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Quite often people ask, how much time needs body psychotherapy. This kind of therapy is a deep process, not a quick cure. It is complex and costly to attend to individual physical and mental disorders and depends on the extend of burdens and initial illnesses or stresses. Success conforms to someone's willingness to make time for health and changes. A Rosen Method bodywork treatment will classically last about 50 to 60 Min., followed by rest time to deepen the experience. For the comprehension of the bodily experiences, the therapy process will be accompanied by talks. Medication will be reviewed. If requested, the personal environment (family, partner) can be invited to give general information about the therapy work principles. As for emergency, I offer my stand-by duty. The same therapy procedure applies to sessions of shamanic energy medicine and to bio photon realignment technique.

There are different treatment options, depending on personal circumstances or place of residence:

  • Acute discomfort - intense treatment with lodging nearby is appropriate if home is far away. Acute problems can be attended well and responsible, without any risk of deterioration. The Odenwald as a region of natural beauty invites for recreation.
  • Chronic discomfort - slow beginning if unexperienced with embodied self-awareness.
  • After hospital stay > body psychotherapy

In case of sexual violence:

Heart Rate Variability measurement and evaluation

Saving of expenses for health insurances: Total costs of privately insured or paid body psychotherapy in my practice amount to 1/3 of legally covered psychotherapy. The sustainable effect comes about by directly working with the body and trauma.


ANS stands for Autonomes Nervous System. It has two parts: the sympathetic (action) and parasympathetic (rest). By measuring the heart rate variability, the relation of the two parts, also with guided modulatory breath, show changes in the therapy course. If agreed, it can be used for diagnostic purposes and visible therapy control >

Deep Insights

The art of collages above show elaborate associations into the traumatic "operational field" of the nervous system, muscles and fascia; followed by transformation into the body's and psyche's own natural Gestalt.

A poorly healing wound (Greek trauma) needs refreshing. It will enhance granulation/healing of the tíssue; comparable to the inner knowing of body therapists embodied self-awareness. They can attend to their patients spontaneous experiences from old wounds, into trauma healing. Respectful, holding touch fosters embodied self-awareness. In deep therapeutic presence and in contact with the body's tone and breath, long forgotten healing feelings are revealed. 

Emotion = lat. emovere, "moving through"; Handicraft = Surgery, Old Greek. kheirourgiā, kheirourgos.

With "surgery" one understands an invasive or intrusive procedure. Dysfunctional parts will be repaired, removed or replaced - from outside. Not so with emotional handicraft. It is not invasive, it comprehends. It promotes renewal, re-connection and the integration of neural functional networks - from inside.

The conceptual pair emotional handicraft - surgery sounds unusual, irritating. However, it describes physical healing processes. During my medical internship at the University of Lübeck, Clinic of Plastic Surgery, I was part of a team. We worked on severely burned bodies, removed old tissue, cared for raw flesh and transplants, with fine, slow and careful movements of the hands. The procedure requested a lot of tactfulness, presence and emotional involvement. Once in a while, we paused to be able to continue. This work aimed at the restoration of Gestalt and function. The same happens in body psychotherapy.

More @ Publications


Alan Fogel's book The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness (hardcover, 2009) - same content published as Body Sense (paperback, 2013) - both at W.W.Norton, answered questions I had about my unusual experiences of body & mind during my Rosen Method Bodywork training.
The Professor of Developmental Psychology (author) and the physician (translator) share the work experience with Rosen Method and the interest to understand its operant contexts. My self-organized German translation was a wish long cherished. It deepened my expertise, enabled for the integration of my medical knowledge into Rosen Method Bodywork and further into Body-Trauma-Psychotherapy.

See the German publication of Selbstwahrnehmung und Embodiment in der Körperpsychotherapie, Schattauer
(Self-Awareness and Embodiment in Body Psychotherapy) here on my German web pages.

Rosen Journal & Rosen Institute

I am a member of the editorial board of the publicly available online journal "Rosen Method International Journal" ( We review articles for publication and I began writing my own.
Alan Fogel founded the Journal in 2008. It was integrated into the Rosen Institute in 2015. 

I am a registered member of the Rosen Institute, the international holding organization of Rosen Method.

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