Ayres Gipson

I began my massage training in the spring of 1999 at the Monterey Institute of Touch in Carmel Valley, California entering a 2-year, 500-hour classical, Swedish massage training.  I took course after course – anatomy, physiology & pathology, advanced anatomy & physiology, deep tissue & sports massage, myofacial unwinding, and soft tissue release.  This was followed by lymphatic drainage, pre-natal massage, polarity energy therapy, Visionary Craniosacral Work, elements of Thai massage & Shiatsu, as well as trigger point therapy.

Soon, I began to assist workshops to pay for more trainings.  Within a couple of years, I was leading professional training courses at MIT.

For two years, I lived at the Esalen Institute – a ‘center for the exploration of human potential’ – in Big Sur, California where I studied Esalen massage and CC Flow, assisted Esalen certification and professional development courses and was a member of the Esalen Massage crew.  Since then, I have studied elements of Trager and Feldenkrais therapies, even been a model for Fritz Smith in one of his Zero Balancing trainings at Esalen.


In my practice and in teaching massage and bodywork, I have undergone countless treatments in innumerable forms through a vast array of styles and approaches.  I have been repeatedly poked and prodded for pay and demonstration purposes, bent, twisted, caressed, and held, shaken, stirred, tossled, and always moved.  I am in tune with my body, which has been very well-educated through many years of focused kinaesthetic practice.

Since coming to the United Kingdom, I have assisted a professional training course at the excellent – my highest recommendation –  Bristol College of Massage and Bodyworkand developed thriving practices in London, Bath, and West Wales.  I now lead Cosmic Bodies playshops where I teach my own five-element massage and bodywork system. 

I now live at Hwdl, Lammas/Tir-y-Gafel  where I reside with my partner-in-parenting and the three smaller people we’ve made.  I spend most of my time engaged in self-sufficiency practices, such as natural building, organic growing, renewable energy, and permaculture design – chopping wood, carrying water…

Because what I do is unique in the UK, I’ve become what you might call a therapist’s therapist.  I love practicing with other practitioners!

I am a qualified Certified Massage Therapist, Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in the US, and formerly of Massage Training Institute, UK.  I am certified in Visionary Craniosacral Work, Esalen massage, and Reiki Level II and registered with the EMBA (Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association).
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