Principles of RSM #17: Integration is necessary for lasting results

This principle (the 17th out of 18!) relates directly to a tagline I’ve seen used for Rubenfeld Synergy Method: “A dynamic system for the integration of body, mind, emotions and spirit.”  Okay, that’s all very well, but what does it mean? Integration, to me, refers to two subtly different concepts.  One is the simple ideaContinue reading “Principles of RSM #17: Integration is necessary for lasting results”

[Re-run] Cultivating attention

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the magnificent Sierra Mountains in northern California, and to spend a week in a little mountain resort community called Pinecrest.  While the amenities available at the site are lovely, our experience was reasonably rustic: my girlfriend and I holed up in the cabin her family owns, madeContinue reading “[Re-run] Cultivating attention”

What my body is trying to tell me

One of the most common questions a Rubenfeld Synergist might ask herself is: what is my body trying to tell me? My body, I’m pretty sure, is saying SLOOOOOW DOOOOOWN. I’m sick again this week, this time with a nasty cold.  Producing scintillating, or even mildly shiny, content under these circumstances is not likely.  And,Continue reading “What my body is trying to tell me”

Laughter study at UCLA shows how humor can boost the immune system

An study at UCLA is experimenting with how laughter might help kids with cancer and other painful diseases to manage pain better, recover from it faster, and generally have stronger immune systems. The study is ongoing at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, through a nonprofit project called Rx Laughter.  Its pilot study on kids presented resultsContinue reading “Laughter study at UCLA shows how humor can boost the immune system”

Sickness and self-care

This past Wednesday night, as I arrived at my rehearsal for the musical I’m in, I was struck with a headache bad enough to make me also feel nauseous.  Accompanying this delightful development were some hot flashes, dizziness, and weakness.  I struggled through the rehearsal, then went home and collapsed.  I slept through most ofContinue reading “Sickness and self-care”

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”

Cultivating attention

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the magnificent Sierra Mountains in northern California, and to spend a week in a little mountain resort community called Pinecrest.  While the amenities available at the site are lovely, our experience was reasonably rustic: my girlfriend and I holed up in the cabin her family owns, madeContinue reading “Cultivating attention”

Toward a new theory of depression

Yesterdays’ New York Times Magazine contains a long article by Siddhartha Mukherjee detailing the history of the serotonin theory of depression, and a newly emerging theory about neuron generation. The whole thing is very much worth the read, and opens a number of fascinating questions and possibilities about what it is that causes what writerContinue reading “Toward a new theory of depression”

Smiling has even more power than I thought

I found this TED talk about smile research on Santita Farella’s blog; thanks for the heads-up! I thought I knew a lot about smile research after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s fabulous book Blink, but this video offers much more. Most of us know that when you smile, it actually makes you feel happier – not justContinue reading “Smiling has even more power than I thought”

An integral approach to optimal health

Presented without too much comment, here is Part 1 of a series of six short but dense blog posts detailing the general dissociation of our modern culture, and the quest for a more embodied, integrated approach to life. I stumbled across Part 6 today thanks to Google alerts; I’ll link it here because it containsContinue reading “An integral approach to optimal health”