Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming Your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2020

As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems. That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs. This workshop for women uses guided imagery, movement and hands-on exercises (while clothed) to heal the pelvic floor, including the vagina and uterus, places that often hold our deepest wounds: sexual abuse, rape, abortions, surgeries, childbirth tearing and scars, low self-esteem and negative images about our femininity. Because self-knowledge is important, scientific and anatomic information will be presented, as well as ongoing self-care using pelvic floor yoga and abdominal massage.

This workshop offers a rare opportunity for deep healing. During these seven days you can experience new possibilities for renewed feminine energy, greater health and a deeper sense of pleasure in being a woman. We will spend time exploring nature and how our connection to the earth can deepen our connection to ourselves. Our experience will culminate with an evening of nurturing at the Esalen natural hot spring baths. This workshop is valuable for anyone who wants to learn alternative approaches to women’s health.

Note: This workshop is for women only. Please contact office@HealingFromTheCore.com with any questions. Learn more about this course and Suzanne Scurlock’s work at www.healingfromthecore.com

Required reading and listening: Scurlock-Durana, Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence (books). Please listen to the audio portion (available from www.healingfromthecore.com).

Recommended reading: Ogden, The Return of Desire and The Heart and Soul of Sex; Berman and Berman, For Women Only; Williamson, A Woman’s Worth; Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; Wolf, Vagina: A New Biography.

CE credits for Massage Therapists.

CE credits for Nurses.

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Empowering Creativity Through Movement and Metaphor

Aug 16 - 21, 2020

Throughout time, movement, dance and the expressive arts have provided individuals and communities with a means of soulful expression, healing and connection with spirit. This workshop will generate opportunities for you to find such meaning connected with the real issues in your life. The Life/Art Process® developed by Anna Halprin and her daughter Daria Halprin bridges body awareness, art expression and psychological processes.

The Halprins' approach to Integrative Movement will take you on a unique journey into the sensing, feeling and imagining body. Each day will include somatic awareness practices, individual and group movement/dance, drawing, poetic narrative, improvisation, witnessing and life/art reflections. We will explore deeply and play wildly. Live music with guest artists Jahan Khalighi and Miles Lassi will support the daily work and will be featured in an evening dance jam.

Daria worked with many of the teachers who influenced the early years at Esalen, and her work has been part of the groundbreaking human potential, postmodern dance and healing arts movements. This workshop is designed for everyone, with no previous experience in dance or art needed.

Recommended reading: Halprin, The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy.

CE credits for massage; see leader.

CE credits for nurses; see leader.

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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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Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Jul 24 - 26, 2020

This workshop provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice with teachers who are experienced Esalen® Massage practitioners. In this unique atmosphere of innovation and exploration, we will explore gentle movements, stretches and deeper focused bodywork. Come prepared to learn and apply new methods of massage while enjoying Esalen’s natural beauty and healing waters.

Previous massage training and a good sense of humor are encouraged. The workshop is also useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

CE credit for nurses. CE credit for bodyworkers.

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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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Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen Massage® and Bodywork

Sep 13 - 18, 2020

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton and muscles. These concepts awaken sensory awareness, fine-tune physical skills and deepen personal connection with self and others.resulting in the ability to give enhanced bodywork sessions.

With this awareness, you will be instructed in sensitive, advanced methods for addressing specific segments of the body, adding depth or movement as needed, with plenty of at-the-table guidance and special questions during practice sessions. Mindful movement meditations and stillness practices will support you in learning and receiving an effective nurturing massage. This workshop includes a class that takes place in the healing water of mineral springs to evoke an experience of presence, joy and the flowing signature connection of Esalen Massage.

Come prepared to move and be moved in this journey of physical, emotional and spiritual embodiment. This workshop is ideal for individuals with some massage experience and is especially useful if you are in the helping and healing professions and you wish to freshen your vision and skills in working with clients and patients.

CE credit for Massage Therapists. CE credit for Nurses.
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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Sep 18 - 20, 2020

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage®. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop presents essential tools and information including the long, integrating strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen Massage. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement and quality of contact, will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm basis for learning massage.

This workshop offers foundational skills for the newcomer, a fresh approach for the experienced practitioner and especially is useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

Come prepared to enjoy the healing waters of the natural hot springs and the magical beauty of Esalen.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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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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100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nov 6 - 22, 2020

The 100-Hour Professional Certificate in Esalen Massage® program offers a comprehensive training for certified bodyworkers who wish to add the Esalen approach to their professional repertoire. Esalen Institute pioneered many approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit, and Esalen Massage builds on this rich history in the depth of its curriculum. It also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of how to use simple human touch to support healing within the whole person.

The workshop begins with training in centering, grounding, awakening the senses and developing the art of being present. The initial focus is on quality of touch, Esalen’s holistic approach to massage and the signature long strokes. By means of lectures, demonstrations and supervised practice, you’ll move into detail work and assisted movement, with attention to body mechanics and somatic considerations. Relevant anatomy and physiology concepts are also highlighted. You will learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner. The course does not include the core curriculum required for certification by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). This certificate in Esalen Massage is open only to massage practitioners with at least 150 hours of massage training at a state-approved school and some massage practice.

Upon satisfactory course completion, successful evaluation sessions and documentation of 15 additional massages at your home site, an Esalen Institute-recognized Certificate in Esalen Massage for 100 hours will be issued. The certification fee is $115. Esalen is an approved School by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (school code 2700571) and the California Massage Therapy Council (school code SCH0010). This program is especially useful for those in the healing professions in working with their patients and clients.

This is a professional training with limited admission. Tuition is $5,110 for standard shared accommodations and $3,690 for a limited number of bunk-bed accommodations.

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification. For an overview of these offerings, please visit www.esalen.org/page/esalen-massage-certification-programs-overview.

(A $20 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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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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Esalen Massage® for Couples, Partners & Friends

Nov 27 - 29, 2020

Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn to give one another an effective Esalen Massage®. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension and deepening nonverbal communication skills. stening with both your heart and hands, asking for what you need and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner will be emphasized. Sessions include basic quieting and grounding exercises, movement, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance and ample practice time.

This workshop of mutual giving and receiving is ideal if you wish to learn the essential elements of Esalen Massage and share a lovely experience with your partner, friend or family member. Come for a pleasurable time of relaxation, renewal, inspiration and reconnection with yourself and your partner. Soak in the healing waters of the natural hot springs, and enjoy the magical beauty of Esalen.

No prior massage experience is necessary. All levels of massage experience are welcome.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Dec 13 - 18, 2020

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the U.S., used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us. The question is how we answer it.”

This workshop focuses on tools that help us be present and are antidotes to the busyness in our heads. So much energy is dispersed and lost as we fight against what scares us or what is uncomfortable. By simplifying our activities, we can connect with our sensations. This experiencing reveals our habits and the possibility that can unfold when we get out of our own way and find freedom in the midst of any experience.

For more information about Sensory Awareness, visit www.returntooursenses.com.

Recommended reading: Littlewood and Roche, Waking Up: The Work of Charlotte Selver; Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change; Ostaseski, The Five Invitations.

CE credits for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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Esalen Massage®: The Art of Continuous Presence

Dec 13 - 18, 2020

Esalen Massage® is a moving meditation, a life practice in presence and mindfulness and an integral healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of moving with presence can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

In guided sessions, we will explore the practice of sitting meditation to prepare and quiet our minds, walking meditation to bring awareness to our movement and the fundamentals of Esalen Massage as a life practice in giving with our full, embodied presence. Detailed instruction will be offered in developing and differentiating these qualities of presence and touch. There will be time for supervised practice each day as students exchange massages, with the support of their experienced teachers.

Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners are welcome to explore Esalen Massage and moving meditation while enjoying the natural beauty of Esalen. This workshop is especially useful for anyone in the helping and healing professions working with clients and patients.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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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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