Esalen is the sacred place

where this practice was born and developed


Esalen has been a place dedicated to supporting many approaches to integrate body, mind, and spirit, and Esalen Massage reflects this rich history in the depth of its curriculum.
Star filled nights, and a retreat sanctuary environment, combined with the awareness practices developed at Esalen, Big Sur, provide an ideal setting for immersing yourself in this life changing practice.
This program offers not only education in massage theory, method, and relevant anatomy and physiology, it also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of the Esalen approach: how to use simple human touch to support self-organization and healing within the whole person. Through lecture, demonstration, and supervised hands-on practice, students will be taught massage as a holistic approach to optimal health and functioning. The course offers the comprehensive Esalen Massage experience, including relevant anatomical & physiological explorations that link theory to practice, body mechanics, self-care, and innovation. The curriculum includes centering skills, Esalen long-stroke methods effective in whole-body integration, draping, detailed structural work, passive joint movement and gentle stretches, and techniques that energetically balance a massage. Students will learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner, including education in difficult ethical situations that sometimes arise in massage practice.


Esalen is an approved school by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (school code 2700571), and all EMBA approved courses are included in this code. This is a professional training with limited admission.