As I became a massage therapist in California in the early nineties, I've never heard of this massage before I came back to France to work as a massage therapist. Indeed, French people don't like deep tissue massage. They associate massage to relaxation and wellness. Therefore, this massage from California is very popular in France.
Californian massage is a relaxing massage that has the same effect as a Swedish massage or other wellness massages. Based mainly on touch techniques, it is a work on the sensory and relational level.
Californian massage, also known as Esalen massage, began in early 1970 during a group psychotherapy session in California, USA. It was a former follower of the Swedish massage, Margareth Elke, who was at the origin of the development of the codes and structures of Californian massage before its expansion in France and the United States. In addition, Californian massage is a standard relaxation massage in wellness centres. It is often practiced between partners, through gentle movements, listening to the skin and the body's sensitivity.
This massage is essentially to provide the body with well-being and relaxation.
In addition, it focuses mainly on three parts of the body: the chest, the stomach and the back.
A Californian massage session lasts on average one hour.
The practitioner uses parfumed oils to facilitate his gentle movements and often, a first contact session is held between him and the patient in order to build confidence that guarantees the effectiveness of the massage.
Californian massage works on several levels: mind, body and emotions. It brings many benefits such as: