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Esalen® Massage & Bodywork
Esalen Massage brings a transformational healing experience creatively orchestrated to the uniqueness of you.
It is described as moving meditation with ocean-like quality of touch, long stroke, fluid transitioning, and presence with breath.
By moving lymph, stretching and lengthening, compression, mobilization, rocking, and integrating the wholeness of the body, people often experience deep states of peace, grounding and letting go.
As a practitioner, I set an intention of integrating body-mind-spirit, while holding a nurturing space for your deep relaxation, the awareness of the whole body, and awakening of the natural ability to self-organize and heal.
Esalen Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over the last 40 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. It is the birthplace of the ‘Human Potential Movement’ back in the 1960s and 70s, which was the fruitful intersection of Eastern spiritual practices and Western psychotherapy and body based healing arts which placed people’s wholeness more on experience than analytical reflection.
This full body conditioning, which includes myofascia release and trigger point therapy, will help you to release the chronic tension without using oil.
When you feel you have “muscle knots,” it’s normally myofascial trigger points, aka ‘trigger points’, which are hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a key characteristic called ‘referred pain’. It means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area.
Trigger point therapy works by using the proper sustaining pressure to the spots for a period of time so that the pain receptors can be stimulated and block the feeling of pain. A deeper and more sustained pressure will enable the release of the soft tissue structures which will allow an increase of blood flow to the area which can lead to a reduction in muscle spasms and aid in the removal of metabolic waste products.
Deep Tissue Therapy
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s effective to release the chronic pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and sore upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness, etc. It also helps increasing blood circulation, releasing built-up toxins, healing and restoring balance to the body and nervous system.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. It is important to communicate to the therapist if the pressure is too much.
It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues.