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The Rubenfeld Synergy Method® (RSM)

The Rubenfeld Synergy Method is a gentle and powerful alternative healing method that combines touch and talk to help people access the wisdom of their body.  Our body is the home of our thoughts, feelings and our spirit.  It is the one constant home that is with us from the moment we take our first breath the throughout our entire lifetime.  All of our life experiences, the ones we remember and the ones we don’t remember, are held within the cells of our body like your photo album that holds snapshots of time.  These snapshots greatly influence how we see the world, what we believe about ourselves and other people.  Some of these experiences have brought us joy and happiness, like the pictures in your album, and others brought us sadness and pain.  We typically don’t put those pictures in our album, however our body does.  All of these experiences are “downloaded” into our cells and are paired with sensations and emotions.  When we get to know our body and learn our body’s language, we discover resources within our body that offer us the strength, honesty and guidance we need to create amazing lives.  Through gentle touch and talk, we can access the energy of the experiences that hold us back, repair and release them and the effects they have on us.  We can also access and identify what gives us happiness and joy.  Many wise teachers and mentors are now talking about the importance of tapping into the wisdom of the body.  Synergists know and can show you how to gain access to this innate wisdom.  The Rubenfeld Synergy Method, created by Ilana Rubenfeld, has been teaching people this for over 40 years.  Ilana knew then, because of her own experience and life path, what others are saying now!

FAQ's, frequently asked questions, about RSM:

What does a typical session look like?
A typical session begins sitting down and talking with your Synergist (what we call an RSM Practitioner). If this is your first session you will fill out an initial general information form. You will talk with your Synergist so that you can get to know each other and begin establishing a relationship based on trust and safety. You will let your Synergist know what you hope to receive from your work together. Your Synergist will go over what to expect during the session. This is a great time to ask questions and begin the process of increasing your awareness and gaining clarity.

Sessions generally include lying on a massage table on your back.  You are always fully clothed. Sessions can also be done in sitting and can also include movement. The Synergist will gently place her hands on various parts of your body such as your head, feet, shoulders, and hips, using a highly trained and intentional "listening touch". This gentle listening touch, along with inviting verbal language, heightens your awareness and accesses your body's language so that the wisdom, knowledge, and guidance can be brought from the unconscious to consciousness. Unresolved issues and faulty beliefs that you were either holding onto or that had a hold on you, can be released. This is often experienced as a release of holding in the muscles. Relief is felt as the tension melts from your body. Your body can now move with greater freedom. Since our body is the home of our mind, emotions and spirit, this newly experienced freedom within our body can also be experienced in our mind, emotions and spirit as well.

How long is a session?
A session generally is one hour however, since everyone is unique and needs vary; the time can be adjusted according to your needs.

Why would I need to see a synergist and how long would I need to go?
We suggest that you come for a minimum of 6 sessions so that you have an opportunity to experience the work and how it can change your life. 

Some people come because of RSM's unique way of listening to all of who you are; body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Some people have a specific issue and know what they want to change in themselves or their life.  Some people may not be clear but are willing to explore what’s holding them back from living a life of joy, contentment and passion and take steps towards what they want.  Everyone moves at their own pace, so whether you know what you want or you are unsure, you body will be our guide.  Your body will let us know where you are and what the next possible step is for you.  Our personal work in physical therapy (see our Bio’s) has taught us the importance of freedom of movement in the body and that there is always a just right challenge for everyone to discover greater freedom in their lives.

What type of clothing should I wear for sessions?
Comfortable loose (not tight) fitting shirt and pants are recommended.

Can this work be done over the phone or does it have to be in person?
Typically, since we use touch as well as talk, sessions are in person. However, if there isn't a synergist in your local area, or you would like to experience a session with us, there are aspects to RSM that can be taught over the phone or through skype.

How can I become a Synergist? 
There is a training program to become a Synergist.  Much of the training is done on-line and some of it is on-site.  There are now 3 levels of training taught in modules so that you can become eligible to begin your own RSM practice or to enhance the work you are already doing.  You can learn at your own pace and you can begin working after your first certification in Level I, as a Somatic Synergist.  Please go to to learn more about the training and the different levels of training.

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