Esalen massage

Esalen massage

A form of bodywork developed in the 1960s at the Esalen Institute. While the movements of Esalen massage are virtually identical to those of Swedish massage, they are not as vigorous; it is common practice to mix the two forms of massage, which is known as Swedish/Esalen massage, and thus Esalen massage is rarely practised in its original form.
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Equally, there are many different types of Western "hands-on" techniques, and some of the most commonly practiced include Swedish massage, Esalen massage, aromatherapeutic massage, rhythmical biodynamic massage, and various usually Anglo-American versions of so-called holistic massage.
However, it also serves as a useful introduction for practitioners who are interested in learning about Esalen massage.
With the help of Looking Glass Productions (an award-winning Hollywood team consisting of the famous Gelb brothers, John and Richard, and director Steve Purcell), key elements were placed into a beautifully produced 85-minute video which shares, for the first time, the essentials of giving an Esalen massage.
Every member of the Esalen massage crew interprets a massage in slightly different ways, because they intuitively sense the client's physical and nonphysical cues.
Esalen massage itself grew from a blend of ideas and practices: Swedish massage, martial arts, yoga, tai chi, chi gung, Western applied kinesiology, somatic arts, body work, subtle energy theories, polarity, cranial-sacral work, sports massage and native healing rituals.
Another element of Esalen massage involves giving the person a chance to pause and integrate the work.