Esalen Massage Certification Training

juli 6, 2020 – oktober 17, 2020 hele dag
Esalen Massage Certification Training

Datum: July 6 - 25 and Oct 10 - 17 2020
Tijd: will be published
Docent: Mika Oishi block 1 and 2 / Johanna Holloman block 2 / assistents
Locatie: Wingerdweg 32, 1031 CA Amsterdam
Voor wie: for those who want to specialize in Esalen Massage and become a Certified Esalen®︎ Practitioner!
Prijs: € 3.500.= / early-bird price € 3.350,= when subscribing before April 1st / registration fee of € 250



Esalen Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over the last 50 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. This technique is known for its long, integrating strokes, creating an experience of deep relaxation supporting the natural ability of body and mind to self-heal.

This training will provide participants with in depth experience and practice of basic Esalen Massage techniques, enabling them to give a professional full body massage upon completion of the course. Our study of Mssage will be complimented by daily meditation, awareness practice, and movement.

Through our daily massage and awareness practice, we will experience in our own bodies the qualities of aliveness and flowing presence central to this method. This process of self-exploration is a key element of grounding this teaching in the experience of the body itself. In so doing, we all have the opportunity to transform what would simply be a “technique” into a true healing art. The deeper intent of our time together is to learn to touch others by first leaning to be touched, not only by the hands of our fellow students , but by an expansion of our awareness though our own bodies, selves and souls.

Learning the art of Esalen Massage often changes lives. Whether your intent is to explore to change of career, deepen your knowledge of bodywork, or to spend time healing yourself though touching, our time together will certainly stay with you for many years to come.

Whatever your intention, join us for this journey. Our hearts will convey our experience through our hands as we learn to heal ourselves and others through this wonderfully effective method called Esalen Massage.


Johanna Holloman

Johanna Holloman has practiced and taught bodywork for 30 years, blending Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, Somatic Integration, creative movement and her own practice of presence into a unique style of bodywork. She is a German born clinical psychologist and a teacher of the Diamond Approach in the Ridhwan School, teaching Esalen Massage, Deep bodywork and Yoga at the Esalen Institute in CA as well as internationally. Johanna is part of the teaching faculty of the international Esalen Massage Teacher Training at the Esalen Institute. In her work her, the deepest intention is to touch the totality of the soul through loving present touch, allowing the receiver to come home to the immediacy and dynamic stillness of their Being.


Mika Oishi

Mika Oishi has taught massage and bodywork around the world, including Japan, Scotland (at the Findhorn Foundation), Bali and Hawaii. She is a dedicated practitioner and teacher who has studied Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, Craniosacral therapy, and the Feldenkrais Method, as well as Somatic experiencing, meditation and presence-based movement.
She was born in Japan and grew up as a "normal Japanese" until she faced a big crisis, when many of her coworkers dropped out due to mental stress and crisis. Feeling the effects of their pain, she started seeking a way to mental health and balance and on her journey she found Esalen massage. Right away she noticed that Esalen massage gives us the space to be who we are as a whole being, and the wisdom to heal ourselves by presence-based loving touch.


Esalen Massage®︎ Certification Program Overview

Esalen Massage®︎ distinguishes itself in its sensitive, responsive approach to each person and each session. In this hands-on work, body, mind, and spirit are inextricably linked. This holistic approach is effective for health and healing issues, somatic concerns, physical stress reduction, and well-being.

Esalen offers a certification which allows graduates to promote their work as Esalen Massage®︎ and to be included in the worldwide practitioner list on our Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association (EMBA) website.


175 hours Esalen Massage®︎ Certification
This course is designed for both beginners of Massage and for those already certificated in another modality who wish to learn and practice Esalen Massage. It focuses on the methodology and philosophy of Esalen massage. And also you learn anatomy, physiology, business, ethics, hygiene and assessment.

The training will take 23 days of 7 hours, 3 days of 4 hours and one evening. In totaal 175 hours. The first block will take 18 days and the second block 8 days.


Subscribing and payment
You secure your place in this training by paying a non-refundable registration fee of € 250, using the green button at this page. The invoice you will find at the bottom of the confirmation mail you receive. By paying the registration fee you agree to commit to participation and payment of the whole training. Before the payment dates are due, we will sent you an invoice.

When you register before April 1st, you receive an early-bird discount of € 150. The last payment will then be € 600 instead of € 750.

  • Registration fee of € 250 before May 1st 2020
  • € 1500 before July 1ste 2020
  • € 1000 before Sept 15 2020
  • € 750 before Oct 1ste 2020 (or € 600 in case of early-bird price)

For more information you can always contact Petra van Os: or (0031) 06 - 27065856.

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