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Massage & Bodywork

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

Personal Retreat

Extraordinarily Simple

Sometimes all you need to realize your fullest potential is time and space.

A Personal Retreat is offered as a benefit to our Friends of Esalen and is a gift of self-care; an opportunity to do as much or as little as you like. They are available in our workshop catalog by advance notice searching the title A Time to Reflect.

Click here to see the any current Personal Retreat specials and Time to Reflect dates that may have been added since our catalog was published.

Each day you are free to choose among Esalen’s unique gifts: our natural hot springs, daily movement and meditation classes, weekly evening programs, gourmet meals, and twenty-seven acres of spectacular grounds.

You could…dive into your next creative project or finish a work-in-progress. Meditate for hours in the streamside meditation roundhouse, volunteer in the farm and garden, or bring that stack of books you’ve always wanted to read. Treat yourself to a massage or other healing modality each and every day, or even twice a day.

Or, you could just…let your beingness be.

Nourish your mind, body, heart, and soul by treating yourself to the best of Esalen.

All-Inclusive Esalen Personal Retreat Fees (per person, per night)

Room Type Fri-Sat Sun-Thurs
Standard Shared (2-3 people per room) $220 $165
Premium Single (1 person, guaranteed private accommodation) $475 $450
Premium Double (2 persons; priced per room) $625 $600
Point House Single (1 person, guaranteed private accommodation) $725 $650
Point House Double (2 persons; priced per room) $825 $750
South Point House Annex
(When booking South Point House, you can add this annex for up to 2 people.)
$175 $175
Bunk Bed Shared (4 - 6 persons per room) $140 $130

Schedule Your Personal Retreat

Personal Retreats are available to Friends of Esalen (those who donate $50 or more to support Esalen’s mission), and are generally offered on short notice – 3-5 days in advance – except when announced in our eNews or on our website.

For advanced planning and reservations, please see our Time to Reflect workshops.

Make your Personal Retreat Reservation by calling 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536).

Personal Retreat rates are per day and per person unless otherwise noted. Rates include accommodations, three meals per day, breakfast and lunch on departure, and access to all Esalen amenities. They do not include accommodation tax.

Personal Retreat Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel more than seven days before your Personal Retreat, a $75 processing fee will be charged for each cancellation (per person) and the remaining balance will be refunded.

If you cancel with less than 7 days notice, you will forfeit the price of one night's lodging (per person).

Click here for directions to Esalen.

Personal Retreats at Esalen--Description and Prices

Directions to Esalen

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Rideshare

As a service to our community and visitors, we offer an online ride-sharing/ride matching service with Zimride. Click here to post or find a ride to Esalen from anywhere in the continental U.S.

Van Service

On Fridays and Sundays we have van service from the Monterey Airport at 4 p.m. and from the Monterey Transit Plaza (corner of Pearl and Alvarado, next to Ordway Drug) at approximately 4:20 p.m.

If you plan to use this service, please inform the Esalen office at least 24 hours prior to your arrival. The $65 one-way fee (subject to change) is payable to the Esalen office when you check in.

Return reservations may be made during your stay. The only departing van service from Esalen is on Fridays and Sundays, leaving between 5:30-6:00 pm and generally arriving in Monterey between 7:00-7:30 pm. If you plan to use this departure service, please make sure that your reservations departing Monterey are after 8 p.m.

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