Rosen Method Somatic Education
Enhancing embodied self-awareness

Marion Rosen

                      "This work is about transformation -
from the person we think we are to the person we really are."

                                               

 

  Rosen Method bodywork and movement was developed by Marion Rosen. 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. Heyer worked with her husband,
Dr. Gustav Heyer, a colleague and former student of Carl Jung. Lucy and Marion did bodywork
on patients who then saw Dr. Heyer for psychotherapy. The Heyers found that with the bodywork,
the patients could experience their emotions more easily.Because of her Jewish origins, Marion
had to flee Germany at the beginning of W.W.II. She came to America in 1940 and settled in Berkeley, California. For many years she worked as a physical therapist, first at Kaiser Medical
Center and then in private practice.

Rosen Method developed over the years that Marion practiced physical therapy. Marion observed
that clients who talked about their lives recovered more quickly and did not come back again with
the same problems. She watched for the interconnections between the physical posture and the
emotional state of the person, and noticed how the body is a living metaphor of a person's inner state.

In the mid-seventies Marion began to teach and draw more specifically on her early training in
relaxation and bodywork. As the body/mind renaissance flourished in California, students were
drawn to Marion and her gentle, powerful work. In 1983 the Rosen Institute was formed. Since
then Rosen Method training centers have been established in many countries around the world.
Rosen Method is now a recognized modality for somatic exploration and personal growth, as well
as a powerful complementary healing therapy.

Marion's purpose was to realize a vision of health and well being by making the benefits of the
Rosen Method widely available to the general public. Through her unique approach to bodywork
and movement, she has gained recognition as a leader and originator in the field of
body-oriented therapies.

Marion and Sandra Wooten first taught together in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984. Following that,
they taught in workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This was the beginning of establishing the
Rosen Method Southwest Center. Trainings began in 1990 when we held our first Intensive at
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico.