- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556434189
- ISBN-13: 978-1556434181
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rosen Method Bodywork: Accessing the Unconscious through Touch Paperback – April 21, 2003
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"Marion Rosen’s 'power of gentleness' expresses what we’ve all felt in this universally loved woman. Marion shares with C.G. Jung a deep respect for the wisdom and self-healing tendencies of both psyche and body."
—Kay Bradway, Jungian analyst and co-founder of the C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco
"Marion Rosen’s approach suggests ways of meditation-in-relationship using skillful touch. It is clearly related to earlier approaches to emotional healing—notably Reichan work—that allow the person’s deeper self to emerge by assisting in the dissolution of the “character armor.” Her book will help the growth of her seminal work and benefit our problematic world."
—From the Foreword by Claudio Naranjo, M.D., author of Character and Neurosis: An Integrative View
About the Author
Rosen Method bodywork was developed out of Marion Rosen's fifty years of experience as a physical therapist and health educator. Her unique approach to bodywork and movement has earned her recognition as a leader and originator in the field of body-oriented therapies.
In the 1930s, Marion studied breath and relaxation in Munich, Germany with Lucy Heyer, who had been trained by Elsa Gindler, a renowned innovator of body therapies. Licensed in physical therapy, both in Stockholm and at the Mayo Clinic, Marion developed the Rosen Method over the course of many years in private practice.
Marion's purpose is to realize a vision of health and well-being by making the benefits of the Rosen Method widely available to the general public.
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"I didn't know what it felt like to be loved until I was 70 years old. I knew in my head that many people loved me, but I didn't truly understand this until I opened up emotionally in a session. From then on I could let love in—I could feel it; it was a different life that I could now let in."
As soon as I read these lines, I unexpectedly felt tears in my eyes, almost crying from how beautiful that experience sounded for her. I bought the book, and found myself tearing up while reading the rest of it, too.
In the book, Rosen describes some of the basics of her method, how it came to be over her lifetime, and the changes people can go through as the result of this work. The case studies in particular describe the ways in which some of her clients have transformed their lives, and how their healing goes on to affect everyone around them, often in very concrete ways.
One thing I like is that Rosen doesn't take anything on faith, and unlike many other practitioners of alternative healing methods, relies on direct observation of the effects of her work. This gives me some confidence that the Rosen Method "actually" works and isn't just made-up mumbojumbo.
As a result of reading this book, I'm beginning training in the Rosen Method shortly. I can't wait to see where it leads!
I figured a book from the author of the Method should be all I need to get underway. However, all I found was a bunch of case studies and testimonials. She makes frequent reference to the diaphragm and breath, but offers no real technique on how to unlock them. I was sold on all the benefits, but I had no idea what to do with that enthusiasm.
When I checked with the corresponding websites, all I saw was a calendar talking about an upcoming workshop. Again, I have yet to find any concrete instructions on the the technique itself. It really seems like the thrust of the book is to get you into a class (and get you for your money).
All in all, I'm pleased for the clients who have had positive experiences, but I did not receive enough information to try this method on myself, let alone my spouse. It was really disappointing, b/c holistic medicine is slowly starting to interest me and I was hoping this book would help me get my feet wet. As I said, this is just the start of the journey for me, so I'm sure I'll find what I'm looking for shortly...
I did a 2 day Rosen method introductory workshop with Marion in 1986 - 1988 not sure exactly the year. We practiced touching with random massage strokes making sure to not try to change the tension in the muscles. Rosen method is not a massage technique for releasing muscle tension. We were learning to "be with" the patient. There were close to 30 people and when we paired up and practiced on another student, I remember hearing sobbing from 2 different tables. There were naturals in the room who could do this work as testified by the releasing of emotion by these two students who were on the table. Watching the senior practitioners demonstrate it was clearly not a massage therrapy, not a neurological therapy, (like Feldenkrais) I subsequently enrolled in and completed the first 3 months of the "Rosen training". I think the training puts people in a room and gives them a chance to see if they can consistently connect with another person on the table at an emotional level. I dont think this method can be taught as most other body works can be taught. But it can be discovered within oneself. It is about being with the patient and seeing what happens. Does your presence evoke a reaction in the patient that causes them to feel safe enough to access old feelings and to release them? In my opinion Rosen is about being, not about doing. This is not like massage training where after a year or two most students can give a muscle relaxing massage. Rather if after two years 20% of a class is getting good enough results to take a few patients for Rosen work that is a great result.
In the book Marion Rosen talks about working on an area of the body. What she means can be easily misunderstood by the reader. I would suggest that an alternative explanation is to say she "is present with" a certain part of the body. After all she is not trying to get the muscles to relax or any other sort of physiological response.
In the training I noticed the response of the patient (students I worked on) and this gave me feedback. Despite having learned Upledger cranial sacral and Jin Shin Do acupressure I soon learned that Rosen method was not my thing. I did not find that i could feel the patients pain, stand with them in their feeling in a way that supported and empowered the patient to go into their issue and work through it. Rosen method is a very yin passive therapy that is more suited for empathy's I am not an empath. Rosen method has more in common with a Star Trek Vulcan mind meld that massage therapy. I dont think there is a technique to be taught. Either you get it by watching the senior practitioners work on people or you dont. i think if someone really wanted to learn to do Rosen method they should study the means of establishing "rapport" (Wikipedia) as taught by hynosis. Then realize that you have to establish this rapport by non verbal means. It might be fruitful to also study shamanic work because this also teaches how to connect with people. However the use of this connection and the intention is very different in Rosen method from hypnosis or shamanism.
Why did I take the 3 months of Rosen training? I was working on my masters in body psychology and as a result had a keen interest in effecting the mind by working through the body. I also had an interest in another body mind work call IRT (Integrated Respiration Therapy).
I was wanting to understand more about IRT by coming to understand Rosen method. I personally have the opinion that there are similarities between these body mind works and other approaches to "touch based " emotional work. . In Rosen Method if the practitioner is able to feel, see, or know, exactly what is coming up for the client, then they are able to give non verbal touch based support and encouragement to the patient. And conversely if the practitioner is thinking about their shopping list the patient will feel alone in facing their inner issues. And may not feel enough support, love, etc to get into it and release old emotions.