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Esalen relaxation massage for care after breast surgery

Esalen relaxation massage NYC New York chest massage breast massage

This chest massage offering is especially for women. While it is the standard protocol in many forms of massage to avoid the breasts, there are times when chest massage is particularly helpful. With Esalen massage, we are trained to include the breasts in the massage when this is appropriate and comfortable for our clients.

Chest and breast massage can be used to help clients with neck, shoulder, and ribcage injuries, and for care and healing after surgery such as breast reductions and enhancements, lumpectomies, and mastectomies. Gentle chest massage can also help with lymphatic problems caused by cancer treatment, lactation difficulties, and more.

My clients appreciate having their full chest and breast massaged because it feels wonderful to receive. It relieves stress and tension in the throat, neck, shoulders, and ribcage, and in doing so helps us breathe more easily. But after surgery, the benefits of chest massage are even more helpful. Chest massage can help you let go of unconscious fear or tension that your body may be holding in this area due to the surgery. It can help you to have a positive feeling of soothing tenderness for your body, for the losses or changes related to the surgery.

I am offering a lower rate for this chest massage session, which has been specially designed to put women first, to act as a supportive health care option for woman going through the recovery process after breast surgery. Goals include providing a safe place for touch, increasing and maintaining range of motion, managing pain and discomfort, and all of the other physiological benefits that general massage can provide such as stimulation of the skin, stress management, and relaxation. This is a place where no explanation is necessary and you can relax and let someone help you.

The experience of presence in Esalen relaxation massage



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.

What does it mean, to be present?

Ordinarily, our minds are working all the time, and often at very high speed, to process the constant bombardment of information from our environment, including our devices, televisions, and the many people around us in New York City. This is a survival mechanism, and we need to function this way a lot of the time. But the brain is a thought-factory, and it continually produces thoughts, images, memories, and so on, whether or not we need to be thinking. Being present means being aware of more than the thought factory, and even learning to disengage from the stream of thoughts for brief periods of time. It means opening to a bigger awareness within which the mental functioning is occurring. You can do that right now as you are reading this.

What more is there to be aware of? There is our physical sensations, emotions, and a deeper level of experience that many spiritual traditions call the soul. It is possible to develop our awareness of this more subtle level of experience, which is a source of mystery and delight. As a long-time practitioner of the Diamond Approach, I have learned to develop subtle awareness, and I communicate this to my client on the massage table through my presence.

How does Esalen relaxation massage cultivate awareness?

This type of experience is hard to describe because it is a non-verbal type of awareness that doesn’t use the ordinary mind. The doorway to presence is through physical sensation. Through the relaxation that occurs during a massage, my clients focus on the pleasurable physical sensations in their body, allowing the thought stream to quieten for periods of time. Once this happens, the subtle awareness can open up.

Some clients notice energy moving through their body, or experience magical color. Sometimes the music might begin to move through the body like a flowing river. Each client and each day is unique, so the particular experience of presence is different in every session. But what is common to all my clients is that the after-effect of a session is a feeling of relaxation, peace, and ease that lasts for hours and even days. This is the gift of presence, and we can all learn to experience it more of the time.

It’s amazing how something as simple as quieting our thoughts can bring us in touch with a feeling of fresh possibility, mystery, magic, and meaning.

Feel like a Sultan with Esalen relaxation massage

Gift from Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, New York

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