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

“Thank you for all your help and assistance over the years with our products. I would have no hesitation
in recommending you to my clients.”

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This Land is Your Land…


When I embark on my May Deep Esalen™ Massage tour, I spend most nights camping
in the back of my 2014 Red Chevy Silverado. Keeping costs down gives me the
opportunity to hike, hot spring, and catch up with old friends and clients for an entire
I never pay for camping, which works just fine for me. I relish the solitude, time to catch
up on Netflix binges and star-filled nights. Someone unfamiliar with “boondocking,” (free
campsite-finding) might wonder, “How do you find free camping?”
Well, in my opinion, the thing that makes America exceptional is our vast network of
public lands. On public land, unless there is a prominently-posted exclusion, it is legal to
camp for 14 days in the same spot. The basic meaning of public land is it belongs to
you, the public. So, it is a vastly underutilized resource.
Which brings me to my favorite app on my iPhone: GaiaGPS. GaiaGPS is an extremely
powerful map program with hundreds of overlays that put maps on top of your location.
They have topographical (topo) maps from 1900, National Geographic topo’s, hunting
maps and my favorite – the public/private land overlay.
I have included a screenshot from GaiaGPS of my camping spot on May 4th, 2021, just
uphill from Bishop, California in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The turquoise area is L.A.
Water and Power, and the yellow is private land; both are decidedly a no-go. The green
is BLM land, which stands for Bureau of Land Management AKA public land. And, that
orange arrow is my trusty Silverado.
My wife and I often camp just behind Sierra Hot Springs, in Sierraville, CA, at a spot just
inside Forest Service public land. You access it by a county road that runs right through
the resort and then turns into a Forest Service road. One time when I had had enough
of the resort’s security asking me what I was doing, I put a call in to the District Ranger.
I got his voicemail, but he called me back within half an hour and by the end of our
conversation, in which I mentioned GaiaGPS, he said he was going to call them and
remind them that the public land was not theirs and they shouldn’t harass people
camping there.
Public land is your birthright as an American and a wonderful, cost-effective resource for
recreation and camping, which is easy to pin down with GaiaGPS.
Happy (free) Camping!

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