Covid-19 notice

For nearly 60 years, Esalen has welcomed guests to the picturesque Big Sur coastline. COVID-19 safety measures require us to adapt our hospitality — but while our operations will look and feel different, our dedication to exploring and realizing human potential remains the same.

The safety and protection of our guests, faculty and staff is of utmost importance as we all move forward together. This will be a time of calm, far fewer people, private baths overlooking the glorious Pacific Ocean, and open grounds to safely enjoy walks, picnics, games, exercise, and the sublime sunsets.

What is Esalen Massage?

Esalen​ Massage is best described as the interface and integration of form, energy, structure and soul. With its nurturing contact, integrating strokes and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. As a holistic modality designed to enhance awareness and integration, the therapeutic effect is achieved without relying on deep tissue techniques.

Learn Esalen Massage
Esalen Massage offers a practical approach to stress release and greater sensory awareness. The effects of relaxation and massage have been scientifically validated time and time again. Its slow pace calms the nervous system.

The signature long strokes will support feelings of wholeness and integration.  Instruction in specific detailed work for the shoulders, hips, legs arts, and neck will contribute to the massage experience. Passive joint movement will provide a feeling of release and lightness.

Practitioners will learn to safely give and receive feedback about massage. Teaching tools include charts, lecture demonstrations, tables, and plenty of guided practice time.

Are you an experienced massage practitioner? Does your work align with Esalen’s mission? Learn more about Esalen massage and how you can share these gifts with your clients and the world.

Teach Esalen Massage

Pursue advanced training in Esalen Massage and learn to teach this approach to others. In the process you will deepen your own practice, developing skills that can help learners of all levels access their innate healing potential.