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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; abridged edition edition (Dec 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604075678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604075670
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 A Path with Heart

"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 Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

"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 The Science of Enlightenment

"With Freedom From Pain, the enigma of chronic, unrelenting pain seems much less mystifying. The gentle and reassuring approach of Drs. Levine and Phillips offers many practical possibilities for addressing pain with a sense of personal empowerment and a renewed drive toward wellness on all levels. Theirs is a multidimensional approach that holds great promise for providing the relief every person in pain hopes for."
-Michael D. Yapko, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience and Managing Pain With Hypnosis --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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
Maggie Phillips, PhD, is a psychologist and author who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and trauma. See

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The CD is great. The book is 'heavy' for clients - not an easy read. The CD tho is my go to source. Many of the CD tasks tho are on youtube. Also, the book is priced low making it affordable for many.
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A very good CD to assist with pain control.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled Resource for Chronic Pain Sufferers April 10 2012
By John R. White, Ph.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a somatically-oriented psychologist I am always on the look-out for new resources to support my clients' recovery. Dr. Levine and Dr. Phillips have provided in this new CD a compilation of outstanding exercises which empower clients in their efforts to address their pain issues, either on their own or in combination with other therapeutic approaches. Each of the exercises offers a somewhat different strategy or builds on a unique capacity which helps with pain management, such as focused attention, body awareness, mindfulness, attending to positive sensation, among many others. Clients can then select and practice the kinds of exercises which address their specific pain problems and which work best for them. Drs. Levine and Phillips intersperse the presentation of exercises with educational material which builds clients' understanding of the causes for and influences on pain and offer explanatory information for how the various exercises work to help alleviate painful sensations. I am grateful to have such a helpful resource to offer clients suffering from chronic pain issues. The level of success clients are reporting from using the CD is impressive and along with this I have seen a return of hopefulness and self-efficacy as clients grow in their own capacity to create more positive states. Their lives can begin to return to more normalcy as they are less limited by the experience of pain. A must-have for anyone dealing with pain or for clinicians working with chronic pain in their practices.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read for Circle Breathing Exercise May 12 2013
By NMwritergal - Published on
Format: Paperback
I get tired of reading reviews in which people say, essentially, "This book cured my chronic pain!" No book has done that for me. But in general, I found the information in this book helpful and the CD even more so because it contains exercises. I have tried umpteen different types of meditations, exercises, creative visualization, etc. for chronic pain. Most have not helped much. The circle breathing exercise has been the best by far, which makes me laugh after having read the person's review about not being able to breathe down your legs and out your feet (understandable if you are not familiar with this sort of thing--I still feel the same about the meditations that tell me to "make friends with [my] pain").

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.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying out of my office April 6 2012
By SEP Fluffy - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and bodyworker. I bought a copy of this at Whole Foods thinking that it would be nice to have it in the future for my clients who deal with pain. Within one day, I gave it to a friend who has been dealing with long time pain in her back from arthritis. She called me that night and was amazed at the difference just one exercise had made for her. I bought two more copies just to have them on hand and they are both already gone! I highly recommend this resource for anyone who is dealing with pain issues. The authors are top of the line experts. This is something that is really needed by the world. Thank you Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips for this great resource. I am looking forward to receiving the paperback coming out in May.

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.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pain book June 16 2012
By BigReader - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an impressive and useful book for a few important reasons. It makes a connection between having experienced repeated childhood and later traumas to our current and ongoing pain problems. It offers several effective ways to handle and lessen the pain. And it helps us connect our current pain problem to our past traumas and work to heal from our several other trauma effects. Finally it helps us make meaning from our whole painful experience. Recommended for health care professionals and recovering people.

Charles L. Whitfield, MD, Atlanta, GA
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book on finding lasting relief that takes into account that everybody is unique. Oct. 8 2012
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on
Format: Paperback
FREEDOM FROM PAIN: GUIDED PRACTICES TO OVERCOME PHYSICAL PAIN (Sounds True), written and read by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Phillips, is a book on CD that asks and answers the question: How do I find lasting relief?

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.