The training is a balance of
mind, heart, body, and soul

The Art and Skills of Rubenfeld Synergy

Below are listed the skills and art that you will learn in this comprehensive training program. The curriculum is carefully designed to teach and train you in everything you need to know to feel confident and competent enough to start seeing paying clients as soon as you certify. Additionally, exclusive to this training program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to create programs and attract a steady stream of ideal clients, so you can have a thriving practice, while making a difference in the world.

Foundational and Theoretical Knowledge:

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Foundation and Theoretical Knowledge: Your success begins with a strong foundation! 

  • Ilana Rubenfeld’s six (6) Aha’s and the 18 RSM Principles (the backbone of RSM)
  • Introduction to the pillars of RSM: Gestalt theory, F. M. Alexander Technique theory, Feldenkrais theory
  • Introduction to research in neuroscience: neuroplasticity, cellular memory
  • Importance of touch in development
  • Importance of touch in the therapeutic relationship
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory
  • Body as messenger; body as metaphor
  • States of consciousness, trance theory
  • Ethical principles and standards of practice

Somatic Skills:

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Somatic Skills: Your touch heals the world, one heart at a time. 

  • Bodymind movements – awareness through movement
  • B.O.M.A. Balance of Mechanical Advantage--physiology of bone/muscle leverage. Right use of the body.
  • Listening, intentional touch (the foundation of RSM)
  • Somatics – touch and movement to heighten somatic awareness, deepen the session, and promote healing and change
  • Basic somatic sequence; advanced somatic moves
  • Following the somatic thread of a session
  • Weaving together touch and talk
  • Breath – following and using in service to the client
  • Anatomy – basic functional anatomy
  • G.R.O.U.N.D. (the foundation of RSM)
  • Safety (professional, warmth)

Verbal Skills:

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Verbal Skills: Your clients want to know you care AND understand. 

  • Verbal interventions to support somatic awareness
  • Use of voice
  • Following the verbal thread of the session
  • Effective Listening
  • Weaving together talk and touch
  • Verbal skills to deepen the session
  • Implicit and explicit communication

Relational Skill Building:

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Relational Skill Building: Wounding happens in relationship. Healing happens in relationship.

  • Presence
  • Creating rapport
  • Establishing/maintaining safety and trust
  • Creating a safe container
  • Awareness of self and others
  • Use of self in the session
  • Transference/counter transference


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Emotions: Harnessing the power and wisdom of emotions creates transformational healing. 

  • How to contain and manage emotion
  • Use of Humor
  • How to deepen and expand emotions
  • Using the wisdom of emotions in the healing process
  • Healing through the dark emotions
  • Emotional alchemy


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Energy: Healing the past unleashes energy too long kept prisoner. 

  • Exploration of energy
  • Energy bound and freed
  • The role of energy or energy work in RSM


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Spiritual: This is soul work!

  • Exploration of Spirit
  • Integrating Spirit with body, mind and emotions
  • The role of Spirit in RSM

In the world:

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In the world: Take all you've learned, all you've become and go into the world as a healing force!

  • RSM Practice Building
    a. Attracting clients
    b. Enrolling clients
    c. Creating programs that deliver what your clients want and need
  • Self Care

What the Participants have to say about the RSM Training.

I was afraid the training was going to be airy-fairy, but it wasn’t. It was deeply rooted, grounded information, based on decades of knowledge and experience. We were taught skills that I continue to develop, even today.

Mary Petschen, CRS
Minneapolis, MN