Mid 2014, we sent a questionnaire to our students from the last few years with the following questions:
1. What surprised you about the training?
2. What has been the impact of the training (or of Rosen movement) on you?
3. What parts of the training were meaningful to you, and why?
4. How did the training fit into your life?
5. How did the training challenge you? Enrich you? Change you?
6. Why might you recommend the training to others?
We posted some of the highlights on the Rosen Method egroup to share the very personal, profound, and articulate reflections that our beloved students generously offered to us.
"I found the class to be image-less which is nothing short of a benediction in our culture (probably other cultures, too -:). What I mean here is that there was no sub-text of motivation: to become some kind of remodeled person (e.g. a better person, a calmer person, a more flexible person). The classroom was a space to come into direct contact with 'who and what' is actually there.....and then what appears key is that we remained with this evidence....no one had to justify, condemn, identify or accept. "
"I needed to allow more space in my life for my own interests and activities I enjoy. Carving out essentially a whole day each week for the training, traffic, etc., meant that I had to develop my "planning muscles" more, which has continued to serve me in planning for the Movement classes I am teaching, and other areas of my life. A big change in me is that after a year of teaching two weekly Movement classes I can stand with a group of people, lead Movements, enjoy the people and myself, and most of the time not feel extremely self-conscious. I would not have believed that was possible before (and during) the training. The words "Come out and play!" are going through my mind :) "
"The training came at a time in my life when I was feeling overloaded. Although, in one sense loading on an intense commute (except for sharing it with my fellow student) and a night class seemed counter to all I wanted, I felt unloaded and more youthful on my way home after the class and usually for the whole week. ... I laughed with the group and at myself more than I can remember for years. It felt so good! I have been learning about movement for 40 years or so, different methods, analyzing, assessing, describing, quantifying but there was something so new, innocent and uncomplicated about the seeing and moving we did in class that it was like a renaissance."
"We keep saying that you cannot be available to others if you are not available to yourself; in RMM teacher training one's attempt and honest efforts at being present to the circle brings oneself into full authentic presence to one's own-self. Dissolving structures that hold you back can be triggered by the sensitive touch of another; But forming the structures that hold a circle through rhythmic exploration of their presence in their joints and body is an uphill challenge. Yet, the reward of this uphill challenge is being able to express your presence for many years to come. And to be authentically present in continuity from your inside structures to your full infectious expression and presence amidst others ... is a very basic condition like the continuity of the inner life and outer expression of a kindergartener. "
"Before taking the movement training, I was unaware that I leaned back. It felt natural and upright to me, but I was really bending over backwards. The metaphor fits the way I lived much of my life . . . bending over backwards to please others. It is difficult to move forward if you are leaning backwards. With help and practice, I began to find my real balance, even tho at first it felt like overcompensation and like I was now leaning forwards. The new posture was temporarily destabilizing, but eventually things shifted and my body got used to standing straight. I discovered that my new, real posture eventually felt more comfortable than the old one. My hips and back did not get so tired and achy when I walked distances. And I was literally more centered and grounded. "
"I’m more embodied. I love and appreciate my body more. I move in a different way now — in accordance with the body’s natural structure. I take great pleasure in walking — feeling my body’s strength, power, and grace. There was a period of a few weeks about halfway though the training when I didn’t know how to walk: my posture felt all wrong, and I would try various walks, but none felt quite right. Gradually I found more ease and could walk effortlessly. Later I realized that, as a self-conscious teenager, I'd deliberately developed a particular way of walking to appear cool and sexy, and this was done wearing four-inch heels. Needless to say it wasn’t natural or effortless; and I walked that way for most of my life — until I did the Movement training. I recommend the training to everyone. I tell them it has changed my life in many ways: the way I move, my relationship to my body, more ease in my body, more confidence, the ability to present movements and ideas to groups of people with ease, the ability to connect more easily and openly with people. I'm surprised by how many Rosen Bodywork Practitioners look wistful when I mention Movement, and talk about wanting to do the Movement training one day.
"Rosen Movement Training: a safe place without any judgment or expectation, to explore your inner landscape through movements with music that invite ease and wellbeing, and that are so much fun! !"