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.
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. As you watch the video, you follow along, practicing the same moves on your partner at home.
What's so unique about an Esalen massage? Its uniqueness flows from its history.
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.
People who have experienced Esalen massage often talk about how they felt as if their bodies were able to let go for the first time because they were so unobtrusively yet emotionally supported.