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Upcoming Massage Workshops

Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 1 week
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 1 week
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 weeks
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 1 month
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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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Apr 08 - 13, 2018 Begins in 1 month
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 1 month
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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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 27 - 29, 2018 Begins in 2 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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The 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 3 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 3 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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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Back, Hips and Shoulders

Jul 01 - 06, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy in turn becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

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Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Jul 06 - 08, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Carl Swanson & Daniela Urbassek

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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 2

Jul 15 - 20, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Maggie Gill

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a healing process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative emotional experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces resulting from accident, injury, or emotional trauma, and then isolates the dysfunctional area, creating an “energy cyst.” Although a reasonably healthy body can work and adapt to energy cysts, extra energy is required to perform normal bodily functions.

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Jul 27 - 29, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Judith Orloff

There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy. The magic comes when you learn how to tap into each of them to fully access your sensitivities without going on overload or becoming drained. Join Judith Orloff to awaken your intuition and empathy to enhance your health, work, relationships, resilience as a parent, and emotional and physical well-being.

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

Jul 29 - Aug 05, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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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The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Aug 10 - 12, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Russell Delman & Linda Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi
All methods devoted to human potential emphasize the importance of awakening to the present moment. All that we long for — love, joy, peace, harmony, truth — require the fundamental capacity for presence.
This seminar uses ancient and modern methods for directly and simply uncovering this natural capacity. Put simply, we need the capacity to: 1. Sit quietly with our own thoughts. 2. Mindfully welcome our feelings/emotions. 3. Find comfort in our own bodies.

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Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Aug 17 - 19, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Jessica Fagan & Silvia Guersenzvaig

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. The workshop leaders are experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners who create a unique atmosphere of innovation and exploration in the practices of gentle stretching and deeper bodywork.
Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage while enjoying Esalen's natural beauty and healing waters.

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Healthy Empathy: How to Give Without Giving It All Away

Aug 17 - 19, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Karla McLaren & Tino Plank

Multiple studies confirm that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care and achieve greater patient/client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health professionals and anyone who provides caregiving. In addition to the many other challenges, they must make sure that their empathy is intentional, self-enriching, sustainable, and most of all, healthy.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 26 - 31, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Fritz Smith & Todd Williams

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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 26 - 31, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Susan Steiner

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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Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Sep 02 - 07, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Oliver Bailey & Nora Matten

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of meditation can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Sep 09 - 14, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and techniques. Emphasis is on the kidneys, greater momentum, peritoneum, spleen, and pancreas.

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Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Sep 16 - 21, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Paméla Espinoza & Brita Ostrom

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 and gentle stretches 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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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Sep 16 - 21, 2018 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.

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Streams of Energy

Oct 21 - Nov 18, 2018 Begins in 7 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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2

Oct 21 - 26, 2018 Begins in 7 months
with Lisa Desrochers

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to SomatoEmotional Release will also be presented.
The prerequisite for this course is Upledger Institute's CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 8 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Lymphatic Balancing for the Total Body

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 8 months
with Kerry D'Ambrogio

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lymphedema, and apply them to the orthopedic patient. LB is be used to treat excess fluid or swelling, fluid stagnation or lymphedema in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle, and foot).

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Nov 16 - 18, 2018 Begins in 8 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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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 21 - 28, 2018 Begins in 9 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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