I’d taken the first step, and like they say, the first step is always the hardest, right? Actually, showing up to what was essentially the unknown was a far harder step. Before I knew it, I was entering the pool of darkness for one hour. The door shut behind me, and then there was nothing.
Mother Nature is our greatest teacher and physician producing an array of natural medicines that support healing and inner transformation. Some of Her greatest gifts to humanity come from the plant kingdom, a domain that offers many remedies to nourish our body and mind and soothe what ails our soul. One of the many blessings that arise from these botanicals is the flowers, and from these blossoms flower essences are created.
This article originally appeared in the Florida State Massage Therapy Magazine, Massage Message.
Imagine yourself sitting on the cliffs of the Santa Lucia Mountain range in Big Sur, California looking out at the Pacific Ocean. You hear the crash of the ocean waves below and a sea otter as it floats on its back cracking shells. You see an occasional condor soaring above. The sun is shining, the air is filled with the smell of sea water and sulphur from the hot springs. The hot water bubbles up from under the earth and pours into the large bath tubs.
People from all over the world, and all walks of life, gather to bathe in these pools of healing waters and experience the beauty of nature and the magic of the place. This sacred ground, the Esalen Institute, once home to the Esselen Indians, is the birthplace of Esalen massage.
Eddie - The theme this week is The Power of Mindful Touch. Perhaps you could give us an idea of what we might be talking about this evening.
Robin - Thanks for asking Eddie. I suppose over my lifetime, really since I was a child, I’ve been really interested in touch and present touch and I’ve spent most of my life I would say dedicated to that exploration. I spent many years at the Esalen Institute practicing and learning different types of bodywork and massage as well and I’m looking forward to talking about my experiences over all these years.
Journey back in time to the beginnings of Esalen Massage with Robin Fann-Costanzo and Deborah Medow, manager of the Esalen Healing Arts Department and longtime Esalen bodywork practitioner, yoga instructor and workshop leader.
For perhaps the first time since the dark, salty silence of the womb, I found myself in a place where strain was fundamentally not required. Again, you can't know how profound that really is until you experience it.
Bring creative sounds like a lot of work. Keep in mind I’m an artist. I am also one who likes to plan, to strategize, and organize (read: INTJ Capricorn). Lets just say my passion and personality haven’t always seamlessly merged. I’ve always felt stuck in my head, trapped in an over-analytical mindset. Thinking and over-thinking everything, especially creative projects, can be torture.