Freedom from Pain: Guided Practices to Overcome Physical Pain Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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"Brilliant, practical, and wise, this is an enormously helpful book. I cannot recommend this work highly enough."
-Jack Kornfield, author of
"This book is for everyone who wants freedom from pain. These well-respected experts cover all the vital bases to provide the reader with the skills to relieve the many forms of pain. I have read dozens of books on pain relief and the power of the mind for healing, and this is the clearly the best to date."
-Steven Gurgevich, PhD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
"Pain is one of the most complex experiences in our existence and involves the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our life. Freedom from Pain approaches pain relief from all these dimensions in ways that have been clinically proven to work. Don't let pain dominate your life. Let Drs. Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips be your guides."
-Larry Dossey, MD, author of
"Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is optional. Nice idea in principle, but how do we make it real? Peter and Maggie show you, step by step."
-Shinzen Young, author of
-Michael D. Yapko, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of
About the Author
Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the creator of Somatic Experiencing® and the author of many highly regarded references on physical and emotional trauma recovery. See traumahealing.com.
Maggie Phillips, PhD, is a psychologist and author who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and trauma. See maggiephillipsphd.com.
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Besides the circle breathing, the "voo breathing" was the most useful. Those two exercises alone made this book and CD well worth "the price of admission." Those might not be the ones that work for you, but maybe you might also find a helpful exercise or information that makes a difference.
PS: I got my copies of the new paperback book early. It is great! Especially good for people who prefer reading to listening to CDs. It is a wonderful compilation of both authors experience and knowledge. My recommendation for the book is just as high as for the CD set. They have non-judgemental and gentle ways of dealing with different types of pain. I am not dealing with a lot of pain myself, but I did one of the exercises when I was dealing with a very stressful situation and it grounded and calmed me right down. I'm giving one of the books to my sister who has diabetic neuropathy in her feet and hands. They have specific ideas for specific types of pain. If you are in pain and haven't been able to find anything to help, this may just be what you are looking for. There are so many ideas, that you are likely to find something that will work for you.
Charles L. Whitfield, MD, Atlanta, GA
The authors, pioneers in the field, do so by addressing something that's crucial to long-term recovery; i.e., the need to heal unresolved trauma within the body
They realize that everybody is unique and that no one approach can work for all listeners. Consequently, they present some 17 different practices that can be tried, including such things as exploring pain triggers, circular breathing, grounding and one my favorite, mindfulness-based pain relief.
I also liked how FREEDOM FROM PAIN dealt with the theory behind pain. Reading it gave me a greater understanding of the fact that pain is unavoidable; suffering is optional.
The narration by Levine and Phillips was OK. However, here is one instance that professional narration would have even made the book more valuable.
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