Esalen Massage

What is it?

Esalen Massage is a healing art form that is influenced by the rhythms of the Pacific, Nurturing, long-strokes connecting the whole body, combined with gentile stretching, rocking, and, unique range of motion techniques, are used to integrate muscles to return back to the state of wholeness and wellbeing. This form of touch engages the senses leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply whole.

While there are several types of massage modalities, two fundamental categories are: Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage.

Relaxation Massage – also known as Swedish massage, is the most commonly used form of massage, It uses a system of gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow toward the heart, and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. This type of massage is typically compartmentalized where the therapist works designated areas section by section.

Therapeutic Massage – also known as deep tissue, is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure, or friction directed across the rain of the muscles. It is applied with greater pressure and to deeper layers of muscle than Swedish.