Meg Butler, Certified Rosen Method Practitioner, Rosen Method Introductory Teacher & Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Teacher
Recently, my friend and colleague, Kato Wittich and I presented Rosen Method Bodywork in North Hollywood. As I settled into talking about the work, I was struck AGAIN by the simplicity and beauty of this work and its profound capacity to invite wholeness – however wholeness is experienced.
What gives Rosen Method its power, interestingly, rests in the foundation of allowing what is, its gentleness, standing in the unknown, and not having an agenda.
I have no plan for how my client should be, or how they should heal. I have no vision for how my clients should show up in life and place no expectation upon them. I draw no conclusions about how my clients ought to be, because here is the deal – many of our deepest hurts center around the conclusions other people have drawn about us and have not allowed us to grow past.
Instead of an agenda, Rosen Method Practitioners trust in the wisdom of the body and work with what I like to call reverent curiosity (reverence for what my clients have been through and what they have had to do to survive, and curiosity to show interest and invite my clients to show more).
With my hands on my client’s chronic (or habitual) tension and some verbal dialogue, I help deepen awareness of what has become unconscious in them (anything that is habit it unconscious) and welcome them to show up just as they are – no demand to be different.
Rosen Method Practitioners work on the chronic tension, because our chronic tension is our deepest held coping strategy. It is what we have done to ourselves to contain the feelings that were not allowed – whether that was our exuberance or our tears. It is the tension required to hold ourselves back from reaching out for help, or love, or what we want in the world, because needing help was “bad”, love wasn’t available, or we couldn’t have what we wanted anyway. It is the tension required to keep us small so that we could fly under the radar and not get clobbered by the world.
And sometimes we put that protective tension in our bodies so early that we don’t have words for it now, but the body knows and tells its story. It takes time to listen to our body’s story, and it takes time to trust that we no longer need the tension to survive, and so any demand to let go is a hindrance.
I don’t go in to fix or change my clients, because they have done what they needed to do to survive and arrive in this moment – and they have done a good job. They were smart to figure out what worked. But circumstances may have changed and they might not need the protective tension they once did. So I use my hands to invite, to question, and to show my clients that I am with them whatever they show me – even if they show me their deepest shame.
Because when someone is with us and accepts us in our deepest shame and oldest sufferings, it gives us the possibility of experiencing self-acceptance. And when we accept ourselves, everything changes.
Meg Butler, Rosen Method Practitioner
“This work is about transformation–from the person we think we are to the person we really are.”
–Marion Rosen PT, Founder of Rosen Method Bodywork and Rosen Method Movement
To read articles on the Rosen Method, including one written about Meg Butler, click here.
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