Emotional Handicraft

Emotion = lat. emovere, "to move through, move out"; handicraft = surgery, Greek, cheirurgía, kheirourgos.
The art of collages above presents intricate and skillfull associations of a traumatized field, the nervous system with muscles and fasciae; followed by transformation into one's natural gestalt in body & mind. Under certain circumstances a poor healing wound (Greek = trauma) needs to be refreshed to foster granulation and thereby the tissues healing. This is comparable with the inner knowing of experienced therapists from their own embodied self-awareness. They are capable to guide clients/patients through deep emotional and spontaneous experiences out of old wounds; leading to the possibility of a healthy and full recovery. Emotional handicraft stimulates embodied self-awareness with gentle, inviting and holding touch. It comes about with deep presence in contact with the breath, the physical tone and slowly emerging recovered memory.

From mechanistic perspective "surgery" implies an invasive procedure to fix, remove or replace dysfunctional parts. Non-invasive, in-body emotional work supports, recovers, reconnects and integrates functional circuits from within. In practice, Emotional Surgery connects to Internal Medicine.
The conceptual pair emotional surgery is unusual, maybe even peculiar or controversial.
Thereby, the pair describes bodily healing processes instead of technical medical procedures:
When working at the Clinic for Plastic Surgery, University Lubeck, Germany during my medical traineeship, I was part of a team caring for severely burned bodies. We removed old tissue, cared for raw flesh and transplants. All of that with fine, slow and attentive hands. That very delicate non-invasive work is conducted with a lot of tactfulness and presence. It is impossible to carry it out without emotional engagement. Once in a while, the patient and us needed to pause for recuperation to carry on.


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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