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Esalen massage

In the late sixties various pioneers of bodywork and psychotherapy such as Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkreis, Milton Trager, Dr. Randolph Stone, Gabrielle Roth, Fritz Perls and others formed the groundwork for Esalen Massage in Big Sur, California. 

It was developed from classical massage and is a powerful form of flowing and creative empathetic touch. It is notable for its combination of long stroking movements as well as passive movements of the joints. It integrates precise structural work on the muscles, deep connective tissue work, gentle rocking, stretching, deep breathing and energetic balancing of the body. The quality of presence and awareness of the masseur during the Esalen Massage leads to a deep beneficial relaxation and sense of balance.


A poem often says more then a thousand words: 



Touch me

by Juliet Klieman


Touch me...

In secret places no one has reached before.

In silent places where words only interfere.

In sad places where only whispering makes sense.


Touch me...

In the morning when the night still clings.

At midday when confusion crowds upon me. 

At twilight, as I begin again to know who I am,

In the evening when I see you and I hear you...

best of all.


Touch me ...

Like a child

who will never have enough love,

For I am a person who wants to be lost in your arms,

An individual who has known pain to love,

An adult who is strong enough to give.


Touch me...

In crowds, when a single look says everything,

In solitude when it’s too dark to even look,

In absence when I reach for you through time and miles.


Touch me ...

When I ask,

When I’m afraid to ask.


Touch me...

With your lips,

Your hands,

Your presence in the room.


Touch me ...

Gently, for I am fragile,

Firmly, for I am strong,

Often, for I am alone.

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