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Esalen Massage (EM) is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of acupressure. ... Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.Dec 24, 2009

Massage at Esalen is a mindfulness exercise; both giver and receiver are called to full presence and attention. In the beginning and all through an Esalen massage session the intention is kept in the foreground of the therapist’s mind. If a person is here for a particular type of healing, that needs to be kept in mind; if a person comes in and says they’re exhausted, they need some rejuvenation, or they need to replenish themselves, hold that thought and try to give from the place in ourselves that allows the energy to pass through to and to refill them.

How to give a complete, full-body session from head to toe

How to prepare your space and address any special concerns

How to establish rapport as well as ”sense” your client’s breathing and notice other physical and nonphysical cues

How to integrate the various elements and massage techniques

Which elements are common to any Esalen massage

How to ”grow” in sensitivity and awareness as you give or receive massage

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly offered massage techniques. It's sometimes called a classic massage. The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension. Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief.


5. Myofascial Release elevates your mood

So far working on your myofascial health has: reduced tension, reduced pain, improved flexibility, and helped you recover faster from workouts. If all of that isn't enough to put a smile on your face, how about an endorphin cocktail? Endorphins (root words: "endo-" short for endogenous and "-orphin" short for morphine, meaning "morphine-like substance originating from within the body) are released during exercise, excitement, pain, spicy food consumption, love, and sexual activity. Myofascial Release can be a little painful because you are working out muscle knots, and that pain causes nerve impulses to travel to the spinal column, and those impulses are met with a release of endorphins to help prevent further pain impulses. Endorphins resemble opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.

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