travels extensively, sharing the essence of her 26 years at Esalen. Ellen founded MovingVentures, whose mission is vocational education in the fields of breathwork, and somatic and movement arts. Since 1998, she has focused on supporting the people of Bali, Indonesia.
The healing art form of Esalen Massage has become a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch. Created more than forty years ago at the Esalen baths, to the rhythms of the mighty Pacific Ocean, our practice remains timeless as it continues to evolve.
Touching Essence is a multi-sensory healing arts practice that combines the senses of touch, smell, and sound. Developed over the last thirty years at Esalen and in Bali, Touching Essence engages both giver and receiver to deepen awareness and presence, and is inspired and informed by Ellen Watson’s practice and teaching of Esalen® Massage and Bodywork.
This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch. Remaining aware of self while giving attention to another is a foundational practice for all sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.