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Doylestown, PA

Esalen Massage ®

Esalen Massage Practitioner describes an Esalen massage:

The receiver rests on the massage table, draped, and the massage therapist's hands begin quietly, with presence, focusing on the breath, allowing the receiver to drop inward. The long, slow strokes awaken awareness, and as the body begins to relax, the connection deepens, nudging bound-up muscles, drawing forth expanded movement. A relaxing sigh resounds through the body, and then the therapist responds with integration strokes into related areas. The massage continues in a holistic way, integrating the torso, arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, and spirit into a united whole.

The therapist brings knowledge of strokes (many have roots in Swedish massage), of muscles and bones, of movement, of listening to the body as well as the words. Prior to the session, the therapist takes a few moments to pay attention to her own physical comfort, and begins to quiet the internal chatter to listen for inner guidance. As the therapist massages, she responds to the signs of relaxation: deepened breath, enhanced circulation or a simple sigh. Each session is unique, tailored by personal requests, comfort level, physical tension and release, the felt sense of intuition.

The effects of this bodywork, loosely categorized as wellness or stress management massage, which have a wide range of effect on each person. For some, it brings a renewed sense of health and energy. Often old tension patterns break free and old emotions are released. It signals a return to one's nature, a switch from everyday consciousness into a calmer, more expanded lighthearted space less inhabited by the constraints of time and place.

At the heart of the therapist’s session is her intention to bring about the ability of each individual to regain a sense of harmony, reverence, and balance, and to awaken inner resources for healing. It is not unusual to hear, "That was the most amazing massage I've ever received."

Ash Mill Healing Arts Center
Doylestown, PA 18901
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