Jordanna Alexandra Glueckauf
Health Equity and Massage
Making massage therapy more accessible
Since journeying to the Esalen Institute in 2012, Jordanna has dedicated her life to the study of holistic health and somatic healing. Most recently, she completed a Masters of Public Health, with a focus on health equity. Her vision is to make complimentary and alternative health practices, like massage, more accessible by supporting their integration into traditional healthcare settings. As a massage therapist with over six years of experience, she can attest to the profound benefits of healing touch, and the necessity of incorporating touch into interventions for chronic pain, illness, and terminal illness.
Jordanna's interest in the transformative power of touch began during her over three and a half years of residence at the Esalen Institute. Esalen is the birthplace of a wide variety of bodywork modalities including: Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork®, Sensory Awareness, Cortical Field Reeducation, Feldenkrais, and the Traeger Method. She immersed herself in the study of these modalities under the tutelage of several master practitioners. In addition, her knowledge of the body-mind was shaped by extensive coursework in Gestalt Therapy, Soul Motion Dance, and yoga teacher training in Raja-Style Yoga. Her work is a fusion of these healing practices; an attuned and flowing dance that is deeply therapeutic.
Integrative long strokes and deep therapeutic touch
The fundamentals of Jordanna's massage practice are inspired by the over 500 hours of training at the Esalen Institute under the tutelage of several master practitioners. Esalen ® Massage is an internationally renowned therapy, characterized by long, flowing strokes that soothe the nervous system and facilitate deep healing.
In addition to her Esalen training, she draws on over 500 hours of training in, Esalen-style Deep Bodywork, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage, Acupressure, Feldenkrais, Myofascial Release, and Traeger Method to deliver an integrative session that combines subtle and deep touch techniques to restore the nervous system and address the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Her intention is to be fully present, listening with both her hands and heart. Her goal is to leave you feeling more connected with your breath and body.
What is Esalen Massage?
“In the Esalen massage, four basic principles are operating:
1. The practitioner is working with, instead of on, the client.
2. The massage is a moving meditation; the practitioner is committed to being as fully present as possible for the entire massage session, bringing a full-hearted, meditative presence to the table.
3. The practitioner is aware that a client may be affected on physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual levels.
4. Long, flowing strokes, integrated throughout the massage give a sense of relaxation, connection and wholeness.
When looking at these principles more deeply, it is apparent how interrelated they are: When a practitioner is working with, instead of on, a client, the practitioner learns to listen and respond to what he/she is feeling both in the actual tissues and on an intuitive level. Consequently, the Esalen practitioner responds to the unique issues presented by the individual client, instead of imposing a particular protocol, from or set way of working as in some other forms of massage. In order to successfully feel and know what is appropriate for a particular client, the practitioner needs to develop a full-hearted presence, the ability to be truly present and focused with the client, and to listen with the whole being.
Often, bringing this full-hearted presence to the table enables a client to feel safe enough internally to relax and let go on very deep levels. Formerly unexpressed emotions, the holding of tissues that often follow with trapped emotions, or even held pain due to physical or emotional trauma-all have the opportunity to rise to the surface and clear from the bodymind, frequently affecting the client on more than a physical level.
The responsibility of the Esalen practitioner is to stay fully present and provide a safe space, thus supporting the release of the pain or emotion that was originally trapped in the tissue in the body.
The fourth principle, the long, flowing strokes in Esalen massage, not only relax and prepare clients for deeper touch, they also easily move the practitioner from one area to another are of the body, supporting the feelings of connection, integration and wholeness. The effectiveness of the long integrating strokes is becoming more apparent as evidenced by the number of other massage modalities have begun incorporating signature Esalen strokes.”
~Deborah Anne Meadow – Massage Magazine April 2011
Benefits of Massage
A Whole-Body Approach to Healing
Summary of Benefits
Massage therapy is an integral part of a holistic approach to optimal health and wellness. Whether you are seeking treatment for an acute injury, greater functional mobility, or stress reduction, massage is a powerful tool that brings the body systems back into a harmonious balance.
With integrative, long flowing strokes and targeted deep tissue techniques, I will attune to your body's specific needs and tailor my session to provide maximal therapeutic benefits that last long after the session has ended.
My hope is to build a trusting relationship that facilitates healing of the physical, emotional, and energetic body.