E s a l e n M a s s a g e - w i t h K a r e n L u e d t k e
"Touch is food. Vital food." - Dean Juhan
This whole-body technique is characterized by long, integrating strokes, combined with gentle stretches and moments of stillness. It works to activate the restorative function of our parasympathetic nervous system. This supports the natural process of unwinding and can take us into deep spaces of relaxation.
Unique to this method is its focus on the entire surface of the skin. Through caring contact from head to toe, we are reminded of the interconnected wholeness of our bodies.
As such, Esalen massage is an awareness practice. It focuses attention on our bodies. It heightens our perceptiveness to information streams mediated by our body. These in turn can open us to deeper-lying levels of existence and act as keys to organizing our experience.
In essence, Esalen massage can be a valuable means for catalyzing somatically-based processes of self-enquiry. It empowers us to release the stress of everyday life and to strengthen our sense of ease and well-being.
Why come for a session?
Esalen massage is one powerful technique to help restore the innate capacity of our bodies and nervous system to relax and self-heal. Autonomic flexibilityis vital to our good health. This is the capacity of our central nervous system to switch between activating (sympathetic) processes and calming (parasympathetic) processes, depending on what is needed in any given moment.
The loss of this regulative capacity through stress and trauma is one of the key afflictions of modern society.
In response, Esalen massage allows us to access the healing power of parasympathetic mobilization. As we relax, our internal functioning naturally switches to support rest, repair and restoration.
Direct benefits can include: profound relaxation; stress reduction; deeper breathing; better sleep; pain-relief; improved posture and joint flexibility; easing of migraines and anxiety; release of muscular tensions; enhanced skin health and blood circulation; increased peace of mind and on-going preventative healthcare.
For a video introducing Esalen massage click here.
You are warmly invited to a mini vacation on my massage table!”