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Upcoming Esalen® Massage Courses

Continuing Education (NCBTMB approved) for massage therapists

Esalen® Massage, developed at the Esalen Institute over the last 60 years, is known for its long, flowing strokes, slow rhythmic movements, and whole body focus. Esalen massage is a presence based awareness practice. In this course you will be introduced to the Esalen approach to massage, how to effectively apply the long lengthening strokes, and the techniques and methods that make up its foundation. Quality of touch, presence and self care are at the heart of this work.


100 Hour

Esalen® Massage Certification

Patrick Stockstill and Char Pias, teachers

with Sam Sebastian, assistant teacher


Oakland CA

Sep 19th - Oct 20, 2024

(3- and 4-day weekends)

$2365 tuition

McKinnon Body Therapy Center

2940 Webster Street

Oakland, CA 94609

Massage Experience Required

100 CE hours for massage therapists (CAMTC and NCBTMB approved)

Housing and meals not included

Esalen® Massage: Couples, Partners

& Friends

Patrick Stockstill and

Robin Fann-Costanzo, teachers


Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA

November 8-10, 2024


price varies

with housing options


10 CE hours for massage therapists (NCBTMB approved)

Housing and meals included


175 Hour

Esalen® Massage Certification

Ellen Watson and Rob Wilks, teachers

with Patrick Stockstill and JingNi Wang, assistant teachers


Menjangan, Bali

March 2 - 30, 2025

price varies

early bird pricing ends July 31


CE hours for massage therapists (NCBTMB approved)

Housing and meals included

More Courses

Coming Soon!

I currently teach introductory level Esalen® Massage courses on Orcas Island and beyond.

I have traveled from California to BC to teach 8, 12, and 24 hour courses.

In 2025 I will begin teaching certification level courses -

100 hours for LMTs and 175 hours for all levels.

To organize an Esalen Massage workshop or course in your area, start here.



Esalen Massage is characterized by long, flowing, full-body strokes, mixed with passive movements, stretches, rocking, and other techniques aimed to relax and soothe the neuromuscular system and invite increased awareness. 


Presence based touch

Deeply influenced by Charlotte Selver's Sensory Awareness practice, Esalen Massage is a method of awakening the senses. Recipient and practitioner can experience greater ease and alignment in their bodies with gentle but solid contact. 


Intuition and Creativity

After exploring the basic techniques of Esalen Massage, practitioners in longer courses are supported and encouraged to drop the notion of working from a sequence, instead following their inner compass and tuning in to the feedback loop with their partner. 

To ask questions or to organize an Esalen Massage workshop or certification in your area, start here

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