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Touch therapy has been researched for many years and is accepted as a successful therapeutic method for healing. Ironically, touch has gone from being a part of mainstream medicine to becoming associated with alternative medicine. The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM), one modality emphasizing touch, was created almost four decades ago and has been recently rediscovered due to the growth and evolution of alternative medicine. RSM combines gentle touch and talk therapy to treat patients. Currently, there is no direct research-based support for the benefits of this method. However, this is a vast quantity of data supporting the benefits of touch therapy in addition to the benefits of talk therapy. Consistent with this research, 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 to completely assist a patient solve issues in his/her past and/or current life.


Originally published in Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy. 2012. Volume 7. Issue 1. Pages 71-79.