Esalen Massage


The Esalen Institute

Established in 1962, the Esalen Institute originally served as retreat and workshop; today it offers courses in a wide range of areas, such as psychology, religion, new age, Eastern medicine, outreach and activism, environmental theory, economics, and peace studies. Spanning 120 acres, the Esalen Institute grounds include cultivated gardens, natural hot springs, and wild forests. Its retreats attract myriads of people from all over the world.

How Esalen Massage Works

Esalen technique is effective on several levels: slow, flowing strokes promote a sense of ease; muscle kneading releases stress and tension; joint movement reaffirms a sense of spaciousness; a supportive client-therapist relationship enables fuller breath and an energized, relaxed state. Esalen massage is best known for creating a deep sense of wholeness in the mind and body and is effective for people seeking stress reduction, energy release, and pain relief.

Esalen massage has its roots in Eastern healing modalities and energy work, and its developers were trained in practices such as Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Thai, and Rolfing. The massage experience is rated as exceptional, resulting in a sense of relaxation, balance, and inner harmony.

Esalen Massage Training

As a trademarked massage technique, only individuals who have trained at the Esalen Institute may offer this type of massage. While some teachers are certified to offer Esalen® training outside of the institute, the organization strongly encourages therapists to study there so that they can experience the institute’s philosophy as a whole, rather than just a massage training.