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Upcoming Massage Workshops

Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 22 - 29, 2017 Begins in 1 week
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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Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Jan 07 - 12, 2018 Begins in 3 weeks
with Robin Fann-Costanzo & Char Pias

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes that are the foundation of Esalen Massage. The principal elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.

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Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Jan 07 - 12, 2018 Begins in 3 weeks
with Raoul Goldberg

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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Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Jan 12 - 14, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Peggy Horan & 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 sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.

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Noninvasive Palpation: Amplify Your Bodywork Skills

Jan 12 - 14, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Kate MacKinnon & Robyn Scherr

How much information are our hands capable of receiving? Clients seek highly skilled manual therapists for their chronic pain issues. Imagine how effective your work will be when you can track and respond to inflammation, strain, and metabolic process accurately, and without force. During this workshop for manual therapists, participants can become attuned to just what clients need. Noninvasive palpation makes any bodywork modality more effective and enjoyable, and more comfortable for patients/clients. There’s no more precise and sensitive instrument than well-trained hands.

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The Body Remembers: Healing Trauma and Returning to Ourselves with Esalen® Massage

Feb 18 - 23, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Dean Marson & Brita Ostrom

“Touch is a universal form of soothing, and it can awaken us to what is real in this moment,” the leaders write. “Familiar, non-sexual touch provokes the release of hormones and returns the body to the beneficial relaxation response. This workshop expands our understanding of healing touch. It offers tools to make touch safe and consensual, and allows for deeper release and present-moment centeredness within the context of a massage or bodywork session.

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Continuum Movement®: Honoring the Life and Work of Emilie Conrad

Feb 25 - Mar 02, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz

"Continuum is about the artistry of human existence…an inquiry into creative flourishing."
—Emilie Conrad
Continuum Movement® is a dynamic inquiry into what it is to be a human being. “It provides a method to consciously explore our self as an unfolding biological and planetary process” say Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz. Central goals of Continuum are the creation of health and wellness and working with methods to free oneself from cultural and mechanistic constraints of this very fast-paced modern society.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Feb 25 - Mar 02, 2018 Begins in 2 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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Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies. This workshop uses embodiment practices, embodied meditation practice, embodied speech, embodied listening, and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. Susan Aposhyan developed these practices in the context of Body-Mind Psychotherapy.

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The Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

Mar 09 - 11, 2018 Begins in 2 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 International’s CranioSacral Therapy Level One Intensive: Presence, Palpation and Protocol

Mar 11 - Apr 08, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) utilizes very gentle touch to assess and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluids protecting the brain and spinal cord. CST is a powerful hands-on modality that addresses numerous sensory, motor, and intellectual challenges; central nervous system disorders; and chronic pain. Participants will be taught detailed anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, its functions in health, and its relationship to disease.

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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

Apr 01 - 06, 2018 Begins in 3 months
with Melinda Naye

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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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Apr 08 - 13, 2018 Begins in 3 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill-set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner. The number one complaint any bodyworker deals with over time is acute and chronic back pain. In this new Healing Art of Deep Bodywork seminar, we will continue to develop the practitioner’s knowledge of how to assess and relieve the different types of back problems that clients present. Up until now, all of the work on the back we have learned has been done with clients laying face up or face down.

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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Apr 20 - 22, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Davida Taurek & 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 to express 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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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Apr 22 - 27, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 27 - 29, 2018 Begins in 4 months
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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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners, Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

May 27 - Jun 01, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set. Bodyworkers who have learned to work slowly and with great sensitivity on these deeper layers are sought after both in private practice and in spas. Perry and Johanna Holloman have created a series of classes for massage professionals that are designed to teach deep tissue skills, which are readily integrated into participants’ current massage practice.

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Esalen® Massage for Couples

Jun 15 - 17, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Vicki Topp & Rob Wilks

Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn to give each other an effective massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress and deepening non-verbal communication skills. Emphasis will be on "hearing" with the hands, asking for what you need, and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner. Sessions will include basic quieting exercises, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance, and plenty of time for practice.

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Streams of Energy

Oct 21 - Nov 18, 2018 Begins in 10 months
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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