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Workshops with CE Credits for Massage

Streams of Energy

Oct 21 - Nov 18, 2018 Begins in 1 month
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. Jim uses various meditations, self-massage, and improv games 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. Students will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others.

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Esalen Massage® Teacher Training Module One

Oct 21 - Nov 02, 2018 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 mission to help facilitate individual and collective transformation.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2

Oct 21 - 26, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Lisa Desrochers

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to SomatoEmotional Release will also be presented.
The prerequisite for this course is Upledger Institute's CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 1 month
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. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Lymphatic Balancing for the Total Body

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Kerry D'Ambrogio

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lymphedema, and apply them to the orthopedic patient. LB is be used to treat excess fluid or swelling, fluid stagnation or lymphedema in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle, and foot).

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Nov 16 - 18, 2018 Begins in 1 month
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.

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Deeper Ground: Hands On for the Pelvic Core

Dec 02 - 07, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Tom Myers

During this workshop designed for licensed manual therapists, you’ll have the opportunity to learn deep treatment options for the pelvis. A student of Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais, Tom Myers will help you more deeply understand and apply yourself to the psoas, pelvic floor, adductors, and deep gluteus muscles in order to shake loose the holding patterns that keep our clients and ourselves from experiencing full, flowing energy in walking, digestion, and even sex. Over these five days, the group will explore anatomy and deep skills for the pelvic core.

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Deep Bodywork®

Dec 16 - Jan 13, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Rob Wilks

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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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 21 - 28, 2018 Begins in 3 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 take a vacation for yourself, 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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Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Jan 06 - 11, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Raoul Goldberg with Dana-Lee Smirin

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.

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Esalen Massage® and the Art of Continuous Presence

Jan 27 - Feb 01, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Nora Matten & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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.

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Specialized Esalen Massage®

Feb 03 - 08, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Robin Fann-Costanzo & Brita Ostrom

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.

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250-hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Feb 08 - Mar 22, 2019 Begins in 4 months

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.

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Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness and Vitality with NeuroMovement®

Feb 15 - 17, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Anat Baniel

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.

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Deep Bodywork® and Cortical Field Re-Education: Working with Difficult Cases

Feb 17 - 22, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Perry Holloman, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

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.

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Connection through Touch: Esalen® Massage for Couples

Apr 05 - 07, 2019 Begins in 6 months
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 6 months
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 6 months
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 mission to help facilitate individual and collective transformation.

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Current Trends in Esalen Massage® and Bodywork

Apr 19 - 21, 2019 Begins in 7 months
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:
• Learn how to embody your work as a life practice
• Work with clients at a deeper level by utilizing enhanced sensibilities
• 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 7 months
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 7 months
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 7 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 7 months
with Upledger Institute Faculty

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 7 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 8 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

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.

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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 8 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 8 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 8 months

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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