Beyond Massage Aspen


Deane Juhan

Deane Juhan may be best known as the author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork – which many consider the essential text on the means, methods, uses, and deeply personal applications of what has come to be known as “bodywork” – a vast, sophisticated series of modalities and techniques that take massage to the level of personal transformation at its greatest expression, profound emotional release and reintegration at its most basic core. Deane is able to look back and recognize the influence of his mother, a beautician who also provided scalp massage to her loyal clientele, but he began his entry into adulthood as a young scholar, in particular a student of Willliam Blake.

It was his experiences at the Esalen Institute, in particular meeting and studying with Dr. Milton Trager, which led Deane eventually into the nine year research and writing project that emerged as Job’s Body. He was born in 1945 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and educated at the University of Colorado (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), and the University of California at Berkeley, where he spent three and a half years as a doctoral candidate. In 1973 an experience with bodywork at Esalen Institute in Big Sur changed his career, and he remained in residence there for the next 17-1/2 years. He now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Jessica. His son, Tristan is a recent college graduate. Deane has a private practice there, and can be reached at 925.386.0131 or deanejuhan [at] comcast.net. First trained in Esalen massage, he developed a private practice and led workshops in massage as well as seminars in anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers. In 1976 he met Dr. Milton Trager, founder of the Trager Institute for Psychophysical Integration, and has been a practitioner and instructor of the TRAGERWork┬« approach ever since. He is on the faculty of the Northern California Trager Institute and has developed a series of classes for bodyworkers and therapists of all kinds, which he conducts all over the United States, in Canada and in Europe.

Deane is a Category A Provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).


Our bodies are our temples. The essential function of a temple is to provide communion, feed the soul and awaken the spirit. A temple is also, in and of itself, a work of art with a long history of development. In this workshop series I will be your tour guide, explaining the history of the evolution and the growth of mind, soul and spirit. On our tour we will examine these internal pieces of art, marvel at their intricacy and beauty and examine their meanings in our lives, and come to understand more fully how they link together to create and sustain the miracles we live out every day–breath, pulse, movement, feeling, consciousness, and our relationship with nature at large.

Deane Juhan