Ezekiel O’Brien

It is important to read this well-written site thoroughly; this massage offering is unique. Warmly, Zeke.

Welcome to Deep Esalen™ Massage by Zeke. A unique, two-decades-in-the-making, deeply nurturing massage and bodywork offering. I am a traveling Esalen massage therapist primarily based out of Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1997, I have taken pride in bringing a palpable passion to my evolving bodywork business. My informed, loving touch skillfully blends technical bodywork with the fundamentals of yoga and soothing deep Esalen bodywork. Our session is a dance between the intensity of focused deep tissue massage and dreamy, enveloping, nurturing touch. My intention for our session is that our shared time leaves you feeling whole, integrated, and furthermore deeply touched. If you are looking for the finest in therapeutic in-home outcall touch, which is deeply heartfelt, warmly sensual, and full of transformative touch…Welcome!

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Stroke Sheet


An opening of my massage and a hello. The sensation of “myo” work is that of a friendly Indian burn. “Myo” strokes by nature are accomplished without oil. Myofascial massage consists of slow, connected strokes to move, shape, and open the fascia so that your muscles can find comfortable space.


Wavelike, delicious long strokes without end. My style of Esalen  is trance-inducing, deep, sensual and a prominent part of my massage riff. My mentor, the late Glenn Wilson of Tucson, was an accomplished Esalen practitioner. Furthermore, I enjoyed a one-year internship at the Esalen Institute of Big Sur, California where I attended the in-house Esalen  Massage program.

Nurturing Swedish

A lotion-aided massage. Featuring sumptuous sensual head-to-toe long strokes (effleurage) mixed in with kneading massage moves (petrissage). The flow teases out tightness in tired muscles. My style of Swedish is deeply relaxing and hypnotizing. When in the throes of deeper, more intense bodywork, I return to the hypnotizing and grounding Swedish riff, often to deeply integrate the changes.

Focused Trigger Point Work

AKA knot work, shiatsu, or accupressure. Firm, direct, pointed, and patient holding of bunched-up muscle. The goal is to break up the blockages which enable discomfort and tightness. Point work “hurts so good” because it floods the body with yummy endorphins.

Educated Deep Tissue

During deep work, I listen to your body and use my knowledge of anatomy to go deep without danger. A decade of listening and working with athletes and large adults informs my highly-skilled style of deep work. After my deep tissue you will be able to walk comfortably the next day, and your challenged muscles will be addressed deeply with care.

Yoga-Based Stretches

Stretches are a big part of my massage offering. As a lifelong big man and dedicated yoga practitioner, I love a good stretch. Flowing from my experience, I employ and transfer various asanas (yoga routines) from the yoga mat to the table and into your massage. Furthermore, in reality, attempting to stretch yourself is a bit like tickling yourself. . .it’s always so much better if you have a helping hand (or body) to assist in your stretchy bliss.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you addressing COVID-19 in your hands-on work?

I double-mask while giving a session and suggest you do also while receiving your session. Ventilation is encouraged, and if you have space I recommend doing the session outdoors. I also get tested on a regular basis. I have both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.


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Kind Words from Two
Decades of Dedicated Touch

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Michael McCarthy

Santa Monica

“I have received massages from Zeke for over 10 years, and I see him whenever he is in town. His massage is a wonderful combination of deep tissue, body-long Esalen strokes, and wonderful stretching using his strong hands, elbows, forearms, and knees. His movements are like a dance around your body that will leave you in a dream like state. He will find every stress point and leave you relaxed. He responds quickly to messages and is absolutely dependable. He has a friendly, mountain-man personality and his massage is spiritually nurturing. Time spent with him is simply the very best body work that I have experienced.”

Craig A. Smith

Santa Fe, New Mexico

“An excellent massage session, fully up to previous experience and expectations. There was plenty of deep pressure varied by lighter touch, and very good attention to problem areas including neck and shoulders. I would recommend this masseur at the highest level.”

Angela Lim

Berkeley, Ca

“I feel very lucky that I found Zeke and even more lucky that he has time on his calendar to work with me and my back and hip issues. Zeke has an amazing sense of how to work on problem areas as he has had many years of experience providing body work to his clients. For those of us who are athletic and tend to push our bodies to the limit, we depend on healers like Zeke to help us recover so we can keep doing the sport or activity that we love. He has been absolutely professional and very helpful in my two years of working with him and I hope we continue to work together for many more years!”

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Semantics and Somatics


I recently had an outcall massage at the home of a Kung Fu practitioner in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Before the massage session, during our intake interview, I asked him about incorporating stretches into his table time and he replied, “Although I probably need them, I’d prefer not as I want a lighter, more relaxing session.”

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Destination: Mt Bachelor


As a self-funded 14-year-old skier without family members who also skied, Mt. Bachelor was a bit of a Shangri La to me. 

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Winter Plans


With the passing of the Fall Equinox, my winter plans are coming into crisper focus. This winter will hopefully be all about skiing. 

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text please let me know a bit about you and what you are seeking from your session.
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