The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners, Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • May 27 - Jun 1, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set. Bodyworkers who have learned to work slowly and with great sensitivity on these deeper layers are sought after both in private practice and in spas. Perry and Johanna Holloman have created a series of classes for massage professionals that are designed to teach deep tissue skills, which are readily integrated into participants’ current massage practice.

This class will focus on the hips at an advanced level, the feet, and the lower legs. The prevalence of hip pain, which, if not resolved, can lead to hip replacement surgery, has become a complaint that practitioners see more frequently than in the past. Learning to free the gluteus medius, minimus, and the tensor fascia latae will be an important focus in this class. Opening the feet, and freeing the four primary soft tissue layers of the sole of the foot will also be taught. The effects on the entire body from competent footwork are often remarkable. Participants will be taught how to move seamlessly from the foot onto the lower leg, with particular emphasis on the tibialis anterior and its role in flexing the foot at the ankle.

There will be plenty of time for questions, and discussion of actual cases participants may have encountered in their practices. Previous massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced class.

There is an additional $30 in tuition added at the time of registration. This course offers 32 continuing education credits for massage. For more information, visit

($5 materials fee for manuals will be added to the workshop cost)

CE credit for nurses;

CE credit for massage;

CE credit for acupuncturists;



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