Several months ago, I received an email from a graduate student in the Mental Health/Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Florida Atlantic University, Luna Medina. Her request was to interview me, a licensed professional in the field of psychotherapy. As I explained my unique training and background, she became particularly interested in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method.
To my surprise, a few months later, she sent me an abstract and her complete study which is basically a literature review about combining talk and touch therapy and the Rubenfeld Synergy Method.
Touch therapy has been researched for many years and is accepted as a successful therapeutic method for healing. It went a long way from being a part of mainstream medicine to becoming just a branch of alternative medicine. The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM) has been created almost four decades ago and has been recently rediscovered due to the growing and evolving industry of alternative medicine. RSM combines gentle touch and talk therapy to treat patients. As of now there is no research-based support for the benefits of this method. The author reviewed some of the vast quantity of data supporting the benefits of Touch therapy in addition to the benefits of Talk therapy. The author believes that the holistic approach presented by RSM can benefit the patient in many ways. It is important to understand the value of the interconnected, even inseparable, linkage of Mind-Body-Spirit and the importance of not separating them to be able to completely assist a patient solve any issues in his/her past and/or current life.
This review is an important step toward bringing greater awareness to the healing potential of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method. The abstract does not mention a study by Dr. Pamela Pettinati (a singly-blind, randomized, clinical, controlled study of the efficacy of various complementary modalities in the lives of patients with chronic pain), which did indicate that the Rubenfeld Synergy Method provided relief for the symptoms of chronic pain. This study is cited in Ms. Medina’s full research paper.
For more information, contact Luna Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about this study is also available at RubenfeldSynergy.com