Deane Juhan

Workshop Facilitator, Author, Instructor Practitioner Of The Trager® Approach

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 movement therapy and education 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.

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Dean Juhan

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 email.

First trained at Esalen, he developed a private practice and led workshops in movement therapy and education 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 workshops in dynamic anatomy and in Trager® Bodywork for bodyworkers and therapists of all kinds, which he conducts all over the United States, in Canada and in Europe.

 Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork

This overview of Job’s Body at Goodreads.com describes the book’s far-reaching scope and lasting impact:

Possibly the most famous and widely used resource in therapeutic bodywork, this beautifully written, detailed and reader-friendly picture of how and why the body responds to touch is both scientifically reliable and inspiring. Furthering the presentation of recent research in biochemistry, cell biology and energy medicine … the Second Edition … greatly expanded … includes advances in neurophysiology and physics, reconfiguring knowledge of mind and body, from microgenesis to quantum consciousness. A rare book, required reading for national massage therapy certification, that also serves the general reader.

Deane Juhan does a marvelous job explaining exactly what the skin, connective tissue, bone, muscles, nerve and myofascia are, and why we need them. He methodically and meticulously defines why it is important to know exactly what they do, how everything is connected and how neglect can lead to plasticity of the brain.

Celeste Cooper

Deane Juhan

Leading BodyWorker, Writer and Teacher

Touched by the Goddess  Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork Originally trained in-residence at Esalen Institute from 1973 to 1990, Deane Juhan has been a professional bodyworker for 30 years. He is a Trager practitioner and instructor, with a private practice in the Berkeley area. The author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodywork he has long had a passion for understanding the relations between mind, body and spirit and the creative forces at work in all self-development, healing and artistic expression. His workshops have been presented all across the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Their content is focused on both cutting edge research into many aspects of the body-mind and his years of experience as a practitioner.

“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

Dean Juhan

Curriculum Vitae: Deane Juhan, M.A., Eng. Lit.;
Ph.D. Candidate; Esalen Institute; Trager Training

Educational History

Glenwood Springs, CO
High School
Graduated 1963

University of Colorado, Boulder CO
English Literature
Graduated Cum Laude, 1963-1968

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
English Literature
Masters Degree, 1970

University of California, Berkeley CA
Stopped one year short of Ph.D., 1970-1974

Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA
In residence as massage therapist and instructor, 1974-1991

The Trager Approach
Trained 1974-1995, until the time of Milton Trager’s death
Practitioner since 1980; instructor since 1985
Designed and taught anatomy and physiology section of Trager Training
Track 1983-present

Publishing History

Contributing author to Massage Magazine and Massage and Bodywork

Author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork
Published 1987; third edition published 1998
Station Hill Press, Barrytown NY

Author of Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Powers of Bodywork
Published 2002
Station Hill Press, Barrytown NY

Conference Presentations

Keynote speaker four times for Trager Conferences Keynote speaker twice for Somatic Psychology Conferences Keynote, 2006 for the Postural Integration Conference, Seattle Keynote, 2006 for the Polestar Pilates Conference, Key Biscane

Teaching History

Teaching Assistant for English Compostion:

University of California, Berkeley, 1972-1974

Massage Instructor, Esalen Institute, 1976-1992:

While at Esalen (in 1978), I designed and taught a series of lectures on anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers based upon the ten-session series of Ida Rolf. During this time (1980) I also designed and began teaching an anatomy and physiology training for the Trager Certification Program, which has since 1995 been a core requirment of the Trager training program.

Trager Instructor:

In addition to being the anatomy and physiology instructor for the Trager Institute, I became a full instructor in 1985, and have continued to teach core certification trainings since that time.

Continuing Education Instructor:

While teaching anatomy and physiology and core certification trainings for the Trager Institute, I designed a series of 3-day Continuing Education classes for body workers of all kinds.

Continuing Education Classes:

Connective Tissue: Web of Structure, Web of Ch’i Neuropeptides: Our Emotional Soup
The Body As the Landscape of Perception: The clinical work of Jason Brown
Breath: The Rhythm of Life
The Molecular Processes of Muscle Activity
The Gamma Motor System: How We Create Skills, Habits and Blocks
Anatomy and Treatment of the Jaw
The Neck
The Shoulder Girdle
The Torso
The Spine
The Pelvic Girdle
The Feet and Legs
The Hands

Since 1985 I have continued to teach these classes, 10 to twelve of them a year. In addition to teaching these classes for the Trager Institute, I have taught them for many massage schools throughout the country, as well as retreat centers such as Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Kripalu, The New York Open Center and Heartwood Institute.

I conservatively estimate that since 1985 I have taught 400-600 classes, with an estimated total number of students of 6,000-9,000 students.

Deane Juhan’s Web of Structure, Web of Chi workshop at Kripalu was all I had hoped for and more.

Juhan delivers solid, detailed, fascinating explanations of the most versatile and ubiquitous system in the human body. His message builds an appreciation of the nearly magical ways connective tissue creates, modifies, and adapts itself in its many manifestations, as well as the role we must play to maintain and nourish it.

He is brilliant, humorous, sensitive and creative, fielding questions from the most basic functions of the system to “What is life?,” without dropping a beat. Juhan knows his stuff and uses effective … beautiful … graphics to augment. By the end, he had all of us on our feet, actively rejuvenating our structural systems and raising the chi.

Pat Henry

Author, By the Grace of the Sea: A Woman's Solo Odyssey Around the World and Organic Stretching, a DVD "Connective Tissue, Web of Structure, Web of Chi" Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011

I work with one PT and two PTAs.

We all do an ‘in service’ after our CE classes. We have all been incorporating this work into our sessions! It has proven very beneficial! Also, the PT clinic is attached–combined with the fitness center.

I did some of the work to our gym manager–CrossFit instructor, who has terrible ROM in his shoulders and is very muscular. His ROM increased greatly from just a little work.

Kristen Sommers,

Raleigh NC "Resistance and Release Work" Raleigh, Sept. 23-25, 2011