has led massage and somatic workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 40 years. She is a founding member of the Esalen Massage School, practices Gestalt awareness work, and participated in Esalen’s two-year somatic education program. She is also a licensed psychotherapist.
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. Learn how to quietly tune inward, activate your hands, palpate and recognize energetic fields, and to work with energy lines as well as the chakra system.
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.