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The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM) is a powerful and proven healing modality.

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Practitioners of RSM, known as Rubenfeld Synergists

“The benefits of working with [my Synergist] have been most remarkable. The emotional aspect of intense grief and loss had become unbearable. I was emotionally toxic! And all that stored in my body. I had become disconnected from my body. After a few weeks of sessions, I now sleep through the night, something I hadn’t done in years. Tension and fears are disappearing. I am learning to listen to my body. This has been a gift to me.”

~ Anonymous Client

The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM) is a powerful and proven healing modality, with a 50-year history of using the wisdom of the body to provide transformational healing. Combining intentional, respectful, listening touch with verbal processing creates a dynamic integration of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Practitioners of RSM, known as Rubenfeld Synergists, address a wide variety of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ailments by listening to the wisdom of the body. Both client and Synergist then process and use the body’s wisdom in a practical way to resolve underlying issues. Sessions are tailored to the level of healing being sought. The client is an active participant on their healing journey towards living the life that they want and deserve.

Founder of The Rubenfeld Synergy Method

The Rubenfeld Synergy Method was developed by Ilana Rubenfeld, a musician seeking her own balance and healing. In the 1960’s, hours of practicing conducting at Juilliard in New York City resulted in debilitating back pain that affected her ability to move. 

She initially sought help from a practitioner in the F.M. Alexander Technique, which focuses on the right use of body. However, the gentle touch of the F.M. Alexander Technique brought difficult emotions and memories to the surface. Her practitioner was unable to provide support or clarity, as she was not trained to deal with the emotional and psychological aspects of the body.

Ilana then tried the route of psychotherapy, but found that talking alone lacked the connection to the physical body that was manifesting her pain. In a moment of Eureka!, Ilana decided to pursue this connection herself. She studied the Alexander Technique and Awareness Through Movement with Moshé Feldenkrais. Studying Gestalt therapy with Fritz and Laura Perls provided the missing piece of using verbal processing to make sense of what was happening in the body.

Weaving these processes into an integrative whole, Ilana created the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, which combines awareness through respectful, listening touch and the verbal processing of what is happening “in the now.”

Barbara Conway, RSM Trainee

“While searching for healing after a severe brain injury, someone recommended a Rubenfeld Synergist. At the end of my first session, I jumped off the table and said, “Where can I learn to do this? We can change the world!” I was astounded to discover that I could use the wisdom of my body to actually change my situation, when doctors had told me nothing more could be done.”

Barbara Conway, CRS
Knoxville, TN

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~ Ilana Rubenfeld, founder of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method

Ilana Rubenfeld, founder of Rubenfeld Synergy Method
“Listening touch became my instrument for tuning into all levels of the psyche: touch and talk became an essential duet. Here are two great healing forces that, when synergized, are greater than either alone.”