The healing art form of Esalen Massage is a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch. Created more than forty years ago at the Esalen baths, to the rhythms of the Pacific Ocean, this practice remains timeless as it continues to evolve.
What exactly is classical Esalen Massage? Ellen Watson and Peggy Horan invite you to come and discover for yourself the elements that are essential to our approach. Slow, slower, and slowest are the pace and flowing stillness best describes how we move around the table. Our art form, guided by ours and our client’s breaths, includes timely pauses for integration. Classical Esalen Massage is said to elicit the relaxation response of the para-sympathetic nervous system. Once engaged, this branch of our nervous system takes us from fight/flight to a state of relative peace and well-being.
During our week together, we’ll practice at the Esalen baths, and experience a salt scrub and herbal bath. We also will spend a few hours in the Esalen garden gathering herbs for our bath, an experience that educates and delights both novice and seasoned gardeners.
All levels of experience are welcome. Bring loose comfortable clothing, and a couple of sarongs, if you have them. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.
Recommended reading and viewing: Horan, Connecting Through Touch; Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses; Bensen, The Relaxation Response, The Relaxation Revolution; Esalen Massage DVD; Watson, The Art of Essential Touch, DVDs I and II.