What is Rosen Method?
Rosen Method works with muscle tension that we cannot control, and may even be unable to feel. Chronic, unconscious tension is often associated with suppressed emotions. Suppressing those feelings may have been a helpful way of coping with them earlier in our lives. But where this has become habitual, our whole emotional life is impaired, and our understanding of ourselves and our world becomes distorted. Tension also restricts our breathing, reduces blood circulation and impairs physiological function through the whole body.
Rosen Method uses gentle touch, supported by verbal dialogue, to help the client become aware of habitual tension, and of how it feels to release it. It provides a safe, supportive environment for experiencing feelings, memories or insights we no longer need to suppress. As we relax into feeling the truth of who we are, our body-mind learns to recognise a sense of ease and wholeness which increasingly infuses our lives and leads to far-reaching positive change.
Who can Rosen Method help?
Rosen can help people who are experiencing:
• a sense of being stuck in life – either with a specific issue, or more generally;
• pain, physical discomfort or postural problems that may be related to tension;
• stress or stress-related illness;
• low energy, chronic fatigue syndrome or ME;
• other medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
What are the benefits?
It can be of benefit to people who are seeking:
• a richer, more meaningful experience of life;
• a greater sense of joy and vitality;
• deeper, more honest and fulfilling relationships with others;
• greater expressiveness through body and voice (including for performers);
• greater creativity and authenticity;
• a deeper understanding of mind-body connectedness and spirituality.
Is it massage?
Like massage, Rosen Method is hands-on body work and has a direct, powerful effect on the body – but it does so by gently cultivating awareness. There is no attempt to “fix" the client or to treat physical symptoms by physical manipulation.
Is it psychotherapy?
Rosen is not psychotherapy, but shares with psychotherapy a concern with how our relationships, particularly early in life, can have a determining effect on our our lives, and how unconditional positive regard from another can facilitate awareness and change. In Rosen, this is mediated through touch, and the change takes place tangibly, in our bodies, sometimes wordlessly – which is why the work can go beyond our stories about ourselves and our past, and be effective at a very deep level.
Is it meditation?
Rosen has been described as “meditation-in-relationship”, and it can help cultivate a gentle, refined quality of embodied awareness and an attitude of acceptance that can have similar benefits to meditation. Many meditators have found the work very supportive of their practice.