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 Phyllis on Oct 29
What's not to like? I have never been to a more skilled or healng therapist, and i've been to many in my lifetime.
by Mirabai on Sep 23
My wrists feel so much better. It's amazing what you do. How do you do it?! Thank you. Happy wrists.
by Henry on Sep 04
Strength -knowledge -experience!
by Mona on Aug 27
Bill, your cranial sacral treatment on my neck and head really helped me. I feel so much better today. I am so grateful! Mona
by Katherine on Aug 05
Bill's work is always healing and soothing, and I leave feeling my body is in better balance after a session.
by Svea Lin on Jul 28
Bill Kester is an exceptionally skilled body worker. I've seen him regularly for every bump, knock, and stored feeling in my body for over 10 years. I'm a dancer, martial artist, cyclist, and now CrossFit-er, as well as an under-slept mom and someone who does a lot of personal emotional work, and I cannot recommend him highly enough! Sometimes I make an appointment just because I feel tired! He does not do the formula massage - he takes YOUR body into account and works strategically for release and relaxation. I'm truly grateful for all his hard work and knowledge.
by Melanie on Jul 09
Bill creates a sense of calm and peace. I walked out feeling very quiet inside my body.
by Anonymous on Jul 05
I had the best test I've had in 2 weeks after a spontaneous Bodywork session with Bill. I'm glad I found him & I will be back!
by Anonymous on Apr 21
He was very knowledgeable about his work and ask me "where does it hurt. He then explained what he was doing and why . A very thoroughly professional and knowledgeable approach.
by Kirsten on Apr 16
What I disliked: nothing. What I liked: Actually Bill's quiet cheer was so powerful that it was in and of itself healing. But in terms of the actual bodywork, his hands calmed me down the moment they went on me, and I relaxed more. Later in the massage he was able to do some really deep work on some trouble spots but I was so relaxed and felt so safe that I noticed a little pain but had no reaction, physical or emotional, to it, and felt very different when I got up and walked away. Magnificent healing.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Deep Tissue
  • Esalen® Massage

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