The Coming Storm

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Life, Travel

The smoky, hazy skies of Northern California’s fire season have me dreaming of crisp, powdery winter plans. Right up there with my devotion to providing unique bodywork and high-quality outcall massage, I am a bona fide ski bum.

Ezekiel O'BrienThe Coming Storm

All Along the Watchtower

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

One of the great joys of doing mobile Esalen massage in Santa Fe are the wonderful hiking opportunities New Mexico affords. One of my favorite hikes is the Atalaya mountain trail. Atalaya means

Ezekiel O'BrienAll Along the Watchtower

Memories of Glenn

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Life, Massage

In the first trimester of my massage school, Mark Caffarel, the former car mechanic turned massage therapy instructor, mentioned Esalen as a magical place full of long strokes intermingled with the sounds of waves. That sounded pretty good to me as I labored through the conservative, stifling and rigorous 1,000-hour syllabus at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts.

Ezekiel O'BrienMemories of Glenn

Keep it Simple

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Massage

Some of the simplest massage strokes feel the most complete.  Christina Vasquez came to class excited to share a move she had formulated in her 

Ezekiel O'BrienKeep it Simple

The Power of Trigger Points

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Massage

The year was 2000. I kept my bodywork schedule in a paper calendar and took my calls for  appointments over a Nokia flip phone. I was living on the top floor of a charming bungalow on a  hill near the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado.  My lifestyle was quite active: trail running up Mount Sanitas; lifting weights at Rally

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Pages From the Family Album

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

One of the attributes which attracts clients to my Deep Esalen bodywork is a unique combination of massage moves which I custom-tailor to a client’s needs and desires. My offering is one-of-a-kind. Common feedback I receive is

Ezekiel O'BrienPages From the Family Album

Feedback Matters

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Massage

Feedback matters.  One of the best ways to get a really good massage is to tell me what feels really good. I am so experienced, dedicated and in-tune that I rarely perceive that a client feels they did not get a  good massage even if they didn’t get the session they expected, or don’t chose to rebook.

Ezekiel O'BrienFeedback Matters

Chin Out and Down

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Life

We had moved to Taos, New Mexico during a period of personal and professional upheaval surrounding my career, and I was beginning to plan my relationship to bodywork and my public facing marketing going forward. I wanted to begin the process of building a new website that was more descriptive of my services for the public while protecting me through

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Sole to Sole

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Life, Massage

This week, I was working on a first-time client in San Rafael who had contacted me for a deep tissue massage. When I got to the part of the massage where I climb on the table and stand on the soles of a client’s feet, he was delighted and said, “No one has ever done that to me before.” 

Ezekiel O'BrienSole to Sole

Daily Practice

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Life

On my recent outcall massage and bodywork visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I asked a client during a pre-session intake interview about his exercise habits. He said, “I do lots of yoga.” Intrigued, as I love to practice yoga, I asked him, “what type?” “There is a lady who teaches at the clubhouse and she instructs in Hatha, Vinyasa

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