Successful Changes to the Rosen Method Wiki!

Several years ago, at the request of the Rosen Institute, Ivy Green began to explore how to improve the articles in the English version of Wikipedia for Rosen Method Bodywork and for Marion Rosen’s biography. Wikipedia is a widely used source of information, and it is important for our Rosen community that our Method and our Founder are described as accurately as possible. With the help of a Wikipedia editor, and in consultation with other Rosen Method practitioners, Ivy has updated the Wikipedia entries.  The changes that have been made can be seen below and on wikipedia (links below). There is currently no entry for Rosen Method Movement, and if any of you are interested in writing this entry, Ivy can advise you on Wikipedia’s policies.

Once an article has been published on Wikipedia, no editor is permitted to change any of the text, but can only add to the text and to the references. Therefore, Ivy could only expand upon what had already been written (the “before” versions). Unless the benefits or outcomes of a therapeutic method is scientifically validated by large, well- designed and controlled experiments, Wikipedia does not permit therapeutic a method to mention the benefits of a method. Wikipedia also does not allow use of “primary sources”, which is why Ivy could not use anything written by Marion, or by Rosen Practitioners (could not use articles from our Rosen Journal).

The updated versions of the articles are currently on the English version of Wikipedia (you can see them on  Wikipedia entries on the English language site are not necessarily duplicated or similar to those found on other language versions of Wikipedia. It is possible that other Wikipedia editors will object to these updates which were published in May and June 2022, but as of now Ivy has not received comments from other Wikipedia editors.

Thank you Ivy for your dedication to this project! This is a huge accomplishment for our professional community.

Below you can view the previous versions of the entries for the Rosen Method Bodywork and Marion Rosen’s biography.  Follow the wikipedia links to see the new updated versions.


Previous Entry:

Marion Rosen (born June 24, 1914 in Nuremberg; died on January 18, 2012 in Berkeley, California) was a German-American physiotherapist. She developed the Rosen Method, a bodywork that was named after her. Rosen was born in Nuremberg in Germany in 1914 into a Jewish household. Before World War II, Rosen fled Germany for the United States. She settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Through her training with Elsa Gindler’s student Lucy Heyer in the 1930s and long career as a physical therapist, Rosen developed a particular approach to the body and eventually began teaching it to others. She synthesized her approach into a system of Rosen Method bodywork, in which a practitioner identifies and works on areas of habitual muscular tension in the client; and movement, which involves a series of gentle movements done to music, as a form of preventative physiotherapy.

The Rosen Institute she founded in Berkeley in the 1980s pioneered research into incorporating dance approaches in physical therapy. The institute has affiliate training centers in 16 countries across the world.[3] In her 70-year career as a physiotherapist, Rosen cared for between 30,000 and 40,000 patients.

Marion Rosen continued to teach, hold workshops, and see patients until she suffered a stroke in late 2011. She died at 97 years old on January 18, 2012, in Berkeley, California.]




Previous Entry:

Rosen Method Bodywork (or Rosen Method) is a type of Complementary and alternative medicine. This bodywork, described as “psycho-somatic”, claims to help integrate one’s bodily and emotional/mental experience while identifying unconscious patterns of muscular holding, feeling, and behavior.[1] The main theory underpinning this method is that a person protects themselves from past painful experiences through the body, separating one from one’s true self.[2] This alleged protection is said to be experienced most frequently as chronic musculoskeletal pain and tension, and purportedly can be observed by the bodywork practitioners as restricted patterns of movement and posture, muscular tension, or shortness of breath.[2] Rosen Method Bodywork purports to integrate the body, mind, emotions and spirit; and unlock the unconscious.[2]

Quackwatch categorized the Rosen Method as an “unnaturalistic method”, meaning a system outside the belief that science maps the entire body, and says that it features “non-intrusive” touch, verbal interaction, and experiencing breath as “gateway to awareness”.[2]

Rosen Method bodywork has developed through its founder Marion Rosen’s physical therapy practice and work with Lucy Heyer, a student of Elsa Gindler.[3][4]