Rosen Method Bodywork

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Rosen Method Bodywork (or Rosen Method) is a type of Complementary and alternative medicine. This bodywork, described as "psycho-somatic", claims to help integrate one's bodily and emotional/mental experience while identifying unconscious patterns of muscular holding, feeling, and behavior.[1] The main theory underpinning this method is that a person protects themselves from past painful experiences through the body, separating one from one's true self.[2] This alleged protection is said to be experienced most frequently as chronic musculoskeletal pain and tension, and purportedly can be observed by the bodywork practitioners as restricted patterns of movement and posture, muscular tension, or shortness of breath.[2] Rosen Method Bodywork purports to integrate the body, mind, emotions and spirit; and unlock the unconscious.[2]

Quackwatch categorized the Rosen Method as an "unnaturalistic method", meaning a system outside the belief that science maps the entire body, and says that it features "non-intrusive" touch, verbal interaction, and experiencing breath as "gateway to awareness".[2]

Rosen Method bodywork has developed through its founder Marion Rosen's physical therapy practice and work with Lucy Heyer, a student of Elsa Gindler.[3][4]


  1. ^ Keegan, Lynn (2000). Healing with Complementary & Alternative Therapies. Cengage Learning. p. 195. ISBN 9780766818903.
  2. ^ a b c d Raso, Jack (1997). "Unnaturalistic Methods: QR". The Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare, Alternative Medicine, Paranormal Healing, and Related Methods (online ed.). Quackwatch. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  3. ^ Wengell, Douglas (2008). Educational Opportunities in Integrative Medicine. The Hunter Press. p. 108. ISBN 9780977655243.
  4. ^ Allison, Nancy, ed. (1999). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-mind Disciplines. Rosen Publishing. pp. 168–72.