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Massage Certification Training
for Professionals

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About the Program
Esalen Massage is more then a technique, it is a
practice of presence.

During the Esalen Massage training much focus is placed on the practitioner's relationship to themself and the well-being of practitioner and client are equally important and attended to.

A daily movement practice ( dance/ yoga) and meditation practice will support our study of massage and help bring more awareness, aliveness and presence to our experience and help us to deepen our ability to touch with presence, sensitivity and listening hands and transform “technique”into a true healing art.

The training will provide you with an in depth experience and practice of the basic elements of Esalen Massage:

Breath and Contact, Compressions, Long Flowing Strokes over the whole body, Soft rocking, Passive movement, Gentle stretches and Pausing for integration, while also allowing you to discover how to integrate what you already know into the flow of Esalen Massage, thereby taking your practice to a whole new level.

Learning the art and practice of Esalen® massage with its elements of self exploration and deepening contact with one self is often a life changing experience. Many times we have seen long term practitioners regain their enthusiasm for their massage practice by learning Esalen Massage.

About the Program

About the Program

Massage practitioner holding a clients hand to apply a gentle elongation.

Course Curriculum

  • 70 Hours Esalen Massage Skills/Technique/Theoretical Foundations

  •   5 Hours Communication Skills

  • 10 Hours applied anatomy and physiology/pathology

  •  5 Hours Professional Ethics

  • 10 Hours Movement Practices/Kinesiology/Self Care

   100 Hours Total                                                        

  • 4 Hours of documented movement classes

  • 1 Hour receiving and documenting professional massage

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What you will learn
What you will learn

You will learn

  • The art of touching with presence, sensitivity & listening hand

  • How to work with versus on someone

  • How to be present with yourself and your client 

  • Esalen® massage philosophy, method and art

  • Grounding and centering techniques

  • Sensory awareness practices

  • Meditation and mindfulness practices

  • Good body mechanics

  • Self-care practices: before, during & after the session

  • Basic Gestalt practices for good communication.

  • Boundaries

  • Draping

Massage practitioner holds clients shoulder between her hands for passive movement of the shoulder
History of Esalen & Esle Masage
View of the Big Sur Coast


About Esalen & the History of Esalen Massage

Esalen® Institute which is perched  on a magnifisent piece of land between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur CA is home to Esalen massage.  Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 by Michael Muphy and Dick Price and became the center of the human potential movement. Esalen was a exploratorium for body, mind and spirit. Thinkers like Alan Watts and Aldeous Huxley lived here, Fritz Pearls and Dick Price practiced Gestalt Therapy here and many of the worlds great masters of bodywork developed and practiced their work here, among them:

  • Charlotte Selver, founder of Sensory Awareness

  • Moshee Feldenkrais, creator of the Feldenkrais Method

  • Milton Trager, creator of the Trager Approach
  • Ida Rolf, creator of Structural Intergration (Rolfing)

  • Dr. Stan Grof, creator of Holotropic Breathwork

  • Emily Conrad & Susan Harper,  Continum

       to name just a few.

Influenced by the work of all these teachers and masters, the surrounding nature and the presence of the Pacific Ocean Esalen Massage was born and developed  at the Esalen Institute over the past 50+ years.

Esalen® View from Deck
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View of the massage deck at the Esalen Institute with the bath house and the coast in the background.

Upcoming Training

October 2-8 & October 21-27, 2023 
Madrid, hosted at EQM

The Teachers

About the Teachers

Portrait of Silvia Guersensvaig Esalen massage teacher
Portrait of Nora Matten
Esalen Massage Teacher

Silvia Guersenzvaig

Embarked on her journey as a massage practitioner in 1985 and became an Esalen®️ Massage instructor in 2005. Silvia is a certified Transformational Kinesiology®️ teacher from the Polaris International College from Denmark.

Inspired by her contemplative vision, Silvia developed a practice of alignment and a method to evoke Presence which uses the essential elements of nature and their direct expression in the quality of our stance and touch. 

She is the creator of AstroSoma, somatic astrology and streams AstroBites, a bimonthly podcast in Spotify. 

Nora Matten

Nora devoted the past 20 years to the exploration of body, mind and spirit and is passionate about teaching the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. Nora's professional  journey into massage began in 1999 when she first traveled to Esalen Institute to explore massage. She became an Esalen® Massage Crew member in 2003 and has been teaching Esalen® massage since 2005.  Nora's work and teaching is influenced by Gestalt awareness practice, many forms of bodywork, dance and yoga practices, her training in movement based expressive arts therapy at the Tamalpa Institute,  and her training in prenatal and birth therapy as taught by Ray Castellino.

All of her work is supported by her studies of the Diamond Approach for self-realization.​








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is the 1st Massage School in Madrid. Located in the center of the city the school offers spacious and modern facilities on two floors with all the necessary equipment to support your learning experience.

Location: C. de Cartagena, 170, 28002 Madrid


Phone :    +34 915 61 31 31

WhatsApp: +34 667 83 41 38

Ecuela de Quiromasaje de Madrid


        1.450€  regular price 50% due by Sep 15 remainder by October 2nd

        1.400€  with 50 € discount if registered by August 31st, 2023

200€  due at registration, 500€ by Sep 15t,  remainder of  700€ due by October2nd

         1.300with 150 € discount if registered and paid 50% by Aug 2nd, 2023

         Pay 200  to register + 450by Aug 2nd and the remainder by October 2nd

Please note:
There is a $150 fee payable to Esalen Institute to obtain the Esalen Massage diploma, upon successful completion of the course and all requirements.

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