Course Selections and Descriptions

Rosen Method Global Congress 2014


 Wed. 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Session 1:

A) Rosen Movement Gathering of Peers, Co-facilitators Jacqueline Fogel and Deborah Marks

An opportunity for Rosen Method Movement Teachers, Interns, and Students to gather and share their ideas, music, experiences, successes and areas that have been problematic.

B) Treating Trauma/ PTSD with Rosen Method Bodywork , Anais Salibian

This presentation will cover the main points in my upcoming article. There will be discussion as well as experiential exercises.

The material covered will include: a definition of trauma; how to discern which survivors of trauma are appropriate clients for Rosen Method Bodywork;  the four reasons why RMB is an exceptional modality for these clients; how clients present and what to do during intake; what to expect during the course of treatment and what skills are helpful for a practitioner to have to work with trauma survivors; what does healing from trauma really mean?

In order to “give flesh to” our knowledge of the nervous system and the states people get into, I will use anecdotes and examples from my personal experience and from my clients’ lives. My goal is for the class to get a lived sense of various aspects of the journey toward integration.

C) Being Visible and Collaborating with Psychotherapists, Tollie Miller and Elizabeth Smith

This will be a panel presentation and group discussion about informing psychotherapists about Rosen Method bodywork, collaborating with them about shared clients, referring to each other, and other issues related to the intersection of these two disciplines. Panel members will include Rosen Method bodywork practitioners who are also psychotherapists, as well as practitioners who have referral networks that include psychotherapists or who collaborate with psychotherapists often. This is an opportunity to learn from each other’s experience, to enrich our work and the experience of our clients. 

Wed. 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Session 2:

A) Working with Trauma and Resilience, Alan Fogel and Sarah Dandridge

This experiential workshop will introduce the experience of observing and tracking — in your own and your client’s body — when the nervous system is more resilient and alive, and when it gets stuck in fight, flight, or freeze. We will address questions such as:

This workshop will give you an introductory glimpse into how current revolution in knowledge in neuroscience and clinical practice about working with trauma may apply to Rosen Method.

  1. What is normal activation and deactivation of the nervous system? What are the signs of a dys-regulated nervous system?
  2. What kinds of responses in the body are likely to be the result of trauma?

This workshop will give you an introductory glimpse into how current revolution in knowledge in neuroscience and clinical practice about working with trauma may apply to Rosen Method.

B) RMB Trades Available

This space has been added to give Delegates the opportunity to participate in a RMB trade or session. Those who sign up participate.

C) Being Inspired by Anatomy – Lower Body, Maja Skau-Olsen

In this workshop we will look at the muscles around the hips and legs and how their functions can inspire us to find meaningful words for a Rosen session.

We will look at images of muscles and move these muscles in our own body. We will talk about which movements become difficult, when these muscles hold back in unconscious muscles tensions. From this knowledge and the sensations in our own bodies comes inspiration to put the experience into words.

We will look at some body postures and there will be a short demonstration on one of the participants.



 Fri. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

 Session 3:

A) The Safe Container of the RMB Relationship, Ivy Green and Anais Salibian

This presentation specifies how Rosen Method Bodywork practitioners’ attuned use of touch, words and their intention to “be with” the client’s inner experiences enable practitioners to externally regulate clients’ nervous system arousal when it is too high (hyper-arousal) or too low (hypo-arousal) to allow clients to safely tolerate their embodied experience. This model of external regulation can be used to explain to clients and professional peers how Rosen Method Bodywork enables clients to stay within the “safe enough” nervous system balance that allows for the neural integration that underlies emotional healing and growth.

B) Embodied Narrative, Gail Bourque

The more present you are in a Rosen Movement or Bodywork, teaching or supervision session, the more effectively you can accomplish your goals for that session.  The more present you are as a client, student or intern, the more effectively you can benefit from that offering.  However, as human beings, our mental processes of thoughts, images and emotions often distract or prevent us from being fully present.  Other times we are cut off from ourselves and others in the present due to circumstances from long ago.  To be present to ourselves and others is to be fully embodied. And yet embodiment is a shifting and evolving process, best addressed without self or other judgment.   In this workshop, using the human function of narrating our stories, we will experiment with ways to become more embodied using safe processes.  We will experience, notice and share the ways we are or aren’t embodied as speakers and listeners.  And we will experience the challenge of sharing the observations we notice about ourselves and a dyad partner in an embodied and nonjudgmental manner.  We invite you to join us.

C) RMB and the Healthcare System, an Example from Germany, Helmi Boese

What practical steps are needed for Rosen Method to become better known and recognized as a significant health care modality? The German health care system focuses onto how effective the patient/client should restore her or his functioning capacities. This creates pressure and the shortsighted deal is to suppress symptoms to satisfy the market without being aware of chronic damage. Step by step, Rosen Method’s focus is on self-regulation with its very own cost-effectiveness. My practical steps, taken within the German health care system’s economic structure, are: describing a RM session in detail by using on-hand therapy process vocabulary; writing medical reports for transparency; cautious co-operation with other professionals.

Fri. 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Session 4

A) Embodying the Experience of Rosen Method Through Improvised Movement, Karen Roeper

A vital aspect of practicing Rosen Method Bodywork is the ability to stay in contact with yourself as you are engaging with a client. Through Essential Motion, an improvisational movement practice, you can hone your ability to listen to the signals in your own body while following your client’s lead.In this workshop you will first be guided to follow your own body’s lead to a place of internal listening.   You are then invited to expand your field of awareness to explore moving, interacting and witnessing others while maintaining contact with yourself.

B) The 3-D Body, Working With Core Muscles, Maja Skau-Olsen

In this workshop we will talk about some internal muscles in the ribcage and pelvis, and see how it is possible to work with these muscles in a Rosen session. These muscles are very interesting for us, because they hold and restrict the inner space of the body, and when they let go the client has a possibility to connect with this space. But they are difficult to work with, because we can only contact them indirectly. We will look at images of these muscles, so we know where they are situated, and talk about how they restrict and sometimes clearly shape the body. There will be a demonstration on one of the participants of how to work with these muscles, and if it is possible to get more tables, the participants can practice with each other.

C) What Do You Need For Your Rosen Method Practice to Flourish and Grow, Ann Eringhaus, Elize Stewart and Mariette Berinstein

Open to practitioners and interns.Bring your questions, quandaries, and visions about building your practice to this supportive circle. Join us for some fun as we explore together.

Fri. 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Session 5

A) Evolution in the Teaching of Rosen Movement: Exploring Words, Movements, Intentions and the Art of Rosen Movement, Facilitator: Jacqueline Fogel. Panel Speakers: Deborah Marks, Jetta van Hemert and Peter Toft Nielsen

A panel discussion where Rosen Method Movement Teachers can discuss – take apart – the language, intent, and execution of one or a couple of moves that are typically taught in Rosen Movement classes. All attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

B) The Experience of Rosen Method Bodywork in Clients With Trauma Experiences – Can RMB be Considered a Trauma Therapy? PhD Research Presentation and Discussion, Shantika Bernard

The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of Rosen Method Bodywork (RMB), in clients with trauma memories. The research explored the psychosomatic dimension of touch and relationship between client and therapist as presented in the modality of Rosen Method Bodywork. RMB is assumed to create an authentic somatic relationship of presence and touch between therapist and client, which I termed relational somatic presence. The study explored the impact on clients in physiological and emotional ways that exceed purely functional PT goals, how clients experience RMB, with its specific form of touch and relational presence, and how they perceive emergent memories and responses to old trauma in response to this modality. Implications of the study will be discussed and assessed for potential application in future research and/or clinical practice. Findings are intended to add to an understanding of somatic methods and the use of therapeutic touch in psychotherapy, particularly in the field of recovery from trauma.

C) What Rosen Method Is and Is Not – Demonstration and Discussion, Sandra Wooten

There are questions and concerns around the topic, ‘What Rosen Method Is and Is Not’ within our community. Some RM professionals are wondering if they are actually doing Rosen Method in their private practice. My hope is to demonstrate how I practice only Rosen Method with the integrated knowledge I have gained through many years of Rosen Method training, teaching Rosen Method and training others, and various professional influences and life experiences over the past 36 years.