What Is Esalen Massage?

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Esalen massage originated in California as a relaxation massage, and it is typically administered outside, basing the massage on the rhythmic movements of the ocean. Understand the relaxing and holistic nature of the esalen massage with advice from a licensed massage therapist in this free video on massage.

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Hi there, I'm Sundae with Natural Sundae. And if you've ever heard the word esalen massage and there was a big question mark in your head, not a lot of people know what esalen massage is but I'm going to tell you right now. Now esalen massage is a massage that originated in California on the basis of a relaxation massage. Most of the theories that Esalen massage and relaxation massage are the same. But specifically esalen massage was based out of California. There is an institute called the Esalen Institute in California, and what they do is they base their massage on the rhythmic movements of the ocean. It's usually a massage that's done outside, therefore it's very, very relaxing, it is a relaxation massage. This internal - this relaxation, these movements, these tidal movements of the oceans, they also reflect the inner rhythmic movements of the body. So therefore this esalen massage is basically a relaxation massage, it's based on breath, it's based on the intuition of the practitioner, really paying attention to the client. And if they're really relaxed and if they're breathing changes, they start off very relaxed, and very nice, calm, soothing movements and then once the client is ready for deeper movements, once they feel that the client is opening up to touch, then the therapist goes deeper. But basically an esalen massage is a relaxation massage based on the rhythmic movements of the ocean that reflect the internal rhythmic movements of our bodies. Relaxation massages are wonderful, holistic therapies that treat our physical bodies, our mental capacity and our emotional bodies as well. It's very holistic. So esalen massage is great. It was named for the Esalen Institute in California. I'm Sundae with Natural Sundae. Take care.

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