Welcome to Vicki Topp’s website

Vicki Topp teaches, coaches, and provides private somatic sessions.

She conducts workshops and training groups internationally.

Vicki is a founding member of the Esalen Massage School and a Senior Practitioner and Instructor of Esalen Massage & Somatic Bodywork.

She is a Registered Movement Therapist and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®.

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The Gift of Touch Workshop

December 23-25, 2011

Vicki Topp & Guest Leaders

Visit Esalen for reservation information.

Celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. Esalen Massage is a continually evolving, creative form of somatic bodywork. The essence of this practice is the awareness and presence with which one addresses individual needs, balances the whole person, and honors the healing power of touch. This workshop provides a safe and supportive environment for participants to explore sensitivity and connection through massage.

Through brief lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice, the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage—breath awareness, quality of touch, long integrative body strokes, and creative table movements—will be presented. Sessions will include plenty of personal instruction and assistance, to support the process of learning. Our goal is to create a firm foundation for a massage that feels as satisfying to give as to receive.

This holiday retreat is for individuals and partners who would like to offer skilled caring touch to others, and for anyone interested in experiencing the Esalen approach to massage and bodywork. Come prepared to touch and to be touched, both in the workshop and by the beauty, power, and spirit of Esalen and the Big Sur coast. Bring loose, comfortable clothing, two sarongs, and any oils or lotion that you enjoy using.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Please note: There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen lodge.

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Esalen® Massage Certification Training – Bali

February 17 – March 17, 2012

Vicki Topp & Ellen Watson

Art of Essential Touch: 10th Annual Esalen® Massage Certification Training–150 HR Training for Professionals

An Experience of a Life Time!
Esalen® Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over the last 40 years at the Esalen® Institute, in Big Sur, CA. Known for its long flowing integrating strokes, this massage style facilitates the body to heal through deep relaxation.  Come learn this healing art among the flowering jungles and lotus laden ponds of Bali, Indonesia.  This special 30 day training will include in-depth experience and practice in Esalen® massage techniques with extraordinary teachers. The program will be complemented by daily meditation, chanting, yoga, chi gong, ecstatic dance and other moving meditation practices.

Visit www.movingventures.org for complete info.

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Esalen® Bodywork Certification in Taichung, Taiwan

March 3 – 11, 2012

Vicki Topp

Art of Essential Touch: 10th Annual Esalen® Massage Certification Training–150 HR Training for Professionals

Module I – December 2-13, 2011, with Ellen Watson
Module II – December 2-13, 2011, with Vicki Topp

Learning the art of Esalen® Massage is an experience that often changes lives. Whether you intend to create a new career path, deepen your knowledge of bodywork, or spend time healing yourself through touch, our time together is sure to stay with you for years to come. Having taught certification courses for a number of years, we notice the lasting power of these memories – for some, as a healing recollection of new friendships made, for others a time of self-exploration and transformation.
For details and registration of non-Japanese native speakers, please contact esalen@re-treat.jp
If you need translation, cc your inquiry to Ellen@MovingVentures.org, and I’ll make sure your inquiry is sent to a Japanese translator.

Visit www.movingventures.org for complete info.

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Awakening New Elements of Embodiment and Balance in Esalen® Massage

March 17-23, 2012

Vicki Topp

Visit Esalen for reservation information.

This workshop will be a journey through Esalen Massage and Bodywork.

Using principles of experiential anatomy as our base, we will explore the relationship and balance between sensitive and structural touch, skeletal and organ support, and how these concepts open up our sensory awareness and perceptions and refine our physical skills. Specific attention will be given to mindful movement practices and alternate client positions that enhance our understanding of ourselves and refine our quality of connection with our partners. These creative concepts and techniques are easily integrated into your personal massage practice. Come prepared to move and be moved in this extraordinary environment on this journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual embodiment.

CE credit for nurses and bodyworkers available.

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