including attention to breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact—will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.

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The Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

Mar 03 - 05, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Harvey Deutch

We live in a culture that extols constant productivity. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a breakneck pace in order to meet the day's demands. Is it any wonder that we have distanced ourselves from the body's signals of discomfort? Such signals may be a particular chronic ache or perhaps a more abstract sensation of overall stiffness. This path leads to decreased energy and an inability to embrace each day with optimal vitality.

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Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies. This workshop uses embodiment practices, embodied meditation practice, embodied speech, embodied listening, and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. Susan Aposhyan developed these practices in the context of Body-Mind Psychotherapy.

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The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Sam Berne

Today, the fear of losing our eyesight is escalating because of an increase in many deteriorating visual conditions. Current allopathic medical approaches offer little hope. In this workshop, you will be taught The Berne Method®, an evidenced-based system designed to reconnect us to the most important sense organ we have: our eyes.
Sam Berne has spent more than twenty-five years developing his method, which teaches that neuroplasticity exists within us. Topics include:
· Primordial movements that relax the reptilian response that is so ingrained in how we use our eyes

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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long, flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection, and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscle groups of the body.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Mar 26 - 31, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to take a vacation for yourself, journey inward with deep nourishment, and recharge with renewed energy, clarity, and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment, and lasting joy.

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Esalen® Massage in the Side-Lying Position

Mar 31 - Apr 02, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

During this weekend workshop, we will explore the basic principles of Esalen Massage: quality of touch and presence, long, integrative and flowing strokes, and passive movement, with the client lying in the side position.

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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Apr 02 - 07, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Apr 07 - 09, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways to express these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business.

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Deep Bodywork® and Cortical Field Reeducation®

Apr 07 - 14, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Perry Holloman, Johanna Holloman, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

Traditionally, deep tissue modalities have been practiced and taught with a singular focus on organizing the body’s connective tissues. Rarely are they taught with an emphasis on the relationship of the brain to the body’s structural components, supporting a deep exploration of body, mind, and soul. This workshop proposes to do just that, and to teach Deep Bodywork as a modality capable of re-organizing the mind’s relationship to the body’s structural elements.

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Primordial Qigong Intensive: Health, Longevity and Unity with the Tao

Apr 09 - 14, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Kenneth Cohen

This revered and comprehensive system of ancient Chinese health and longevity exercises cleanses the body of stagnation and recharges the body with fresh and clear energy (qi). As if you were tuning a piano, you will tune body, breath, and mind so that they are in harmony, not only with each other, but also with the life force of the universe.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 28 - 30, 2017 Begins in 7 months
with Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us.

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Esalen® Massage and Komyo Reiki Kai (Reiki)

Apr 30 - May 05, 2017 Begins in 7 months
with Char Pias & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Char Pias and Silvia Guersenzvaig invite you to participate in a five-day journey to renew your body, mind, and spirit. Silvia says, “The interface of Reiki and Esalen Massage is best described as the dance between form, energy, structure, and soul.” With its nurturing contact, long integrating strokes, and passive rotations, Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation. Through brief lectures and supervised hands-on practice, we will focus on common areas of tension, while addressing posture, breath, and intention, providing a continuous experience of presence and healing.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1 

May 07 - 12, 2017 Begins in 7 months
with Stan Gerome

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process. By the end of the course, you should be able to dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the body and mind of your patients/clients. In order to observe closure for sessions you are involved in, please make sure the instructor is aware of any pregnancies in the group.

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Yoga Nidra Immersion: Become the Master of Your life

May 14 - 19, 2017 Begins in 7 months
with Kamini Desai & John Vosler

Are you burned out, tired, or in transition? What if you had a way to manage your habits, thoughts, and emotions – rather than serving them? What if change doesn’t just happen while you are awake? Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation practice that helps you reach profound states of relaxation and initiate unprecedented life-shifts from beyond the doing and thinking mind.

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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 28 - Jun 02, 2017 Begins in 8 months
with Melinda Naye

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Jun 04 - 09, 2017 Begins in 8 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint.

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Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Jun 09 - 11, 2017 Begins in 8 months
with Pawan Bareja

Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way. Traumatic responses, especially from old painful unresolved experiences, are embedded in our body and in our behavior, and have the ability to blindside us and sabotage our happiness. These responses often produce stress that no longer serves us in our present day-to-day life. Is it possible to recognize the traumatic responses in your body? How can you recognize the non-verbal traumatic responses in your reptilian brain?

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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Aug 18 - 25, 2017 Begins in 10 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

“As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems,” Suzanne Scurlock-Durana writes. “That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.

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Legacy - Leadershp and Presence

Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2017 Begins in 11 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.

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