Rosen Method Bodywork | Hawaii

Rosen Method – A Unique Mind-Body Therapy

Rosen Method Bodywork is a somatic therapy that offers a unique approach to healing and self-discovery. Developed by physical therapist Marion Rosen, who trained among Jungian analysts in pre-WWII Germany, this method is focused on accessing the psychological unconscious through the body. This method is a truly unique somatic therapy approach to mind-body healing.

By combining gentle touch with reflective dialogue, Rosen Method Bodywork addresses the interconnectedness of body and mind, allowing for the release of physical tension and emotional blockages. Rooted in the belief that the body holds the key to unlocking deep personal truths and experiences, the sessions provide a safe and nurturing space for individuals to explore and process their innermost thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, looking to improve your emotional well-being, or simply desiring a deeper connection with yourself, Rosen Method Bodywork offers a transformative journey in somatic healing towards greater awareness, resilience, and wholeness.

RMB is most recommended for:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma (Physical and/or Emotional)
  • Grief
  • Feeling “Stuck”
  • Digestive Issues (Non-Diet Related)
  • Postural Habits
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Insecure Attachment Styles (Anxious, Ambivalent, Avoidant)
  • Body-Image and Acceptance
  • Creative Stagnation
  • Caregiver Burnout
  • Personal Growth

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Karen Baker, LMFT Background

Karen is a certified Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner, having completed her training at the Berkeley Center under the mentorship of Gloria Hesselund. She also holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Since 2012, Karen has been guiding clients through transformative journeys of healing and self-discovery using Rosen Method Bodywork. In addition, as a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, she is dedicated to providing compassionate support to individuals through holistic psychotherapy. Karen is now extending her expertise to Hawaii, where she is pursuing licensure to expand her healing practice and serve a wider community.

“Despite not fitting the description of psychotherapy, Marion Rosen’s approach suggests ways of meditation-in-relationship using skillful touch. It is clearly related to earlier approaches to emotional healing – notably Reichian work – that allow the person’s deeper self to emerge by assisting in the dissolution of “character armor.”

~ Claudio Naranjo, M.D.

“During several sessions, I experienced incredible joy and a deep sense of thankfulness and grace. In these moments, I could breathe and move with ease, and I felt fully alive, as if all the barriers I had created in my being to protect myself no longer were necessary. I could sense myself through an inner, physical resonance, and I felt whole and deeply connected to the essential nature of being.”

~ Sandra Wooten, from Touching the Body, Reaching the Soul

“Rosen Method Bodywork is an art form that draws upon practitioners’ inner essence and creativity, as practitioners track and respond to their client’s moment-to-moment embodied experiences. Training to become a practitioner of this method is an experiential journey of personal growth and healing.”

~ Ivy Green, from Relaxation, Awareness, Resilience

What to expect during a Rosen Method Bodywork session:

Short verbal check-in with your Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner followed by 60-minutes of hands-on work, followed by a brief check-out
Rosen Method Bodywork is practiced on a massage table. You will be invited to undress to your comfort level and draped comfortably with a sheet. Pillows are used to maximize comfort. No oil is used.
The entire session involves touch, while the amount of talking is variable. Dialogue is entirely organic to the moment and generally includes questions and observations from your Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner; and sharing of what is felt or experienced in you.

What to expect following a RMB session:

It is typical to feel more vulnerable, emotional, creative, and / or open than your usual. Memories, dreams and insights may arise in the days following a session.
You may feel a need for more connection with others or more solitude. Listen to these needs.
Physical pain will decrease or go away, range of motion will increase. Sometimes this happens after one session, sometimes over a span of time.

How to make the most of RMB:

Rosen Method Bodywork is a therapeutic process. Sessions are recommended weekly or bi-weekly for a minimum of 3-months. Many choose to continue for years.
Follow your sessions with quiet, screen-free time — take a walk in nature, swim, nap, write or draw.
For those concurrently in psychotherapy, it is most beneficial to have your RMB session precede your psychotherapy session.

Scheduling Rosen Method Bodywork in Hawaii

Rosen Method Bodywork sessions are available in-person, in Honolulu.
My office address will be given when your appointment time is confirmed.

75-minute session $200
Sliding scale rates may be available if finances are a barrier to working together. Let’s talk about it.

I do not accept any forms of insurance coverage.
If your insurance coverage includes “out of network providers”, I can provide a superbill.