Rosen and Health
There is wisdom in the body that is older and more reliable than clocks and calendars
John Harold Johnson (American publisher and entrepreneur)
Rosen Method has been clinically proven to improve physical health, emotional well-being and interpersonal relationships in a variety of ways (see Rosen and Science page).
It is particularly relevant for individuals suffering from stress, chronic skeletal or muscle pain and tension. Typically, people react to stress by suppressing feelings such as anger, depression, anxiety and irritability under layers of ‘armouring’ in the body – psychological tension is held down under physical tension. But stress, tension and emotional suppression, particularly over long periods, impair the immune, digestive and growth systems, predisposing people to ill health, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, fibromyalgia, respiratory diseases, tumours and arthritis.
People who habitually suppress their emotions also report less satisfying interpersonal relationships and reduced ability to form lasting partnerships.
The gentle, listening touch of Rosen helps individuals to break the stress cycle and connect to their inner strengths and feelings of well-being. Practitioners do not manipulate tissues nor do they have a goal to change or fix the tension or pain. Clients are merely guided toward present-moment experience of the body sensations and emotions linked to chronically tense and painful areas. Marion Rosen’s clinical practice led her to discover that once these links are made in the client’s self-awareness, the body can repair itself, leading to a variety of improvements in physical and psychological health – and better quality of life and relationships.
Rosen intensives – a week of self-care and learning
While Rosen Method appeals to people interested in others’ well-being, it also invites self-care. Week-long Rosen intensives offer participants a chance to slow down and release stress, to open up and reconnect to parts of themselves from which they may have become distant. Intensives also provide the opportunity to learn skills such as listening to one’s body and its wisdom to avoid stress-related conditions (see more in the Training section – Personal Development or Professional Training).
Many people can benefit from intensives, including:
- Busy professionals – e.g. teachers, business coaches, lawyers – who want to unwind physically and emotionally away from the roles and demands of work, and who wish to be able to focus inwardly and gather their own inner resources and strengths.
- People in caring roles – e.g. parents or care-givers – can greatly benefit from the Rosen environment of receiving and giving touch. They can learn how to nurture themselves and their needs, with the opportunity of an emotional outlet and support away from their own home base.
- Individuals who are recovering from chronic fatigue, burn-out, or other similar complaints can greatly benefit from the gentle experiential learning that a Rosen intensive offers. They can come to understand more about the body and the mind – about how to listen to the body and to take a rest when needed, and how to set workable boundaries within a group or interpersonal environment. At the same time, they can enjoy being in a deep relationship with themselves and with others, and finding their own body sense and honouring it.
For more information on the health benefits of Rosen, read Alan Fogel’s article.