Travel advisory
Maintenance work on Highway 1 north of Esalen at the Bixby Bridge (PM 59.5) will result in full overnight road closures from 10 pm – 6:30 am for three weeks beginning Monday July 12.

Esalen room display overlooking the ocean
Esalen Healing Arts

Perched on the bluff above the ocean, and nestled beside the healing waters of Esalen’s renowned natural hot springs, a deeply nourishing massage experience awaits you.​

Esalen​ Massage® is best described as the meeting and merging of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, long strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. Our holistic modality, designed to enhance awareness and balance, achieves therapeutic effects without deep-tissue techniques.

Practitioners combine a full-​bodied ​presence with slow, focused muscle work to release everyday stresses, still the mind, and leave you feeling integrated and relaxed. They are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client, and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences.

All our healing arts and massage sessions strive to empower you to regain a sense of harmony and to awaken inner resources for healing. It is not unusual for us to hear, "That was the most amazing massage I've ever received."

Single Massage - $185

Our massages are 75 minutes long and take place in private rooms at the Esalen baths. Weather permitting, massages may also take place outside on the upper deck.

Reserving your Healing Arts experience

Massage sessions are available to guests with reservations to stay at Esalen. Please email massage@esalen.org.

Making the most of your visit

We recommend showering in your room prior to walking down to the baths, and arriving at the baths at least 10 minutes prior to your reservation time. Leave valuables locked safely in your room or your car, as there are no lockers. Please note: the baths are clothing optional and co-ed, including changing areas and restrooms.

When you arrive, your practitioner or one of our bathing attendants will greet you, provide you with a towel, and let you know where to change and where you will receive your massage.

Following your session, please feel free to shower off the massage oil. Check in with a bathing attendant to see if a tub is available if you'd like to enjoy a post-massage soak.

Gratuities may be left directly with your practitioner, at the front office, or at the Gate.


Massage changes and cancellations 

Massage appointments may be rescheduled at no extra charge with at least seven days advance notice, subject to availability. To reschedule, email massage@esalen.org.

Cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice are non-refundable.

Please submit cancellations via email to massage@esalen.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a massage?
Guests with reservations to stay at Esalen may contact massage@esalen.org.

How far in advance can I book a message?
You may book sessions as soon as you reserve your stay at Esalen.

What is an Esalen Massage?

Esalen Massage applies principles of mindfulness to bodywork, offering up a holistic body-mind-spirit experience on the massage table. Through oil application with light to medium pressure and slow rhythmic strokes, the practitioner evokes awareness, a sensory “coming home.” The practitioner follows rather than leads, and adds deeper detail work to untangle stressed muscles, integrating each release into the surrounding tissue and the whole body. Assisted movement or stretches can be applied to free up old holding patterns, and frequent pauses give time for assimilation, energetic re-balance, and a sense of well-being.

hot springs photo overlooking the oceanThe words Esalen Healing Arts

What kind of oils do you use?
Practitioners use a variety of oils throughout sessions. Please notify massage@esalen.org if you have any allergies to oils, and inform your practitioner before your session begins.

Can I tip my massage practitioner?
Tips can be given using cash or a credit card. You can leave a cash tip directly with the practitioner. Credit card tips can be processed in the bookstore or with Healing Arts attendants. We do not have an ATM machine.

Where can I learn more about Esalen massage training?
Please contact massageschool@esalen.org.