Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...
In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.
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Esalen massage: What is it?
An Esalen massage is a full-body massage. The goal of an Esalen massage is to induce deep relaxation and to eventually allow healing processes in the body to start. This is done with the help of long, wide strokes. During an Esalen massage, guests become aware of their own bodies and often are able to ease their minds and let go of everyday stress.
Esalen massage: Where does it come from?
The Esalen massage was developed in 1960s, at the Esalen institute in Big Sur, California. Michael Murphy and Dick Price founded the institute as a centre dedicated to explore ‘untapped human potential’. The institute focused on spiritual and personal renewal and incorporated eastern concepts, which were at that time still quite unconventional, assuming that body, mind and soul were connected.
Esalen massages incorporate various massage techniques. Therefore, no two sessions are exactly the same. Light oil is usually applied to reduce friction and sessions usually start with the client lying face down on a massage table.