Massage Techniques Taught in Classes


Beginners learn a sequence of 33 massage strokes and some Poetics of Touch refinements for enrichment. This requires 12-15 hours in the classroom, and at home practice. Workshops of shorter duration offer some of this material. Focus is placed on body mechanics, form, communication, and quality of touch, as well as becoming comfortable giving and receiving massage. We address questions such as:
  1. What makes massage feel safe and smooth?
  2. What are my natural strengths and talents with massage?
  3. Is there anything I need to subtract? For example, Is any of my work too abrupt?


At the intermediate level, massage strokes have been memorized, eliminating the need to pause and read written notes. Transitions between strokes, the use of repetition, and how value develops are featured. Gaining confidence is the goal, along with learning new strokes and rhythm patterns. We answer questions such as:
  1. What makes massage seem interesting and uplifting?
  2. What makes massage thorough?
  3. How can my work be more effortless and flowing?


Like poetry that distills words to expand consciousness, advanced study polishes qualities associated with fine craft, naturalness, style, and self-expression. Design elements of composition are honed. In addition to form, we focus on questions like:
  1. How fast must a "river of massage strokes" travel for clients to feel carried along?
  2. Some massage poems describe a descent through layers of earth that symbolizes the body. How can I layer my work so it goes deep without being intrusive?
  3. How can my massage produce the heightened state of awareness that sparks creative ideas?

For All Levels of Experience

Fine-tuning infuses massage strokes with micro-movements or nuances of gesture that produce effective results and a sense of well being. The massage poems and Poetics of Touch concepts provide an unusual wealth of imagery that can be translated into touch.

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