Defining – and reaching – my specific audience.

“What’s your name when you’re at home?”  -Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Apologies for disappearing last week; I’m beginning work on a total revamp of the materials I use to reach the people I want to help.  In the course of this transition, I may be blogging here a bit less, but I’mContinue reading “Defining – and reaching – my specific audience.”

A safe space to speak your truth: how do we cultivate safety?

Many of my readers will likely have heard the term “safe space.”  This phrase is sometimes used as a term of art in therapeutic circles, referring to a place where people can speak freely and honestly without fear of judgment or ridicule, but it is also often used in communities organized around oppression – i.e.,Continue reading “A safe space to speak your truth: how do we cultivate safety?”

The Classic Sequence: The Head Roll

Getting back to this series, after this weird couple of weeks made it difficult to write about normal things.  Now, though, to continue with the progression of moves in the so-called “classic sequence” of a Rubenfeld Synergy session. After the first touch at the head, the Synergist will often attempt a head roll.  The pointContinue reading “The Classic Sequence: The Head Roll”

How our brains and bodies work together to create empathy

Photo by Fer Kazalz Two new studies in neuroscience, revealed at the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience earlier this month, show the ways our bodies respond to and mirror other people’s emotional states. I’ve written a bit here about empathy and emotional mirroring, and how powerful our bodies can be at not just recognizingContinue reading “How our brains and bodies work together to create empathy”

The Classic Sequence: First Touch at the Head

As promised, I’m beginning my series on the Classic Sequence of moves in a Rubenfeld Synergy session.  The first move is a gentle touch at the head, and in this post I’ll describe the quality of that touch, the reasons we do it, and what we’re attempting to determine from it. A word on theContinue reading “The Classic Sequence: First Touch at the Head”

How does a session look? The Classic Sequence

In a typical Rubenfeld Synergy session, particularly a first session, Synergists will often use what’s called the “classic sequence” of moves.  It’s how Ilana tends to move when doing demo sessions with strangers, and it’s how I tend to approach new clients – as well as how I might continue to at least begin sessionsContinue reading “How does a session look? The Classic Sequence”

Free Workshop in April!

Everyone – but especially any readers in the tri-state area: Joe Weldon and Noel Wight – two of my heroes in this work and the heads of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute – are holding a workshop on Friday, April 24 in New Brunswick ahead of the INARS professional conference.  If you want to reallyContinue reading “Free Workshop in April!”

How touching saves lives

I stumbled across this beautiful article today, by Dr. Alex Lickerman, a Buddhist physician.  He tells the story of an ER patient who was so terrified of needles that the prospect of having her blood drawn had her shaking, rigid, and in tears.  Not knowing what else to do, the doctor took her hand, whichContinue reading “How touching saves lives”

Blog Year’s Eve – My Top 15

  Tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of the start of this blog.  When I began, I wanted a place to talk about this amazing work, to explain some of its principles, and tell client stories.  What it’s become is far more comprehensive, and, as might have been predicted, more holistic.  I’ve enjoyed talking about theContinue reading “Blog Year’s Eve – My Top 15”

Crashing your car isn’t so fun

Last night, I got into a car accident.  I was driving from Amherst, where I was seeing a play, back to Medford, where I live, and somewhere on Route 2, the tires just came out from under me.  It was snowing fairly seriously; it hadn’t been sticking on the roads in Amherst, and when IContinue reading “Crashing your car isn’t so fun”