Video Course: Introduction to Esalen Massage

Robin Fann-Costanzo

Esalen massage is a fluid modality conceived at the Esalen Institute on the coast of Big Sur, California, that infuses Eastern and Western philosophies. This course introduces practitioners to the history, philosophy, approach, and foundational techniques of Esalen massage through lecture and hands-on demonstration. The instructor guides viewers through several movement exercises to learn the Esalen massage approach to bodywork including presence, grounding and centering, breath and contact, and flow. Practitioners also learn, through demonstration, the foundational Esalen massage hands-on techniques. The goal of the course is to introduce therapists to Esalen massage so they are able to incorporate the philosophy, approach, and hands-on techniques into their current sessions and determine if they wish to study the modality further and in more depth.

This course was filmed on location at the 2017 World Massage Festival. 

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Robin Fann-Costanzo

Robin Fann-Costanzo is an Esalen massage practitioner and instructor who has been teaching continuing education classes in massage and yoga since 1996. She worked at the Esalen Institute for 15 years, collaborated in the development of the Esalen teacher training program, and is featured in the Esalen massage DVD. In addition to Esalen massage, Robin has extensive training in craniosacral therapy, somatoemotional release, gestalt therapy, life coaching, and dance therapy. Robin is co-owner and program director of the Still Point Wellness Spa in Asheville, NC and a massage instructor on staff at The Center for Massage and Natural Health. Learn more at

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