The Rosen Method Bodywork (aka Rose Method) is a bodywork modality characterized by its gentle hands-on technique that works with muscles and breath to bring about relaxation. It was created by the physical therapist Marion Rosen (1914 – 2012).
The Rosen Method believes that body tension can come about not only by physical traumas like injuries or disease, but also by mental factors such as suppressed emotions, childhood memories, or harmful attitudes.
As achieving relaxation is an important goal within the sessions, traumatic feelings and memories may emerge, which are handled through gentle touch and words, with the aim to release habitual tension and old patterns. This is said to help clients to experience personal growth and a greater sense of well-being.
Some of the claimed health benefits of the Rosen Method bodywork are the relief of headaches, back pain, muscle tension, joint pain, injuries, stress, insomnia, and chronic conditions like asthma and chronic fatigue. It’s thought that the work can also improve overall psychological health and support life changes, being a helpful tool for people seeking emotional healing and for survivors of trauma or abuse.