A Breathtaking Hike!

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

In the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon near Medford there are two prominent mesas accentuating the picturesque valley, named Lower and Upper Table Rock. Besides being great landmarks to view from a car heading north or south on Interstate 5, both mesas afford great leg-stretching, boredom-breaking hikes.

Ezekiel O'BrienA Breathtaking Hike!

Have Table Warmer, Will Travel

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

One of the most essential items I carry with me to my outcall Deep Esalen bodywork is a table warmer, as one of the variables that’s difficult to control in an in-home massage is the temperature of a client’s domicile.

Ezekiel O'BrienHave Table Warmer, Will Travel

Semantics and Somatics

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

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.”

Ezekiel O'BrienSemantics and Somatics

Destination: Mt Bachelor

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

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. 

Ezekiel O'BrienDestination: Mt Bachelor

Winter Plans

 by Ezekiel O'Brien in Uncategorized

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

Ezekiel O'BrienWinter Plans

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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