Upcoming Massage Workshops

Deep Bodywork and Healing Trauma: Working with Difficult Cases

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep Bodywork is a unique modality for healing the effects of trauma within the human organism. Because trauma lives not just in the physical tissues, but in the mind through memory, in the emotional realm through feeling, and in the soul as impression, practitioners must learn to deal with it on multiple levels in order to help heal its often intractable symptoms.


Esalen® Massage for Couples

Dec 11 - 13, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Deborah Anne Medow & Oliver Bailey

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful holiday gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen Massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension, and deepening nonverbal communication skills. The workshop focuses on how to pay attention with heart and hands, ask for what you need, and take the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner.


The Art of Essential Touch: Classical Esalen® Massage

Dec 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

The healing art form of Esalen Massage has become a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch. Created more than forty years ago at the Esalen baths, to the rhythms of the mighty Pacific Ocean, our practice remains timeless as it continues to evolve.


Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Dec 20 - Jan 17, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow.


Advanced Bodywork: Touching the Core

Jan 03 - 10, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

In this massage-intensive workshop, we will focus on the abdominal and pelvic regions of the body, addressing both energetic and structural dynamics. Often the abdomen is treated superficially, when in fact it is our center, our core, and the place of digestion and assimilation of all life experiences. The pelvic region is the "cradle," or seat of power, the bridge between the upper body and the legs. The psoas muscles, considered the fight/flight muscles of the human species, span this bridge.


5Rhythms®: Moving Meditation

Jan 10 - 15, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Lucia Horan

In order to find peace in the chaos of life, one must turn inwards. The body is the key to unlocking inner freedom and liberation. The 5Rhythms moving meditation teaches mindful awareness of the body. During this workshop, you will be taught how to track energy as it moves through the body and mind. This tricking can expand your capacity to sustain present-time awareness. By learning this skill, you’ll have a method to take home with you and practice in your daily life. Inspiration and healing can be cultivated as one surrenders to what is.


Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork in Esalen® Massage

Jan 31 - Feb 05, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders. “In this seminar, we will focus on giving a full body massage, and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole. We will show you how to apply deep work on both sides of the body while maintaining the flowing, integrative quality which is the signature of Esalen Massage.


The Art of Esalen® Massage

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This weekend offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.


The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Feb 19 - 21, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Stephen Sideroff

Our stress and its symptoms are maintained unconsciously as a distraction from emotional issues and harmful thinking. By addressing these issues, the body can let go, thereby improving physical health and enhancing performance and the ability feel joy.


Practicing Presence through Body-Centered Awareness

Feb 21 - 26, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Patrice Hamilton

Our bodies are our greatest resource and provide a direct path for exploring our unconscious, limiting beliefs, and the emotions tied to them. The issues are in the tissues. By increasing awareness of our bodies, we connect with the here-and-now, where change and growth are possible. Habitual beliefs and behaviors formed early in life lead to habitual ways of responding that limit life experience. When we learn to recognize the ways we have organized ourselves around these beliefs, we can discover that there are other choices available.


The Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

Mar 04 - 06, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Harvey Deutch

We live in a culture that extols constant productivity. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a breakneck pace in order to meet the day's demands. Is it any wonder that we have distanced ourselves from the body's signals of discomfort? Such signals may be a particular chronic ache or perhaps a more abstract sensation of overall stiffness. This path leads to decreased energy and an inability to embrace each day with optimal vitality.


An Introduction to Rolf Structural Integration

Mar 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Edward Maupin

This workshop is an introduction to the principles of Rolf Structural Integration, especially designed for body-therapy and health professionals. Strongly influenced by his research in Zen Buddhism, Ed Maupin considers the Rolf Method a meditation on physical presence as well as a physical therapy. This approach, based on forty years of Rolfing practice, strongly emphasizes movement, balance in gravity, and receptive touch. The workshop will combine regular movement classes with hands-on instruction in the first three sessions of Ida Rolf's original ten-session series.


The Yi Quan Qigong Intensive: Develop Health, Balance and Inner Strength

Mar 13 - 18, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Kenneth Cohen

Do you ever wonder why, despite the miracles of modern medicine, more than 2.5 million Americans practice ancient healing exercises from China? Qigong is one of the world’s most popular and best-researched methods to improve health and vitality. Regular practice makes the mind tranquil, reduces stress, and deepens your connection with nature.


Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies. This workshop uses embodiment practices, embodied meditation practice, embodied speech, embodied listening, and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. Susan Aposhyan developed these practices in the context of Body-Mind psychotherapy.


An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long, flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection, and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscles groups of the body.


The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Mar 25 - 27, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Sam Berne

Today, the fear of losing our eyesight is escalating because of an increase in many deteriorating visual conditions. Current allopathic medical approaches offer little hope. In this workshop, you will be taught The Berne Method®, an evidenced-based system designed to reconnect us to the most important sense organ we have: our eyes.
Sam Berne has spent more than twenty-five years developing his method, which teaches that neuroplasticity exists within us. Topics include:
· Primordial movements that relax the reptilian response that is so ingrained in how we use our eyes


Esalen® Massage: Accessing the Back Body from the Front

Mar 27 - Apr 01, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

This workshop is ideal for practitioners who would like to learn how to apply the principles of Esalen Massage while keeping the client in the supine position throughout the session. At times, we encounter clients who are unable to lie in a prone position (on the stomach), due to personal preference or illness, yet we still want to be able to touch and work with the whole body.


Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Apr 01 - 03, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Pawan Bareja

Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way. Traumatic responses, especially from old painful unresolved experiences, are embedded in our body and in our behavior, and have the ability to blindside us and sabotage our happiness. These responses often produce stress that no longer serves us in our present day-to-day life. Is it possible to recognize the traumatic responses in your body? How can you recognize the non-verbal traumatic responses in your reptilian brain?


Esalen® Massage and the Art of Continuous Presence

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of meditation can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.


Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Apr 08 - 10, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, and our nervous system soothed in connection with another. When we receive a massage we remember an easier time and "come home."


Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Apr 10 - 15, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.


5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Apr 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Lucia Horan

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. - Gabrielle Roth
The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. The Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. In this practice we embody the art of being a fluid emotional athlete. This map teaches us how to navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on, or pushing away.


5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss, and the Body in Motion

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? We all experience loss, but we don’t always know how to grieve. How do you grieve, process your losses, and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways of expressing these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business.


Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: An Introduction to the Psoas, Deep Visceral Work™ and Healing Knees

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art. Each seminar has a specific focus in terms of the physical structures touched and their related functions. An overall emphasis is placed on how to integrate this work into the format of a flowing massage.


Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us.


Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

May 01 - 06, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Laurie Cahoon & Paul Sibcy

Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself? From your body’s internal promptings, your heart’s intelligence, your mind’s clearest insight, and even your own soul’s wisdom? Would you like to get all of yourself together in an integrated way? Process Acupressure teaches you how to gain a holistic perspective on your life directions and general health. And it teaches the skills of how to uncover the wise guidance that lies at your own unique center.


Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.


An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Carl Swanson & Nora Matten

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen massage. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.


Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

This workshop is designed for loving partners who wish to bring the nurturing practice of massage into their daily lives and spend a special weekend together cradled in the beauty and intensity of the Big Sur coast. It is also for couples who want to deepen already existing skills and for those who want to create more time in their lives for healing and intimacy.


Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Eleanor Criswell Hanna

Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves.


IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 29 - Jun 03, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Melinda Naye

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.


New Self, New World: A Healing Embodiment of Consciousness

Jun 05 - 10, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Philip Shepherd

“Here’s a little-known fact: 8,000 years ago our ancestors experienced their thinking in the belly,” proposes Philip Shepherd. “They relied on that thinking because it allowed them to consciously ‘be,’ feeling the life of the world around them. As we became a culture of ‘doers’ who farmed, erected buildings, and rode horses, our center of thinking began to rise and change. When it migrated into the head, we turned away from the Mother of earthly abundance and gave our allegiance to male gods of the sky. Our evolving consciousness has arrived at the limit of that trajectory.


Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Roger Jahnke

Health, well-being, and longevity can be achieved through cultivating and mastering qi. Every style of qigong – including tai chi and yoga – shares a basis in essential principles. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to awaken and refine natural healing and intuitive abilities associated with the most mysterious and neglected aspect of being: the eternal nature, or universal self.


Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Jun 17 - 19, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch. Remaining aware of self while giving attention to another is a foundational practice for all sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.


Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Judith Orloff

Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes when we awaken it and trust its guidance in our personal and professional lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and NY Times best-selling author, shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness.


Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Sep 25 - Oct 23, 2016 Begins in 10 months
with Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow.


Work Study - Streams of Energy

Oct 23 - Nov 20, 2016 Begins in 11 months
with Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others.



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