Rosen Institute

Rosen Method International Journal

Editorial Staff

Carol Cober, MS, LPC, LMT - Acting Editor

Carol Cober MS, LPC, LMT is a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, psychotherapist and manager of a consulting business in a suburb of Washington, DC. She trained at the RM Southwest School in New Mexico. She has worked as a program administrator, evaluator and trainer for national programs focused on gerontology and advocacy with people with disabilities and their families. Her consulting business specializes in collaborative evaluation, training and grant project design. Her research interests include creativity as a wellness strategy for dynamic aging, building intergenerational community and recovering embodied joy after grief and trauma. As a trainer she leads retreats and workshops on creative renewal, embodied arts and using creative expression to build all ages community connections. She is committed to leadership and co-founded a statewide Community of practice for leaders of aging in community programs. As a painter who also enjoys art journaling she looks forward to vacations when she has more time to paint and enjoy time with her husband and three grown children. Celebrating each day with movement and art are her favorite stress reduction strategies. Contact her at: ccober4@gmail.com

Helmi Boese, MD - Editorial Advisory Board

Helmi Boese, MD has been a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner since 2011 and a physician with full clinical training in psychiatry - in private body psychotherapy practice in Michelstadt, Germany, since 2010. During her 17 years as an expatriate (Netherlands, Switzerland, California/USA), Helmi took part in weekly bodywork training class at the Berkeley Center from 2006 to 2008, including one year movement training class. Helmi graduated from the Southwest School and completed secondary supervisions in Stockholm, Sweden. She presented at the Rosen Method Global Congress in 2008 (Rosen Method in the History of Body Psychotherapy: Remembering Germany – Past, Present and Future) and in 2014 (RM and the German Health Care System). Her translation of Alan Fogel's book ‘The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness’ (2013) as ‘Selbstwahrnehmung und Embodiment in der Körperpsychotherapie’ (in English Self-Awareness and Embodiment in Body Psychotherapy) - deepened her scientific understanding of Rosen Method's connections into the body and stirred her mind. It offered her new medical / body psychotherapy profiles with solid foundations and provided the opportunity to share Alan's excellent research with others: in the medical profession and in other embodied self-awareness practices. Helmi organized a three-day workshop with 44 participants on embodied self-awareness in October 2015 with Alan Fogel and Jacqueline Fogel as co-presenters. Helmi will continue teaching embodied self-awareness and invites others to team up with her. She is a caring and supportive mother to her lovely daughter who has both an international heritage and education. Helmi's Rosen Method education has served to provide her with deep personal growth and an ongoing happy life. Helmi may be contacted at: helmi.boese@gmail.com

John Bosman - Editorial Advisory Board

John was certified as a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner and Rosen Method Movement teacher on December 9th, 2012. At the age of 16 he migrated with his family from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to Adelaide (South Australia). Upon finishing his secondary education he entered the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a catholic religious order, completed his studies in Rome with a Doctorate in Moral Theology (thesis title: Authority in the Discourses of Gregory the Great). and then worked in seminaries, parishes, hospitals and universities. In 1987 he met Marion Rosen, who with the Rosen Community, became a mentor to him. Over the years he obtained a diploma in Acupressure, studied Counseling and Somatic Psychotherapy. Now actively retired, he works with family, social justice and other interest groups. He enjoys sports, reading, photography and playing the didgeridoo. He has a Rosen Method Bodywork and Rosen Method Movement practice in Sydney, Australia. His contact address is: johntheobosman@gmail.com

Riitta Hoffrén-Larsson - Editorial Advisory Board

Riita is a university teacher and doctoral student in the Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society at the Karolinska institute in Sweden. She has been a registered nurse since 1985, and currently works as a teacher of advanced nursing. In addition, Riita an MSc in Behavioral Sciences. Her teaching subjects include psychiatric nursing, elderly nursing, and communication and she also lectures in integrative nursing care for specialized nurses. As a teacher, Riita works as course leader, lecturer and follows up on nursing students when they are practicing at hospitals and other ward units. Also Riita is not a Rosen practitioner, she has practiced complementary methods including foot reflexology and ear acupuncture. In October 2013, Riita presented her thesis on Rosen Method Bodywork: Swedish clients´ reasons for Rosen Method Bodywork, their experienced benefits of the bodywork and the experience of caring in the interpersonal interaction Rosen Method Bodywork offers.

Lillian Lavesson - Editorial Advisory Board

Lillian Lavesson lives in southern Sweden, in Trelleborg. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 1971 and started Rosen Method Bodywork training in 1994. She was certified in Rosen Method Bodywork in 1998. Since 2003, Lillian has been working at SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Science. She also works par-time as a physiotherapist in Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden, a scientific arena with ongoing full scale projects, maintained in cooperation with the University and Region Skåne (responsible for maintaining health services in the region). In connection with this work, Lillian was a co-writer in a paper presented in Anna Adevi´s doctoral thesis entitled "Specially designed rehabilitation garden induces distinct behavioral changes in patients suffering from stress-related illness." Working on this paper inspired Lillian to undertake a pilot study for the Rosen Method International Journal, which she called "A pilot study of Rosen Practitioner´s Experiences from a Modified Form of Bodywork in a Garden Setting." At university Lillian participates part-time in two different scientific projects. One is about the significance of experiences of nature for people with Parkinson's disease with special focus on freezing of gait, which was published in Parkinsons Journalen, (in Swedish). They have a new article and are hoping to publish it in an Environmental Psychology Journal. The other is an ergonomic project entitled "Growing at ground level" where they investigate and measure effects and consequences of manual work at ground and knee level. Lillian is also involved in education at the University with distance learning, in three different courses.

Jane Pittsinger,MCSP, P.T. - Editorial Advisory Board

Jane Pittsinger MCSP, PT came to the Rosen Method through Physical Therapy in her search for integration of mind and body. She was born and grew up in Sri Lanka, was educated in England and graduated from what is now named the Royal London Hospital, School of Physiotherapy, in 1973. After working in Wales and London, she spent 4 years in Colombia, SA as a Physiotherapist where she taught, pioneered a community program and worked with geriatrics and people of all ages with severe disabilities. She met her husband in Colombia. They settled in the Bay Area of San Francisco in 1982. She is a certified Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner, an intern supervisor and certified bodywork training teacher. She teaches holistic anatomy to Rosen Method students and professionals, and has designed and leads classes in stress reduction. She maintains a full practice in osteopathic manual physical therapy as well as Rosen Method bBodywork, both privately and in a community hospital on the San Mateo coast. She has a special interest in breathing, having had severe asthma as a child. She has been a grief counselor and has a life-long interest in history, philosophy, literature and exploring the cultures of the world to which end she was a docent for 8 years at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (now supporting). Hiking, spending time in nature and maintaining a strong connection with England and her family are important aspects of her life. Contact her at janep.ray@hughes.net

Maja Skau-Olsen - Editorial Advisory Board

Before she started working with Rosen Method full time, Maja worked as a nurse and taught anatomy and physiology to students of health. She has been teaching anatomy and emotional anatomy to students of Rosen Method since 2004 in Denmark, and to Rosen practitioners since 2014, both in Denmark and abroad. Maja has a passionate interest in understanding how the body works, especially the musculoskeletal system, and how we can use that understanding as practitioners; both to get a better sense of our own bodies and to enhance our sessions in Rosen Method Bodywork. Maja was certified as a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner in 2001 and Rosen Method Workshop Teacher in 2010. From 2014, she followed the international teacher’s training and was trained in Israel, England, Russia, USA and Denmark. In December 2016 she became a certified Rosen Method Bodywork teacher. As a teacher it is very important for Maja to support students to find their own way of allowing the work to come through them. Maja lives in Skanderborg, Denmark and sees clients both in Skanderborg and Copenhagen. Currently she is one of two co-owners of the Danish Rosen Method school. She is also a member of the faculty of the Rosen Method school in Russia and enjoys travelling and teaching in many countries. Maja is happy to support the work of the Rosen Method International Journal because she thinks it is very important that we all share our knowledge and experiences with each other. This way we become true students of Marion Rosen, who always learned from practice. Contact Maja at majaskau@gmail.com

Susanna Smart - Editorial Advisory Board

Susanna Smart is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult mental health utilizing mindfulness-based psychotherapy approaches in a hospital-based outpatient clinic to help people regain balance and remember their wholeness. She also maintains a private practice in Akron and Kent, Ohio in Rosen Method Bodywork. She is engaged in a research project on Rosen Method Bodywork for her doctoral dissertation. She loves her husband of multiple decades and her good friends, enjoys the seasons, and studies the healing practices of yoga and meditation.

Jeanie Williams - Editorial Advisory Board

Jeanie C. Williams is a Rosen Method bodywork practitioner, poet, editor, and the director/owner of PenPower Book Marketing Services, 52 Stone Press (publishers of Rosen Method: An Approach to Wholeness and Well-Being Through the Body by Elaine L. Mayland PhD), and BlueGlassHeart Productions. She has studied poetry and creative writing in the graduate programs of San Francisco State University and the University of Iowa, as well as under the direction of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jorie Graham and National Book Circle Award winner Ruth Stone. Jeanie studied Theater and English at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and earned her BA in Theater Performance & Creative Writing from Humboldt State University in northern California. Jeanie has served as marketing director for both Blessingway Authors’ Services and Synergetic Press. She is a former book reviewer for Southwest BookViews, former managing editor of Pennywhistle Press, vice president of the New Mexico Book Association and the Poetry Center of New Mexico. She also served on the editorial board of Women’s Voices and co-edited Saludos! Poemas of New Mexico, a bilingual anthology of the poetry of New Mexico. For many years Jeanie served as managing editor of the quarterly Rosen Method Professional Association Newsletter for North America and currently serves on the editorial board of the Rosen Method International Journal. She has assisted and trained at Rosen Method bodywork intensives around the world, including Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Missoula, Montana; Berkeley, Petaluma, Calistoga and Monterey, California; and internationally in The Netherlands, Turkey, England, and Mexico. Jeanie relocated to Santa Fe from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and has a private bodywork practice. She may be contacted via email at: cwabit1@yahoo.com

Alan Fogel, PhD, LMT - Editor Emeritus

Alan Fogel, PhD, LMT, founding editor of the Rosen Method International Journal, is a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner and a Rosen Method Bodywork Senior Teacher. He is the author of Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), and writes a blog on body sense for Psychology Today magazine. Alan has also worked as a behavioral scientist in the field of Developmental Psychology for many years and readers can find free downloads of many of his publications. He has a private practice in Rosen Method Bodywork in Salt Lake City, Utah and does consulting-mentoring via Skype on topics related to Rosen Method, embodied self-awareness, research and writing. Alan has taught workshops in Rosen Method Bodywork and in Embodied Self-Awareness both nationally and internationally. Alan retired in 2012 from his university teaching and is currently taking a sabbatical from workshop teaching. This gives him more time to devote to his private practice of bodywork and consulting, and also to music, photography, gardening, hiking, biking, and skiing in the beautiful mountains and red-rock deserts around Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his spouse, Jacqueline Fogel (a Rosen Method Movement Teacher) have two sons and three grandchildren. Contact him at fogel.alan@gmail.com.

Angela Newman - Editorial Assistant

Angela Newman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She works at the University of Utah and is also a student, taking one class a semester. She almost has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. She loves learning and being involved with the Rosen Method International Journal satisfies a desire to learn as well as a desire to make quality information available to others so that they may learn.