What happens in a session?
Rosen Method is received lying on a massage table. Sessions last for 1 hour, of which 50 minutes are spent on the table. It is normally recommended that clients undress down to underwear, although it is possible to work through clothing if preferred, and the client is at least partially covered by a blanket at all times for comfort and warmth.
The practitioner uses a particular, very gentle, quality of touch to bring the client’s awareness to subtle changes in their breathing and in the tensions in their body. The practitioner and the client may talk about the changes taking place and the client’s experiences around them. Sometimes a session can be a very powerful experience; other sessions appear uneventful, even as significant life changes occur over time which can be attributed to the work.
What happens after a session?
At the end of a session, there is usually a little time for the client to rest on the table and absorb their experience before they leave, and avoiding overly stressful or demanding activity immediately after a session helps to make the most it. Sometimes Rosen has a clear and immediate effect; sometimes its benefits may only become apparent over time. The work can lead to changes in the body that are subtle, but that have a profound effect on the client’s experience of their world, their relationships and themselves - and this can take time to recognise and integrate.
How many sessions should I have and how often?
It is up to the client to receive sessions as often as seems beneficial – there is no rule. It can be helpful to allow time to integrate the experience of a session. Equally, frequent, regular sessions (weekly, biweekly or monthly) can develop a powerful momentum for growth and change.