Bill Kester

Feel more like the self YOU want to be!

One of my teachers at Esalen said: "One way to think of what we do is that we put our heart in our hands and lead or follow them around the table."  I follow her guidance in this, and I have come to rely on my hands as extensions of my heart.  Through my hands, my heart listens to the needs of my clients, and from my heart I bring the skills of my training and experience to support the client's healing process.  Working in this way is intuitive with a clinical integrity that is respectful of ...

One of my teachers at Esalen said: "One way to think of what we do is that we put our heart in our hands and lead or follow them around the table."  I follow her guidance in this, and I have come to rely on my hands as extensions of my heart.  Through my hands, my heart listens to the needs of my clients, and from my heart I bring the skills of my training and experience to support the client's healing process.  Working in this way is intuitive with a clinical integrity that is respectful of the client as healer. Yes, the client is the true healer, and it is essential for me, as a therapist to recognize and honor that fact.  With that acceptance in place, amazing improvement may occur (I still hear a voice from long ago - Moshe Feldenkrais - saying "all we are looking for is a little improvement").  My clients feel in my touch a healing intention, a presence with them in the moment, a generous respect. Together, we work toward a common goal, expressed by another teacher of mine - Hugh Milne - as "a clear head, an open heart, in a body free from pain."

Whether you come to me after great recent or stored trauma (one client was run over by a truck, many have experienced and survived terrible child, spousal, or other abuse, some bring grief from the death of spouse, parent, child or close friend); after the traumas of surgery or childbirth; after a crushing disappointment in love or work; because of the overwhelming ongoing strains of work, family, moving; or just because you feel it's time to treat yourself to a massage, we will craft a session or sessions together that address what you need. 
It is a truism that healing begins the moment you schedule an appointment.   Why not now? 

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Licenses
Massage

CA # 11256

Education
2002

Esalen Institute

Esalen® Professional Massage Intensive

2007

Esalen Institute

Deep Bodywork I,II, III

2003

Body Therapy Institute

Advanced Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, Advanced Esalen®

2010

Milne Institute Inc

Visionary Craniosacral Therapy 1-7

1970

San Francisco State University

BA, MA Drama

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

Practitioner level training at Body Therapy Institute, Palo Alto, CA 2003 Instructor: Reiko Dewey. Advanced Professional Training with the Milne Institute 2007 - 2010 Instructors: Hugh Milne, Giorgia Milne, Regina Callahan Certified as a Visionary Craniosacral Therapy Worker (VCSW) 2010 Practicing this modality since 2003

Esalen® Massage

Certified Esalen® Practioner, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA 2003. Professionally practiced this modality in Berkeley since 2003.

Body Therapy Institute, Palo Alto

Team taught Advanced Massage and Bodywork 2004-2007

Advanced Massage Therapist

Certified by Body Therapy Institute, Palo Alto, CA 2003. Practicing this modality professionally in Berkeley since 2003.

Deep Bodywork®

Three courses (I, II & IV) taught at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, by Perry and Johanna Holloman completed in 2007. Practicing this modality since 2007.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Anonymous on Apr 04
I most enjoyed sitting and swapping stories. Great to see you Bill!
by Corinne on Mar 28
Bill has deep capacity for tuning in, listening to the body, and meeting it where it needs to be met. It's been wonderful to work with him.
by Anonymous on Mar 25
Bill is a wonderful body worker. I've seen him for over 10 years for massage -- No two sessions have been the same. He is incredibly tuned into the body and meets you where you are, with tenderness, strength, knowledge, intuition, and personalized care. He is a true gem of a practitioner!
by Cecilia on Mar 16
Bill is a Master. I have been going to him for years and he just gets better. Thank you Bill.
by Mirabai on Mar 06
I could feel my knee was softer and more flexible after my appointment with Bill. It's not completely better but I want to make another appointment. I feel it's going in the right direction and I'm so pleased!
by Anonymous on Feb 27
Bill is a true healer.
by Anonymous on Dec 08
I really appreciated how Bill worked on my IT band and figured out the source of the pain. He is an amazing body tissue detective! Additionally, the headaches I was getting from my recent concussion are subsiding thanks to Bill knowledgeable and effective cranial sacrum massage. Thanks, Bill!
by Samuel on Dec 02
Bill took time to listen to my concerns and developed a careful and well-thought through approach. His skill level is at the very best and he made me feel very at-ease - not an easy task when one is experiencing discomfort.
by Anonymous on Apr 29
His touch and his knowledge about the human body and spirit.
by Kirsten on Apr 20
Bill’s work continues to improve, to deepen; I’ve been a client for ten years, so I’ve witnessed that. This most recent session was heavenly; I’d had a rough week at work, and it all seeped away in 90 minutes. Extraordinary.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Deep Tissue
  • Esalen® Massage

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