There’s a lot of talk these days about being present, being in the moment. Schools are teaching children to be mindful and present. The military is using mindfulness techniques to train soldiers to be more effective. One of the things that differentiates Esalen relaxation massage from other massage modalities is that the practitioner is grounded in presence, and helps the client to be more present.
Esalen relaxation massage takes you to a deep state of relaxation, which brings you in touch with delightful aspects of your true nature. These are parts of yourself that are always there, but you may not have time to notice when your attention is focused on work and the busy demands of your day.
When you take the time to step outside of everyday rush, into the relaxing oasis of a massage session, the possibility for deeper awareness of yourself emerges. One aspect that might arise is to feel the royalty and dignity of your innermost being. This might be expressed as a king or prince. Since it is the sybaritic pleasure of the massage that is awakening this state, I like to think of it as feeling your inner sultan, pampered at the oasis, blessed with riches and beauty.
I invite you to enter the oasis and feel your inner sultan. Strength, authority, rulership, and power, exercised through a supreme confidence in one’s natural, eternal dignity.
Photograph of Oasis diorama – gift of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, New York City
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. This healing technique is based on the principle that the masseuse can channel energy into your body by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the your body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
I have been a Reiki practitioner since 2004, and find that the healing power of Reiki flows through my hands spontaneously when I touch my clients. This gives the Esalen relaxation massage an extra boost of positive energy, and could be one of the reasons my clients feel so energized and blissful for days after receiving an Esalen relaxation massage.
If you have a particular injury that you would like me to help heal, let me know. We can spend a little time giving the positive healing energy of Reiki to the injury, and let your body accelerate the healing process.
I have been hearing from my clients, friends, and fellow New Yorkers that the level of stress in the city is very high right now. The uncertainty of political events both in the US and globally is creating a lot of anxiety for people, and people are looking for better ways to deal with it.
Don’t forget about the basics:
- Eat healthy, get some exercise.
- Hug your loved ones.
- Feel your feet on the ground.
- Meditate if you can sit still long enough!
- Don’t watch or read upsetting news right before bed.
And of course, nothing is better than Esalen relaxation massage for a time-out from the crazy, with 90 minutes or more in a quiet oasis away from the world. In this time just for you, your only care is whether you prefer scented or unscented oil, and whether you want a light touch or a deeper stroke. There has never been a time when massage could be more beneficial than right now. It is amazing what a difference a few hours away from your everyday life can make.
You will return refreshed, with a new perspective, more energy, and a feeling of well-being that will carry over into all parts of your life, and even impact the people around you.
Be the pebble in the pond that helps everyone you know feel a little more able to deal with these troubled times.
Spring is in the air, though it’s only February. With the temperature rising in New York City, I’d like to invite you to come experience the bliss of Esalen relaxation massage. Shake off the winter blues, and be my guest while I take you to the surging Big Sur coastline. I offer you an introductory special of 10% off the regular massage fee for the massage session of your choice. This offer extends until the first day of Spring, March 20. Contact me today to arrange one of the best experiences of a lifetime—Esalen relaxation massage!
Happy New Year to all my clients, past, present, and future. Today it is the Lunar New Year, the start of the Year of the Rooster! If your plumage is feeling a little bedraggled, now would be the perfect time to come for a rejuvenating Esalen Relaxation Massage. I look forward to getting my hands on you!
Dear friends, As some of you know, I have been away traveling for a few months. I had a fantastic time visiting some exotic destinations in Canada, including:
- Calgary, Alberta, for the Stampede. Yeehaw! Ask to see my boots and cowboy hat!
- The Cariboo, BC – home of the famous gold rush that began in the 1860s
- Montreal, Quebec – for some winter chills of -9 F, with gorgeous snow and ice! And some pretty cool statues.
People often ask me what makes Esalen relaxation massage so special. Of course the signature long stroke is one of the unique aspects of Esalen massage that gives my clients a feeling of pleasure, wholeness, and well-being. And the long-form of sessions that I practice gives me a chance to pamper every part of your body, gently loosening all your joints and relaxing every muscle. But it’s the element of surprise that comes with new and unexpected sensations that adds that little extra something for my clients. Esalen relaxation massage is non-scripted, meaning that each session is a unique interplay between me and my client. And this allows room for spontaneity and exploration of different sensations. Some of my clients like me to tickle or spank them. And I recently read about an awesome masseusse who really knows about sensation play. She bites her clients’ backs! So this has opened up my mind to new possibilities for a massage session. I will be curious to see what happens in my next session! I think the artwork above expresses this element of playfulness and fun so beautifully. An invitation I extend to you…
I’ve been at Esalen in Big Sur this past week, catching up with friends in the Esalen community, giving and receiving amazing Esalen massages, learning some new techniques, and taking in the beauty and freedom of this wild, outrageously stunning place. I’ll be back in Manhattan, New York City next week to share the vibe and some new strokes with you! See you soon. Warmly, Karen
Reiki is an energetic healing art that complements Esalen relaxation massage in a subtle way. I am an attuned Reiki master, and the healing energy of Reiki naturally flows through my hands when I give an Esalen relaxation massage. I often use Reiki explicitly for energetic balancing and healing at the completion of an Esalen relaxation massage. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by laying on hands (in a specific pattern) and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy or ki flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s ki is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. A Reiki treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Like Esalen relaxation massage, Reiki treats the whole person—including body, emotions, mind, and spirit—creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. If you have particular injuries that you are currently healing, I can bring additional healing Reiki energy to the injury during the massage. Let me know when you schedule your appointment, and we can discuss your needs in detail during our chat in my Manhattan studio before the massage begins.