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, 175 hours in total
Tijd: see text below for detailed program
Docent: Mika Oishi and Johanna Holloman
Locatie: Wingerdweg 32, 1031 CA Amsterdam
Voor wie: masseurs and massage therapists who want to specialize in Esalen Massage and become a Certified Esalen®︎ Practitioner!
Prijs: Early-bird discount of € 150. See details below



Take your first step into Esalen….
Founded in 1962, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California, has developed a unique form of bodywork. 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. But it is more than a technique….it integrates the possibilities of reconciling intellect and experience, mind and body, meditation and action.

This is your time. This is your journey
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.

Do you want to explore the possibilities of the Esalen Massage Certification Program?

Contact us reach out to us for advice and information

What can you expect during the training?

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.

You will learn: Esalen®Massage, Joint Mobilization, Anatomie/Physiologie, Pregnancy massage, Contra-indication, Ehtics, Business practice and Psychological Aspects of working with clients. 

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.

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 masseurs and massage therapists 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.

Training 1: 6-25 July

    • Monday 6 - Friday 10 - class 9:30 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 18:30
    • Saturday 11 - class 9:30 - 13:30
    • Sunday 12 - day off
    • Monday 13 - Friday 17 - class 9:30 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 18:30
    • Saturday 18 - class 9:30 - 13:30
    • Sunday 19 - day off
    • Monday 20 - Friday 24 - class 9:30 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 18:30
    • Saturday 25 - class 9:30 - 13:30
    • Included will be 2 evenings from 19:30 - 21:30. (exact dates will be added when known)

Training 2: 10-17 October

    • Saturday 10 - Thursday 16 - class 9:30 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 18:30
    • Saturday 17 - class 9:30 - 13:30

Registration and payment

Registration can be done through clicking the green button (tab) here, or on the top or bottom of this page.


To secure your place in the training, we ask a registration fee of € 250 (please note, this will be non-refundable). The invoice will be attached at the bottom of the confirmation mail you will receive. By paying the registration fee, you agree to commit to participation and payment of the whole training. Before the payment dates are due, you will receive an invoice.

Register before April 1st and receive an early-bird discount of € 150!

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

For more information or advice if this training is for you, contact our advisor Petra van Os: or (0031) 06 - 27065856.

Meet the trainers

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.


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