Benefits of Rosen Method
“The mind is embodied in the sense that it exists within the body. The brain engages in bidirectional communication with the body, so that the state of the mind influences the body, and the state of the body influences the mind. Emotions, too, are embodied and given their power to affect physiology outside the skull they are arguably the most embodied form of mental activity. The brain circuits that underlie Emotional Styles have extensive two-way connections with the immune system, the endocrine system [the collection of glands that produce hormones], and the autonomic nervous system [regulates the function of internal organs]. Through traffic in one direction, from brain to body, the mind influences our health. Through traffic in the other direction, from body to brain, changes in our patterns of movement can affect how our mind processes emotional information. It also suggests that the body can become an ally in transforming emotion, meaning practices that emphasize the body have the potential to modulate emotion.”
“The Emotional Life of Your Brain” by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. with Sharon Begley
- As we explore the stopped movement (habitual tension) in the client’s body we bring awareness to the possibility of greater ease of movement.
- At times in the session, we bypass the conscious mind and help the client access pure feelings.
- At other times, the verbal dialogue can also respectfully question the (once very useful) unconscious strategies for protection in the muscle tension, bring awareness to the potential cost (to the lives of our clients) of the tension, and explore the possibilities of other choices. This can help challenge the accuracy of our clients beliefs and behaviors, and can help our clients reframe the cause of their distress.
- The process mentioned in the bullet point above, directly engages the prefrontal cortex, resulting in increased prefrontal inhibition of the amygdala, a structure in the brain which becomes active when we feel anxious, afraid, or threatened.
- Oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone”, has been shown to be released by our brains when our body is tenderly touched, also reduces activation in the amygdala inducing feelings of contentment, calmness, security and reduction of anxiety.
- Reduces stress through the release of anti-stress hormones from the endocrine system.
- Effects the immune system for better immune function.
- Positively effects the autonomic nervous system which regulates internal organ function.
- Resources body so you can understand how body posture influences how you feel, how you relate in the world, and how you engage with the world.
- Relaxes muscle tension and chronic holding relieving physical pain.
- Increases flexibility and vitality.
- Deepens physical and emotional awareness – and when we are more emotionally aware, we know what is important to us and then we can move toward what is important, bringing more meaning into our lives.
- Strengthens interception; interoceptors are the sensory receptors within the facia that give feedback from our body back to our brain – enhancing the body mind connection.
- Invites personal growth.
- Complements psychotherapy and spiritual practices and helps us to make the most of the time we put toward our emotional an spiritual growth.
- Listening to the feedback from our body helps us to live more intuitively.
- Increases creativity, because the energy we used to put toward tension in our bodies is now free to use creatively.
- Strengthens your connection to the support and guidance within yourself.
- Helps us to realize our potential.
- Allows truth and invites self acceptance – and once we accept who we truly are, we change a lot.
- Helps us to live more meaningful lives because we know what is important and we can move more easily toward what we want out of life.