Shirley Tools

Californian massage

The Californian Massage dates back to the 70’s where it was created in the Esalen Institute and combines elements from the Swedish massage, from which it kept specific motions (long strokes, sliding pressures, kneading and rotation friction) and the more gentle characteristics from the Esalen massage.

The Californian Massage is more of an inward journey rather than a therapeutic treatment. Through long strokes, a slow pace and pauses, you are invited to return to your natural state of balance and alignment. Transformation occurs not through deep-tissue work but rather through an active participation between giver and receiver. As your practitioner’s hands direct your attention, this awareness evokes relaxation and change.

What I love about this whole body massage is that it is very respectful and adapts to the needs of the person who is massaged. In all my massage training, this was always my favorite because it starts out soft, but can go quite deep as well if needed.

Though I no longer work as a massage therapist, I am happy to offer this experience to people who engage in a LET GO & FLOW INTENSIVE in person with me. When working on old issues and recurring challenges, this hands-on treatment is a beautiful way to bring some variety and relaxation into the fun but very intense process during the three days in person. This is yet another way to work the body-mind-connection and to allow the system to reset into a more relaxed and empowered state.