The Listening Hand
Self-Healing Through the Rubenfeld Synergy Method of Talk and Touch

The Rubenfeld Synergy Method, created by Ilana Rubenfeld in the 1960s, is an elegant, powerful system that integrates bodywork, intuition, and psychotherapy. Memories and emotions stored in our bodies can result in energy blocks and imbalances. Rubenfeld Synergy utilizes talk, movement, awareness, imagination, humor, and compassionate touch as gateways—contacting and melting frozen tensions and emotions, freeing the body from pain and the mind from suffering.

Trained as a symphonic conductor at the Juilliard School of Music, Ilana originally turned to bodywork to heal the muscle spasms that were paralyzing her arms. Now she has distilled her experience with thousands of clients into a dynamic program anyone can use to discover the inner "music" of their own life. The Listening Hand includes:

  • Body-mind exercises designed to awaken awareness, free your breathing, and reveal the body metaphors that tell your life story

  • Guided steps to change that break through inner barriers and lead to concrete improvements in your daily life and relationships

  • Energy explorations for contacting the energy field in yourself and others--and how you can use it to heal

  • Talk and touch duets that allow you to "hear" the nonverbal messages of your body

  • Experiments for couples that gently increase communication, intimacy, and sexual openness

  • A self-care toolbox--practices that enable helpers to avoid physical, emotional, and spiritual burnout

  • Plus a complete 7-day Mind Your Muscles program for tension release, body alignment, and enhanced flexibility

  • Filled with Ilana's trademark humor and marvelous storytelling, The Listening Hand is a treasury of techniques and insights, an extraordinary gift from an extraordinary healer.

From the Back Cover

"In this book Ilana Rubenfeld has given us precious tools to heal ourselves. The exercises throughout the text are powerful and precise, honed through many years of healing and teaching. Each one is a jewel, capable of bringing about an 'Aha.' The moment of 'Aha' is revelatory and life-changing."

—From the Foreword by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

"About thirty years ago Ilana Rubenfeld discovered that emotions reside and are held in the body, and that skillful touch combined with talk could release emotions and heal pain, thus freeing people to live healthier, more effective lives. In The Listening Hand Ilana has distilled the essence of her unique approach."

—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Ilana Rubenfeld is the godmother of talk-and-touch therapies in our culture. Her insights have helped thousands find healing and fulfillment in their lives."

—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

"The Listening Hand conducts the music of the body, mind, and heart into new horizons of harmony. Ilana Rubenfeld sets the pitch for mind-body wellness for future generations. Tune in to her wisdom and practical methods."

—Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect

"Ilana Rubenfeld, the genius of touch, has more than a touch of genius in this fascinating and important book. The richly comic and wildly innovative author teaches the ways of integrating body, mind, and emotion in a method as productive as it is profound. The pages brim with heart and science, offering compassionate techniques that release old habits as they invite new ways of being."

—Jean Houston, author of Jump Time and A Passion for the Possible

About the Author
ILANA RUBENFELD, Ph.D., currently teaches at the Esalen and Omega Institutes and at the New York Open Center. She has also been on the faculties of the NYU Graduate School of Social Work and the New School for Social Research. She gives lectures and workshops nationwide and conducts a four-year professional certification training program.

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