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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

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!