This course is designed for those already certified in the practice of massage who wish to add the Esalen approach to their professional repertoire. Esalen has been a place dedicated to supporting many approaches to integrate body, mind, and spirit, and Esalen Massage reflects this rich history in the depth of its curriculum. This program offers not only education in massage theory, method, and relevant anatomy and physiology, it also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of the Esalen approach: how to use simple human touch to support self-organization and healing within the whole person.
Through lecture, demonstration, and supervised hands-on practice, students will be taught massage as a holistic approach to optimal health and functioning. The course offers 100 hours of comprehensive Esalen Massage experience, including relevant anatomical/physiological explorations that link theory to practice. Students will have ample time for massaging one another, emphasizing body mechanics, self-care, and innovation. The curriculum includes centering skills, Esalen long-stroke methods effective in whole-body integration, draping, detailed structural work, passive joint movement and gentle stretches, and techniques that energetically balance a massage. Students will learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner, including education in difficult ethical situations that sometimes arise in massage practice. This Esalen massage certification training is open to massage practitioners certified by an accredited school.
Upon satisfactory course completion, a successful evaluation session, and documentation of thirty additional massages at your home site, an Esalen Institute-recognized Certificate of Completion for 100 hours will be issued. The certification fee is $115. Esalen is an approved school by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (school code 2700571). This is a professional training with limited admission. Please request an application form by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Esalen Reservations. Tuition is $3750 for standard shared accommodations and $2850 for a limited number of work scholarship bunk-bed accommodations. Other scholarship assistance may be available.
(An additional $20 materials fee is paid directly to the leader)