All Rosen Method bodywork practitioners participate in a training program involving the equivalent of two years of weekly classes and practicums (or an intensive program) plus an internship. The teaching staff of the Berkeley Center have had extensive experience assisting in the training prior to conducting their own classes.
Marion Rosen, P.T. 1914 - 2012
Rosen Method bodywork was developed out of Marion Rosen's 50 years experience as a physical therapist and health educator. Her unique approach to bodywork and movement has earned her recognition as a leader and originator in the field of body-oriented therapies. Marion passed away and left us with this gift of Rosen Method on January 18, 2012.
In the 1930's Marion studied breath and relaxation in Munich, Germany, with Lucy Heyer, who had been trained by Elsa Gindler, a renowned innovator of body therapies. Licensed in physical therapy, both in Stockholm and at the Mayo Clinic, Marion developed the Rosen Method over a course of many years in private practice.
Marion's purpose is to realize a vision of health and well-being by making the benefits of Rosen Method widely available to people from all walks of life. She devotes most of her time to leading workshops in Europe and the United States and to training new bodywork practitioners and movement teachers at the Rosen Center in Berkeley and overseas.
The legacy of Marion Rosen's lifetime's work has planted seeds for the future. Her enduring gift to humanity lives on through many hands, the simple touch of which unravels the mystery waiting to come alive in each of us.
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Theresa Garcia is a Senior Movement Training Teacher and in training as a Bodywork teacher. She has a private practice in San Francisco and teaches weekly movement classes in the Bay Area. Prior to coming to Rosen Method in 1996, Theresa worked in the corporate world for 18 years in information systems. She is a student of the Alexander Technique and is delighted to invite others to rediscover their inner essence through movement and touch.
Gloria Hessellund, M.A.
Gloria Hessellund holds a masters degree in dance and dance therapy. Prior to concentrating her career on Rosen Method bodywork, she worked in dance and dance therapy, Breyer subtle-energy work and meditation in clinical settings. In 1977, Gloria began her association with Marion Rosen as her client, and subsequently as her student, co-teacher and colleague. Gloria is the Senior Training Teacher and the Director of Training for the Rosen Center in California, Sweden and Norway. She has introduced and taught Rosen Method in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia.
Teri Katz, P.T.
Teri Katz became a student of Marion Rosen's in 1978, and was a member of her first training class. She has taught Rosen Method bodywork in the United States, Europe and Australia. Her physical therapy training has given her extensive knowledge about the workings of the body (anatomy, muscle function and movement) which she brings to her teaching. She has a private practice in Rosen Method bodywork and physical therapy in Berkeley.
Paula Kimbro, M.A., L.C.S.W.
Paula Kimbro is a Senior Training Teacher and a psychotherapist with 40 years experience. She has a M.A. degree from the University of Chicago and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She began working with Marion Rosen in 1976. Paula has taught in Europe, Canada and Berkeley, California where she has a private practice in psychotherapy and Rosen Method. Paula brings an interest in awareness and play as vehicles for personal growth.
Elaine Mayland, Ph.D.
Elaine Mayland completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 1985. She has taught Rosen Method in Canada, Europe and Berkeley since the completion of her Rosen Method teacher training in 1985. She is the author of "Rosen Method: An Approach to Wholeness and Well-Being Through the Body," which is used as a textbook in Rosen Method schools.
Bill Samsel studied with Marion Rosen in the first training program, becoming a practitioner in 1982 and a teacher in 1988. He has a private practice in Santa Cruz, and is the only male teacher of this work in the United States. He teaches in the Monterey Bay area and at the Rosen Center in Berkeley.
Sara Webb was Marion Rosen's first student in 1972. She has been the executive director of the Berkeley Center since it was founded in 1983, and she is an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies. She brings a lifetime of study and practice of Rosen Method to her clients, and she enjoys guiding students on their pathways to discovery and mastery of Rosen Method.