Esalen® Massage, well-known for its long flowing strokes over the whole body, helps release the stresses of everyday life, leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed, in a natural state of well-being. The Esalen Massage is best described as the interface and integration of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, integrating strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. Esalen practitioners are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences within the Esalen® massage modality. Practitioners combine a full-hearted presence with long, integrating strokes and slow, deep muscle work to release everyday stresses, still the mind, enhance circulation and leave you feeling integrated and deeply relaxed.
Increased circulation encourages the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to all cells, while purging the tissues of cellular metabolic waste, such as lactic acid. Lactic acid is mostly produced in red blood cells and muscles. It forms when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy when the body has decreased oxygen levels. Lactic acid is considered a cellular waste product stemming from a chemical reaction that produce in muscle contraction. A massage encourages relaxed muscles while flushing out waste, enhances joint range of motion, calms the nervous system, increases respiration, and reduces swelling from the accumulation of fluid in the extremities. Additional benefits include refined circulation of blood and lymph, which aids in healing and reducing swelling from injury, generalized relaxation and dissolution of scar tissue adhesions.