(A little pun for our lawyer friends.) The benefits of massage are well-documented, and are an important aspect of Esalen®
relaxation massage. The benefits are physical, emotional, mental
, and spiritual.
Physical and Emotional Benefits
These physical and emotional benefits are commonly experienced from receiving Esalen relaxation massage:
- reduced tension in your muscles
- reduced or eliminated pain, including low back pain and headaches
- improved joint mobility
- improved circulation (helping with numbness and pins-and-needles)
- improved lymphatic drainage and immune system functioning
- reduced depression and anxiety
- improved mood and outlook
- increased body awareness (somatic education)
Each of my clients have experienced multiple benefits from this list after a single session. Some people continue to experience the uplifted mood caused by reduced tension and endorphin release for several days after the massage. The endorphins
released during massage are natural pain and stress fighters.
Esalen relaxation massage brings the physical and emotional benefits mentioned above, and it also has a more mysterious benefit that is hard to describe. My clients often have trouble putting this benefit into words, but I would call it a spiritual benefit. I believe the Esalen relaxation massage takes people to an extraordinary state that they haven’t ever experienced before. This is due in part because most people have never experienced over two hours of continuous touch by someone who is touching them with presence, connection, and awareness. It is truly a unique and wonderful experience, which can open up doorways to new aspects of our being that we may not be in touch with during the busyness of our daily lives.
According to the Mayo Clinic
, massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.The type of relaxation massage I practice at my Manhattan studio is not medical massage, but the massage offers relaxation, joint mobilization, and improved energetic flow. These aspects of the massage have significant benefits for my clients’ health and well-being, and clients have reported feeling more energy, increased ease of movement in their bodies, awakening of sexual energy, and other distinct physical changes that are clearly linked to the massage.