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Workshops with CE Credits for Massage

Connection through Touch: Esalen® Massage for Couples

Apr 05 - 07, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Char Pias & Oliver Bailey

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 flourishing sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.

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Weekend Esalen Massage® Intensive

Apr 05 - 07, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Rob Wilks & Jessica Fagan

This weekend workshop 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.

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Esalen Massage® Teacher Training Module Two

Apr 07 - 19, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Perry Holloman & Peggy Horan

Today, Esalen Massage is practiced internationally and renowned for its long, flowing strokes inspired by the ocean waves audible from the Esalen baths. Now for the first time, we’re offering a comprehensive teacher training program in Esalen’s unique form of massage. If you love massage, bodywork, and the healing arts, and you’re practicing Esalen Massage, we invite you to become part of a growing community of leading-edge teachers aligned with Esalen’s missio n to help facilitate individual and collective transformation.

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Current Trends in Esalen Massage® and Bodywork

Apr 19 - 21, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Ellen Watson & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork. During the weekend, attention will be focused on various ways to accomplish the following:
- Sensitively and comfortably work at deep levels
- Utilize both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness
- Develop a deeper understanding of the terms listening, balance, and integration

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

Apr 19 - 21, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you 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.

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Yoga Nidra Immersion: Become the Master of Your Life and Enter the No-stress Zone

Apr 21 - 26, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Kamini Desai & John Vosler

Are you burned out, tired, or in transition? What if you had a way to manage your habits, thoughts, and emotions – rather than serving them? What if change doesn’t just happen while you are awake? Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation practice that helps you reach profound states of relaxation and initiate unprecedented life-shifts from beyond the doing and thinking mind.

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A Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

May 03 - 05, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Jessica Fagan & Char Pias

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to up-level their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

May 05 - 10, 2019 Begins in 2 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.

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Introduction to Esalen Massage®: The Art of Healing Touch

May 17 - 19, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Paméla Espinoza & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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 weekend, 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 muscle groups of the body.

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Esalen Massage® Intensive

May 26 - 31, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

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.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Opening the Chest, Freeing the Breath and Healing the Neck

Jun 02 - 07, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. As we open the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, “stuck” energy in the form of shortened, hardened tissue is mobilized, making this energy available to support us in the process of healing.

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

Jun 07 - 09, 2019 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.

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Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

Jun 09 - 14, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with John Gissell

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy. From the rich knowledge of Oriental medicine, you can draw connections between the craniosacral system and organs, emotions, sounds, colors, tastes, and much more. This dynamic workshop also offers options in verbal dialoguing to enhance energy flow. Before participating in this course, students must complete Upledger's CranioSacral 1 and 2, either at Esalen or elsewhere.

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Energy Massage and Energy Work

Jun 30 - Jul 05, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

Each of us walks around in our own energetic halo. Our energetic fields incline toward and veer away from each other, as we get closer. When two people touch, an energetic exchange begins to build. This energetic field is the heart and soul of Esalen Massage®. Dean and Brita have taught the basics of massage around the world; this class promises a new dimension, with a heightened focus on energy and the nervous system.

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

Jul 07 - 12, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

This seminar for advanced-level healing arts practitioners focuses on giving a full-body massage and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole. Learn how to apply deep work on both sides of the body while maintaining the flowing, integrative quality which is the signature of Esalen Massage.

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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Jul 12 - 14, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop presents essential tools and information including the long, integrating 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 basis for learning massage.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 04 - 09, 2019 Begins in 5 months
with Susan Steiner

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.

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Advanced Esalen Massage® with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Aug 09 - 11, 2019 Begins in 5 months
with Jessica Fagan & Paméla Espinoza

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the neck. Imbalances and chronic tension around the scapulae, neck and shoulder are frequently caused by misaligned habitual movement patterns. These holding patterns result in kyphosis, elevated/retracted shoulders or a depressed chest, all of which affect one’s ability to breathe fully, supporting habits of fear and anxiety.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Aug 18 - 23, 2019 Begins in 5 months
with Suzanne Scurlock

In today’s world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive with the daily demands being presented to us. Do you love feeling grounded and mindfully aware? Would you like to experience more resilience under stress and access your creativity and joy to your deepest potential?

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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Suzanne Scurlock

As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems. That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Sep 08 - 15, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart and spirit through the powerful movement, sound and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to journey inward with deep nourishment and recharge with renewed energy, clarity and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment and lasting joy.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Sep 22 - 27, 2019 Begins in 7 months
with Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.

It is critically important to periodically meet with like-minded people and to openly, freely and safely discuss problems, insights and successes of your work — in this case, the leading-edge therapy of balancing energy and structure.

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Upledger Institute International’s CranioSacral Therapy Level One Intensive: Presence, Palpation and Protocol

Sep 29 - Oct 27, 2019 Begins in 7 months
with Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) utilizes very gentle touch to assess and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system — the membranes and fluids protecting the brain and spinal cord. CST is a powerful hands-on modality that addresses numerous sensory, motor and intellectual challenges; central nervous system disorders; and chronic pain. Participants will be taught detailed anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, its functions in health and its relationship to disease.

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Esalen Massage® for Couples

Oct 04 - 06, 2019 Begins in 7 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Peggy Horan

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful 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.

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The Upledger Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 27 - Nov 01, 2019 Begins in 8 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity.

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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 8 months
with Char Pias & Robin Fann-Costanzo

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 muscle groups of the body.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: The Psoas, Deep Visceral Work and Healing Knees

Dec 15 - 20, 2019 Begins in 9 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.

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Deep Bodywork®

Dec 22 - Jan 19, 2020 Begins in 10 months
with Rob Wilks, with Paul Wehrman and Lori A Lewis

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.

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