Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns can be great obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation. They can block our quest for self-determination, self-expression, and self-empowerment. When we restrict our life experience by staying in unhealthy thought and choice patterns, not only our lifestyle but also our health may be at risk. Some chronic illnesses may be influenced by long-term habituation to unhealthy life patterns, and many kinds of addictions are a direct consequence of chronic wanting and the desperate search for gratification.
Workshops with CE Credits for Massage
Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a life practice in presence and mindfulness, and an integral healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of moving with presence 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.
This workshop presents the specialized moves and strokes of Esalen Massage — from the intentional, long, integrating strokes to the gentle rotations/twists, to the more defined, detailed moves that are essential to the Esalen Massage practice — with an emphasis on the pelvic floor, torso, abdomen, and lower back. The instruction will take place through plenty of demonstrations, movement exercises, and hands-on class time.
This 250-hour massage certification course is designed for those who plan to professionally practice massage, or to combine Esalen Massage skills with another body-mind discipline. It will provide an in-depth experience of bodywork as an aspect of transpersonal growth, reflecting the rich history of the Esalen approach: an interweaving of disciplines focused on the integration of body, mind and spirit.
Would you like to be mobile, agile, strong, and full of vitality? Do aches and pains hold you back? Are you struggling to recover from injury? Do you feel you’re getting old or stuck in a rut? Is it possible to heal and enjoy well-being, and perhaps even to reverse deterioration that comes with age?
The answer is a resounding yes — when we shift our focus to the workings of our brain.
Deep Bodywork and Cortical Field Re-education (CFR) share the common goal of reconnecting our clients’ central nervous systems to our physical tissues in order to effect healing within the human bodymind. Although these two approaches appear different, they work powerfully together in solving chronic pain and movement dysfunction in cases requiring a broader approach.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.