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Upcoming Massage Workshops

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 04 - 09, 2019 Begins in 1 week
with Susan Steiner

Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1 is a small-group (10 or 12 colleagues) experiences that combines the benefits of an intensive therapy program with an educational course. Participants have called the experience pivotal in terms of the way they work and live. The paradigm for learning is the experiential applications and exploration of CST, SER and Upledger teachings. Participants explore the principles and practice of Upledger CST which provide a foundation for facilitating healing and the possibilities of evolving this work in your own life - and Beyond.

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Advanced Esalen Massage® with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Aug 09 - 11, 2019 Begins in 2 weeks
with Jessica Fagan & Paméla Espinoza

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the neck. Imbalances and chronic tension around the scapulae, neck and shoulder are frequently caused by misaligned habitual movement patterns. These holding patterns result in kyphosis, elevated/retracted shoulders or a depressed chest, all of which affect one’s ability to breathe fully, supporting habits of fear and anxiety.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Aug 18 - 23, 2019 Begins in 3 weeks
with Suzanne Scurlock

In today’s world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive with the daily demands being presented to us. Do you love feeling grounded and mindfully aware? Would you like to experience more resilience under stress and access your creativity and joy to your deepest potential?

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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming Your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Suzanne Scurlock

As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems. That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Sep 08 - 13, 2019 Begins in 1 month
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 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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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Sep 22 - 27, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Fritz Smith & Linda Wobeskya

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a non-diagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skeletal system. Science has shown that energy and matter are fundamentally coupled; psychology has shown that the mind and body are interconnected. ZB embodies both perspectives. It is based on the experience that balancing the body’s energy with its structure has a direct positive effect on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

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Upledger Institute International’s CranioSacral Therapy Level One Intensive: Presence, Palpation and Protocol

Sep 29 - Oct 27, 2019 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. You will be taught detailed anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, its functions in health and its relationship to disease.

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Esalen Massage® for Couples

Oct 04 - 06, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Peggy Horan

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen Massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension and deepening nonverbal communication skills. The workshop focuses on how to pay attention with heart and hands, ask for what you need, and take the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner.

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The Upledger Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 27 - Nov 01, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

Learn the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity. The manual techniques are not advised for pregnant participants.

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100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nov 01 - 17, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Nora Matten & Silvia Guersenzvaig

The 100-Hour Professional Certificate in Esalen Massage program offers a comprehensive training for certified bodyworkers who wish to add the Esalen approach to their professional repertoire. Esalen Institute pioneered many approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit, and Esalen Massage builds on this rich history in the depth of its curriculum. It also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of how to use simple human touch to support healing within the whole person.

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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Char Pias & Robin Fann-Costanzo

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 week, 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® Teacher Training Module Three

Dec 01 - 13, 2019 Begins in 4 months

Today, Esalen Massage is practiced internationally and renowned for its long, flowing strokes inspired by the ocean waves audible from the Esalen baths. 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.

This third module is restricted to students that have successfully completed modules one and two.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: The Psoas, Deep Visceral Work and Healing Knees

Dec 15 - 20, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art. Each seminar has a specific focus in terms of the physical structures touched and their related functions. An overall emphasis is placed on how to integrate this work into the format of a flowing massage.

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Deep Bodywork®

Dec 22 - Jan 19, 2020 Begins in 5 months
with Rob Wilks, with Paul Wehrman and Lori A. Lewis

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last 25 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. As these areas soften and “re-organize,” their chronic tension patterns release, revitalizing living tissues with blood, lymph and chi (life) energy.

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