Rosen touch profoundly influences our nature and allows...
• relaxation of unconscious tension/stress
• relief from physical and emotional pain
• more breathing space
• easier, more joyful movement
• and even more ..., learning to be yourself, with ease.
Kind, non-judgmental touch is necessary to thrive, even as adults…
We come into the world and, if we are healthy and feel safe, we move from the top of our head to the tip of our toes with every breath we take. Our breathing is easy and natural. As we learn to know what we need to do to live within our family system, it is natural to use our muscles to stop the crying that isn't responded to; we use our muscles to hold back unwanted words or to stop ourselves from striking out or running away, or, running toward. It is good that as children we learn what we need to do to have our needs met.
The problem is that this muscular tension that helped us survive in our environment is usually no longer needed at some point in our adult lives and instead gets our attention through discomfort, pain or illness. This is our body telling us that something just isn't right.
Our bodies speak to us all the time through sensation and metaphor, i.e., 'a pain in the neck'. Rosen Method helps us to listen and allow the wisdom of the body to inform the mind so that we become more conscious of ourselves, more self-aware. One of the great benefits of this, along with physical and emotional ease, is knowing how to make good decisions for ourselves and our lives.
Alan Fogel, Ph.D., writes:
"Rosen Method is working with an alive nervous system and facilitating the growth of regulatory abilities that may ultimately lead to relaxation of the muscles but also to enhanced self-awareness, self-esteem, self-confidence, reduction in physical and psychological pain, and many other outcomes.
For me, Rosen Method is a practice that more fully integrates mind, body, and spirit than most others that I know about. Just about every part of the person is "met" in Rosen Method.
We are about the muscles, the emotions, the nervous system, the breath, the senses, touch, but more generally, we are about the essence of what it means to be fully human."
Alan Fogel, Ph.D, is a Rosen Method bodywork practitioner, certified Rosen Method teacher, licensed massage therapist, and professor of psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He has been an active contributor to research on nonverbal communication, especially between infants and parents, for the past 35 years. He is the author of The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Body Sense (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009) and writes a blog on body sense for Psychology Today magazine (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-sense). Fogel is also founding editor of the Rosen Method International Journal (www.rosenjournal.org) and a Rosen Method bodywork teacher-in-training.