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Brita Ostrom

Brita Ostrom

Brita Ostrom
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.

Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Aug 31 - Sep 05 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton, and muscles. These concepts serve to awaken sensory awareness, fine-tune physical skills, and deepen personal connection with self and others, all of which are skills that enhance the ability to give good bodywork sessions.


Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Sep 19 - 21 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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."


Experiencing Esalen

Oct 17 - 19 Begins in 2 months
with Brita Ostrom

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


The Art of Esalen® Massage

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 3 months
with Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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.



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