Ellen writes, "Esalen Massage is a healing art form that has been evolving over the past fifty years at the Esalen baths. Influenced by the rhythms of the Pacific Ocean, this form of touch engages all the senses and offers deep release and relaxation to both giver and receiver. This workshop invites participants to explore the world of essential touch through the gentle guidance of teachers who have many years of experience. We will offer the basic principles of our work: grounding and centering, moving from the core, quality of touch, and using breath to bridge the connection between giver and receiver. One of the key elements of this art form is tapping into the flowing, creative energy present in a living body and letting one's massage style emerge from that experience. We will include techniques, especially the Esalen signature moves, along with deeper work. We will also spend time in the Esalen baths, combining herbs from the Esalen garden with the hot mineral water to cleanse and tone body and spirit."
This retreat is open to beginners and experienced bodyworkers interested in learning new and creative approaches to massage. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients. Please bring your favorite music for movement and massage, and bring loose, comfortable clothing.
Recommended reading and viewing: Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart; Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses; Esalen Massage DVD; Watson: Wake-Up 101, The Art of Essential Touch DVDs.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for bodyworkers;