Californian massage, also known as Esalen massage, is a relaxing and therapeutic massage technique that originated in California in the 1960s. It is a combination of Swedish massage, body awareness and breathing techniques, and elements of acupressure and reflexology.
California massage uses long, flowing movements that create a deep sense of relaxation and calm. The masseur uses his/her hands, fingers, forearms and elbows to massage the muscles and tissues of the body. Oils are also used to moisturise the skin and make the movements smoother.