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.
Polarity Therapy is a holistic health system developed by Dr. Randolph Stone that works with our bodies’ energy system, including chi (life force, or prana) and chakras. Polarity Therapy is based on the premise that we are fields of pulsating life energy made up of the five elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Each element corresponds to a chakra, and has energy lines running up and down both sides of the body and into the hands and feet. There are also negative, positive, and neutral lines of energy running up and down the spine, and criss-crossing at the primary chakra points. When the energy system of our body is out of balance, the imbalance can manifest as physical, emotional, or mental pain or discomfort. Polarity Therapy works to balance our body’s energy system, freeing up energy so that it can flow naturally throughout your body. There can be blockages in the energy lines themselves, or in different joints and organs. Here are some examples of correspondences between the five elements, the chakras, and specific locations in the body:
- Ether – throat chakra (blue) – joints
- Air – heart chakra (green) – shoulders
- Fire – solar plexus chakra (yellow) – solar plexus
- Water – reproductive chakra (orange) – feet
- Earth – root chakra (red) – neck
Some healing systems work with the body’s energy, called Qi or Chi. Normally, Qi circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances, clear blockages, and restore the flow of energy, thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being. Acupressure works by sending a signal to the body to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. It is also an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. Esalen relaxation massage incorporates acupressure into some of the healing strokes that I normally integrate into a session. I can also work with specific acupressure points that might be giving you pain. I always check with my clients about the current state of your body before we begin a session. Be sure to let me know if you are experiencing localized pain in your body. You can also perform self acupressure. But I think you will enjoy adding acupressure to your Esalen relaxation massage more! See you soon.
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.
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.