has been a teacher and practitioner of Esalen® Massage, Deep Bodywork, and body-oriented approaches to Relational Gestalt Process work for more than 30 years. He teaches in the USA, Asia, and Europe, and makes his home in Big Sur.
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.
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.
Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification. For an overview of these offerings, please visit www.esalen.org/page/esalen-massage-certification-programs-overview.
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.
The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint
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.