Deep Bodywork®, Esalen Massage®, and Subtle Energy: Understanding and Directing Subtle Energy in the Body

Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2020

Massage and bodywork practitioners are likely familiar with subtle phenomena which arise during an effective session: clients enter deep states of relaxation where processes of release occur, often referred to as “processes of unwinding.” These phenomena can be physical, energetic and emotional in nature, and usually indicate the emergence of self-organizing, self-healing processes inherent in any living being. Learning to recognize and support these subtle phenomena is key to the mastery of any touch-based healing art.

In this workshop, we will focus upon learning to feel the subtle processes of unwinding and self-organization catalyzed by Esalen Massage® and Deep Bodywork®. We will free soft tissue barriers in the back, shoulders and hips using Deep Bodywork, and use the signature long stroke of Esalen Massage to help our clients relax and integrate. We will then learn to sense three phenomenon on the subtle level, helping our clients unwind often unconsciously-held material, which is difficult to experience without the guiding touch of the educated bodyworker. They are:

  • Transient Motion: Micro-movements which can be fast or slow, rhythmic or random in nature. These micro-movements often indicate the body’s attempt to resolve barriers which have a traumatic origin.
  • Cranio-Sacral Rhythm: The movement of cerebro-spinal fluid through the cranio-sacral system.
  • Therapeutic Pulsation: Movements of energy through the fluid systems of the body in a rhythmic, pulsing manner, which indicate the body’s attempt to self- organize and heal.

We will learn to assess the quality of these subtle processes to help our clients unwind deeply held barriers to their physical, emotional and energetic well-being.

This is an advanced level bodywork seminar where practitioners from different disciplines can develop subtle sensing capacities.

Recommended reading: Juhan, Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodyworkers

(A $30 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for massage CE credit for nurses

CE credit for acupuncturists (Course Category 1), PENDING.

Esalen is approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of California Acupuncture Board (provider number 946). If you change or cancel your workshop reservation more than 14 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of 15%, and any remaining amount paid will be refunded to you. If you change or cancel your reservation more than seven but less than 14 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit 30% of the cost of your reservation. Changes or cancellations made less than seven days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the reservation. You may contact us at 888-837-2536.

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Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1

Jul 12 - 17, 2020

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the body and mind of your patients/clients. In order to observe closure for sessions you are involved in, please make sure the instructor is aware of any pregnancies in the group.

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2); and reviewing, assimilating and applying what was presented in CS2.

Please download and complete the preparation checklist here: https://iahedisk.synology.me:7456/sharing/Qitr5OFM9, and bring it with you. Your SER1 teacher will ask for it on the first morning of class.Note: Initial registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. IAHE is a coalition of curriculum developers united to advance innovative therapies through high-quality continuing education programs. To begin the registration process, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE, will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.

Recommended reading: Upledger, SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond; Fisher, Ury, Getting to Yes.

24 Continuing Education credits

CE Credit for Nurses; see leader.

CE Credit for Acupuncturists; see leader.

CE Credit for Massage; see leader.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 2 - 7, 2020

Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1 is a small-group (10 or 12 colleagues) experience that combines the benefits of an intensive therapy program with a workshop. Participants have called the experience pivotal in terms of the way they work and live. The paradigm for learning is the experiential applications and exploration of CST, SER and Upledger teachings. You will explore the principles and practice of Upledger CST which provide a foundation for facilitating healing and the possibilities of evolving this work in your own life and beyond. Learn to work intimately, synergistically and cooperatively with fellow therapists and explore your unique abilities and resolve personal issues on your way to becoming an advanced CST practitioner.

The acceptance of this invitation carries with it the responsibility of daily presence in both group discussions and hands-on practice sessions. During the week, the hours spent doing "multiple therapist" work as therapeutic/facilitative participant on the table as the recipient of the work, and as a contributor to the group discussions serve to create a cohesiveness and bonding of the group which is not easily duplicated under any other circumstances.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Multiple-therapist sessions
  • One-on-one faculty-to-participant skill evaluation
  • Refinement of technique applications and further development of palpatory capabilities
  • In-depth mind/body integration study using the craniosacral system as the core vehicle

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. To register, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to register at Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, see www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

Pre-requiste: SomatoEmotional Release 2 (SER2); as well as being ready to do deep introspective work, and be comfortable giving and receiving SomatoEmotional Release. While each person's experience is unique, typically a span of practice of at least several months after attending SER2 will enhance your ADV experience. We also encourage you to attend additional workshops such as SomatoEmotional Release Technique: Mastering the Inner Physician (SERTIP), Clinical Application Programs (CASR), The Brain Speaks (TBS) or other courses in the CranioSacral Therapy curriculum to help you gain even more experience to bring into the ADV program.

30 CEUs.

CE Credit for Nurses, see leader. CE Credit for Massage, see leader. CE Credit for Acupuncture, see leader.

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The Barral Institute’s Visceral Manipulation 1: Abdomen 1 (VM1)

Oct 4 - 9, 2020

In Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1), you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral's innovative approach.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Learning manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity
  • Exploring the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments
  • Examining the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Assessing the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern

Note: Initial registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. IAHE is a coalition of curriculum developers united to advance innovative therapies through high-quality continuing education programs. To begin the registration process, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, see www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.

Required reading: Barral, Visceral Manipulation. In addition to reading the textbook, please familiarize yourself with the definitions and/or locations of the anatomical terms available at: www.barralinstitute.com/docs/prestudy-materials/VM1_Pre-Study_Material.doc

24 hours credit CE credit for physical therapists in CA; see leader. CE credit for acupuncturists; see leader. CE credit for massage; see leader CE credit for nurses; see leader

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Zero Balancing Part 1

Oct 11 - 16, 2020

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a non-diagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure and focuses on bone energy and the skeletal system. Science has shown that energy and matter are fundamentally coupled; psychology has shown that the mind and body are interconnected. ZB embodies both perspectives. It is based on the experience that balancing the body’s energy with its structure has a direct positive effect on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Imbalances often lead to loss of vitality, chronic pain and decreased potential for vibrant health. The body’s structural/energetic interface is beneath conscious awareness. When imbalances occur at this level, the body tends to compensate around them rather than resolve them. Rooted in both Eastern healing and energy and Western medicine and science, ZB brings unique touch and relevant design to overcome imbalanced patterns.

This workshop, part one of a two-part Core Zero Balancing series, is the entry-level program. Didactic and experiential, it is open to all health care professionals. The workshop will teach newcomers how to perform a complete hands-on session, and for the experienced, it will deepen understanding and enhance skills. It also includes theory and practice of the ZB protocol, methods for evaluating and balancing the body’s structural/energetic interface and how to use energy as a tool. This workshop qualifies for credit toward Zero Balancing certification.

Recommended reading: Smith, Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure; Hamwee, Zero Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone; Quarry and Kink, eds., Experience the Power of Zero Balancing.

CE credit for massage; see faculty.

CE credit for nurses; see faculty.

CE credit for acupuncturists; see faculty.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Advanced Techniques for Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Nov 8 - 13, 2020

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner. The most common complaint any bodyworker deals with over time is acute and chronic back pain.

In this workshop, we will continue to develop the practitioner’s knowledge of how to assess and relieve the different types of back problems that clients present. Until now, all of the work we have learned about the back has been done with clients lying face up or face down. In this class, we will address the back from the side-lying posture, exploring important dimensions of this work available to us from this invaluable perspective. We will also discuss the importance of the gluteus medius and piriformis in the genesis and intractable nature of chronic back pain, and how the lumbar spine and sacrum rely on the proper organization of these important structures for its own well-being.

This is an advanced course of study that offers 32 continuing education credits for massage. Previous bodywork experience required.

Recommended reading: Juhan, Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodyworkers

(A $30 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

 (Workshop previously titled: Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Advanced Back Work: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain.)

CE credit for Massage Therapists. CE credit for Nurses.

CE credit for acupuncturists (Course Category 1), PENDING.

Esalen is approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of California Acupuncture Board (provider number 946). If you change or cancel your workshop reservation more than 14 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of 15%, and any remaining amount paid will be refunded to you. If you change or cancel your reservation more than seven but less than 14 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit 30% of the cost of your reservation. Changes or cancellations made less than seven days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the reservation. You may contact us at 888-837-2536.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

Oct 25 - 30, 2020

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch therapy that works with natural and unique rhythms in the body to pinpoint and address a variety of conditions. CST practitioners release restrictions to enhance interactions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body to assist the body’s natural healing processes and its ability to bolster resistance to disease, pain, and dysfunctions.

CS1 will introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the CranioSacral System through our practical, hands-on "learning by discovery" method. You will learn advanced palpatory skills, fascial and soft tissue release techniques, and a concise 10-step protocol for evaluation and treatment of the entire body via the CranioSacral System. To supplement class instruction you will receive a fully-illustrated, comprehensive study guide.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE). To register, call 1-800-233-5880. IAHE is a global coalition of accomplished, world-renowned healthcare practitioners dedicated to advance innovative therapies through high-quality education programs. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen by calling 831-667-3000. For accommodations pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

Pre-requisites: Professional healthcare practitioner, student in healthcare program or graduate awaiting licensure/accreditation with experience in sensitive, light-touch palpation.

For those who wish to take CS1, and live in a state or province that does not require a healthcare hands-on license to practice CST, the following minimum study is required:

  • 1. 80 hours of Anatomy and Physiology and 15 hours of Pathology. One way to satisfy this requirement is through the home study coursework, Upledger Health Science Essentials, available through the London (Ontario) College of Osteopathy.
  • 2. 4 hours of ethics from an organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association.

Required reading: Upledger and Vredevoogd, CranioSacral Therapy (chapters 1-6); Upledger, Your Inner Physician and You.

CE credit for Acupuncture, see faculty.

CE credit for Massage, see faculty.

CE credit for Nurses, see faculty.

CE credits: 24 contact hours.

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