A holistic evolution of swedish massage developed at the world renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Known for its flowing, sensuous style and long integrating strokes, Esalen Massage emphasizes conscious touch and quality of contact to address the needs of the whole human being - body, mind, and spirit. Each massage is tailored to the individual client; some clients enjoy integrating deep tissue work to release rigid muscle structures, others prefer a more gentle, soothing experience to facilitate deep relaxation and subtle body awareness. This form of bodywork is traditionally practiced with massage oil on bare skin, with the client securely draped under a sheet.
Deep Tissue Therapy
I've trained in a variety of deep tissue methods, with special focus on the Deep Bodywork method taught at the Esalen Instutite. This deep tissue technique is slow, safe, and careful, and always tuned to the experience of the client. Every person is unique in terms of what amount of pressure feels right, and I don't believe that pain in deep tissue therapy is always a good thing. Rather, I seek to find that place where any pain is balanced by the pleasure of finally releasing long held tension. Getting rid of chronic tension patterns frees up energy in the body, often with a palpable feeling of increased vitality for the client.
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Traditional Thai Yoga Massage
In Thai: Nuad Phaen Bo Rarn, or "Ancient Way of Healing with the Hands", began in India more than two thousand years ago before crystalizing in the hill tribes of Thailand. Elements of Yoga and Ayurveda from India, along with the buddhist concept of Metta ("loving kindness") were combined with shamanic practices from the indigenous peoples of Thailand to harmonize and balance energy flow throughout the body. This form of massage emphasizes yogic stretching and rhythmic pressure, and is traditionally practiced with the client fully clothed, on a mat on the floor.