Alexander Rosan is a bodyworker, yoga instructor and healer based in San Francisco.
Wellness is a journey. Journey's are often done alone, and sometimes we're fortunate enough to come across people who can help us continue on our path with a new sense of strength, and courage. As we embark on our path to wellness, bodywork is the kind fellow traveler to lend a hand, and aid in our ability to move through the thick fog of challenge. It's not always easy, but the moments of clarity that are gained in travel are worth a hundred times the struggle to find it. Wherever you find yourself in the process of health, and well being allow yourself the opportunity to experience something unlike a typical massage where you can gain deeper insight into your body, mind, and spirit.
Massage is but a tree in the forest that is bodywork. The two are different in that bodywork addresses the physical, as well as how/why these ailments are effecting the other aspects of your self. This can be a range from postural, or structural disfunction, to emotional, psychological, and spiritual barriers keeping you from your continuous path to honest health.
We all store trauma of various forms, and in various ways. My job is to teach presence where we have learned resistance, and while I can give an easy, relaxing massage, I usually request you to work with me, and meet me as we embark on a path to your vision of health, and well being.
This technique works with the connective tissue, and some deeper layers of muscle tissue. Usually this helps to put the fascial layers of muscle tissue back into a place of homeostasis.
Adding a bit of conscious thought to your day can make a world of difference. Learn to control emotions, to navigate perspective, to get into deeper touch with the different aspects of self, and help others while you're at it. All with a sense of effortlessness, and self-care.
Essential to any bodyworkers palette. Observing the body, and how it is held allows both the practitioner, and receiver to engage in what the body is carrying, where, and how that effects the rest of the systems of the body. Then the practitioner can begin to help unravel where the body is wound in both physical, and emotional capacities.
The non trademarked version of Rolfing. While it is deep, and sometimes painful work, it's highly effective in aiding the body to come to a more neutral state, and allows the body to move more freely by releasing areas of highly restrictive tension.
TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises)
There are different ways to help the body process through the micro, and macro traumas we experience. Some of these things can be done alone, and others are necessary to do while someone is facilitating your process with you so that you feel supported in moments of vulnerability or fear.
Trigger Point therapy involves finding a small point in a muscular region that when a firm pressure is applied helps to relieve that entire region. This sort of therapy works great for athletes, and people with RSI's (repeat stress injuries).
Visceral Manipulation and/or Qi Nei Tsang
A work that incorporates physical, and energetic therapies to release tension of the various organs. Well known through parts of Europe but quite foreign to most people in the United States. A powerful, and immensely useful technique.
Ayurveda is the Indian form of medicine. It deals with a combination of 3 'doshas' or body/mind types to discern how that specific body can be navigated for optimal care including diet, exercise, and ways to navigate your individual challenges.
Many traditions incorporate breath into their practices of self-care. There are so many layers of breath that function to help the body cleanse, open, sleep, focus, and charge. Not to mention other types that offer a deep, and intense look into ourself, and the way we hold our joy, pain, availability, and challenge.
Chinese medicine (TCM or 5 Element) deals often with acupuncture or needling (which I don't offer). However, the same system is applied with Tui-Na (Chinese style massage), qi-gong, and, Yin yoga to help open up the stagnant energetic pathways of the body.
Herbs are a great way to supplement the process of health, and nutrition. There are so many herbs out there that can help with everything in the book! Our prescription medicine all comes from SOMEthing natural right?! So why not try to heal, and aid yourself direct from the source of nature? First off, Turmeric with black pepper. Take it daily. You can look up all the powerful benefits of turmeric.