If Jesus put the God in man, California put the man in God‑making life there a choice subject for photographers. At Big Sur's Esalen Institute, photographer Ed Kashi sat in on a massage technique workshop (top left). Kashi's mummies (center left) are in fact very much alive and enjoying the afterlife of a mineral bath at Murrieta Hot Springs Resort near San Diego. Superstar photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark pictured actress Rae Dawn Chong with her personal trainer (bottom left), a must‑have service in L.A.
Meanwhile, patrons of the Universe of You Studios in Mann County's Corte Madera get their brains massaged with light and sound patterns (right). High‑tech photographer Roger Ressmeyer took a tongue‑in‑cheek look at this New Age technique.