Massage Therapy & Rosen Method


Touching what is true within us

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Rosen Method Bodywork: Sharing Insightful, Intuitive, Supportive Presence

Using gentle, compassionate touch and words this transformative method of bodywork works with chronic tension  in a  supportive way.   For many people the body is a more direct pathway into their inner world than talking, and touch can help them access it more easily. Rosen method focuses on listening to ourselves. This work deepens physical and emotional awareness—a  mindful expansion of one’s awareness field.   Aspects of the self which perhaps have not been heard before are listened to deeply with non-judgmental acceptance. This work can support greater ease and relaxation, more creativity, passion and clarity.

What has been said about this work

When we surrender to our truth the body comes alive in new ways. The diaphragm lets go. This work often brings a renewed sense of aliveness—a deeper connection where long lost parts of our life experience have been waiting.

  • Helps to re-awaken the sensory awareness system of our body on a deep level.   Through strengthening expanded awareness and deeper physical relaxation we experience a felt sense of completeness and peacefulness.
  • Deepens  mindful attention so we can  learn to recognize feelings, sensations, in our body and their corresponding emotions.  With time we can develop the willingness to stay present with feelings, emotions as they shift and change.
  •  Support to access states of joy as well as grief and trauma which can be processed and moved through to completion.
  • Body-centered support can help erase the ways that stress leaves its mark on your body and in the psyche.
  • This method invites you to melt the defenses and protective stances that once made sense but no longer serve you.
  • “This bodywork  is a tool for finishing emotional business, claiming your truth, and moving on with greater freedom and integrity.” Helmi Bose, MD, Psychiatrist and Rosen Method Practitioner

M2What a session is like

A significant quality of Rosen Method is the presence the practitioner brings to the work. Mindful touch- and presence without judgment and with awareness—provides support and awareness so that something very deep and essential is contacted. Using touch that is both strong, direct, yet gentle, a Rosen practitioner will  observe and follow your breath, identify muscle tension,  and talk with you about what you are experiencing, what is changing or what the practitioner is noticing. Within  a state of relaxation we can explore and unwind from within. Sometimes this involves talking together and at other times the work is more silent which  can allow an unconscious processes to unfold.

Massage Therapy Specialties 

Touch is powerful. A profound connection can happen when we touch and are touched. Touch communicates and can connect us when words alone miss the mark. I specialize in massage and  bodywork that helps people relax deeply and connect with their inner knowing. The sensory awareness that is deepened when we are touched supports people to listen more carefully to the wisdom of the body.  This work helps individuals to recognize feelings and sensation in the body and the corresponding emotions.

M1The benefits of massage include:

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves sleep
  • Deepens relaxation
  • Deepens breathing
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Stimulates flow of lymph
  • Brings sense of well-being
  • Decreases isolation

Massage for specific issues

Massage is often an excellent resource  for specific situations, for example during cancer care for dementia caregivers. Often clients find the tender support of massage to be a benefical resource during cancer treatment. As a cancer survivor, Carol also offers special massage support for individuals during and after cancer treatment. Her gentle work is particularly useful for individuals adapting to changes in the body combining her work in Rosen Method and rehabilitation counseling.   Support for caregivers is another special area.  Providing care for a loved one with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can  result in many demands upon the caregiver— physical and psychological strain can result . Feeling under siege or overwhelmed can leave us with chronic stress. The combination of Rosen Method and Essential Oil massage can offer a deep sense of relief, respite and renewal and bring more ease to tired caregivers. Carol’s personal experience taking care of her mother with dementia deepens her compassionate understanding of the stresses caregivers  face daily.

Essential Oil Massage & Aroma touch:

Plant medicine is powerful and tapping into the long history of aromatherapy various plants can be potent for nourishing and supporting deeper relaxation and renewal.  The uses of essential oils are vast and represent a well-documented model for improving overall health and well-being.   Essential oils can be used through inhalation with diffusers and applied on the skin with carrier oils.  The sense of smell is the only of the five senses directly linked to the limbic (emotional) center of the brain, making essential oils unusually effective in helping clear negative emotional patterns.

Carol has applied her love of essential oils while working with older clients, weary caregivers and  individuals facing stressful health challenges.   Her own experiences with long-term caregiving has  lead her to find specific essential oils to support a sense of ease and and foster restful states and sleep.    Carol uses essential oils in her massage therapy practice and is certified to provide Aroma Touch and offers support for managing emotions and fostering relaxation.  Touch can support well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The combination of therapeutic bodywork and essential oils can assist in helping clients to alleviate stress and supports deeper relaxation. Elevated stress levels, maintained over time, have been shown in clinical studies to cause negative consequences to health such as the development of cardiovascular disease, depression, insomnia.

M4Carol also incorporates the use of essential oils with other massage approaches tailoring the essential oils to specific sessions as needed.  She uses specific blends when working with individuals who are recovering from trauma.  Other scents are selected when sharing simple hand massage with elderly clients or stressed out caregivers. Essential oils can be a wonderful and supportive tool and she offered workshops on sustainable self-care using essential oil to manage stress and support emotional transformation.    Contact Carol to purchase therapeutic pure grade essential oils  including her specialty blends: ” Love is Greater than fear” for coping with stress and trauma, Staycation: Winter, Staycation:Summer -just use the link on the Resources section in this website.

Elder Massage:

The gentle work of elder massage can offer comfort and support to the physical and emotional needs we have as we grow older. Carol’s 20 years in working on aging issues and 10 years counseling on disability and rehabilitation issues contribute to her insight and sensitivity for working with those who have challenges related to aging. Her approach is both gentle and informed.  In an article on  Massage for Elders by Joan S. Lohman  for  The American Massage Therapy Assn. , Sept 11, 2001, the author discusses what massage therapists can give the elderly through careful hands on massage work.  Many elders have acute sensual awareness. If they have lost hearing or vision, their sense of touch may be heightened. For those who seldom receive touch, massage may bring tears of gratitude or release somatic memory.  Seniors respond very well to massage as it helps to fulfill the need for caring human touch. There’s nothing like healing touch to perk up someone that needs a little lift. Seniors who get massage on a regular basis have a better outlook on life than those who have no physical contact with others.   Getting massage on a regular basis can reduce  symptoms of anxiety and depression.

photo 5-2Lohman cites insight from Psychologist and author Mary Pipher who noted the importance of respect.  In  Pipher’s  groundbreaking book, Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders ( 1999)  where Dr. Pipher notes “Respect means turning the elderly into elders. We need media that portrays the old as worthy of our time . . We need cultural stories that point us back to older people as a source of joy and wisdom . . . On an individual level, respect means giving the old time and attention…”.

Other aspects of massage that are useful for elders as noted by AMTA article  include the following:

Increased circulation of Blood and Lymph ••• Massage already has the wonderful benefit of increasing the circulation of blood and lymph on a regular person, imagine how it can help a senior who may be less active or physically limited.

Muscle Stiffness ••• As you age, the muscles become stiffer and need to constantly be stretched out. Massage helps with stiffness and painful conditions due to aging. Keeping muscles more limber helps to prevent injury

Less Inflammation in Joints ••• Massage helps to reduce the inflammation in joints due to the increased circulation of lymph. Lymph fluid carries away the products of inflammation and other toxic debris out of the body.

Improved Range of Motion ••• Seniors can improve their range of motion when getting massage that incorporates passive stretching and range of motion. The passive movements help seniors to get a better stretch than they can get on their own.

Improved Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms  ••• Therapeutic massage has been shown to improve symptoms of both Alzheimer’s and Dementia by reducing agitation and quieting some of the symptoms related to both.

Contact Carol if you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about Rosen Method Bodywork, massage and use of essential oils.