Rosen Method Bodywork

Healing touch...
Connecting to the essence of the self...
Reaching unconscious limitations...
To live life in the world as the one you really are...

Bringing forth what is within you...
Taking charge of your life...
Shifting what holds you back...
Creating self-healing, self-love, self-respect

Rosen Method Bodywork:

Potential Benefits

Training and Education

What to Expect From a Session


Events & Workshops


Rosen Method Bodywork &
Empowerment Counseling:
& Philosophy

Self-Leadership Transformational Counseling for Individuals and Couples

Rosen Method Bodywork and Somatic Therapy is a hands-on practice that addresses the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Emotions, memories, behavior patterns, long held beliefs and attitudes toward ourselves are stored in the body.  Rosen Method is a holistic approach to physical and emotional health that uses non-manipulative touch and gentle conversation to bring awareness and release to what is held in the body in muscle tension. As one becomes aware of this tension (where stress is held), what emerges is relaxation of the muscles, ease in the breath, emotional healing, new possibilities for living life, and an ease in being yourself.

Rosen Method Bodywork and Somatic Therapy is empowerment.  Learning to be with one's own fears, hesitations, and emotions and listening to the wisdom that comes from the body brings forth renewed creativity, an honoring of our deepest sense of ourselves, and a sense of new possibilities to live as we truly are, our truth in embodied self-awareness.

Potential Benefits of Rosen Method Bodywork

  • relaxation response
  • greater ease in the breath
  • faster healing from trauma or injury
  • support around painful emotions
  • relief from joint stiffness
  • release from old behavior patterns
  • nurturing
  • reduced anxiety and stress
  • pain and stress release
  • easing joint stiffness
  • deepening awareness
  • trust
  • acceptance
  • learning to receive
  • getting a voice
  • greater capacity for intimacy
  • personal transformation

Training and Education

Practitioners of Rosen Method Bodywork receive a rigorous formal training before being certified by the Rosen Institute. The average length of study is four years, in part because one's preparation to do the work requires a good deal of self-discovery. During the internship, which includes 350 hours of practice sessions and 25 hours of sessions supervised by senior teachers, the intern is also expected to receive Rosen sessions him- or herself. Receiving the work is an essential component of learning how to practice the work.

What to Expect from a Session

There is no typical Rosen session. Each session is a unique experience for both client and practitioner. There are, however, several elements that you can generally expect:

  • A session is about an hour long.
  • The client is invited to lie on a massage table.
  • The practitioner may talk to the client, inviting her or him to notice and perhaps respond in words to what is happening in the body as it is touched.
  • No oils or lotions are used. Touch may be received directly on the skin or through clothes, as the client wishes.

There is also no typical Rosen client. We work with people who want to experience the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Some people come because they are suffering from physical pain or discomfort, some because they sense a general dissatisfaction with their lives, some because they are excited by new possibilities and want support in exploring those new options.

The work is not designed for those with severe mental health issues, such as psychosis, or for people who are actively dependent on chemical or controlled substances.


Rosen Method Bodywork & Empowerment Counseling: Visions

Rosen Method Bodywork and Empowerment Counseling is for people who have wishes and visions of what life really could be like. It is for those who wish to use a holistic approach to physical and emotional health, and to empower themselves in their personal lives. It is for those wishing to:

  • gain more self-confidence, feelings of self-esteem, and self-worth
  • restore their life of feelings, including their childhood ability to unconditionally love
  • experience the power of safe, gentle, healing touch
  • reintegrate the connections between body, mind, and spirit
  • release emotion and tension stored in the muscles of the body and relieve the accompanying physical pain
  • reclaim the vibrancy of their senses
  • support continuing recovery from addictions by developing a strong sense of self
  • become free from the effects of early childhood hurts, physical, sexual, or emotional; it is especially for those who no longer want to hold themselves back in their past painful experiences
  • bloom into their full intelligence and creativity and live without limits

Rosen Method Bodywork & Empowerment Counseling: Philosophy

Rosen Method Bodywork and Empowerment Counseling uses Rosen Method Bodywork to release tension held in the body—tension that can hold one back in life. Deep contact through gentle touch in those places of holding tension encourages awareness through relaxation, through the breath, and by connecting to the deep essence of the person. Often, painful emotions or unconscious limitations can be released, and by moving past the history of experiences, the possibilities of fuller life can unfold.

Rosen Method Bodywork is not designed as a substitute for mental health professional therapy or for treatment of medical illness. It is a holistic, alternative approach to emotional self-healing outside the medical model. It can be used, however, in an adjunct capacity, as a nationally recognized bodywork supporting and correlating with professional mental health or medical treatment, and to provide relaxation and self-care with enhanced communication between the physical body and the emotional and spiritual self.

Rosen Method Bodywork and Empowerment Counseling maintains that we are our own healers. We are designed to live our lives in complete creativity, with full power and intelligence, full of awe and wonder, fully connected to each other in loving cooperation. This is your inherent nature, and it is possible to live from this place. The Rosen Method practitioner can support the client's unfolding self-discovery, self-expression, and healing to live from this place, the essence of the real self.


Self Leadership Transformational Counseling for Individuals and Couples

Dorothea is a Level Two Practitioner of Self-Led Transformational Counseling, or Self Leadership, also called Internal Family Systems. It is some of the most powerful inner work you may ever experience, and it is the fastest growing new development in psychotherapy.  It resonates deeply with Rosen Method Bodywork, Empowerment Counseling, and with healing old patterns and old trauma.


Self-Led Transformation holds the truth that within each of us is the Self, and that we are designed to live our lives in complete creativity, with full power and intelligence, full of awe and wonder, fully connected to each other in loving cooperation with compassion, zest and compassion. This is your inherent nature, your true Self, and it is possible to live from this place, the essence of the real self.


Self-Led Transformation is non-pathologizing but is empowering. It is based in systems theory, that the human being is a living system with multiple parts to us all, beautiful though sometimes conflicted parts,  like competencies, originally designed to function elegantly and well. But because we do not live in a perfect world with perfectly healthy adults to raise us, these parts develop different strategies to cope with the difficult terrain we have to navigate while protecting the precious and vulnerable Self. In time these strategies or parts of the system, forced by difficult circumstances, conditioning and repeated hurts to take on unhealthy roles in us, can block our ability to function well with all of our gifts, talents and strengths.


Self-Led Transformation holds that we can respect all parts of us, instead of rejecting these challenging patterns in ourselves, and that the true Self can transform these parts or strategies, through compassionate understanding, listening and healing, thereby helping all the different parts of us reclaim their original powerful roles in our lives, and function as an integrated whole, the way we were intelligently designed.


Self-Led Transformation  is creative and powerful in healing attachment or abandonment wounds, and insufficient attunement, validation or approval, which all of us suffered, though we had the most well meaning parents. It is powerful for healing low self esteem, and inner self critical parts, and in releasing old beliefs about ourselves, other people or the world that we took on when we were young.  Exciting research has graphically  shown that  we can actually change old brain patterning when we bring resource, (the Self,) to the young hurt parts of us.


Self-Led Transformation envisions a world where relationships are transformed through Self-Leadership:  that it is in the practice of Self-compassion that it becomes possible to love freely and courageously, thriving in intimate connection with others and ourselves, where each of us can allow the true heart of the human being to shine forth, the true Self, the wise, compassionate, loving intelligence, the Divine spark within each of us. May it glow in you, and in all of us.


Self-Led Transformational Counseling is naturally body oriented and can include mindfulness in the body with gentle touch, if the client is interested.
Phone ar skype sessions are also effective and available for this modality.



Dorothea Hrossowyc, M.A.

Dorothea Hrossowyc practices as:
Connections: Rosen Method Bodywork & Empowerment, and
a Level Two Practitioner of Self-Led Transformational Counseling
Dorothea Hrossowyc, Rosen Method Practitioner

Dorothea Hrossowyc, M.A., RMPA, is a Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, and also a Certified Teacher of Rosen Method Bodywork. She trained with Marion Rosen at the Berkeley Center. She is also a graduate of Hakomi Body Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma and Attachment Issues, and is trained in Self Led Transformational Counseling, or Internal Family Systems, from the Center for Self Leadership, Chicago, IL. In over 20 years as an educator, trainer and personal empowerment consultant, she has led many workshops and classes in mind/body medicine, releasing unconscious limitations, women’s empowerment, men’s liberation, couples and relationships, listening skills, healing from physical and sexual hurts, parenting, educational change, eliminating racism, and transforming the inner critic. She teaches week long intensive trainings in Rosen Method. She is committed to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and all forms of human liberation are her lifelong passions.

Contact Dorothea Hrossowyc or phone, 612-817-5777
Dorothea Hrossowyc Business Card

Events & Workshops:

Information on Workshops can be found on the Workshops page.


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