Moving from the Inside Out
Marion Rosen began teaching movement classes in 1956. As a physical therapist, she was asked how to prevent aches and pains and future injuries. She thought about all the exercises she had given private patients because they got stiff, had pain, or couldn't move. She organized a class around these same exercises as "physical therapy in reverse". Recognizing that music helps people move, she set the exercise sequences to music. Rhythm as well as moving in time with the music can be rehabilitating.
One of Marion's primary aims with Rosen Movement was to create space for the diaphragm to swing more freely. The movements allow the diaphragm to find more ease so the internal organs experience a type of massage and this creates more oxygenation throughout the whole body. Movement also stimulates the production of synovial fluid in the joints. When we fail to move our joints, this fluid which is like WD40, diminishes and fails to lubricate the joints adequately.
A video prepared by the Rosen Method Center SW
One-hour classes are low impact and include the following benefits:
- Increased range of motion
- Lubricating all the joints in the body
- Improved balance, flexibility, alignment
- Relaxed diaphragm for ease of breathing
- Preparation for more strenuous exercising
- Rehabilitation for injuries
Rosen Movement is an awareness process that encourages people to feel movements on the inside, bringing full attention to the joints being moved. Greater results are achieved when this awareness is present. Participants leave feeling relaxed, joyful and more in touch with their bodies.
Sally's free Rosen Movement Class is on Thursdays, 8:30-9:30am, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in downtown Fayetteville. For more information about classes, call Sally at (479) 442-0002.