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Massage & Healing Arts

The Esalen Healing Arts Program

Esalen Massage Crew

No matter where you are in life’s journey, the mind-body-spirit-heart connection is vital to wholeness and wellness, and massage and other healing arts are an integral part of Esalen's transformational process. Our teachers and practitioners support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and to heal, making Esalen feel revelatory with each visit.

To schedule an Esalen Massage, call 888-837-2536 and choose option 2.

The earliest Esalen Massage sessions were organized by Bernie Gunther and Molly Day Shackman in 1962. Other healing arts were launched by renowned teachers such as Ida Rolf and Charlotte Selver. As a result of our pioneering efforts, acceptance of bodywork in America has become mainstream.

Esalen Massage and other healing arts can be experienced by individual appointment or learned during a workshop or certificate program. 

Daphne Esalen Massage Practitioner at Work near the Upper Baths

What is Esalen® Massage?

Esalen® Massage, well-known for its long flowing strokes over the whole body, helps release the stresses of everyday life, leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed, in a natural state of well-being. The Esalen Massage is best described as the interface and integration of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, integrating strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. Esalen practitioners are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences within the Esalen® massage modality. Practitioners combine a full-hearted presence with long, integrating strokes and slow, deep muscle work to release everyday stresses, still the mind, and leave you feeling integrated and deeply relaxed.

Perched on the bluff above the ocean, and nestled beside the healing waters of Esalen’s renowned natural hot springs, our massage and bath area is inspired and influenced by the rhythm of ocean waves and a spectacular and deeply nourishing place to receive a massage.

Book a Massage or Bodywork Session at Esalen

Call us at 1-888-837-2536 or 831-667-3002 to book your massage.

On Property/Guest Massages (for personal retreat or workshop participants)

Massages are available for personal retreat or workshop participants anytime from 7:45 am until as late 8:30 pm. 

Each On Property/Guest massage session costs $125 and lasts for 75 minutes.

Off Property Massage

Even if you’re not staying at Esalen, you can join us for a massage or other bodywork session. Available times for off property massage sessions are as follows:

Mon-Thu & Sat: 11:00 am or 4 pm

Fri & Sun: 11:00 am

Occasionally other times may be available. Please call for availability.

Each Off Property massage session costs $165 and lasts for 75 minutes.

Please note: Only those with a booked session may come on property. Massage and bodywork sessions are non-refundable, non-transferable, and we have a 24-hour cancellation policy. 

Other Bodywork and Healing Arts Modalities

Many of Esalen's practitioners offer different forms of bodywork and healing arts, including Cortical Field Reeducation®, CranioSacral Therapy, LaStone® Therapy, and more. Click here for a glossary of these modalities.

Oliver Bailey Massage Maestro at Work Esalen

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