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Esalen Massage Practitioners

Below is a list of regularly available Esalen massage practitioners. Their specialties can be experienced in pure form or in combination. At times, special invited guest practitioners are available.

Esalen® Massage, well-known for its long flowing strokes over the whole body, helps release the stresses of everyday life, leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed, in a natural state of well-being. Esalen practitioners are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences within the Esalen massage modality.

In addition to massage, we also offer alternative bodywork modalities in “Room 23,” including Cortical Field Reeducation, Craniosacral work, Feldenkrais, Rolfing and more. Click here for a complete listing of available alternative modalities.

For a listing of Esalen Massage practitioners worldwide, click here.

Alana Cain
My massage includes long interconnecting strokes that glide with the fluidity of a dance, to enter that rhythm where breathing ... heartbeat ... transcend, coinciding with the flow of the ocean, when all things become magic.

Benj Langdon
My massage, a meditation on presence, is intended to help you come closer to those effortless, flowing states associated with optimal performance, self-healing, and peak experience. It is inspired by my own model of expanding human functioning with essential elements drawn from Esalen Massage, Tai Chi, Gestalt, psychosynthesis, expressive movement, Ericksonian hypnosis, and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®.

Bodhi Kalayjian
Loving Kindness is the essence of Bodhicitta.  I bring heart energy, through touch and presence, to transform hidden and overt obscurations of the body and mind.  Using Esalen Massage, Deepbodywork, Lomi-Lomi and Craniosacral therapies as balancing elements of a session, I bring an exploratory, meditative and joyful attitude to the table.

Brita Ostrom
I use movement within the context of a flowing, relaxing massage to reach within the body and release old habitual patterns. I direct my attention toward a feeling of real peace and acceptance, of organic wholeness, of balance. I vary the pressure to release tense areas and to make connections towards aware, tension-free living. I also use my Gestalt awareness training for integrative sessions combining body awareness with psychological process when workspace allows for sound and talk. I am a licensed MFCC.

Candice Isphording
I listen to the needs of your body with inquisitive hands, an open heart, and pure presence. Your breath and heartbeat, along with the rhythm of the ocean waves, guide me in a sacred dance of touch. With a blend of nurturing integrative long strokes and gentle stretching, you will more easily welcome slow therapeutic work. Through my touch, you have the opportunity to awaken to your breath and your own healing power, feeling more spacious, unified, relaxed, and expansive.

Carl Swanson
By listening to your needs with my hands and my heart, as well as my ears, I create a session that is unique for you, supporting and guiding you towards deep relaxation and healing. My classic Esalen massage session is a slow dance that blends long flowing strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, and precise deeper muscular tissue work. Sessions may also draw from my study/practice of Thai Massage, Reflexology, Yoga, and Reiki.

Char Pias
I’ve been a bodyworker at Esalen since 1980. Utilizing a wide range of skills and working with body/mind/spirit, I address your particular needs. I’ve been described as using “ a gentle strength.” My specialty is facilitating the release of energetic blocks and deep chronic tension. As a senior practitioner, my main focus is teaching; Esalen Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Komyo Reiki. I am also a Chopra Center Raja Yoga Teacher and a Tai Chi Easy Leader.

Chloe Spellman
During a massage session, my intention is to create a nurturing, relaxing, and therapeutic experience where people can become receptive to the healing energy within themselves. I have studied a variety of modalities including Esalen, Thai, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Prenatal, and Hendrickson Method orthopedic massage. I am also a certified yoga teacher. I believe the practice of both yoga and massage complement one another to help people find expanded presence and opening in their bodies.

Christiane Weltch
In my massage, I focus on relaxation and well-being through the use of deep nurturing contact, presence and flowing movement. I combine gentle stretches with long integrative strokes, elements of Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Thai Massage to assist my client in opening energy pathways, increasing body awareness and letting go of holding patterns.

Coco Yellin
Through my bodywork, I offer compassionate presence and deep listening. My intention is to facilitate deep relaxation, expansion and release, through flowing Esalen long strokes, sensitive detailed work, and gentle lengthening stretches. I create a space of safety and support, allowing you to trust the natural wisdom of your body and it's incredible capability to heal. I also bring to the table a background in dance, yoga and movement.

Daniela (Dani) Urbassek
I see massage as a way to remind the body of its full potential to move more freely. My intention is to support an ever-increasing awareness of the whole body, creating space for the release of tensions and unnecessary holding patterns. I use a wide spectrum of modalities from deep muscular work, joint mobilization, and elongating stretches to energy work and fine-tuning. By utilizing a strong foundation in Esalen Massage, I include elements of Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Craniosacral work to bring progressive relaxation and wholeness.

Daphne Johnson
Work is love made visible.   – Kahlil Gibran
During our session, I trust your body to guide me, and gradually, through my touch and quiet presence, you can become more aware of your innate ability to heal. Full body Esalen long strokes, gentle stretches, exploration of movement, and detail work provide a relaxing experience, allowing your body to soften, move, and breathe. My work is described as slow, nurturing, intuitive, and therapeutic; my intention is to accept you exactly as you are… and to be fully present with you, as I share my loving touch.

Deborah Anne Medow
A practitioner at Esalen since the late 1960’s, I combine long lengthening strokes and slow, more focused work, along with elements of Esalen® massage, soft tissue work, quiet chanting, Craniosacral work, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, and integrative bodywork. All are designed to balance the body energies, enabling the client to release chronic tension and stress patterns, restoring fluidity of movement, and allowing the body, mind, and spirit to feel free and rested in their natural harmonious state. A certified nutrition educator and yoga instructor, I am also available to teach private massage, nutrition education, and yoga lessons.

Donia Robinson
In my hands, you feel the benefits of slowing down, diving deep, and allowing your body's wisdom to heal you. Easing into the connection your body loves, I work with multiple massage techniques to release tension, gentle stretching to restore balance, and the power of compassionate presence to improve your total well being—mind, body and spirit. My skills have developed through a decade of teaching Yoga, studying quantum physics, working with triathletes and bringing Esalen Massage to California’s most luxurious resorts. I am comfortable working with beginners, experienced receivers, and those simply wanting to relax, de-stress, and feel better.

Elyse D’Angelo
My massage is deeply nurturing, combining long integrating Esalen strokes with deeper trigger point release, energy work, and loving kindness … creating space, relaxation, and release.

Erlinda Hiscock
As a nurturing and eclectic bodyworker, I have studied a variety of modalities including Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Energetic, Craniosacral, and Lymphatic Drainage. A long-time Big Sur artist, I feel my passion as a painter both complements and supports my intuitive approach and sense of touch.

Heather Elizabeth James
As a dancer, percussionist and bodyworker, my style is fluid, rhythmic, and heart-centered. I draw upon an eclectic blend of modalities, which include Esalen®, Craniosacral, Acupressure, Reflexology and La Stone therapy. I invite the dance of energy between giver and receiver to evoke a unique session that magically unfolds just for you. Let the warmth and experience of my hands address your specific needs and nurture you into bliss.

Jasmine Horan
Born and raised at Esalen, to bodyworker parents, I became certified in Esalen massage at a young age and have practiced massage for almost 20 years. I have been an ongoing apprentice in spiritual massage and incorporate subtle energy clearing in my sessions. I offer classical Esalen massage style, inviting your mind, body and spirit to align and balance with gentle, nurturing presence of touch.

Jem Babcock
My massage is a moving meditation, a practice of presence and awareness. With cultivated sensitivity in my hands, I love the challenge of tailoring my touch to each individual I massage. My personal practices of yoga and dance have taught me the value of incorporating movement and gentle stretching into my massage, bringing balance, spaciousness and support to my clients. I am truly honored to share the gift of loving touch.

Jenny Pareno
As an avid tri-athlete, my love for peak performance is reflected in my work. I pay attention to chronic tension and pain, by providing a journey of relaxation and release, with smooth transitions from deeper bodywork to the flowing, integrating long strokes characteristic of a nurturing Esalen massage.

Jess Cooper
As the sound of the waves encourages a feeling of deep relaxation, I sense into the areas of your body that need healing and relief from the everyday stresses of life. I hold space with you, allowing your tissue to unwind and your body to access its deep natural somatic wisdom. Having been trained in Hanna Somatics and Somato Emotional Release, and participated in extensive dance performances and yoga practices, I use my educated touch to help you become more aware of yourself: body, mind, and spirit, the essence of Esalen® massage.

Johanna (Harmony) Alsen
In my massage, I intuitively connect gentle deep contact with long integrative strokes of Esalen® massage. My experience with Zero Balancing®, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Thai yoga massage, Craniosacral, and energy work informs my sessions. Inspired by the waves of the ocean, within the framework of your own needs, we create a symphony of loving intention, varied strokes, opening stretches, and breath-work. This supports free energy flow, inviting a sense of deep relaxation and integration.

Kelly McKay
I give a nurturing massage, using flowing strokes and gentle stretches. I apply pressure in a sensitive way, creating a safe environment to release blocks within the body. My work intuitively encourages fuller breathing, allowing for deeper relaxation, restored vitality, and reduction of tension. Upon request, I also integrate Reiki and Craniosacral work.

Laura Zarcone
I am very grateful for the gift of connecting with people and helping them to heal themselves. I love my work. With over fourteen years of experience, I have studied Esalen style massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Swedish, and currently, I am studying Craniosacral work. The massage I offer is a balance of stretching, fluid long strokes, and energy work. I also bring my background in Continuum and Sensory Awareness to the table ... Peace.

Lindsay Scott
As a Holistic Health Practitioner from San Diego, California with experience in both medical and luxury spa settings, I bring a unique mixture of therapy and pampering to my massage. I use a combination of many different styles and techniques, including Esalen® Massage, Tui Na, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai, Biodynamic Craniosacral and Reflexology. The result is a relaxing and restorative treatment that also addresses specific issues or/or chronic pain. As a compassionate therapist, in each and every session, my goal is to understand your needs and help you achieve balance, by gently guiding change and reconnection of your mind, body, and spirit.

Lioness Parizek
I combine nurturing massage, reflexology and stretches. I use pressure points and encourage deep release while aligning the structure and balancing the body’s energetic field. I work with body, mind and breath, and like to engage you in an exploration of your health potential. My work consciously tracks and releases blocked energy and balances the nervous system. I am a registered nurse and a long-time member of the Esalen teaching staff.

Malachi Stone
I am a student of the waves, an avid surfer. The flow of my bodywork matches the mesmerizing waves and flow of the ocean, contributing to the deeply relaxing, restful, and calming effects of your session with me. Incorporating Thai massage, Shiatsu, and deep bodywork into my Esalen massage allows me to work at the depth appropriate for you, helping you become more grounded and in touch with your own body.

Margaret Stevens
I give a relaxing Esalen massage using a depth of pressure ranging from gentle to firm. With thirty years on the Esalen Massage Crew, I have studied Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Zero-balancing, and foot reflexology. I enjoy the practice of yoga, dance, drawing, and singing as well as the art of massage.

Oliver R. Bailey
A massage practitioner and teacher of Esalen® massage for over 25 years, my massage incorporates a skillful blend of various types of bodywork, including elements of Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Acupressure, Craniosacral work, Reconnective Healing, and Esalen® massage. I can do deep massage, lighter energetic work, or somewhere in between. I enjoy working with chronic neck and low back problems, as well as working with those who want to relax, de-stress, and recharge.

Paméla Espinoza
Aloha! My intention during our massage experience is to balance, clear, and nourish the currents of life flowing through the meridians and spiral patterns of the body. Like a flower unfolding, we blossom within an inter-connective shimmering wholeness. My original training was in Hawaii. Lomi lomi, Craniosacral, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Shiatsu, Chinese Medical Qi-gong, Esalen Massage, Swedish sports massage, and deep tissue Myofascial release are the forms I find useful for this journey. I am also available for focused Craniosacral sessions in Room 23.

Peggy Horan
My classic Esalen® massage is given in a field of comfort and support, using stretches and deep muscle work to bring healing and relaxation to the client. I have been practicing and teaching Esalen massage for four decades and have written a massage book, Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book.

Peter Burke
My extensive studies in Somatic Experiencing and the Feldenkrais method strongly influence the Esalen massage that flows through my hands. Whether your body calls for a more sensitive, integrating massage or a slightly deeper touch, I seek to meet you where you are. I work with presence through touch to bring more subtle levels of the nervous system into awareness.

Rita Thangaraj
Since 1970, the pursuit of understanding the physical/emotional body has been my passion. There are many wonderful hands-on techniques that help release, balance, and enhance the comfort and health of our bodies. Although I have accomplished and taught many of these modalities since 1970, I feel the Classical Esalen Massage is the most beautifully integrative. So, I am here to create an Esalen massage experience that is personal to your needs in de-stressing from your active, and perhaps pressure-filled life. I look forward to doing this magical dance of touch with you.

Rob Wilks
My intention is to work with you and be present to your needs; I listen and then respond to the messages naturally given by your body, creating an experience of nurturing, deep relaxation, expansion, and release. I use integrating Esalen long strokes, combined with sensitive detailed work, deep tissue work, lengthening stretches, and gentle twists.

Sabina Loetscher
For me, massage is a silent body conversation with the client. While listening to my intuition, I explore dynamic Breema moves and the stillness of Craniosacral work. I love to nurture and use the rhythms of breath to complete the circle of body, soul, mind, and spirit.

Seema Christie
Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred. – Hafiz
By touching gently with a nurturing style, what is called forth is relaxing and rejuvenating; a beauty is uncovered in each person I touch. I offer you a strong base in energetic healing, yoga, Esalen slow long strokes, gentle holding, and intuitive touch. I am trained in Therapeutic hatha yoga, Craniosacral, Reiki, Spiritual massage, and have extensively studied Esalen massage. The intention in my hands is one of compassion, creating a sacred healing massage.

Shae Cameron
By integrating sensory awareness into my Esalen massage, I create a space where deep relaxation and healing can naturally occur. I also provide a unique combination of Esalen Massage, Reiki, Craniosacral work, and Swedish Massage, integrating long flowing strokes, soft tissue manipulation, and energetic connection, facilitating a deep merging of body/mind/spirit.

Silvia Guersenzvaig
My specialty is accessing the neuro-skeletal structure of the body, which translates into a feeling of being contacted deeply. I use an array of techniques, including Esalen massage, Craniosacral and Intuitive healing, creating a unique type of bodywork. My discoveries in the field of Continuum movement led me to the creation of "BodyResonance," a form of drumming and still-point contact on bone structures, releasing deeper holding patterns, targeting areas such as the neck, back and shoulders, while promoting a deep state of balance and relaxation. I am also a practitioner and teacher of Transformational Kinesiology and an astrologer for over thirty years.

Tara Hillman
Following your breath allows me to adapt to your body's needs. Through gentle, long, continuous Esalen strokes and stretches, my intention is to assist you in moving into a deep space of relaxation where body, mind and heart can find congruency and healing. My touch is frequently described as delicate and nurturing, with a gentle fluidity that mimics a dance.

Thomas Attila Vaas
Since the mid-seventies, I have worked on the Esalen Massage Staff, developing “Balance in Motion”™, an evolved form of Esalen Massage. I incorporate techniques of long flowing strokes, sensitive harmonious rhythmic movement, and soft supported stretching, blended with Polarity Therapy, Acupressure and Cranial work, with special emphasis on feet, hands, lower back, shoulders, and neck. My intuitive touch encourages a sense of peacefulness and wholeness within the body, mind, spirit, and soul.

Tom Case
Using pressure points and the integrative Esalen style massage I work deeply into areas of tension, lengthening and opening. I balance this work with gentle nurturing strokes to promote relaxation and include stretching and joint manipulation to promote greater mobility.

Tracie Tilson-Welch
Trained as an Esalen practitioner since 1991, it is my honor to serve as a channel between the sacred spirit of the Big Sur Coast and the dance of intimacy in Esalen bodywork. My primary focus is to establish safety and complete trust. Drawing from Spirit, my intention is to soothe your body, mind into total relaxation through intuitive touch.

Vicki Topp
My massage is supportive, nurturing, and a form of meditation. I work on multi-dimensional levels, integrating deep structural spiralic movements with a soft and sensitive use of pressure point, deep tissue work, and somatic balancing. I am a registered Movement Therapist, a practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, and a founding member of the Esalen Massage School.

Wesley Foreman
A practitioner for the past 8 years, I use long flowing strokes and Reiki energy work to calm & prepare you for the deeper pressure and detailed work that helps release tension from tight places in your body. I have been active in sports for much of my life, and when appropriate, I also enjoy incorporating elements of sports massage into your massage session. My massage is nurturing and deep; my goal is to help you relax and let go of the everyday stresses and tensions of life.

Yoko (Kayo) T. Streeter
I provide deeply nurturing massage that invites the receiver to relax and release. With a grounded presence that is as reassuring as the waves, I meet each session. I am fluent in English and Japanese.

Guest Practitioners

Ann Mehling
I like to give a complete and thorough massage giving attention to every part of the body to obtain a sense of wholeness and completeness in the dimensions of body, soul, and spirit. My massage integrates various techniques (such as Deep Tissue, Trager, Trigger Point, energy, classical) into one continuous flow. My hands are, for me, the medium with which I can convey unconditional acceptance, loving attention, healing touch, and presence.

Ardell Hill
As an experienced massage therapist, I have built a resonance with bodywork; Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Craniosacral, and LaStone™, blended with Esalen massage. My intention is to help you recognize and release tension held in your body. I use muscle manipulation, stretches and breath work to assist you in your massage experience.

Bella Mansol
Through Esalen long strokes, detailed tissue work, and gentle stretches, I help my clients relax, feel their body in a different way, and connect with deeper layers within themselves. By dropping into their own healing connected space, clients can experience themselves in a more whole and integrated way.

Daniel Muñoz
You and I will dance through fluid movements with caring and loving energy. I listen and respond, bringing my full-hearted presence to the table. Through influences of Trager, Watsu, and Thai massage, my phenomenal touch allows the sacred spirit to free you to become your unique truth.

Dean Marson
My massage style incorporates passive movement to bring flexibility to the spine and joints, and gentle, effective muscle work to address specific problem areas. Long flowing strokes add a sense of integrated wholeness to your body; energy balancing leaves you resting in a place of deep relaxation and peace. My special interest is in helping people develop and refine their abilities to care for and heal their own bodies.

Ellen Watson
I have studied, practiced and taught massage and movement at Esalen since 1984. My massage style reflects my love of movement, singing and chanting, essential oils, spiritual healing, music, breathwork, and the natural sensuousness of the human body. While developing my own style, The Art of Essential Touch, I received over 1,000 professional sessions with bodyworkers, healers, ministers, movement artists, breathworkers, shamans and gurus. In creating the best session for each client, I call on all my experiences as both giver and receiver. My wish for you is to end our session deeply relaxed, refreshed, and in closer touch with your essential well-being.

Jem Babcock
My massage is a moving meditation, a practice of presence and awareness. With cultivated sensitivity in my hands, I love the challenge of tailoring my touch to each individual I massage. My personal practices of yoga and dance have taught me the value of incorporating movement and gentle stretching into my massage, bringing balance, spaciousness and support to my clients. I am truly honored to share the gift of loving touch.

Jessica Fagan
A massage practitioner since 1994, I utilize the therapeutic principles of Eastern and Western modalities, Deep Tissue/Structural Integration, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Tui Na, and Thai Massage to address injury and the source of holding patterns unique to each individual. Range of motion, rhythmic rocking, stretching, and cradling encourage deep relaxation and a nurturing environment for the body to find it’s own equilibrium, thus, creating space in the body that allows increased ease, openness, and expansive awareness.

Jud Thomas Varner
I listen quietly to support unwinding and release, stimulating healing and spiritual renewal. My work is rooted in the classical Esalen massage with long flowing strokes, gentle stretches, and a strong quality of presence, along with elements of acupressure, energy work, and cranio-sacral.

Kathleen McCombie
Blending the nurturing long strokes of Esalen Massage and therapeutic detail work of Deep Tissue and Shiatsu, my massage leaves you feeling both deeply relaxed and physically integrated. My intention is to assist you in healing, by bringing your awareness to the ‘holding’ areas of your body, and working with your breath to allow tension to release. My long, flowing strokes remind the body of its interconnectedness, giving you the experience of feeling more unified, embodied, and whole. Breathe. Let Go. Unfold. Heal.

Kristie Jo Brogan
For fourteen years, the art of massage has been my medium. I bring to the table an integration of many modalities, from Deep tissue to Swedish to Energy work, including a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Each session is a unique individual experience tailored to your needs. Through my ability to listen with my hands, I am able to meet you at the exact right depth, allowing a comfortable and safe space for release.

Les May
Warm fingers of sunshine caress the forest floor. Evergreen branches sway in the breeze. Water flows gently, powerfully into curves, slowly softening hard places. Light dances beautifully across boulders resting in the stream. Redwoods stand strong and still, supporting supple limbs above, embracing earth below. My hands embody the qualities of the forest, flowing like water, rocking gently like wind, warming like sunshine, gradually moving deeper with exquisite gentleness and strength, channeling nature's energies to lovingly awaken the body. 森

Matt Lou
I bring over 15 years of bodywork experience to each session, along with strong hands, firm support, and careful perception. Utilizing classic Esalen® massage techniques to connect the whole body, creates the framework for the more detailed work of deep tissue release, joint mobilization, stretching, and whole body balancing.

Nora Matten
My massage is very loving and nurturing, yet deep. I work from my heart. My intention is to create a space of acceptance and safety in which change can happen through awareness… a dance of listening and responding, breath and movement, creating a sense of wholeness and well-being.

Perry Holloman
My work focuses on touching the deep structures of the body in an effort to release chronic tension and holding, often at the root of chronic pain. Releasing chronic tension and pain can result in an increase in the flow of vital energy. In my work, special attention is paid to supporting this process, if and when it occurs. An integral part of this process is freeing the breath, finding greater room and freedom to breathe.

Reynolds Paul Wehrman
With sensitivity and an open heart, I welcome the opportunity for contact through massage. My skills combine detailed deep tissue work with receptive, listening hands, and allow for an integrated experience on many levels.

Robin Fann
My background is in dance, yoga, and meditation, and my massage work is a continuation of these practices. I use my training in Esalen® Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Breema bodywork, as well as my intuition to create a dance that is unique and individual with each person. My intention in every session is to create a safe and supportive environment to evoke the innate wisdom and healing powers of each individual.

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