Bodies, breath, and music – a review of “Ash Land”

I’ve spoken here before about theatre, as well as music and writing, my other two artistic passions.  I find they are important for my readers to know who I am as a practitioner, and that these things also powerfully inform my work as a Rubenfeld Synergist.  Ilana, after all, started her career as a symphonicContinue reading “Bodies, breath, and music – a review of “Ash Land””

Summer slowdown…and first-session deal

It’s August 1, classically a first-harvest festival in European and Euro-influenced cultures.  It’s also the middle of the summer, and that means a lot of people are traveling, on vacation, or at least enjoying a slower schedule. I’m still here, and still working hard to get the word out about the work that I doContinue reading “Summer slowdown…and first-session deal”

Just what does a Rubenfeld Synergy session look like, anyway? – Part 2

In part one of this description of a typical Rubenfeld Synergy session, I covered the welcome at the start of the session, the talking in chairs, and moving the client to the table.  In this second half, I will discuss the portion of the session that takes place on the table. Again, we are talkingContinue reading “Just what does a Rubenfeld Synergy session look like, anyway? – Part 2”

Massage Therapy Boosts the Immune System of Cancer Patients
 – Guest Post

The lovely Melanie Bowen of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog contacted me not too long ago, wanting to guest post in this space about the power of healing touch to help cancer patients.  While this article is specifically about massage therapy, I have also known patients to get a lot of benefit out of RubenfeldContinue reading “Massage Therapy Boosts the Immune System of Cancer Patients
 – Guest Post”

Principles of RSM #13: Humor can lighten and heal

Following on the last principle that pleasure needs to be supported in order to balance pain, this principle focuses directly on humor as an especially key type of pleasure.  Besides being a talented musician and a gifted healer, Ilana Rubenfeld has always been something of a cutup, and throughout her life has used humor asContinue reading “Principles of RSM #13: Humor can lighten and heal”

Just what does a Rubenfeld Synergy session look like, anyway? – Part 1

(Part 2 is here.) The more I talk to people, and the more I write on this topic, the more I find that people tend to have trouble wrapping their minds around what Rubenfeld Synergy is, and what kind of experience they will have if they come and see me.  Offering six 25-minute sample sessionsContinue reading “Just what does a Rubenfeld Synergy session look like, anyway? – Part 1”


Sorry, all, from being rather absent from the blogroll this week.  Various family crises, along with internet difficulties today, kept me from keeping this space current. I will return next week with more about Rubenfeld Synergy sessions, the explication of the next Principle, and more!

The power of touch

Yesterday, I got to spend three hours seeing back-to-back Rubenfeld Synergy clients at the Weekend of Healing and Insight, a fundraising event for the Theosophical Society of Boston.  I saw six people, for 25 minutes each, with barely a break in-between. This was more awesome than I imagined it would be. Synergy sessions are generallyContinue reading “The power of touch”

Principles of RSM #12: Pleasure needs to be supported to balance pain

This week’s principle is probably one of the easiest to understand.   Oftentimes, whether in therapy, medicine, or bodywork, we have the tendency to focus on the negative.  The reasons are obvious: we’re at the doctor or the massage therapist or the psychologist to get relief from what’s troubling us.  Sure, we get checkups atContinue reading “Principles of RSM #12: Pleasure needs to be supported to balance pain”