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Developed in the 1960s, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California - where the mountains meet the water - Esalen​® Massage is a truly unique and holistic style of bodywork that, through the balm of touch, applies the principles of  intention, awareness and presence in order to help re-establish a sense of whole-being wellness in the client.  Esalen® Massage has been described as “the meeting and merging of form, energy, structure, and soul.”  Or more familiarly:  the reconnection, reintegration, of Mind, Body and Spirit. 

Defined by its nurturing, elegant and graceful, long and integrative strokes, alternating rhythmic pressure, and detailed and nuanced attention to the body, an Esalen® Massage is a meditative experience that inspires a state of deep relaxation and restorative healing.  Enhancing somatic awareness and inner balance, an Esalen® Massage will achieve therapeutic effects without painful deep-tissue techniques – however never sacrificing attention to troubled areas through its uniquely slow and focused muscle work, use of gentle rocking, joint mobilizations, passive stretch work, and assimilative pauses to help release emotional and physical tension and stress-induced holding patterns.

Following an Esalen®  Massage, a client will leave feeling integrated and harmonized - and awakened to their own inner healing resources.  Very often the practitioner will hear, “This was the most amazing massage I’ve ever had!”  Certified as an Esalen Professional through the Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association, Nina Dmitrieff is honored to be able to offer this extraordinary form of bodywork - as either a 90 or 120 minute session - to our clients at The Grove Studio for Natural Healing.

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William Shakespeare