Recently we interviewed Rosen Method Bodywork teacher and practitioner Ivy Green about her forthcoming book on Rosen Method, Relaxation, Awareness, Resilience: The Science and Practice of Rosen Method Bodywork. Ivy gave a well-attended presentation on her manuscript at the August 2014 Rosen Global Congress at Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Ivy lives in upstate New York, where she has a Rosen Bodywork practice. She is a Senior Teacher, affiliated with the Open Center.
Rosen Institute: Hello, Ivy. We are very excited to hear that your book will be coming out soon. When do you expect readers to see it in print?
Ivy Green: Late fall 2015, fingers crossed!
RI: How has this process been for you?
Ivy: It has been a long labor of love. I became totally immersed both in the fascinating research and in the process of trying to write clearly.
RI: What motivated you to write this book?
Ivy: I feel so fortunate to be teaching and practicing Rosen Method; this book is my song to honor it. I am absolutely certain that Rosen Method Bodywork helps us to regulate our nervous systems, heal from formative attachment difficulties, and understand and embrace ourselves in an honest, caring way. We are able to create lives that are more textured and more meaningful. The ultimate gift is those moments in which we experience our deepest human essence, our connection to something larger than ourselves.
RI: Can you tell us how you explain this?
Ivy: In this book I break down Rosen Method Bodywork into its component parts, describing how practitioners use touch, words, and consistent access to their own embodied self-awareness to form an attuned relationship with their clients. I apply current neuropsychophysiological research and Attachment Theory to these components to confirm how they bring about healing and personal growth. This reductionistic rendering can never capture the essence of the art of practicing the Rosen Method. But my hope is that the information in the chapters provide a conceptual framework, or skeleton, around which students, practitioners and teachers can flesh out their own unique teaching style for presentations, workshops, and trainings.
RI: Did you have a specific audience in mind when you wrote the book?
Ivy: Initially I envisioned this book as a resource for learning and teaching Rosen. I believe it can help us distinguish Rosen Method from other somatic methods, and serve as an effective communication tool in our efforts to bring the Rosen Method to a larger audience, in particular the larger audience of health-related professionals.
RI: Thanks so much for the interview. Finally, where will we be able to purchase this highly useful book?
Ivy: People can order the book online from my website: www.relaxationawarenessresilience.com
Click here for a sneak peek at the table of contents.