Esalen Massage

Esalen® Massage has three interrelated aspects: gentle flowing strokes or kneading to open and release tension, passive joint movement to enhance well-being, and positive client-therapist rapport to encourage conscious awareness.


Esalen® Massage was developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California during the Human Potential movement of the 1960s and 1970s.


Treatment consists primarily of lighter-touch strokes. Esalen® techniques include Swedish massage, Eastern breath-work, and yogic passive movements.

Elbows may be used for some deeper work on the limbs or back and to assist gentle stretches. The practitioner may perform light bodywork. Clients may also be instructed to alter breathing patterns to increase their relaxation.

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Esalen®, like other styles of massage therapy, is a whole-body treatment and can be beneficial to a variety of different conditions. It helps with relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief, energy release, and balance. 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.