Deep Massage I and II - The Lauterstein Method


What You'll Learn

  • How to use imagination, compassion, and anatomical insight to arrive at a truly holistic, effective approach to massage
  • 25 new deep techniques to thoroughly relieve clients’ pain and tension
  • How to design individually based Deep Massage sessions that address energy as well as structure simultaneously
  • The “fulcrum” model to cultivate a much higher quality of touch
  • Observation skills to see the “working signs” of mindbody healing
  • An integrated energy model to see the common ground underlying chakras, meridians, bioenergetic therapy, etc.
  • How to facilitate the client’s letting go from the inside out; rather than trying to force change from the outside in
  • How to cultivate a higher level of bodymechanics and psychomechanics™

Course Overview

Deep Massage – The Lauterstein Method is a unique approach to structural and energetic bodywork. David Lauterstein developed this originally at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1983 and has been refining and teaching it worldwide ever since. This method integrates both the art and the science of bodywork, with roots in the traditions of Rolfing, Myofascial Release, Cranio-sacral therapy, and Zero Balancing.

There will be a high level of attention paid to your “getting” the work in your hands and heart—so your clients will feel immediate and deeper benefit.

Students in this deep massage therapy continuing education workshop in Costa Rica will learn 25 powerful soft tissue “fulcrums” for the back, shoulders, neck, cranium, pelvis, legs, front torso, and arms. They will also learn the basic theory of Deep Massage including an integrated structure-energy model, the working signs of mindbody healing, and how to create soft tissue fulcrums.  

Certification in the United States

  • 25 NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Units - Deep Massage 1 OR 2
  • 50 NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Units - Deep Massage 1 AND 2
    • The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic NCBTMB Approved Provider Number: 450180-06

About David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein is the co-director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, TX. He has taught Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method, throughout England and the U.S. since 1982. From 2018 to 2022, David taught his method at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. He is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage therapy realm. He was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011, awarded “Teacher of the Year” by AMTA in 2013 and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education in 2014, and is a faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association.  He is the author of three books, Putting the Soul Back in the Body, The Deep Massage Book, and Life in the Bones. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition. He is the composer of the massage CD, “Roots and Branches.”

David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein On A Touch of Costa Rica Podcast

Legendary Deep Massage and Zero Balancing educator David Lauterstein shares how rolfing, and several other transformative encounters, have shaped his forty-year journey affecting people profoundly with touch therapy.

You will also learn a few songs that best reflect some of David’s special moments in Samara. 

Frequently Asked Questions


$1,800 – Deep Massage I and II Tuition and Shared Room*

$2,150 – Deep Massage I and II Tuition and Single Room*

*Students can also choose to take just Deep Massage I or Deep Massage II – the classes will be done in two 4-day segments with two days off in between. 


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge.

What's Included?
  • 50 NCBTMB approved CE units for Deep Massage I and II or 25 NCBTMB approved CE units for Deep Massege I or Deep 2 Massage II only
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • 11 nights or 5 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Text book, course manual, and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)
What's Not Included?
  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes
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Bungalow bedroom
Bungalow sitting area
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Bungalow pool

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Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for continuing education in orthopedic massage in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.