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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

Reiki in Esalen relaxation massage

Esalen Relaxation Massage NYC New York - Reiki Forest Pathway

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.

Relaxation in stressful times

Pebble in a Pond - Blog - Esalen Relaxation Massage NYC New York

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.
These things will help you get to sleep, and feel more grounded as you go about your day.

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.

“Waiting for Spring” invitation – 10% off

Esalen Sunset - Spring Special

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!

Year of the Rooster

Esalen Relaxation Massage NYC New York - Blog - Year of RoosterHappy 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!

Back in the New York Groove


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.
Now I am back in New York and accepting bookings once more. I look forward to seeing you on the massage table soon.

Warmly, Karen

Esalen relaxation massage with sensation play

Sensation Play - Blog - Esalen Relaxation Massage NYC New York

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…

Mad Men at Esalen

Mad Men at Esalen

Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t seen the series Mad Men yet, and particularly the series finale, stop reading immediately. Go and watch all 92 episodes (it will probably take you about 4 months) and then get back to me.

If you have seen the finale, you may not have realized that the retreat center that Don/Dick went to with his free-spirited semi-niece Stephanie is Esalen. That’s right, the same Esalen that gave birth to Esalen massage.

I loved the show, and thought the ending was the most perfect ending imaginable. (Even better than the weepy future-deaths finale of Six Feet Under and the ordinary-family-life ending of The Sopranos.) Of course it makes perfect sense that Don Draper would go to Esalen, deal with his issues (people really do that in the encounter groups there—I’ve seen it, I’ve done it), and then find peace meditating on the grass. A creative peace that leads to mid-meditation inspiration and the greatest commercial of all time—Coke’s “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” Of course he came out of retirement, right?

I too have had amazing creative inspiration while on meditation retreats in California, though in my case, it was my entire master’s thesis on green funerals. Not quite as catchy as the Coke commercial.

So, to my Esalen massage clients, I just wanted to let you know that I’m still thinking of you from the road, and that the final episode is realistic—this kind of thing happens at Esalen all the time! And it happens to people on my massage table too.

I’m working on creative projects while away, and just did this tribute to Mad Men as part of my Another New York Love Affair video series. Check it out! Save

Esalen relaxation and renewal

Big Sur coastline at Esalen
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

Tantric education through sexological bodywork

Sexological bodywork and tantric education

Erotic Massage

Sexological bodywork involves a combination of bodywork, breathwork, education, and massage that I use to assist others in going deeper into their erotic experience. This form of bodywork addresses some of the most intimate human emotions and experiences. You can choose sexological bodywork simply to experience deeper pleasure and expand your capacity for feeling erotic pleasure throughout your entire body.

Erotic Education

Sexological bodywork can also help people deal with issues related to sexual shame, desire, identity, and transformation. It is also a powerful tool for integrating the sexual and spiritual aspects of our being into a harmonious whole, offering the possibility of using erotic energy to open into wondrous spiritual realms.

Couples Coaching

Sexological bodywork is also a wonderful tool for couples coaching, to assist you in deepening your intimacy with your partner. I use a variety of modalities to help you reach your goals. This could include hands-on demonstration and coaching of erotic massage techniques, if appropriate. I also use other methods such as video coaching, partner exercises, and homework assignments.

Sexological Bodywork Modalities

I am a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and tantric educator. I use various modalities during a sexological bodywork session, after discussing your goals and determining the best approach for you. Possibilities include:

  • Fire on the Mountain Taoist Erotic Massage for Men
  • Fire in the Valley Taoist Erotic Massage for Women
  • Breathwork and conscious movement
  • Masturbation coaching
  • Prostate massage
  • Couples coaching
  • Post-surgical massage and healing
Contact me if you are interested in discussing the potential of sexological bodywork for meeting your unique needs.

I received my California State Board of Education certification in Sexological Bodywork through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. I am happy to bring my training in sexual healing and embodiment to Manhattan.