What is Rosen Method Bodywork?

Written By: Shanika July 11th, 2016

Claiming your Birth Right – Rosen Method Bodywork

Rosen Method Bodywork is a powerful form of somatic therapy that supports stress reduction by accessing deeper layers of tension in our body through gentle, direct, and empathic present touch.

Rosen Method Bodywork enhances relaxation, movement and aliveness through increasing your awareness of the connection between your physical and emotional self.

The practitioner uses hands that listen rather than manipulate, that “meet” the client where she can sense herself and access the often unconscious holding patterns of stress, pain, emotional trauma and injury in the body. Becoming increasingly aware of restrictions in breathing, movement and muscle tension, relaxation occurs: the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories may emerge and be released.

Rosen Method is a valuable psycho-somatic approach for personal growth as it supports the recipient in finding access to greater emotional presence, deeper intuition, and growing intimacy with one’s own authentic being and purpose in life. Greater joy can emerge, open communication becomes more easily available and we learn to live more fully in the present moment. Rosen Method bodywork is often used by people who are seeking relief from headaches, back pain, muscle tension, joint pain, injuries, insomnia, and chronic conditions like asthma and chronic fatigue. The work can be supportive for people with eating disorders and healing for survivors of physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.

The Rosen practitioner has been trained to notice subtle changes in muscle tension and shifts in the breath. S/he recognizes these as indications that the client is relaxing and becoming more aware of his/her body and internal experience. The practitioner responds with touch and words that allow the client to begin to recognize what has been held down by unconscious muscle tension. As this process unfolds, habitual tension and old patterns may be released, freeing the client to experience more aliveness, new choices in life, and a greater sense of well-being.

“Joseph Campbell wrote, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”. The goal of Rosen Method bodywork is to help us rediscover the essence of who we are. It is reclamation work, the work of remembering and reclaiming ourselves. It is accomplished experientially through sensing, listening to and expressing ourselves. This is facilitated through the gentle touch, presence and knowledge of a trained practitioner.” Sandra Wooten, SW Rosen Center.

Shantika S. Bernard is a certified Rosen practitioner. She has trained with Marion Rosen and various senior teachers of RMB since 2007 and given more than 350 treatments during her Internship with Senior teacher Jane Malek (Monterey Rosen Method Institute).

Shanti’s approach to Rosen work was also inspired by her studies of somatic Psychology. Her PhD research project on the effect of relational somatic presence in Rosen Method Bodywork on Trauma regulation and PTSD treatment is available at the dissertation TCSPP library.

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