Deep Massage – The Lauterstein Method

Deep Massage – The Lauterstein Method

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 all 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.  Time permitting, David will also be sharing some demos, discussion and a few techniques drawn from Zero Balancing, which focus on the skeletal (and energetic) side of the muscle-skeletal system.

Deep Massage or Deep Massage 2 qualifies for 25 NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Units

Deep Massage 1 AND 2 qualify for 50 NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Units Total

  • The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic NCBTMB Approved Provider Number: 450180-06
David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein is 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. He is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage therapy realm, was inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by AMTA in 2013 and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education in 2014.  He is the author of the three books, “Putting the Soul Back in the Body”, “The Deep Massage Book”, and “Life in the Bones” (recently published by Upledger Institute).  He is also a faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association. In 2018 David began offering workshops in his method at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition. He is the composer of the massage CD, “Roots and Branches.”

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for deep massage therapy continuing education 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.

Samara Costa Rica


Shared Room
Deep Massage 1 & 2 – $1,800= Tuition + Shared Accommodations

Single Room
Deep Massage 1 & 2 – $2,150 = Tuition + Single Room

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Please be sure your state board of massage therapy will accept NCBTMB approved continuing education units for license renewal prior to enrolling in this course.

2023 Dates

Deep Massage I and II – June 20th – July 1st, 2023

Students can also choose to take just Deep 1 or Deep 2 – the classes will be done in two 4-day segments with 2 days off in between. 

All dates include first and last day for arrival and departure.


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. Learn More

What’s Included in Deep Massage

  • 50 NCBTMB approved CE units for Deep 1 & 2 or 25 NCBTMB approved CE units for Deep 1 or Deep 2 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

For more information contact our Director of Admissions, Tammy McGee, at 1-800-770-9893 ext. 1 or [email protected].


Deep Massage training participants learn to:

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

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