has led massage and somatic workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 40 years. She is a founding member of the Esalen Massage School, practices Gestalt awareness work, and participated in Esalen’s two-year somatic education program. She is also a licensed psychotherapist.
We must answer anew the old questions. "What are the limits of human ability, the boundaries of the human experience? What does it mean to be a human being?" — From the 1965 Esalen Catalog
Giving a massage is a sure-fire way to “come home” to a refreshed and relaxed sense of self. For the giver, it can heighten intuitive, non-verbal communication and build a sense of connection with all living beings. Brita and Silvia will guide participants via touch, muscles, and movement, to savor the elemental skills of Esalen Massage.
A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress and deepening subtle communication skills. Enjoy the beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner — friend, lover, or relative — learn to give each other an effective massage. Emphasis will be on "hearing" with the hands, asking for what you need, and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner. Sessions will include basic centering exercises, brief demonstrations, at-the-table guidance, and plenty of time for practice and feedback.
During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, our nervous system soothed in connection with another. When we receive a massage we remember an easier time and "come home."